9 Fall Fragrances for People Who Don't Want to Smell Like Anyone Else
There’s something about fall that makes us want to swath ourselves in strictly the softest, most scarf-like fabrics, introduce the word “vampy” into our beauty routine, and trade our breezy summer scents for moodier, more complicated alternatives. We covered some of our favorite new scents to try this brisk transitional season, but for those of you who prefer scents that are a bit more niche (read: will make everyone around you ask, “What are you wearing?” so they can buy it immediately), then you’re in luck. Ahead, you’ll find a bevy of unique, scintillating fragrances for every fancy—from a spice-tinged scent called “Good Witch” to Hermes’ newest burnt ginger-tinged perfume we can’t stop spritzing. Keep scrolling to find your new favorite fall scent (but don't tell anyone else).
The brainchild of second-generation perfumer Melanie Dir, Gamine is niche new fragrance line that melds the urban energy of New York with Parisian refinement. Cement Rose in particular is a standout—it crushes the delicate petals of a Turkish rose into New York’s gritty sidewalk, introducing notes of spicy cardamon and pink peppercorn with blonde suede, lest your nose get too comfortable. Dir says to spritz it in the cracks of the body—under the breasts, behind the knees and in your inner elbows so the scent melds with your own body heat.
Annick Goutal Nuit et Confidences Eau de Parfum Spray ($190)
A little spicy; a little sweet. This chic new fragrance from French perfumer Annick Goutal melds frankincense and tonic bean with vanilla and white musk for a sensual, intoxicating scent made for the Parisian night—or anywhere, really. Pair it with a silk dress (or pantsuit) and instantly feel more powerful.
Byredo Velvet Haze Eau De Parfum ($230)
Byredo’s new fragrance is described as “earthy,” but there’s a dainty nature to it—like a single white flower bursting out of the ground. You get a burst of sweet ambrette and coconut water, which make way for patchouli, cocoa aboslu and wild musk. There’s something completely arresting about this delicate (but never fragile) scent.
Darkness and light; softness and strength. Opposites attract, no doubt, and proof can be found in Dans La Peau from Les Parfum Louis Vuitton. By all definition a “leather” fragrance, it mixes in tinges of candied apricot, jasmine and narcissus for a final effect that’s nuanced and layered—like you.
Olivine Good Witch Eau de Parfum ($52)
A little sweet; a little spicy—everything a good witch should be. Olivine’s newest launch is made with jasmine flower, pink yarrow and spice-tinged hints of citrus. It’s hard to pinpoint what, exactly, it smells like, but we guarantee it will earn you a double-take (or two).
Penhaligon's The Bewitching Yasmine ($240)
“Some, the less determined, would find her distant, maybe cold, but appearances are notoriously misleading,” reads the description for the Bewitching Yasmine. Like all bewitching women, Yasmine is hot and cold, and this fragrance contrasts rich coffee against a creamy spice accord—and don’t forget the cardamom, jasmine sambac and incense.
Hermès Twilly D'Hermes Eau De Parfum (Nordstrom Exclusive) ($79)
This fragrance may be targeted towards a younger demographic (read: millennials), but that doesn't mean its any less sophisticated. Instead of opting for a sweet gourmand like other fashion houses have for their "younger" fragrances, Hermes' in-house perfume Christine Nagel created a warm, inviting blend of ginger, tuberose, and sandalwood that's anything but basic. "At the end of the day, it's a good perfume," she tells me at the press event. "It's high quality with a lot of details, and this is important for millennials or for all women."
Atelier Cologne Cafe Tuberosa Cologne Absolue ($150)
Coffee seems to be the “it” ingredient for fragrance this fall, and this new launch from Atelier Cologne pairs it with the most unexpected ingredient: tuberose. Warm, spicy, and completely surprising, it’s a scent to try if you’ve grown bored of your tried-and-true. It won’t disappoint.
Villhelm Poets of Berlin Eau de Parfum ($0)
Inspired by the ultimate beauty chameleon, David Bowie, and the time he spent in Berlin, this “symphony of scent” blends vanilla and wood with “psychedelic” blueberry (how fitting) and lemon on top. The vetiver gives it a metal-tinged edge—fitting, for Berlin’s industrial landscape.