As fall breezes in, with comes a series of appropriate new scents: The musty August heat gives way to crispy leaves, the vague scent of firewood, and an ever-more-palpable bite to the air.
So as we break out our sweaters, leather jackets, and boots (finally, finally, finally), it only makes sense that we switch up our fragrance wardrobe as well—after all, the scents outside are changing, and ours might as well too. And with a recent boon of amazing new fragrances on the market, there's never been a better time to find a seasonal signature scent.
That being said, choosing the perfect scent is no easy task—especially when you're browsing online. Fortunately, Byrdie's editorial team happens to be a fragrance-obsessed bunch, and we're more than happy to do some sniff-testing on your behalf. Below, find our picks for the best fragrances to try this season—for every autumn mood.
One of the newest offerings from cool-girl Brooklyn fragrance house D.S. & Durga, Radio Bombay is spicy, warm, and exotic. Sandalwood is the starring note here, rounded out by musk, cream, peach, cedar, and ambrette. Copper lends it just the slightest metallic bite. Those who prefer more masculine fragrances are likely to be smitten with this unique blend.
For those not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, this sunny cocktail of bergamot, sandalwood, and vanilla makes for the perfect transitional scent. Inspired by the bazaars of Morocco, notes of musk, Bulgarian rose, and amber give this fragrance a cozy depth to withstand the cooler temps.
Believe it or not, 2016 marks cult-fave Byredo's 10th anniversary—and in celebration, the Swedish fragrance house opted to show some love to its staunch fandom. Its newest fragrance has no name, complete with a blank label and stick-on letters awaiting your personalization. As for the scent itself, it's as addictive and distinct as we could ever expect from Byredo: an earthy but uplifting blend of tree moss, balsam fir, violet, gin, and pink peppercorn.
Feminine and assured, Loewe's newest fragrance is an olfactive ode to women. A sparkling hit of citrus and pink pepper dries down to a dreamy, enveloping blend of jasmine, sandalwood, and linen.
Launching in November, the newest scent from NYC's Vilhelm Parfumerie is as sumptuous and fun as its name implies—it's the kind of scent that really shines as it mingles with the musk of your skin. Sandalwood, tobacco, salt, and vetiver round out juicy notes of fig and pomelo.
If your go-to fragrance tends to be a couple dabs of essential oil, Stark's simple but gorgeous scented rollerballs are likely your go-to. We're particularly smitten with Frontier, a cocktail of mandarin, amber, and musk that has an undeniably woodsy feel.
The follow-up to 2014's Bonbon, this iteration takes the original gourmand scent up a notch. Sweet notes of caramel, vanilla, citrus, and peach are grounded by earthy patchouli, sandalwood, and blond tobacco.
Wallflowers need not apply: This amber-centric fragrance is nothing short of opulent.
The fifth and final in a series of new fragrances Bottega Veneta released earlier this year, Parco Palladiano V is a green, aromatic, and slightly masculine mélange of sage, rosemary, and laurels—perfect for those who live for the crisp edge to fall's foliage.
It's like a trip around the world housed in one intoxicating bottle: This luxurious amber-centric blend highlights tonka bean from Brazil, siamese Benzoin, and musky labdanum from Spain.
This party in a bottle was inspired by the cabarets of 1920s Berlin—a celebratory cocktail of lily, iris, patchouli, citrus, cedarwood, and saffron that will carry you right through holiday party season.
Heed the call of the wild with the essence of a Siberian forest. Patchouli, pine, coriander, mint, cypress, and leather make for an earthy, herbal feel not unlike a great cologne.
Which fragrance will you be wearing this fall? Tell us in the comments below.