That chill in the air and falling leaves are a sign that it’s about time to stash your summery scents if you haven’t gotten around to it already.
You can smell more seasonably appropriate without splashing yourself with pumpkin spice. Well, spice can be all well and good as long as it’s not reminiscent of baked goods or some Yankee Candle abomination. We found a handful of the best fall fragrances that are perfectly suited for your new autumnal aroma.
Perfumer Ben Gorham left the name off his newest scent (though you are invited to make up your own with the provided stickers) so the wearer can draw his own conclusions about what’s inside. We can say it’s sort of reminiscent of a chilly coniferous forest with its mix of juniper berry, tree moss and fir balsam. $230, byredo.com
Comme des Garçons Blackpepper
For something completely different, you can always depend on Comme des Garçons. While its latest scent’s name suggests an everyday spice, it is balanced by an earthy blend of patchouli, oud and musk that makes it both warm and crisp at the same time. $103 for 50ml, luckyscent.com
Acqua di Parma Colonia Quercia
Based on the Italian grooming brand’s signature Colonia fragrance, this new variety nods to the mother country’s love of vino with the addition of oak, like the barrels used to age it, along with Italian citrus to replicate the blending of harvested fruit and aforementioned wood. $228 for 3.3 fl. oz., saks.com
Malin + Goetz Vetiver Eau de Parfum
Making an appearance in some of the most iconic colognes, Vetiver’s earthy goodness wins as the ultimate manly note. For its next act, the fragrant grass is the star of this scent (hence the name), along with supporting players, like cardamom, white iris, and celery, that help round it out nicely. $165, malinandgoetz.com
Penhaligon’s The Tragedy of Lord George
Part of a collection inspired by a fake aristocratic British clan, this one is the olfactive embodiment of a philandering lord of the manor. And this ne’er well dude smells of ye olde man cave as in a blend of brandy, shaving soap and spicy tonka bean. $240, penhaligons.com