As the Northern Hemisphere begins to tilt further away from the sun, the air gets crisper, the days become shorter, and we start seeking out cozy aromas that wrap us up like a cashmere sweater. Fruity, floral scents take a backseat on our vanities to make way for heady, smoky aromas—the kind of notes that mimic autumn's gray skies and golden foliage. 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.
Take a look at our top picks below.
L.A. It girl Anine Bing's fashion line is gaining huge traction, and her 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.
If ever a quintessentially autumn scent were created, it's this earthy blend of ambrette, coconut water, and patchouli. It's musky with just a hint of sweetness, like a small reminder of summer's passing.
This reinvention of the iconic '90s-era Obsession fragrances comes by way of clean, clear packaging and androgynous scents: The women's fragrance is built on a traditionally male top note (lavender), and the men's variation is a masculine interpretation of vanilla.
This unisex fragrance is rich and heady with top notes of pear, raspberry and warm saffron, and patchouli and amber musk at its heart.
Beautiful enough to tout as a tiny accessory, this woody-meets-floral fragrance boasts top notes of Italian plum, iris flower, and saffron, and base notes of vetiver, papyrus woods, and liquid amber.
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.
As inferred by the name, this fragrance is smoky and woody with hints of sweet chestnut to bring you straight into winter (but we're not rushing the seasons).
The latest installation of 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.
"Amethyst and French Grey continue to build upon the story of Nirvana as we further explore notes that Ashley and I are drawn to: dark and rich, light and floral," Mary-Kate Olsen explains in a press email.
Earthy notes of vetiver, patchouli, and floral bouquets come together to form a woody blend that's equal parts curious and reserved.
Created to mimic 1960s Hollywood, this scent combines carnation warmed with clove and a smoky wood base note to evoke confidence à la Marilyn Monroe.
A romantic black bottle mysteriously houses a fresh, citrusy orange floral scent punctuated with musky patchouli and oak moss.
"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.
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.
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