Even though most of us haven’t gone “back to school” in what feels like forever, there’s something about fall that begs for new beginnings and fresh routines. Enter: a new fragrance. The latest fall fragrances come in gorgeous bottles from the most luxe to minimalist chic designs you’ll want to display. Many are unisex — because whoever decided smells were gendered to begin with? And classic notes like rose and jasmine are trending, along with warm and cozy notes like coffee bean and vanilla. No matter what your style (floral or earthy or spicy) there’s something for everyone. Refresh your scent this season with one of the best new fall fragrances below.
The most Instagrammable of the bunch is YSL’s new Libre (French for ‘free’) parfum. Fortunately, the extremely chic gold logo wrapped around the bottle is matched by delicious contents, too. Orange blossom, lavender, neroli, and mandarin are meant to evoke the feeling of freedom, which YSL calls “the ultimate luxury.”
Fronted (and worn) by Harry Styles, Gucci’s first unisex scent is an earthy blend of Roman chamomile, coral jasmine, and vanilla. The vintage-inspired sea-green bottle is a chic addition to any vanity.
Lancôme’s latest fragrance was created by three female perfumers (perfume is a surprisingly male-dominated industry, so we love to see this). Another inspiring woman (Zendaya) is the beautiful face of the fragrance. At its heart are two types of rose, a classic ingredient showing up in some of our favorite new scents, but there are also notes of jasmine, bergamot, and pear. Also noteworthy? The extremely sleek (and stunningly narrow) bottle is actually refillable.
All of Maison Margiela’s REPLICA fragrances are meant to evoke the specific feel of a time and place — and the latest is a library in Oxford in 1997. According to this interpretation, an Oxford library in 1997 smells like orange blossom with a hit of pepper, patchouli, woody cedar, vetiver, vanilla, and tonka bean. Could anything possibly feel more autumnally appropriate? (Answer: we don’t think so).
Floral Street is a British brand that’s just made its US debut at Sephora and we’re loving its Ylang Ylang Espresso scent for Fall. After all, there’s nothing to wake our senses up from the slower pace of summer like a fragrance in which coffee beans are a key note. Red rose (again!), ylang ylang, and jasmine add a natural twist to the creamy coffee aroma. It sounds like an unusual blend, but that’s what makes it interesting.
Inspired by road trips along California’s central coast, this clean fragrance (another that’s unisex!) is citrusy and floral, with notes of grapefruit, jasmine, and vetiver. It’ll help you hold onto summery vibes no matter how chilly the air gets.
Oud is one of perfume’s most famous notes. Known for being the most expensive wood in the world, this ingredient is a coveted one. In Brooklyn-based D.S. & Durga’s latest launch they’ve combined this alluring note with papyrus, saffron, and Bulgarian rose for a very sexy scent.
Making yet another strong case for rose as the scent of the moment is this reissued fragrance from Chantecaille. Darby Rose is a scent long-time followers of the brand’s two-decade history may remember, and so while it’s not 100 percent new, it hadn’t been available for over 15 years. Adorned with the designs of heritage decor company DeGournay, it’s even hard to throw away this scent’s gorgeous box. Bulgarian rose meets fresh, fruity notes like jeweled raspberry and Italian lemon and gets depth from sandalwood and patchouli.
This nostalgic scent smells just as you’d imagine it would, but better. The smell of leather is recognizable to just about everyone and feels vintage-y, warm, and comforting. Of course, the scent of leather is prevalent, but pepper, clove, and green violet (among others) make appearances here too.
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