The onset of fall is the ultimate double-edged sword. On the one hand, we mourn the end of our beloved Summer Fridays, bottomless soft-serve ice cream cones, Dodger dogs, and the excuse to drink any beverage of choice with a neon umbrella. Yet, on the other hand, we welcome the cozy warm fuzzies of fall filled with sweaters, rich color palettes, and yes, pumpkin-spiced-everything galore. Oh, and all the new fragrance debuts.
We welcome fall beauty newness with wide-open arms—from the best hair colors to the chicest nail colors—but choosing a fresh, signature new scent for the season is one of the things we look forward to most. So, to celebrate the first inklings of fall and the transition from our favorite sandals to our favorite suede boots, we bring you 13 new fall fragrances we're currently wearing and telling all of our friends about. Keep scrolling!
I tried not to be biased but say hello to my favorite new fall perfume—Idôle from Lancôme. As if the fact that Zendaya is the face of the fragrance isn't enough to make you buy it this second, it's designed to mimic the look and sleekness of a smartphone (it lays flat!), was created by three female perfumers, and blends bergamot, juicy pear, rose, jasmine, vanilla, white musk, and patchouli for a light yet decadent finish.
Harry Styles is the muse for Gucci's newest fragrance, and if you haven't seen the film footage on the brand's 'gram, we recommend doing so immediately. In the meantime, we'll tell you about the fragrance. Green and earthy, it features notes of Roman chamomille, coral jasmine, and vanilla, which the brand describes as "universal" and "unassigned with a gender or a time."
I've kept a bottle of this striking new debut from Yves Saint Laurent on my desk every since receiving it, and honestly, I haven't been able to resist spritzing it nearly every day. (Even if I started the day wearing something else—whoops!) YSL is behind some of the most beloved and iconic fragrances in the game, so it's really no surprise Libre is as lovely as it is—think warm, fall-perfect florals like lavender essence, orange blossom, and musk accord.
Henry Rose—where to start? Founded by legend Michelle Pfieffer, (read the whole story, here!), this is the first line of fragrance created with 100% ingredient transparency. Every perfume is safe and sustainable and the bottles are even made from 90% recycled glass. Currently, there are five different scents to choose from—Jake's House, Torn (my favorite!), Fog, Dark Is Night, and Last Light—and all are equally stunning in their own right. For fall, I suggest shopping the Discovery Set so you can try them all.
It's a splurge, but this ultra-concentrated fragrance from legendary British perfume house Clive Christian is worth every penny. (Plus, this 50 mL bottle is usually priced at $550, but is currently priced at $395 for the anniversary!) The top note is saffron (the most expensive spice in the world), the heart note is Damask rose, and the base note is honey (directly sourced from honeycombs in the south of France)—a rich blend that lasts a full eight hours on your skin and which the house describes as the perfect "amber floral."
Tom Ford is the creator of countless cult-favorite fragrances, but consider this bottle of Métallique your new quintessential fall perfume. Creamy hints of luxe vanilla and sandalwood layer well with festive seasonal notes like balsam, heliotrope, and pink peppercorn. The result: a unique and highly addictive scent.
Natural perfumes that still smell sophisticated (and actually last on the skin) are definitely not a dime a dozen within the fragrance industry. That's why we're so obsessed with Skylar—a collection of natural, non-toxic fragrances that smell amazing sans harmful chemicals or potential allergens. You can't go wrong with any of the line's perfumes (Arrow never fails to earn me compliments), but this new September-only launch is woody, smoky, and dry—aka the perfect addition to your fall scent wardrobe. FYI: It's part of the brand's scent club, so make sure you become a member to get in on the magic.
Even though this scent from Dolce & Gabanna was launched in 2018, it's so perfect for fall we couldn't leave it off our list. Starring an unlikely mix of violet and coffee, it's warmer, spicier version of your favorite floral. Bergamot, iris, vanilla, and patchouli are also strategic additions to make for a comforting yet enchanting impact people will definitely ask you about.
No fragrance roundup would ever be complete without a bottle of Chanel, so we're more than happy to introduce you to Chanel's latest scent from the Les Eaux de Chanel line—Paris-Riviera. Brighter and more tangy than most fall-leaning perfumes, this one is especially great for helping us extend the last few moments and memories of summer. Reminiscent of the French Riviera, it's all about fresh, citrusy notes like Sicilian Orange and neroli.
We live for Maison Margiela's Replica collection, and this cozy new fragrance is the latest to hit our fragrance-stacked shelves this fall. As the cozy name would suggest, this fragrance is one part peppery and one part woodsy thanks to key notes like pepper essence, tonka bean absolute, and cedarwood.
In the word's of Byredo, this new scent mixes strong and soft, bitter and sweet in a "rich, intoxicating distillation redolent of warm skin and breathless exchange." The profile is unique with opopanax at the top; geranium, labdanum, and violet at the heart; and patchouli and vanilla rounding out the base. It's on everyone's fall beauty wish list.
Fruity notes aren't necessarily top of mind in terms of fall fragrances, but 2019 from Nest has been a must-have all summer and with hints of pretty florals like Himalayan jasmine and rose, it's a great transition piece for fall as well. Of course, it also features its namesake wild poppy, juicy pear, raspberry, and apricot.
Diptyque is one of the most covetable fragrance brands in the game, and this new limited-edition scent from its Essences Insensées collection is exceptional. Not only is the packaging glamourous in and of itself, the fall perfume also features the tiare flower (harvested on the island of Tahiti) for a fresh, zingy green scent that's airy and lightweight but rich enough for fall thanks to anchoring notes of vanilla.