You hear it all the time: We’re living in the golden age of television. And yet, the critical consensus is that this fall’s lineup of new shows is looking, well, not so hot. (Apologies if you’ve been waiting breathlessly for the debut of Young Sheldon.) So, is there any hope for the TV-obsessed? Actually, yes. Plenty of quality shows are returning for another season, and with a little imagination, your favorite program can lead you to discover a new fall fragrance that fits your couch potato persona. By zeroing in on what you love about the shows you watch (dry humor! scintillating storylines!), you can find a scent that matches your viewing mood. So, whether you’re into yuks or jaw-dropping cliffhangers, let this fall TV guide lead you to your new favorite fragrance.
Drama! Intrigue! And even more delicious, delightful drama! That could easily describe a day in the life of Pope & Associates, but it’s also true of Bottega Veneta’s newest fragrance, Eau de Velours. This dark, moody perfume is the scent equivalent of an expensive cashmere sweater, wrapping its wearer up in a seductive mix of rose, pink peppercorn, and rich leather. Landing on the perfect office-to-dinner fragrance for fall and winter: It’s handled.
Riverdale brings a lot of things to the table: gripping high-school drama, mystery, clothes, pop-culture references, hot Jughead, and more. The show is anything but one-note—and the same goes for Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Twist, a trio of perfume oils (in rose, jasmine, and musk) that intensify the corresponding notes of the original Flowerbomb fragrance. Each is pretty enough to wear alone, but when layered with Flowerbomb, the result is a custom scent made for you, by you.
Ah, Cookie Lyon. The take-no-prisoners HBIC (aka head b*tch in charge) summons her feminine strength without even trying. If you tune in to Empire in part to remind yourself of your own badassery, spritz on Woman by Ralph Lauren. It opens with pear, blackcurrant, and rhubarb before settling into a bouquet of tuberose, Turkish rose, and orange blossom. A slightly nutty, woody base makes this classic scent a sophisticated choice for unapologetically powerful women—and CEOs in the making.
Season 2 of this critically-acclaimed drama is months away from returning, which gives you time to catch up if you’re not already engrossed by the story of a young Queen Elizabeth II. Brilliantly acted and beautifully filmed, The Crown is a thoughtful show loaded with luxurious details. The same could be said of Creed White Amber, a fruity floral that hums with Indian sandalwood, jasmine, and (of course) amber. It’s a splurge, yes—but the house of Creed has historically been a favorite perfumer of the British royal family, so if you want to smell like literal royalty, there’s no better way.
The second season of this excellent HBO show just wrapped up, and there’s just so much to love about it, including the clever dialogue, Issa’s mirror raps, Molly’s enviable wardrobe, and sharp commentary on gender, race, and sexuality. The show is as smart, stylish, and of-the-moment—sort of like Gucci Bloom. This modern, creamy floral practically overflows with tuberose and jasmine, and its inclusion of Rangoon creeper lends a feminine, slightly powdery vibe without leaning too traditional. If you’re looking for an easy-to-wear scent that still manages to challenge convention, look no further—we got y’all.
Abbi and Ilana are strivers with complicated lives. (Aren’t we all.) Despite all the hilarious calamity that befalls these two as they navigate cruddy jobs and messy relationships, there are signs that they may slowly, but surely, be getting their acts together. Can you identify a little too much? If so, Elizabeth and James Nirvana French Grey is for you. This fresh floral scent tempers lavender with neroli and musk; it’s composed enough for the office, but youthful enough for a night out with the Abbi to your Ilana.
One of the best parts of Stranger Things—aside from Eleven and her Eggos, of course—is the way it makes the supernatural seem incredibly real. If that’s what has you hooked, check out Carlen Parfums’ rich and smoky Aztec Noir, a warm blend of Palo Santo, cedarwood, and grapefruit. It’s unconventional enough to stand out, but not so loud that it overpowers. And no, there’s nothing vaguely eighties about it.
It’s as obvious as a hand print on a Hypercolor shirt: This ’90s-themed reality competition is bound to be this season’s guiltiest pleasure. The contestants are too young to remember the actual decade, which is a shame, because they missed out on the golden era of Gap body mists. Nostalgic for those days of Dream, Grass, and Sky? Tap into that spritz-on spirit with R+Co Relative Paradise, a multi-purpose fragrance spray that can be used on your body, linens, or home. As for the scent itself, it’s sharply citrusy, with a hint of green tea and moss for smoothness—so 2017.