An Unabashedly Biased Guide to the 5 Best Fragrances for Fall

“Step and Repeat” photographed by Michael Thompson

There’s something in the juice this fall—tuberose—and it smells like feminism. With that in mind, Ralph Lauren tapped actor and activist Jessica Chastain to be the face of its fragrance Woman. “It moves away from the idea that femininity is only softness, tenderness and delicacy. It includes all those things, but also adds to the equation that one can be strong and bold and aggressive as well. We define what femininity is, and for me the perfume does that,” Chastain said of her choice to collaborate with the brand. The first female nose at Hermés, Christine Nagel, was likewise inspired by feminine strength in creating her tuberose concoction, “It is with young women in mind, by observing their lives, that I created Twilly d’Hermès. Free, bold, connected, mischievous and irreverent, they turn expectation on its head, swim against the tide, impose their own rhythm, invent a brand new tempo.” And lest there be any doubt of the trend, Chanel’s newest pillar is entitled Gabriel, after their fearless founder who famously said, “I decided who I wanted to be and that’s who I am.” Right on, sister. Here, a proudly feminist guide to fall’s five best fragrances, so you can think of tuberose as your invisible pink pussy hat.


Hermés nose Christine Nagel tapped the independent spirit of youth culture as a point of reference in creating her unabashedly feminine new scent, Twilly. The playful mix of ginger, tuberose and sandalwood makes for a creamy mix for the otherwise loud flower.

Hermés Twilly d’Hermès Eau de Parfum, $79,


Woman strikes the utterly modern balance between feminine and masculine energy with pear, rhubarb, hazelnut and blend of woods working harmoniously its star ingredient, tuberose.

Ralph Lauren Woman By Ralph Lauren Eau de Parfum, $84,


Alessandro Michele reimagined the audacious white floral fragrance with a hearty mix of ragoon creeper, tuberose and jasmine that smells like a sunny spring morning.

Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum, $72,


In honor of their iconoclastic founder, Chanel perfumer Olivier Polge, reached into the white floral realm to create a sparkling scent of tuberose, ylang-ylang, orange blossom and jasmine that’s emblematic of the rebel herself.

Chanel Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum, $105,


Aerin brings the boudoir flower to the office with neroli and cedarwood, for a resulting whiff that’s effervescent and delightful.

Aerin Beauty Tuberose Le Jour Eau de Parfum, $215,