As far as our fall fragrance habits are concerned, it's in with the new… but not necessarily out with the old. To be clear, this year's crop of autumnal scents is particularly impressive—thanks to a rapidly growing market of indie and niche brands, it's never been easier to find a really interesting, unique scent. But much like the perfectly worn-in knit sweater we lovingly pull from storage every October, we also still stand by our longstanding seasonal favorites.
So consider this our ode to all of the above: Below, we count down the scents we'll be wearing all fall, from the new launches we're loving to the standbys that we'll never stop spritzing.
"By the Fireplace is like the burnt marshmallow of my dreams. It starts off super smoky and fades into a softly sweet—but not too sweet—scent. It evokes fireplaces and hot toddies and scarves, and it's the only thing I want during the cold-weather seasons."
"This honestly works all year long, but fall is my favorite time to wear it. It's an androgynous scent that's at once smoky like a campfire and bitterly sweet like dark chocolate. It's sultry in a unisex way and perfect for chilly nights at, say, a wine bar."
"This scent is a bit polarizing—I actually didn't love it the first time I tried it, which, as a Byredo addict, was heartbreaking. I'm so glad I gave it another shot because it has quickly become one of my go-to fragrances. The cedar note here is very reminiscent of pencil shavings upon first sniff, but then it settles into this gorgeous, musky warmth, cut by just a little bit of green and earthy vetiver. It's the kind of scent that gets better the longer it sits and mingles with your skin, which is really intoxicating."
"I thought I had found my fall fragrance soulmate in Odin's Seylon ($165), which I've been wearing for a few years. And while it still remains one of my very favorites, D.S. & Durga's newest launch is quickly gaining rank as a contender. Not surprisingly, it's a similar scent profile: spicy, earthy, and a little masculine, just what I love for the colder months."
"This scent is described as 'alluring, mysterious, and sensual,' which, if you had me verbalize the perfect scent in three words, is probably exactly what I'd describe. I first caught a whiff of this scent after our editorial director, Faith, spritzed it, and I immediately scoped out her desk afterward to find out what it was. It's sweet, musky, and completely idyllic for fall."
"I arrived pretty late to the Byredo party, but I'm so glad I finally RSVPd. Gypsy Water is the perfect musky scent that's still feminine, with notes of lemon, pepper, vanilla, and pine (among other tantalizing scents). It's pretty much all of my favorite fragrances wrapped into one. My Uber driver even told me that my perfume was 'remarkable,' so I guess that's saying something."
Rag & Bone Amber Eau de Parfum ($140)
"Aged liquor with a hint of vanilla sounds like a cocktail I'd like to drink, and also happens to be two notes in the perfect fall scent from Rag & Bone's brand-new line of fragrances. Amber wafts over you with notes like rum and oud while trails of tobacco and vanilla linger on your skin for hours after the first spritz. It's not a perfume for the faint of heart; it's better fit for seducing (and pairing with a smoldering smoky eye)."
"On the other side of the spectrum, Molecule 01 is exquisitely light and barely discernable on your skin—but that doesn't make it any less intoxicating. For those unschooled, Escentric Molecules is the cool-kid UK fragrance brand for people who hate fragrances—or just don't want to suffocate those around them with their scent. Each of the Molecule fragrances contains just one synthetic molecule each. Their magic ability lies in the fact that the wearer won't be able to smell the scent on themselves after spritzing, but those around them will wonder why they're suddenly attracted to their scent (I can attest). I'm currently obsessed with Molecule 01, which features a molecule known as Iso E Super and is commonly used as a base in other fragrances to up their appeal. Alone, it smells like your crush's clean skin at a Fourth of July bonfire. It's by far the most unique scent I've ever heard of or tried. Frankly, I'm obsessed."
"This super-warm, rich scent is perfect for layers and burgundy lipstick. Truthfully, I'm a fan of it all year round, but there's something so lovely about the way it hugs your body when the weather turns—just like a cashmere sweater or leather jacket. A blend of sandalwood and florals, this scent feels earthy, sexy, and mysterious. I'm so ready to crunch down on some fallen autumn leaves after thoroughly spritzing myself down with this one."
"I couldn’t wait to sample the newest iteration of Elizabeth and James’s Nirvana fragrance collection as soon as it came across my desk. This one—a mix of vanilla, bourbon, oakwood, and just a hint of tuberose—feels delightfully androgynous. It’s warm, woody, and surprisingly subtle when applied to your wrists and along your neck. It just feels like fall, in a jean jacket and whisky on the rocks kind of way."
I love how this scent mixes unexpected elements together to create something beautiful—like orange blossom, white florals, and pink peppercorn. It's fresh, light, and makes me feel like hitting the road.
Which fragrance are you wearing this fall? Tell us in the comments below.