Autumn has finally here with that zing of crisp air and those brightly colored leaves, and with it come fall scents that, with a well-timed spritz, will truly evoke the coziness of the season. Not sure where to start? Start with the cult favorites; you know, the ones that are praised for their entrancing fusion of mosses and exotic woods with surprising notes like bergamot and amber. Here is a selection of much-adored fall scents, from Maison Margiela’s By the Fireplace to Krigler’s Lovely Patchouli 55, that go great with that chic velvet blazer or shrunken cashmere cardigan.
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne
Pomegranate season is at its height in the late fall, and Jo Malone’s vivid scent blends the sweet, tart fruit with smoky woods, juicy pink pepper, and fresh Casablanca flower.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540
Editor-favorite Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Baccarat Rouge 540 is a woody amber combination with deep base notes of cedar, fir resin, and musky ambergris that are tempered by sweet Egyptian jasmine and leathery saffron for a hint of brightness amidst the shorter days and longer nights.
Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady
The highly coveted Portrait of a Lady by Frédéric Malle, a masterwork by perfumer Dominique Ropion, is named for the Henry James’ Victorian novel of the same name. Its seductive blend of Turkish rose, patchouli, and incense is motivated by Isabel, the book’s tragic and alluring protagonist. Think of using it for a fall dark romance.
Krigler Lovely Patchouli 55 Fall Scents
Famous perfumer Krigler’s Lovely Patchouli 55, made famous as first lady Jackie O’s go-to scent, is fueled by the earthy, musky plant and has a warm, woodsy amber base as well as notes of leather and bergamot.
Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
You can find it anywhere. However, it is impossible to deny the enduring appeal of Le Labo’s Santal 33, particularly in the fall when your dust-off leather jacket begs for a haze of that well-known concoction of iris, cardamom, cedarwood, and sandalwood. Simply yield to it.
Byredo Gypsy Water Perfume
Byredo’s top-selling book is a contemporary classic. Another ubiquitous smell that is worth ignoring for a burst of uplifting fall freshness is Gypsy Water. An invigorating burst of zesty juniper and bergamot is added to the autumnal notes of amber, pine needles, and sandalwood.
Yves Saint Laurent Opium
The seductive, spicy Opium perfume by Yves Saint Laurent is a strong blend of deep woods and opulent spices like myrrh and frankincense accentuated by top notes of citrus and jasmine. It is reminiscent of a late October night out at Studio 54.
Tom Ford Oud Wood Fall Scents
According to Tom Ford, his typically powerful and seductive interpretation of an earthy and woodsy aroma “envelops you in rare oud, exotic spices, and cardamom, then exposes its rich and dark blend of sensuality.”
Maison Margiela By the Fireplace Fall Scents
Maison Margiela ups the ante on the time-honored comfort of relaxing in front of the fireplace by enhancing a heart of chestnut and woody accords with sweet notes of vanilla and orange blossom. It is an enticing olfactory homage to the crackle of wood burning.
Diptyque Paris Tam Dao Eau de Toilette
A luscious, woodsy classic, Diptyque’s Tam Dao pays homage to the Tonkin Mountains by fusing sandalwood’s velvety woodiness with smoky cypress and lemony myrtle.
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