My Life in Fragrance
Good Fragrances Tell Stories
Read on for the plotlines of nine of our fall favorites.
Celine Dion Signature, $33.50
The plot: A willowy chanteuse takes a break from her show on the Vegas Strip to create an olfactory avatar for her fans because...well, because you loved her. Supporting cast: mimosa blossom, guava, jasmine, and sandalwood.
Lancome Paris Tresor Midnight Rose, $44
The plot: Like werewolves and vampires, you have your own circadian cycle: As the lights go down, your inner gamine comes out, and woe to any unsuspecting man in her path. Supporting cast: raspberry, jasmine, pink pepper, rose, and vanilla.
Heidi Klum Shine, $35
The plot: As the days get shorter, your skin paler and your pajamas cozier, a Teutonic fairy godmother brings you bottled summer sun to awaken your dormant, gossamer-clad nymph. Supporting cast: mandarin, pear, lily of the valley, mimosa, and more.
Avon Step into Sexy Eau de Parfum, $28
The plot: You discover that -- much like twirling in place turned Lynda Carter into Wonder Woman -- spritzing this on turns your tame self into your devastatingly sexy alter ego. Supporting cast: black raspberry, freesia, and rosewood.
Calvin Klein Forbidden Euphoria, $80
The plot: The Good Girl turns Girl Gone Wild after experimenting with this mood-altering substance. Supporting cast: mandarin, tiger orchid, jasmine, patchouli, and musk.
Oscar de la Renta Live in Love Eau de Parfum, $98
The plot: A certain debonair designer scours the gardens of his Dominican Republic and Connecticut estates for the makings of a love potion that's equal parts freshness and seduction. Supporting cast: ginger orchid, bergamot, hyacinth, and orange flower.
Yves Rocher Moment de Bonheur, $58
The plot: As the English subtitle (Moment of Happiness) would suggest, this one's a parable about stopping to smell the roses. Supporting cast: rose (duh), geranium, cedar, and patchouli.
Vera Wang Lovestruck, $68
The plot: You're innocently going about your business when out of nowhere a little winged dude seems to be pointing -- is that an arrow? -- at you. Suddenly, texts from your husband produce an inexplicable flush. Supporting cast: angelica flower, tuberose, guava, and sheer musk.
Tom Ford Violet Blonde, $100
The plot: A demigod of the fashion firmament descends to bestow opulence and elegance on whosoever shall sample his elixir. Supporting cast: violet, iris root, jasmine, and more.
-- Abbie Kozolchyk