SCENTS OF AUTUMN

El otoño es la época para comenzar algunos rituales que involucren carbohidratos y sesiones de películas de terror (aunque el mundo allá afuera ya es lo suficientemente gore). En otro momento de la vida, estaría muy feliz de poder quedarme en casa para llenar el salón de velas y hacerle un switch off a la vida, aunque en este preciso instante lo mejor que puedo hacer es seguir hurgando en la lista de películas por ver y libros por leer, así como reinventarme y tratar de convertir mi estudio en spa, cine y restaurante./ Autumn is the time to start some rituals involving carbohydrates and horror movie sessions (although the world out there is gore enough). In another time in life, I’d be very happy to be able to stay home during autumn and winter, filling the room with candles and say goodbye to the real world for a while, although right now the best thing I can do is keep poking through the list of movies to see and books to read, as well as reinventing myself and trying to turn my studio into a spa, cinema and restaurant.

🍂 ODE TO AUTUMN 🍁

El otoño y la primavera son mis estaciones favoritas, quizá porque soy partidario de lo moderado y prefiero evitar los excesos. El otoño me parece perfecto porque no se te congelan las entrañas y tu suéter favorito es suficiente para soportar el frío, tampoco hace falta sacar la ropa térmica y la piel no se reseca tanto como en Diciembre o en Enero./ Autumn and spring are my favorite seasons, perhaps because I am a moderate person and I prefer to avoid excesses. Autumn seems perfect to me because you don’t freeze and your favorite light sweater is enough to withstand the cold, you don’t need to look for your thermal clothes and your skin doesn’t get as dry as in December or January.

Eso sí, me he dado cuenta que mi lista de objetos favoritos tanto para el frío como para el calor, incluyen cosas no perecederas (como cremas, flores y velas), que pueden parecer un gasto tonto pero ya hemos hablado sobre el dinero y la lista de prioridades en ESTE post./ Of course, I have noticed that my list of favorite objects for both cold and heat, includes non-perishable things (such as creams, flowers and candles), which may seem like a silly expense but we have already talked about money and priorities in THIS post.

– Las velas: No tengo una favorita, hay demasiadas opciones por probar. Aunque acabo de recibir Tubereuse de Diptyque y sus notas, cálidas e intensas (flor de naranjo y coco) hacen que desaparezca cualquier olor procedente del tabaco o las comidas fuertes. Es el aliado perfecto para cualquier ritual en el que haya que convertir tu casa en un jardín cubierto de hojas secas. Por otro lado Cotton Poplin de Byredo hace un tributo al algodón y a las telas limpias con notas de manzanilla, cedro y almizcle… es reconfortante, sobre todo en estos momentos donde casa significa estar en un lugar seguro. / – The candles: I do not have a favorite, there are too many options to try. Although I just received Diptyque Tubereuse and its warm and intense notes (orange blossom and coconut) are perfect to vanish any other unpleasant smell. It is the perfect ally for any ritual in which you have to turn your house into a garden covered in dry leaves. On the other hand, Cotton Poplin by Byredo pays tribute to cotton and clean fabrics with notes of chamomile, cedar and musk … it is comforting, especially in these moments where home means being in a safe place.

In this picture: Diptyque Tubereuse Candle + Byredo Cotton Poplin Candle 

– La crema corporal de Le Labo: Debo confesar que no he experimentado mucho en el área de cuidado corporal. Así que decidí cambiar mi crema básica de Neutrogena (recomendable por ser reparadora, duradera y barata) por una opción un poco más lujosa, aprovechando los descuentos de Cult Beauty. Los productos de Le Labo son un pequeño consuelo cuando hay paga extra, esta crema tiene una textura pesada y un aroma lo suficientemente poderoso y espaciado como para reemplazar al perfume. El mejor aliado para la resequedad en otoño, sobre todo en los codos./ – Le Labo body cream: I must confess that I have not experienced much when it comes to body care products. So I decided to change my basic Neutrogena cream (recommended for being repairing, long-lasting and cheap) for a slightly more luxurious option, taking advantage of Cult Beauty discounts. Le Labo products are a small comfort when there is extra pay, this cream has a heavy texture and a scent powerful and spacious enough to replace perfume. The best ally for dryness in autumn, especially in the elbows.

In this picture: Le Labo Body Cream 

– Nuxe Rêve de Miel: Puede que mi búsqueda por el bálsamo labial reparador perfecto haya terminado. Esta opción de Nuxe con miel y propóleo nutre al instante y alivia una de las peores incomodidades de las temporadas de frío./ – Nuxe Rêve de Miel: My search for the perfect repairing lip balm may be over. This honey and propolis Nuxe option instantly nourishes and relieves one of the worst discomforts of cold seasons.

In this picture: Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm

– Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant: El buzz sobre ciertos productos de belleza me tiene con la tentación y el alma en vilo hasta que pueda probarlos y dar un veredicto por mi mismo. Había escuchado los mejores comentarios sobre este desodorante sin aluminio y alcohol, y aunque el precio me echaba para atrás por fin decidí probarlo y puedo decir que no lo pienso cambiar y ya forma parte de mi altar de productos consagrados. ¿Lo mejor? Su aroma a eucalipto pero muy suave y la duración (llevo dos meses con el y apenas noto desgaste)./ – Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant: The buzz on certain beauty products has me tempted and I won’t be in peace until I can try them and give a verdict for myself. I had heard the best comments about this deodorant without aluminum and alcohol, and although the price was putting me back, I finally decided to try it and I can say that I am not going to change it and it is already part of my altar of consecrated products. The best? Its aroma of eucalyptus but very soft and the duration (I have been with it for three months and I hardly notice any weathering).

In this picture: Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant 

– Tam Dao de Diptyque: No era fan de los perfumes amaderados (la mayoría me resultaban muy fuertes o me generaban dolor de cabeza), hasta que descubrí el Tam Dao de Diptyque, el cual es una oda a la madera: huele a un bosque en las profundidades de Japón o un templo infinito, pero un aroma mucho más aterciopelado y sútil. Sándalo, cedro y ciprés en un perfume unisex que es perfecto para dejar una estela en los abrigos de la temporada. PS: También lo utilizo en algunos días de verano./ – Tam Dao de Diptyque: I was not a fan of woody perfumes (most of them were very strong or gave me a headache), until I discovered the Tam Dao by Diptyque, which is an ode to wood: it smells like a forest in the depths of Japan or an infinite temple, but a much more velvety and subtle aroma. Sandalwood, cedar and cypress in a unisex perfume that is perfect for autumn, it leaves a trail on the coats of the season. PS: I also use it on some summer days.

In this picture: Diptyque Tam Dao Eau de Toilette 

– Compagnie de Provence crème mains karité: El lavado de manos constante (gracias c*rona v*rus) está dejando mis manos como Lord Voldemort en fase 7. Pocas cremas de manos son tan reparadoras y confortantes como esta opción con karité y un aroma muy suave a flores blancas. Es una marca independiente, lo cual también importa./ – Compagnie de Provence crème mains karité: Constant hand washing (thank you c*rona v*rus) is leaving my hands as Lord Voldemort in phase 7. Few hand creams are as repairing and comforting as this option with shea and a very mild aroma of white flowers. It is an independent brand, which also matters.

In this picture: Compagnie de Provence Crème Mains 

¿Cuáles son tus olores favoritos para el otoño? / What are your favorite scents of autumn?

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  • Scents of Autumn…it is hard to pick a favourite. I don’t use fragrance candles, at least not at the moment, I’m just lighting ordinary ones. I like candles and how they make a place feel cozy.
    Like yourself, I’m a fan of Autumn. It is a beautiful and inspiring season. The nature is so beautiful and inspirational this time of year. I love collecting dry leaves and always feel inspired to do and create things. Great to hear about the products you’re using. My hands are also often dry due to constant washing. That deodorant also sounds great. I switched to healthy deodorants some time ago. Better not to take chances, right? Tam Dao sounds like a great woody perfume btw.

    • Hello dear Ivana,

      Even ordinary candles are perfect to create a cozy space in these crazy times, my favorite thing to do is to wrap in a blanket, light a candle and flip through the pages of a book 🙂

      Dry leaves are also a must for decorating our houses in these days!

  • Hey Pablo, how are you? Hope that right now you are fully recovered from your bad experience with Covid.
    But reading this post seems that at least your mood is pretty good!

    About autumn: really is not my fav season (that are spring and summer to me) but I cannot even say that I dislike it, at least as long the weather is not too cold. Basically i love to spend time outside and I hate cold, so as long as I can do it, it’s ok for me!^^
    Said that, it’s not that I don’t love to enjoy some times at home chilling with scentend candles, books, Netflix and plants: and over all I love to transform my home in a spa from time to time (tecnique that I perfected during the lockdown), it’s sooo relaxing and regenerating!
    You gave me many ideas about beauty products to try for the next months: firstly those lipbalm and handcream! Sound great!

    Scentend candles are (another) my guilty pleasure: I use them all year long! In summer my fav scents are more on the coconut and lemon side, while in cold season I prefer vanilla and lavender scents. My faves are the Yankee Candles, not very cheap but you can literally smell the quality!

    Wishing you a magical week, my friend!
    Take care and stay safe,
    XO
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com/

    • Hello Silvia, I

      I’m feeling better know! Thank you so much for your good vibes and for always checking up 🙂

      Haha I totally get your mood, same happens with me about summer…. not my favorite season, but I don’t hate it since there are many things I like about that specific time of the year 🙂

      Let me know if you try the lipbalm (you can find this brand at the pharmacy and the price is not too high since the product lasts a lot). I remember Yankee Candles, but they are kinda difficult to find there… the vanilla one is so good!

      xx

  • Oh I always heard good about Diptyque candles. I really wanted a pumpkin kind of smell to completely get in the autumn fall but I didn’t find what I was looking for.
    Maybe next year. 🙂
    And like you know I’m all about getting festive at home right now. Even if everything’s closed we can still make it fun at home with a good book or a good movie to be festive right ?
    By way this lip balm sounds amazing.
    xx
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com

    • hey Margot, thank you for visiting 🙂

      Diptyque candles and perfumes are so good…. kinda expensive but they last a lot compared to other candles, you can try the Vainille one if you’re looking for an autumn essence.

      Let me know if you try the lipbalm, maybe you can catch one when you visit France, I hope soon 🙂

  • Fall is my favorite season, so I’m all for scented candles, fall scented balms and soaps! I love Burt’s bees for my lips, they’re really keeping them moisturized and I love Nuxe cleaning gel for the body and face. The texture is divine. I definitely want to get some more scented candles, with corona making a big comeback, there’s nothing like staying home and cozy with candles, Netflix and good food! Hope you’re having a great week Pablo! Xx

    • Hey Mia!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your favorites with me! I like Burt’s Bees too but the brand is kinda dificult to find in Spain. But definitely checking upon those Nuxe recommendations! 😉

  • They sound like lovely scents! I like to use scented candles year-round and I’m finding that they are getting used a lot more now that I’m working from home. I really enjoy them in summer oddly – because it’s too hot to have the doors and windows open so we have the airocn on and it’s nice to know the candle won’t blow out as there’s no breeze coming through the house, haha! 🙂 Sweet scents and food scents like vanilla or caramel are my faves, year-round! 🙂

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

    • Hello Mica,

      Thanks for stopping by! Since I started to work as a freelancer, essences and candles are an essential in my home, specially in times where some essences help to get relaxed 🙂

      Vanilla is such a good one! Probably my favorite since it reminds me of my childhood days 🙂

  • Beautiful selections here, Pablo!

    I also love spring and fall, especially the latter since (as you have mentioned) the weather is just so perfect and I love fall fashion (boots, scarfs, blazers, jackets – yes to all of that!).

    It is funny that we both like and use the same deodorant, but it really is amazing. I like that it is clear and does not smudge on clothes (I wear a lot of black, so hey!). I now use Native, which is also great (safe, aluminum free formulas) but it can leave white marks on clothes, so you have to be super careful with it. They offer so many scents to choose from!

    For body, if you want something quite nourishing for winter time, I would recommend body lotions by La Roche Posay. They are magical!

    Hope you are doing great, Pablo xx

    Naya
    http://www.nayatilly.com

    • Hi dear Naya, thank you so much for always stopping by to share your experiences with me 🙂

      As you I am the happiest when it comes to take out the jackets and the coats.

      Oooh it is so curious that we use the same deodorant yes! I’ll look up for the option you shared with me… first time using a clean deodorant and I’d say the difference is huge 🙂

  • A mi me encanta el otoño, sus aromas, el sonido de las hojas y sobre todo el tema velas. Desde que vivçi en Finlandia me hice mega fan de tener velitas all around por que dan ese toque cozy tan relajante… y que hoy por hoy tanto necesitamos!
    Te mando un abrazo grande gran Pablo, que sepas que ademas de me que gusten tus ilustraciones adoro tu manera de escribir!
    Un besote!
    Paz

  • A mi me encanta el otoño, sus aromas, el sonido de las hojas y sobre todo el tema velas. Desde que vivçi en Finlandia me hice mega fan de tener velitas all around por que dan ese toque cozy tan relajante… y que hoy por hoy tanto necesitamos!
    Te mando un abrazo grande gran Pablo, que sepas que ademas de me que gusten tus ilustraciones adoro tu manera de escribir!
    Un besote!
    Paz

  • Hey Fungi! I hope you are having a relaxing day:)
    Thank you for sharing those great review about scents! I didn’t know well about those brand except for Diptyque. I have seen Le Labo products, and the product design is so beautiful. I would love to try it.
    Tam Dao looks so happy with you! Whenever I saw Tam Dao at Diptyque shop in Tokyo, it reminds me of you:) I agree it is like a forest in Japan<3

    akiko