18 Fall Fragrances That Pass the Sniff Test

Ryan McGinley

“Fragrances tend to be a bit more serious and sophisticated as the seasons change,” notes Givaudan perfumer Jacques Huclier. As the weather gets cooler, we tend to pile on the layers—with fragrance taking the form of an invisible piece of clothing. But finding the right scent isn’t as simple as throwing on a cozy, chic sweater (or, in most of our cases these days, a pair of sweatpants). It’s all about unearthing the notes that we connect to and how they relate to each other to capture the right mood. Woody combos can conjure warmth; while bright, citrusy aromas have the ability to transport us to sunnier destinations.

Whatever your scent preference, you’ll find below an array of the latest olfactives to help you smell better this autumn—including two luxe selections from Black perfumers.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle L’Eau Privée, $125,

Chanel’s in-house perfumer Olivier Polge envisioned this updated oriental—a fresh veil of rose, jasmine, and musk notes—to be spritzed before a nighttime romp.

Ellis Brooklyn ISO Gamma Super Eau de Parfum, $100,

Ambergris and cedarwood provide a light, clean finish to this minimalist green scent.

Kilian Roses on Ice Carafe, $700,

Kilian Hennessy pays tribute to his family’s liquor heritage with an alcohol-inspired fragrance collection. With Roses on Ice, he reimagines his wife’s favorite drink—gin on the rocks—as an intoxicating spirit with splashes of rose juniper, cucumber, and sandalwood.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian L’Homme À la Rose, $275,

The master perfumer redefines masculine woodsy with a simple rose.

Mikimoto Eau de Parfum, $275,

Iris and magnolia evoke an air of extravagance and magnificence—much like the storied jeweler’s cultivated pearls.

Byredo Tobacco Mandarin Extrait de Parfum, $330,

Bright citrus adds an interesting element to this swath of smokiness cloaked in leather.

Kimberly New York Diaspora Eau de Parfum, $99,

The effervescent mix of champagne, pear, and Fuji apple in this unisex eau represents the sparkling uniqueness of the African diaspora.

Dior J’Adore Eau de Parfum Infinissime, $145,

The addition of tuberose and sandalwood provides a sensual update to the French maison’s classic floral mix of jasmine sambac, centifolia rose, lily of the valley and ylang-ylang.

Aerin Ambrette de Noir, $240,

White peony and freesia seamlessly combine with vanilla bourbon, cedarwood, and rare ambrette seeds in this floral delight.

Parfums de Marly Pegasus Exclusif, $375,

Pink pepper, cardamom, and bergamot refresh the Parisian brand’s famed bittersweet almond and vanilla concoction.

Perfect Marc Jacobs Eau de Parfum, $128,

To the designer, perfect might not mean perfection but for us, his newest scent featuring rhubarb and daffodil accords is pretty close.

Jo Malone London Cypress & Grapevine Cologne Intense, $195,

Cypress and vetiver encapsulate the aromatic freshness of this verdant fragrance, which was inspired by the trees of the ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Escentric Molecules Escentric 05, $85,

When longing for the sun-baked days of summer, simply take a whiff of this spicy, aqueous aroma to transport you to a Mediterranean paradise.

Rebecca Minkoff Eau de Parfum, $95,

Tobacco adds a bit of rugged flavor to this jasmine-and-coriander fusion.

Acqua di Parma Colonia Futura Eau de Cologne, $170,

Bergamot, clary sage, and lavender notes harken to the luster of Italian, sun-filled landscapes.

Giorgio Armani My Way Eau de Parfum, $126,

The natural ingredients—orange blossom, tuberose, and vanilla—are ethically harvested and extracted in this free-spirited artisanal fragrance.

Gucci Bloom Profumo di Fiori, $130,

Alessandro Michele’s latest offers a radiant, luminous twist on the magnificent white floral signature of the original.

Motif Olfactif Makai Extrait, $110,

This limited-edition tropical elixir concocted by a Black perfumer has us dreaming of Hawaiian island getaways.