Thinking of switching up your daily fragrance for the new season? We caught up with Lola Tillyaeva, founder of The Harmonist, whose ethos is all connecting the right person to the right scent and notes in order to complement their aura.
Here’s what she had to say…
Harper’s BAZAAR ARABIA: Why is it important to change-up your scent come September?
Lola Tillyaeva: Autumn is a special time. We all want to hold onto summer’s warmth for a little longer, to feel the sun’s soft rays on our skin and enjoy that summer lightness, but autumn has its own mellow beauty, too, and we can tap into that when we choose a scent. Our bodies are charged with sunshine and vitamins and we are ready to enter the colder seasons and the right fragrance can help unlock that summer vitality.
HBA: What key principle should we consider?
LT: As the weather gets cooler, we like to wrap up and be snug. The same goes for scents. Autumn fragrances should be warmer, reflecting the changes in nature’s rhythms and in our own lives at this time of year.
Autumn fragrances should be warmer, reflecting the changes in nature’s rhythms
HBA: Which notes should we look towards for autumn?
LT: In summer we are likely to choose more lively scents with fresh watery notes, but in autumn we are drawn to perfumes that lift our spirits with citrus notes or sweet fruity, flowery smells combined with the warming notes of vanilla and musk. I believe that a harmonious blend of these stimulating citrus notes and the mellowness of musky base notes can really lift our mood at this time of year. We naturally move from fresh watery cadences to more complex scents where the middle and base notes play a more major role – these are musk, amber, oud, sandalwood and so on. The Harmonist’s Matrix Metal and Desired Earth are good examples of this.
In autumn we are drawn to perfumes that lift our spirits with citrus notes or sweet fruity, flowery smells combined with the warming notes of vanilla and musk
HBA: When picking up a scent on the fragrance counter for the first time, what emotions should it incite?
LT: The first feeling a new scent should trigger is comfort. A sense of well-being, of being at ease with yourself but also with your surroundings. You should feel a comfortable, silky sensation with that scent on your skin. Check whether the fragrance puts you on edge in any way or irritates any of your senses. Ask yourself if you would be happy wearing it all day?
The same scent can smell completely different on different people because our skin is unique and we all interact differently with the fragrance. Don’t be afraid to be bold this Autumn and choose a new scent that gives you that special Autumn glow.
HBA: How can The Harmonist help us find balance this autumn?
LT: The Harmonist is based on the interplay of the five fundamental elements that influence every aspect of the world around us, including our own bodies. Each of our Harmonist scents represents one of these five key elements – fire, water, wood, earth and metal – and is carefully crafted to enhance the function of one or more of them. Life is in constant flux. Our energy, moods and well-being need to be fine-tuned to the fluctuations around us, too, and we can do that by understanding and balancing these five crucial elements. Because we craft our fragrances from the purest and most precious substances nature can offer, our clients can rest assured they are choosing a scent rich in the finest essences of each element.
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