Scents from Maison Margiela, Jo Malone and Tom Ford
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With the crisp smell of autumn in the air and the start of sweater season commencing, it’s time to stow away your brighter summer perfumes and swap them for warm fall alternatives. Your fragrance can change with every season and the start of fall is the perfect time to embrace scents that evoke a cozy, fuzzy feeling.
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Your fall scent should transport you to nights spent cozying up by the fire, days spent drinking apple cider while frolicking in a pumpkin patch and the beautiful colors of leaves as they change from green to warm hues. To help you celebrate the season, we’ve rounded up fragrance options from brands like Jo Malone, Bath and Body Works, Boy Smells and Maison Margiela.
1. This Maison Margiela scent that smells like taking a walk during autumn
Maison Margiela’s Autumn Vibes is an eau de toilette spray that intends to recreate the feeling of taking a walk on a crisp fall day. The fragrance uses notes of cedarwood essence, moss accord, pink pepper essence and cardamom essence to evoke crunching leaves beneath your feet during a fall stroll. It comes in three sizes: 0.34, 1.5 and 3.4 ounces.
“This scent is everything,” says one of its 5-star Sephora reviewers. “If you want to smell like a pile of autumn leaves in the most literal way, this is for you…It creates the most delicious, warm, cozy autumn scent.”
2. This floral and musky Jo Malone cologne
Jo Malone’s Moonlight Chamomile Cologne smells like a fall evening under the bright winter moon. The brand describes the fragrance as “an evening wander filled with possibility”—and reviewers adore it. With notes of moonflower, chamomile and white musk, it creates a floral-yet-sultry aroma. The cologne is available in a 3.4-ounce bottle.
“I spritzed this on my arm in a store and had to return to purchase it the next day,” writes one Nordstrom reviewer. “It’s so beautiful and calming. I dislike sweet or floral perfumes and this is strangely neither. I usually wear wood safe and sea salt, and I like unisex colognes, which this might pass as. If you like chamomile, you will probably enjoy this. I hope it’s permanent, it’s an instant new favorite for me.”
3. This warm and spicy Tom Ford fragrance
This Tom Ford eau de parfum smells woody, sweet and spicy all at the same time. Tom Ford, the brand’s creator, describes this fragrance as opulent, warm, iconic and reminiscent of an English gentleman’s club. It merges tobacco leaf, vanilla and ginger for a scent that’ll instantly make you feel powerful when you spray it on. Plus, according to the brand, the bottle is supposed to mimic a chess piece with its sleek design and chocolate brown color. It’s available in three sizes: 1, 1.7 and 3.4 ounces.
“This scent is really nice for this time of year,” one 5-star Nordstrom reviewer writes. “A nice change for someone who may favor bold refined notes. ‘Tobacco Vanille’ is a subtle, masculine, tobacco bold haze shrouded in the sweetness of vanilla and spices. Sexy and nostalgic. A favorite!”
4. This Aerin scent that transports you to the wide open wilderness
Aerin is known for its wide range of delicious-smelling scents—and Cedar Violet exceeds expectations. With just one spritz, you’ll be transported to a golden-hued forest on a breezy autumn day. It uses notes of violet leaf, Virginia cedar wood and amber to emulate wide open wilderness all around you. The eau de parfum comes in 0.7-ounce and 1.7-ounce bottles.
Sephora reviewers love its woody-floral aroma: “I have been in love with the Aerin Geranium scent for quite awhile and this scent sounded intriguing. It is beyond my expectations! It combines a woody scent with a gentle floral for a perfect combination. I view it as a fall/winter fragrance, which is what I was hoping to find. This will be a permanent part of my fragrance collection.”
5. This rich and sweet Bath and Body Works mist
Bath and Body Works’ Midnight Amber Glow fragrance smells like winding down with a warm nightcap on a chilly evening. Its lavish-yet-homey, thanks to notes like amber, caramel latte and vanilla bourbon. The brand claims the mist is light as air, so it can be worn alone or layered with another favorite scent for added depth. It’s available in just one size—8 ounces—and reviewers claim it’s long-lasting even when worn alone.
“I have to be honest, this is one of the best Bath and Body Works’ scents that they have released in a very long time,” raves one Bath and Body Works reviewer. “This is caramel and coffee on top of a warm amber note. Amber notes can sometimes be too strong and super masculine, and while this could easily be a unisex scent, the vanilla with the amber makes it sweeter and less so. I really like this, it’s well-balanced and cozy and reminds me of a much more expensive designer fragrance that I know.”
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6. This Skylar fragrance that smells like a timeless cashmere sweater
Skylar’s Fall Cashmere eau de parfum feels like putting on your softest sweater. It uses a warm blend of clove, cinnamon bark, ginger mix, sandalwood and caramelized vanilla to create a sophisticated scent that is dreamy for fall. The fragrance is available in two sizes: 0.33 ounces and 1.7 ounces.
Many of its 5-star Amazon reviewers appreciate how it’s subtle and intoxicating: “This is such a wonderful, woodsy fall scent with an uptone of lightness. I usually have fairly high-end perfumes and I am totally in love with this one for sure. ”
7. This smoky and floral scent from Boy Smells
Boy Smells is known for its aromatic range of gender-neutral scents—and its new scent, Woodphoria, lives up to it’s predecessors. It merges notes of fig, coconut, jasmine petals, sandalwood, cedarwood and musks to create a complex scent that’ll instantly make you feel relaxed. The fragrance is available in one size at 2.2 ounces.
One Boy Smells’ reviewer exclaims: “Gorgeous, airy, warm, sparkling. My favorite so far, but I love them all.”
8. This woody and soulful Byredo eau de parfum
Byredo’s Mojave Ghost is one of the brand’s best sellers, in large part due to its woody composition. This eau de parfum immerses the senses in a crisp, musky scent that’s inspired by the Mojave Desert. It contains notes of cedarwood, musks, sandwood and ambrette. It’s available in two sizes: 1.6 ounces and 3.4 ounces.
Many of its Nordstrom 5-star reviews claim that this scent is a staple for them: “I first bought this perfume about 5 years ago. I have been wearing it every day since. I have gone through about 10 bottles, and I will go through many more. I get compliments often. Friends say that they love to walk behind me because I smell good. I love it! It’s my signature scent.”
9. This apple brandy scented Killian Paris scent
Fall in New York City is magical, and Killian’s Apple Brandy scent seeks to replicate it. It blends bergamot, apple brandy and cardamon to create a scent that’s elegant and captures the Big Apple at night. It’s housed in a sleek, weighty glass bottle that’ll remind you of nights spent clinking champagne glasses in your favorite city. The fragrance is available in 0.24-ounce and 1.7-ounce bottles.
“Perfect smell for fall and winter.” says one Sephora reviewer. “I’m not a perfume expert but this smells like delicious apple pie. It’s sweet but not too sweet. Definitely could be for men or women. Love this.”
10. This musky, sandalwood Victoria’s Secret option
Victoria’s Secret Bare eau de parfum highlights fresh mandarins, dewy Egyptian violet petals and Australian sandalwood for a masterful mix. The end result? A scent that’s woody-yet-sophisticated. It’s available in two sizes: 1.7 ounces and 3.4 ounces.
Many of its Victoria’s Secret reviewers adore how long-lasting it is: “I love this smell,” notes one reviewer. “Not too sweet and a little sultry. It lasts all day, too.”
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