Finding your go-to signature scent can be hard. Everyone wants to find The One, but when reading about new fragrances, it's nearly impossible to know whether or not you'll actually like it. You can read all the reviews you want, but unless you've got a specially trained nose, ordering fragrances online can be confusing. I've been writing about this topic for years, yet sometimes I still find it hard to truly interpret the essence of a scent with words alone. After all, perfumes are inherently personal.
One individual might describe a certain scent as "woodsy and earthy," but the next person might think it smells "fresh with specific notes like tobacco and sandalwood."
Then there's the emotional element to fragrances. One particular note may conjure happy memories for one person and be completely off-putting to another. Finding your perfect fragrance is an entirely personal and unique experience—one that can be hard to navigate, especially when shopping online.
However, because this autumn has brought us a whole host of gorgeous new fragrances that really do deserve to be written about, we decided to showcase these new scents in a different way. Below is a roundup the best autumn fragrances in the hope that it makes the choosing process easier and more meaningful to you. We've even categorised the fragrances by their similarities to other scents you might already be familiar with.
This doesn't mean that these fragrance pairings smell the same (after all, who wants two identical fragrances?). Instead, there's a distinct familiarity with them. So whether you like sweet and fruity scents or you're a lover of all things musky, here's what new autumn perfume you should try, based on the fragrance you wear now.
This sweet fragrance opens with citrussy notes of lemon and mandarin, but sticks to your skin with a base of patchouli and rose.
This is a fresh, green floral scent that dries down to leave a delicate musky rose scent on your skin.
Smooth and intoxicating, this scent is woodsy, spicy and seriously rich.
Spicy, woodsy and full-bodied, there are notes of cinnamon, rum and fig to keep you endlessly guessing.
This powdery, musky scent is warm, sensual and velvety, with notes of rose and jasmine.
Slightly more floral than the original, Mon Guerlain Florale has a warming base from a blend of lavender, sandalwood, iris and vanilla.
With citrus-smelling top notes and a dry-down smell of patchouli, vanilla and rose, Coco Mademoiselle is one of the most popular fragrances for a reason.
With a similarly zesty opening to Coco Mademoiselle, Dior Joy dries down into a woodsy, powdery scent with a hint of musk.
Made with jasmine, amber and ambergris, this unique fragrance has a caramel-like sweetness that lasts forever on your skin.
Velvety sandalwood and vanilla give this fragrance a sweetness that isn't sickly. It's creamy and heady and perfect for people who want a scent that lingers.
Floral and fruity, Royal Mayfair opens with zesty gin but leaves your skin wrapped in a warm blend of creamy rose and pine.
Floral and gritty, Tonka 25 opens with a burst of cedar atlas whilst the warming, sweet tonka bean comes through only after a few minutes. It's one of those scents that really sticks to your skin. Oh, and it launches 15 October.
Sparkling and classic, Gabrielle is a citrusy bouquet of white flowers and ylang-ylang.
Matching Gabrielle with its sparkling top notes, Carat turns more musky and powdery in its dry-down.
The blend of honey and gardenia means this is an elegant and sweet fragrance.
Sweet with a hint of spice, Rose Rouge coats skin in warming cacao, rose and musk.
With orange blossom and bitter orange, this unisex fragrance is fresh, musky and ever-so-slightly sweet.
Strictly speaking, this is being sold as a men's cologne, but we love it for its zesty orange blossom, vetiver and peppery base. Who sticks with gendered fragrances anymore, anyway?
Ahh, the classic lime, basil and mandarin. Who doesn't love that combination? It's fresh, crisp and citrusy (and one of the best summer scents around).
The actual Jo Malone's (and founder of Jo Loves) first eponymous fragrance reminds us somewhat of lime, basil and mandarin. Jo is fresh and full-bodied, with grapefruit, lime, bitter orange and cedarwood.
A smooth, powdery chypre, Donna combines iris with lilacs and vanilla. It's sweet and über flirty.
A sparkling white floral with a hint of tuberose, this dries down to a warming musk on the skin that's pretty and sweet.
YSL's iconic "rock 'n' roll" perfume combines coffee, vanilla and jasmine for a cosy, warming scent.
Created for Givenchy's muse, Audrey Hepburn, L'Interdit is floral and woodsy with a similarly addictive sweetness as YSL.
This is a musky, fruity floral with cassis, freesia and rose that's delicately sweet and elegant.
Warm and sensual, this earthy fragrance has notes of vanilla, sweet jasmine and black musk. This is a seriously addictive evening scent that's perfect for darker nights.
The iconic woodsy musk that is molecule 01 is one of those scents that you either love or hate. It's intriguing and totally individual.
With a blend of bergamot essence, dry amber and fresh wood molecule, Source1 is both the base of all the Hermetica fragrance range, as well as a standalone perfume in its own right.