These Are the Autumn Fragrances You Should Wear, Based on What You Wear Now

Updated 04/25/19

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.

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Dior Miss Dior EDP
Dior Miss Dior EDP $54
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This sweet fragrance opens with citrussy notes of lemon and mandarin, but sticks to your skin with a base of patchouli and rose. 

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Jo Malone Honeysuckle and Davana
Jo Malone Honeysuckle and Davana $94
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This is a fresh, green floral scent that dries down to leave a delicate musky rose scent on your skin. 

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Tom Ford Oud Wood EDP
Tom Ford Oud Wood EDP $162
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Smooth and intoxicating, this scent is woodsy, spicy and seriously rich. 

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Byredo Eleventh Hour
Byredo Eleventh Hour $160
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Spicy, woodsy and full-bodied, there are notes of cinnamon, rum and fig to keep you endlessly guessing. 

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Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Poudrée
Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Poudrée $41
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This powdery, musky scent is warm, sensual and velvety, with notes of rose and jasmine. 

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Guerlain Mon Guerlain Florale
Guerlain Mon Guerlain Florale $70
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Slightly more floral than the original, Mon Guerlain Florale has a warming base from a blend of lavender, sandalwood, iris and vanilla.

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Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle $77
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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.

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Dior Joy
Dior Joy $75
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With a similarly zesty opening to Coco Mademoiselle, Dior Joy dries down into a woodsy, powdery scent with a hint of musk.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 $195
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Made with jasmine, amber and ambergris, this unique fragrance has a caramel-like sweetness that lasts forever on your skin.

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Diptyque 34, Boulevard Saint Germain
Diptyque 34, Boulevard Saint Germain $135
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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.

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Creed Royal Mayfair
Creed Royal Mayfair $200
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Floral and fruity, Royal Mayfair opens with zesty gin but leaves your skin wrapped in a warm blend of creamy rose and pine.

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Le Labo Tonka 25
Le Labo Tonka 25 $125
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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.

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Chanel Gabrielle
Chanel Gabrielle $82
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Sparkling and classic, Gabrielle is a citrusy bouquet of white flowers and ylang-ylang.

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Cartier Carat
Cartier Carat $111
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Matching Gabrielle with its sparkling top notes, Carat turns more musky and powdery in its dry-down.  

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Elie Saab Le Parfum
Elie Saab Le Parfum $61
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The blend of honey and gardenia means this is an elegant and sweet fragrance. 

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Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge
Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge $130
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Sweet with a hint of spice, Rose Rouge coats skin in warming cacao, rose and musk. 

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Diptyque Eau de Sens
Diptyque Eau de Sens $90
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With orange blossom and bitter orange, this unisex fragrance is fresh, musky and ever-so-slightly sweet.

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Hermès Terre d'Hermès Eau Intense Vetiver
Hermès Terre d'Hermès Eau Intense Vetiver $64
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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?

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Jo Malone Lime, Basil and Mandarin
Jo Malone Lime, Basil and Mandarin $94
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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).

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Jo Loves Jo by Jo Loves
Jo Loves Jo by Jo Loves $115
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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.

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Valentino Donna EDP
Valentino Donna EDP $72
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A smooth, powdery chypre, Donna combines iris with lilacs and vanilla. It's sweet and über flirty.

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Miu Miu Fleur d'Argent
Miu Miu Fleur d'Argent $75
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A sparkling white floral with a hint of tuberose, this dries down to a warming musk on the skin that's pretty and sweet.

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YSL Black Opium
YSL Black Opium $52
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YSL's iconic "rock 'n' roll" perfume combines coffee, vanilla and jasmine for a cosy, warming scent.

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Givenchy L'Interdit
Givenchy L'Interdit $83
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Created for Givenchy's muse, Audrey Hepburn, L'Interdit is floral and woodsy with a similarly addictive sweetness as YSL.

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Giorgio Armani Si
Giorgio Armani Si $63
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This is a musky, fruity floral with cassis, freesia and rose that's delicately sweet and elegant. 

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Bulgari Goldea the Roman Night Absolute
Bulgari Goldea the Roman Night Absolute $72
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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.

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Escentric Molecules Molecule 01
Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 $72
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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. 

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Hermetica Source1
Hermetica Source1 $180
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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.

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