The 20 Best Fall Scents to Feel Chic and Cozy

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The best fall scents aren’t just about notes, and that’s especially true as the season defines it. Wearers can experiment with bolder compositions and daring ideas without fear of heat waves. Autumn is the time when fragrances focused on gourmand elements, spices and powerful florals take center stage, but this year it is also allowed to tell great stories. Inspirations behind the latest releases range from the personal – a perfumer’s love letter to his poet father – to the historical, including homages to queens, pirates, explorers and courtesans.

The range of what is on offer speaks to the creativity that lies within each bottle. Even fragrances that don’t nod to specific people have impressive stories; with a single spritz, you can celebrate the joys of city life or swap the concrete jungle for a journey through the Amazon. You can also revisit the classics through new eco-responsible incarnations of popular fragrances. Scroll through the best fall scents below.

Lazare Douvos The Love Note collection

Nothing beats a romantic tale, and Lazarus Douvos has more than a few. The beauty legend’s The Love Note collection recounts three moments of magic moving from sultry (I Went Down on You in St. Tropez’s lush blackcurrant and fig) to serene (We Met in Roma) sparkling with orange blossom and geranium. Fittingly, there’s even a City of Lights outing with flirtatious You Kissed Me in Paris, a marigold and tangerine sweet treat accented with cardamom.

Lazarus Douvos I Went On You In St. Tropez Eau de Parfum

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Lazare Douvos You Kissed Me In Paris Eau de Parfum

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Lazare Douvos We Met In Roma Eau de Parfum

Call ex nihilo sandalwood

Ease and sophistication go hand in hand in Ex Nihilo’s intoxicating Santal Calling, perfumer Antoine Maisondieu’s exploration of sandalwood. The warm and comforting aspects of the note are amplified by the addition of gourmet elements such as nutmeg, vanilla and a milky accord close to a spoonful of cream. Together, the woody-meets-foodie combination is as chic and comfortable as a cashmere sweater.

Ex Nihilo Santal Calling Eau de Parfum

Dusita Montri

After years of referencing the poems of her father, the famous Thai writer Montri Umavijani, in her work, Dusita founder Pissara wanted to pay homage to the man himself. Her memories of Montri’s personality and her favorite scent notes serve as the basis for her namesake scent, a spicy blend of nutmeg, coriander and cinnamon accented with petitgrain and orris butter. The gourmet elements are combined with flowers such as ylang-ylang and damask rose to create an enveloping and intense experience.

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Dusita Montri Eau de Parfum

Francis Kurkdjian House 724

The city never sleeps, but neither does Francis Kurkdjian’s muse. The latest from the master perfumer is an ode to the spirit of non-stop cities like Paris and New York. A jolt of Italian bergamot, Egyptian jasmine and sandalwood, 724 feels suitably cosmopolitan, even when worn away from the concrete jungle.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian 724 Eau de Parfum

Burberry its elixir

Anyone with a sweet tooth knows that fall is jam season, and if you love the scent of jams, jellies or fruit butter, Burberry’s latest is worth your attention. A remix of the brand’s “Her” scent, it starts with an edible combo of strawberry and blackberry. However, don’t expect to smell like a pot of Bonne Maman; sandalwood and amber in the bottom keep things classy.

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Burberry Her Perfume Elixir

Summer hours Weekends

Own fragrance brand Summer Hours encourages its wearers to ignore their calendars. The seasons change, but the carefree vibe of summer is worth revisiting all year round, as is the fresh scent of honeysuckle and Le Weekend peony. Created to celebrate the “pursuit of happiness”, it smells of joy. Grass clippings, bergamot and green woods combine for a verdant concoction that is both refreshing and inviting.

Raw Material Parisian Musk

Matiere Premiere keeps things simple; each fragrance from founder Aurélien Guichard focuses on a single raw ingredient, then takes it to the next level using organic and ethical materials. Parisian Musc is all about the Peruvian ambrette seed, aka musk mallow, a plant from the hibiscus family used in place of traditional musk. Combined with cedar oil and ambroxan, the ingredient is highlighted, its sweetness and woody qualities amplified.

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Raw Material Parisian Musk Eau de Parfum

Gucci Flora Gorgeous Jasmine

Alessandro Michele knows how to keep things interesting. Moments before the Gucci designer sent twins on his spring 2023 runway, he launched Gorgeous Jasmine, the sister scent to 2021’s popular Gorgeous Gardenia. Presented in a vintage-inspired bottle featuring one of the floral prints iconic Gucci scents, the fragrance makes an instant impression, and the decorative packaging matches its notes. A garden of jasmine, magnolia and rose, as well as a touch of pink pepper, make it an extraordinary experience.

Gucci Flora Gorgeous Jasmine Eau De Parfum

Hermès Hermessence Violette Volynka

If Hermès’ Violette Volynka were one of her famous handbags, it would be an understated Lindy bag, not the ubiquitous Birkin. The blend of powdery violet and a Russian Volynka leather accord signed by perfumer Christine Nagel is masterful and in perfect harmony with the aesthetics of the house.

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Hermès Violette Volynka Eau de Toilette

Marissa Zappas La Divina

Notable historical heroines were the starting point for Marissa Zappas’ Redmance collection, but the independent perfumer avoided the usual suspects. His inspiration included bold characters like the Chinese pirate Zheng Yi Sao aka Ching Shih, Queen Nzinga of the kingdoms of Ndongo and Matamba, and the Roman courtesan and muse of Raphael Imperia Cognati. Zappas creates olfactory portraits of each woman using ingredients from their respective regions. The most autumnal of the bunch is the rose and cassis La Divina, which has a sultry dryness centered on oakmoss, worthy of Raphael’s favorite muse.

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Aroma Costa Brazil

The aroma of Costa Brazil is unlike anything else in your fragrance collection. Designed to evoke thoughts of the Amazon rainforest at dawn and fragrant resins originating in its jungle, Aroma’s blend of smoky cedarwood, vetiver and patchouli is transporting. Fashion designer Francisco Costa’s touch is evident in every aspect of the presentation, from the refillable white ash bottle made from sustainably sourced wood to the FSC-certified paper box that opens like a gift.

Costa Brazil Aroma Eau de Parfum

Amouage Opening Woman

The aptly named Overture by Amouage is a sensational fragrance. If you love an olfactory trail and are striving for an entrance, its luxurious blend of pyrogenic incense, rose centifolia, saffron, and leather will suit you perfectly. Although the lyrical nature of the juice leaves an impression, the notes blend together so well that they create perfect harmony.

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Amouage Overture Woman Eau de Parfum

Dior J’Adore Eau De Parfum

Since its launch in 1999, J’Adore by Dior has been a constant on the list of best-selling fragrances. Yet, rather than resting on its laurels, the house is constantly finding new ways to interpret the classic. The latest J’Adore d’Eau is a clean beauty lover’s dream; its alcohol-free composition and natural ingredients like sambac jasmine and neroli essential oil make it the purest version to date. Add in a sustainably designed refillable bottle.

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Dior J’adore Eau de Parfum

Ormonde Jayne Gatsby 22

The 2020s may not be as decadent as the 1920s, but the Jazz Age look, sound and spirit remain compelling. For Gatsby 22, Ormonde Jayne’s latest perfumer, Linda Pilkington, turned to the era and the tragic hero of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The crowd-pleasing cocktail filled with Sicilian lemon, osmanthus, orange blossom and violet shimmers with the raucous energy of a West-Egg party.

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Liis studied

A thoughtful blend of pear, white cedar and matcha tea, Liis’s Studied is serene and soothing. While it’s ideal for an afternoon spent reading books and indulging in literary pursuits, Studied’s inviting notes of carrot seed and ambrette ensure it’s versatile enough for any occasion.

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Liis Studyd Eau de Parfum

Atelier Materi Iris Ebene

Atelier Materi perfumes are tributes to craftsmanship. Founder Véronique Le Bihan’s focus on raw materials means that each composition is filled with the highest quality ingredients. In Iris Ebene by perfumer Marie Hugentobler, attention to detail shines through. Made from an iris absolute that takes six years to distill from the plant’s roots into its purest form, it captures all the richness of powdery florals. The sweet and familiar note is then accentuated with allspice, Peruvian balsam and leather.

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Atelier Materi Iris Ebene

The Legacy of Petra of Penhaligon

A bold combination of myrrh, licorice wood and amber, The Legacy of Petra pays homage to 20th-century archaeologist and explorer Gertrude Bell and her travels, including a trip to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan . An ideal transporting experience for chilly autumn days, its use of notes like fennel seed and green tea adds an irresistible herbal quality.

The Legacy of Petra of Penhaligon

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilique

Guerlain’s popular Aqua Allegoria line got an update this year when the French brand switched to organic ingredients, including sustainably grown beetroot alcohol. New additions to the collection, such as the aromatic Mandarine Basil, make the most of these changes. A step into a garden filled with ripe tangerines and pungent herbs like basil, it captures the pleasures of the outdoors.

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Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basil Eau de Toilette

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