Scents of Style

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream

Fragrances are the beauty-world version of ensemble films—it’s all about the mix. Like a good director, a perfumer brings together a cast of familiar players (think neroli and rose absolue rather than Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence) to create a scent that is fresh and unique. But sometimes, just like in the movies, one player steps forward and steals the show. Here, the breakout—and often surprising— star notes of fall’s releases.


While blackberry and pear emerge at first spritz, sweet lychee has staying power.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, $76, sephora.com.


Caramelized sugarcane lends deliciousness to this new variation on Ford’s debut fragrance, Black Orchid.

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid, $112, sephora.com.


Iris root, sandalwood, and a curious salty accord give this elixir a beachy quality.

Calvin Klein Reveal, $90, macys .com.


Jasmine sambac was the focus of the original Modern Muse, but this version is all about the woodsy elements that temper it.

Estée Lauder Modern Muse Chic, $98, nordstrom.com.


No mystery what the main notes are here, but, to my nose, wood is the winner.

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt, $120, jomalone.com.


With tuberose this heavenly in the formula, who cares what’s rounding it out?

Diana Vreeland Simply Divine, $250, neimanmarcus.com.


Juicy pear makes this blend—which also contains bergamot and freesia—smell like you can drink it.

Josie by Josie Natori, $95, bloomingdales.com.


Vetiver and patchouli make appearances here, but tobacco—specifically, cigar tobacco— is the leading man.

By Kilian Light My Fire, $270, bykilian.com.


Musk has become a signature for Narciso Rodriguez, and gardenia infuses his latest brew with a sexy elegance.

Narciso Eau de Parfum, $112, sephora.com.