Autumn Scents 2016: Fall Fragrance Review


It’s that time of year again — the days are getting shorter. The air is getting cooler. And Glade’s Autumn Collection is in stores! Gah, how can I like Glade so much? I used to … I won’t say “hate” but … not like Glade. Now I feel a little spark of happy every time I start seeing Glade’s fall fragrances in the stores. 

Summer and spring fragrances don’t quite do that to me. (I usually just open a window.) Even the winter and holiday scents aren’t as magical to me as the autumn collection. And I still love pure essential oils. So how can I like Glade’s Aumun Collection so much?

Overall Glade has improved over the years. Many of their scents smell better (at least to my nose), they’ve stopped using a lot of harmful ingredients, and they’ve increased how much information they reveal about ingredients and specific fragrance components. While some companies just say “fragrance” as an ingredient, Glade has a special website that goes into detail on many fragrances as well as other ingredients and other SC Johnson products. If you happen to have a sensitivity to “cinnamyl alcohol” you can find out if it’s in the Spiced Apple Magic scent. That’s a good thing. (By the way many of these fragrance components are the same as those found in natural scents.)

The 2016 Fall collection is scaled back from the five(!) fragrances of the past few years. There are three (maybe four*) that I’ve seen so far.

Autumnal classics are covered with apple and pumpkin pie plus there’s a third enticing mood-setter for chilly days.

They are:

Spiced Apple Magic – classic fall spiced apple fragrance with a nice balance of fruit and spice. It’s doesn’t smell as strongly of cinnamon as the Apple cinnamon fragrance that’s available year round. Along with cinnamon  I can smell cloves, and I can really smell the apple. Spiced Apple Magic is that cup of hot spiced cider as you come in from the chill.

Rich Pumpkin Dream – classic pumpkin pie scent with a little sweetness, creamy caramel, and spice. This one smells yummy. Last year’s Pumpkin Pit Stop smelled like pumpkin pie mixed with the lingering aromas of last night’s experimental dinner. I swear I could smell something like fenugreek seed and maybe a hint of cumin last year, but this year I smell something cardamom and ginger. I definitely prefer this year’s.

Wondrous Autumn Nights – It’s like standing outside on a crisp autumn evening while wearing your love’s big cozy sweater or wrapped in his clean warm blanket. You can still smell a little soap. A breeze tickles your face. His sweet, yet unmistakably masculine cologne lingers on the warm threads as you enjoy the fallen leaves. The last bits of autumn herbs and trees sway gently. There’s probably a pine tree not far, but you can’t see it where you’re standing. Acorns plunk to the ground. A branch snaps. There’s a sliver of a glow on the horizon. The rest of the sky is a shade of deep blue that will soon give way to total nightfall and twinkling stars. When you step inside, the Wondrous Autumn Nights candle is lit and beside it a love note propped against your favorite book. He had to leave on a secret mission. He’ll be back soon. Like really super soon. He probably just left to get ice cream. And anyway you have a secret mission of your own. He also left you a slice of pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream and a cup of hot apple cider. Oh, wait. Where was I? Yeah… 

And more.

*There also appears to be a fourth option at some locations called Rich Golden Spell. It’s available as a room spray and only available at Target as far as I can tell. It’s not even on the Glade website! Some folks say it’s just a repackaged version their popular scent  Cashmere Woods (which started as a seasonal scent, so go figure). I have Cashmere Woods wax melts, and based on that I’d say they are, at least, very similar. But I love the packaging and design of the Autumn Collection, so it’s nice just for that.

Now appearing as:

The sprays this year are a little diffferent. They’re mostly available as automatic-spray refills and not stand-alone cans. I don’t have an automatic room sprayer and don’t plan on buying one right now. The standalone spray is no longer sold as a Premium room spray, but instead sold in the smaller, standard Glade spray cans. That part is not necessarily bad. The regular sprays cost only about a buck ($1). (Premium room sprays were about $3.) But Spiced Apple Magic and Rich Golden Spell (if you can find it) are the only ones that I’ve seen as a room spray. I’d love a spray of Wondrous Autumn Nights and have enjoyed the pumpkin spray previous years.

Glade has also changed some other ways the fragrances are sold this year. Two of the autumn scents are offered as a solid air freshener — Spiced Apple Magic and Rich Pumpkin Dream. I think this is the first year I’ve seen Glade’s Autumn scents in solid form. I don’t often use solid air fresheners except in the little bathroom with the cat litter boxes. I’ll try these next.

All three scents are available as candles, plug-ins, and supposedly wax melts too. But I can find find wax melts of only Spiced Apple Magic and Rich Pumpkin Dream. Wondrous Autumn Nights is missing, so I suspect maybe there is only one store chain that may carry it as part of an exclusive agreement. It will probably sell out. I think I would love that as a wax melt. Oh, Glade. Why do you do this?


(I’ll update this with more photos later.)

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