Fall is here whether we like it or not. While I love summer and hate saying goodbye to it every year, the arrival of new fragrances makes fall easier to welcome. I'm obsessed with scents of all kinds and don't believe in seasonality regarding fragrance—wear what you want all year.
However, I do love an equally warm, spicy, and sweet scent, and fall is when they come out in droves. A handful of gorgeous scents have dropped recently that'll make you feel warm and cozy—even when outside feels like the opposite. Read more about some of our favorites ahead.
Ellis Brooklyn Vanilla Milk
This might be my favorite fragrance of the year so far. It's a creamy, confectionary take on vanilla that feels light and flaky, like a vanilla ice cream and fresh croissant hybrid. The scent has two types of vanilla extract to double down on the hero note and lets it breathe with a touch of florals that adds an airiness to the smell. It's held down by delicious cocoa at the base and a touch of woody amyris.
The standout here, though, is the milk accord, which gives the scent a lactic, salty note, that's almost reminiscent of skin. It's a multifaceted take on vanilla that you keep rediscovering throughout wear. There are a lot of vanilla fragrances out there, but this one is worth checking out.
Kayali Lovefest Burning Cherry 48
Kayali's Lovefest is an indulgent take on cherry that expands by accenting it with notes that pull it in different directions. Yes, it's fruity but also woody, spicy, sweet, and charred.
There are some notes you'd expect and some you wouldn't. A burning cherry is complemented by a juicy raspberry and brings and brings fire to caramelized praline. Then, a surprising base of palo santo, guaiac wood, and patchouli are layered on for a woody depth that darkens the fragrance, giving it both maturity and mystery. Kayali's more recent releases have gone into brighter, fruitier territory with Utopia Vanilla Coco and Eden Juicy Apple. This is a bold, unexpected take on the fruit family that works.
EAUSO Vert Purple Noon
Eauso Vert is a new collection of five fragrances, and I can't stop wearing this one. It's a bright, sweet, tangy scent that's equally citrusy, green, and flora. Top notes of ginger, orange, neroli, bergamot, and coconut water sit on top of a floral heart, all held together by a base of florals, vanilla, and musk. A lot is going on, but it's never too much. I love it and can't wait to discover more of the fragrance collection once I can bring myself to put this one down.
Snif Dead Dino
Dead Dino might be one of the most interesting fragrances of the year. It's a fragrant interpretation of gasoline—hear me out—but it's really good. This scent is the first drop from the new Snif sub-brand, No Noses Inc., meant to take the brand into new experimental territories, and they're doing just that.
Snif takes a gasoline accord (stay with me here) and blends it with pink pepper, ginger, magnolia, earthy orris, green davana, and woody notes to make something that resembles an elevated, artistic take on gas.
It starts very dark and smoky, almost like a burnt-out match or stale cigarette smoke. As it wears, it gets brighter and heats up on your skin. By the end of the day, it becomes noticeably sweeter, with a honey-like amber. This isn't the first automotive-adjacent fragrance to hit the market, and many scents have interpreted the new car smell, luxury leather interiors, and even tire tread. Still, this is one of the best vehicle-inspired scents I've tried thus far.
Diptyque Eau Rihla
Diptyque's Eau Rihla is a leather fragrance that's both bold and soft, like a vintage jacket. The rich, leathery notes are layered with spicy pepper, woody cedar and finished with saffron and vanilla.
Like many notes, leather can show up differently in fragrance: Some scents can be warm and inviting, some dark and intimidating. This one emulates the texture of plush, luxurious leather and invites you to come closer. A sensual and bold fragrance is a bit of an outlier for Diptyque, but though they don't do it often, they still do it very well.
Tom Ford Noir Extreme Parfum
Tom Ford took something already extreme and made it a parfum, meaning it has a higher oil concentration, so the scent will be more potent and longer lasting.
Noir Extreme Parfum is made for fall. It's cardamom, ginger, tonka bean, and woods, dialed up, and it's very good. The tonka bean brings a much-needed sweetness to the scent that could otherwise easily be too smothering. It's indulgent and hedonistic but deftly balanced, so the wear never gets suffocating. When I think of Tom Ford, I think of scents like this, a great example of a smells the brand does well.
LUSH Superworld Unknown
LUSH is one of the most underrated perfumers in the game, and the brand makes many of my all-time faves. Superworld Unknown is inspired by a carnival and turns out to be a people-pleaser with something for everyone. A soft rose blossoms beautifully on the skin, reading like a musk. Juicy lime livens up the scent with a bright, citrusy zest. A bit of cassia and sandalwood adds spice to meld it all together.
This was interesting from the second I sprayed it on, but it gets exponentially better as it wears. It's round and beautiful on the skin and works its way down to a sweet, alluring musk. Throughout wear, it's very welcoming and approachable, great for anyone or any season.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian 724
This scent is inspired by the light of a pure blue sky behind a cityscape. How would that smell as a fragrance? Well, I guess a lot like this. It takes a few fragrance families that can be headache-inducing on their own and makes them work together quite beautifully. It's part aldehydes, which smell very clean and has metallic and floral notes. It sounds odd, but it is pulled off beautifully.
It's an effervescent, refreshing scent that feels like a fresh, cool breeze on your skin. It's sophisticated without feeling sporty and floral without feeling typical. I was apprehensive about this one, but it was a pleasant surprise that I'll be returning to often.
This fragrance bottle is stunning, and the scent it houses is just as good. A bright note of neroli mixes with fresh jasmine for a luminous, breezy opening. A heavy dose of amber in the form of Prada's (trademarked) Ambrofix accord warms it up and gives it a caramelized sweetness that the other notes stick to. It wears consistently and is equally sweet, warm, and floral.
Viktor & Rolf Good Fortune
Good Fortune is an aromatic floral that's more reserved than many fragrances Viktor & Rolf is known for but beautiful nonetheless. A blend of jasmine, fennel, and vanilla bourbon gives you a soft, plush experience throughout wear, with all the notes melting together into one warm, breezy scent.
While Good Fortune might not be as loud as its predecessors, the scent does give you consistent wear throughout the day. Soft but consistent is a challenging balance to strike, but the Good Fortune is a masterclass in both.
Mugler Alien Goddess Intense
Mugler took the original Alien Goddess, a gorgeous, solar sunscreen floral, and upped the intensity by adding creamy coconut. When you take the original blend of bergamot, jasmine, and bourbon vanilla and add the sweetness of coconut and resinous benzoin, you get a fragrance that transports you to a warmer location as colder months approach that'll feel like a warm vacation in the dead of winter.
By Rosie Jane DULCE
Rosie Jane is known for her soft, airy floral scents that are lightweight and easy to wear. The new scent moves into a new, sweeter territory, an expansion that feels long overdue but welcome all the same.
DULCE blends vanilla, hinoki wood, and nude musk for a creamy, softly sweet scent that's confectionary, like eating a cupcake with buttercream frosting on a warm day, without being sweet enough to give you a toothache. People tend to be nervous about sweet fragrances, but this is balanced enough to be a gateway to sweeter aromas without scaring the wearer away.
Mind Games Double Attack
This fragrance is built around a note that I think is underused in fragrance: chocolate. Double Attack is accented with orange bitters, pink pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, and sandalwood, to name a few. If the idea of a chocolatey fragrance scares you, don't let it. It's not giving you a Willy Wonka fantasy, and it's more of just a warm, sweet, and spicy experience that is disarmingly good and leaves you wanting more.
Marissa Zappas Annabel's Birthday Cake
Annabel's Birthday Cake is a celebration of birthdays, nostalgia, and joy that is as sweet a cake. It's inviting, wearable, and undeniably delicious, like warm cake and creamy frosting.
It opens with notes of heliotrope, a flower with hints of almond, vanilla, lemon sugar, and—get this—balloons. The fragrance's heart gives way to candied rose petals, tuberose frosting, and cake, with a base of honeycomb, roasted tonka, and cocoa absolute. It finishes with the tiniest bit of rubber from a balloon floating through the air. Annabel's Birthday Cake is absolutely one of a kind, and it's a real party.
PHLUR Somebody Wood
Somebody Wood's name is a dead giveaway of its belonging to the wood family. Still, it's layered beautifully without making it too heavy, dry, or stale. Juicy bergamot, floral cyclamen, and spicy saffron open the fragrance up, each note making the scent even better as it evolves. A blend of sandalwood and cedar makes a perfectly balanced wood, with moss and musk at the end, giving the scent more room to breathe.
It's not too heavy, but it's consistent, so it will smell just as good at the end of the day as when you spray it on. PHLUR has spent the better part of the year dropping fragrances like wildfire, but I think they finally hit a stride with Somebody Wood.