As the northern hemisphere begins to tilt further away from the sun, the air gets crisper, and the days become shorter, we start seeking out cozy aromas that wrap us up like a cashmere sweater. The fruity, floral scents we wore last season are pushed slightly farther back on our vanities to make way for heady, smoky variations—the kind of notes that mimic autumn's gray skies, golden foliage, and the painful yet beautiful deterioration of summer's bright, flourishing vegetation.
It's an exciting swap for us to make, as fall fragrances usually translate to those that are cozier and bolder and emulate the best part of the colder seasons—fires, big sweaters, leaves crunching beneath you as you walk around, warm beverage in hand. In preparation for the cooler months, we've rounded up the best fall scents you almost won't want to cover up with a scarf.
1. Ellis Brooklyn Raven Eau de Parfum
Like the mysterious, unsuspecting descent of the jet-black bird this fragrance is named after, Raven slowly vacillates between bittersweet mandarin and rhubarb before landing forcibly yet curiously, on heady base notes of patchouli, blonde woods, and liquid musk.
2. Anine Bing Savage Rose
L.A. It girl Anine Bing's first-ever fragrance is just as chic and cool as her tastefully-curated range of clothing and accessories. Described as "a forgotten rose garden in full bloom," this blend of Bulgarian and white rose is made more mysterious with hints of black pepper and musk.
3. Byredo Velvet Haze Eau de Parfum
If ever a quintessential autumn scent were created, it's this cozy blend of ambrette, coconut water, and patchouli. It's musky with just a hint of sweetness—like a small reminder of summer's passing.
4. Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning
While summer weekends are reserved for bathing in the sun, sipping fruity cocktails, and packing in as much outdoor activity as possible, fall weekends are all about nestling under the blankets on your couch. This fragrance, aptly named Lazy Sunday Morning, aims to evoke that same feeling of lounging in your pajamas with the windows open while the crisp air makes you crave a warm latte. Enjoy clean, gentle notes of lily of the valley, iris, and white musk.
5. Calvin Klein Obsessed for Women Eau de Parfum Spray
This reinvention of the iconic Calvin Klein "Obsession" fragrances comes by way of clean, clear packaging and androgynous scents: The women's fragrance is built on a traditionally more masculine top note (lavender), and the men's variation contains a subtle interpretation of vanilla.
6. Gucci Oud Eau de Parfum
This fragrance is rich and heady with top notes of pear, raspberry, and warm saffron. Patchouli and amber musk give an earthy component that ties everything together perfectly.
7. Marc Jacobs Decadence
Beautiful enough to tout as a tiny accessory, this woody-meets-floral fragrance boasts top notes of Italian plum, iris flower, and saffron. Base notes include vetiver, papyrus woods, and liquid amber.
8. Molton Brown Jasmine & Sun Rose Eau de Toilette
Molton Brown's scent, Jasmine & Sun Rose, evokes the heavenly scent of fresh summer florals along with top notes of rose and peach offset by patchouli and musk.
9. Ralph Lauren Woman
Designed with the fierce, powerful woman in mind, this fragrance is light at first with notes of white floral, then punchy with base notes of sandalwood and hazelnut.
10. Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace
As inferred by the name, this smoky and woody fragrance with hints of sweet chestnut will give you all the winter feels (but we're not rushing the seasons).
11. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Amethyst
The latest installation of Elizabeth and James' Nirvana fragrances are Amethyst and French Grey. The latter boasts notes of tobacco, sweet honeysuckle, and spicy cedar wood, while the former is rich in lavender, honeyed neroli, and earthy musk.
12. Diptyque Vetyverio Eau de Parfum
Earthy notes of vetiver, patchouli, and floral bouquets in this fragrance come together to form a woody blend that's equal parts curious and reserved.
13. Vilhelm Parfumerie Do Not Disturb
Created to mimic 1960s Hollywood, this scent combines carnation and clove with a smoky wood base note to evoke sultry confidence à la Marilyn Monroe.
14. EB Florals Flower Oud Orange Flower Perfume
A romantic black bottle mysteriously houses a fresh, citrusy orange floral scent punctuated with musky patchouli and oak moss.
15. Jo Malone English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne
"Earthy. Enticing. Enchanting," boasts the brand of this fragrance, and we'd have to agree—the scent is like talking a walk though a storybook forrest, with hints of moss, oak, vetiver, and of course, warm hazelnut.
16. Annick Goutal Nuit et Confidences Eau de Parfum Spray
A little spicy, a little sweet, this chic 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 and witness firsthand the magnetic allure you'll emit.
17. Louis Vuitton Attrape-Rêves
Louis Vuitton's master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud created this peony-meets-patchouli fragrance as celebratory and evoking wonderment, like a trail of shooting stars. Its notes read a bit more summer than fall, but for those of us relishing in the unseasonably warm weather, we can spritz this in fête.