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The Best New Fall 2021 Fragrances

The leaves are changing and there’s a chill in the air. That means fall is well underway. As you pull out your favorite sweaters and add pumpkin spice to everything, it’s also time to choose a new scent for the season. Whether you like sweet, spicy, fall in a bottle, or an autumnal floral, the perfect new fall scent is waiting for you. These are the best new fall fragrances.

Bulgari Le Gemme Empyr

Deliciously rich, the latest addition to Bulgari’s Le Gemme family was inspired by pyrite, aka fool’s gold. But the scent smells as luxe as the real deal. Created by Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier, the scent juxtaposes woody freshness with the warmth of sandalwood, mingled with ginger for a touch of spice. $332, bloomingdales.com

Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia

Spritz this for entry into a Gucci garden. The sweet floral is a romantic mood booster, which is reflected in the pretty pink bottle adorned with botanicals, just as Alessandro Michele envisioned it. The perfume opens with fruit, specifically pear blossom accord, red berries accord and mandarin essence, with a heart of white gardenia and jasmine grandiflorum absolute, and a base of brown sugar accord and patchouli essence. $138, sephora.com

Henry Rose Flora Carnivora

Michelle Pfeiffer doesn’t make any compromises when it comes to her clean fragrance line, Henry Rose. Since the EWG-verified brand has a limited ingredient palette to promise safety, that makes it a lot more challenging to formulate, particularly for a floral fragrance. But Henry Rose made that happen with the debut of their very first floral, Flora Carnivora, and it was worth the wait. Not your typical perfume bouquet, it’s more like florals after dark, with a beguiling blend of bright orange, jasmine, tuberose and vetiver. $120, henryrose.com

Heretic Dirty Hinoki

Go into the woods with the latest plant-based perfume by Douglas Little. True to its namesake, Hinoki wood blends take center stage, combined with crushed herbs and notes like lemon, nutmeg, thyme, cypress and frankincense. That explains why it’s essentially Japanese forest bathing in a bottle. $165, hereticparfum.com

Veronique Gabai Le Point G

If you’re wondering what “Le Point G” translates to, yes, your guess is correct. Although it’s dubbed “a climatic perfume,” don’t let its muse fool you—it is soft and subtle in its seduction. The climax they speak of is the way the perfume is designed to amplify over time. As one wears it, the olfactory experience changes with the hour, courtesy of the combination of rose, iris, white musk, leather, vanilla, amber and cedarwood. $260, veroniquegabai.com

UMA Pure Love Perfume Oil

Thanks to UMA’s Ayurvedic roots, this perfume oil is about so much more than its scent. The organic fragrance oil boosts well-being and balance with its carefully curated ingredients. Dab the rich oil onto your pulse points to experience its holistic power, as it’s meant to deliver positivity and confidence. Of course, it smells fantastic too, with rose, sandalwood and jasmine, with a base of pomegranate oil. You can even add a drop to your hair for even longer staying power. $125, umaoils.com

Moncler Pour Femme

Moncler has always been about outdoor adventures and their very first fragrances, Moncler Pour Femme and Pour Homme, are no exception. Both evoke the crispness and powdery snow you’d experience from a mountaintop while wearing a Moncler parka. But the bottle is an even bigger attention grabber, with its rechargeable LED screen that can be personalized with a name or greeting. Moncler Pour Femme conjures mountain magic with Italian bergamot, jasmine sambac, heliotrope, vanillin and Moncler’s exclusive Mountain Woods accord. $210, bloomingdales.com

Maison Margiela Replica Autumn Vibes

Truly autumn in a bottle, one whiff conjures red and orange leaves, flannel and pumpkins. You’ll feel like you’re walking through a trail in the woods, courtesy of red berries, cardamom, cedarwood and moss. $135, sephora.com

Fenty Eau de Parfum

Just like Rihanna herself, her first perfume defies categorization—the scent doesn’t fit into a traditional olfactive family. Sweet and spicy, Rihanna looked to places that have been important to her as inspiration, specifically Bridgetown, Barbados; Grasse, France; New York, New York; Paris, France; and Los Angeles, California. She worked with esteemed LVMH Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud to create Fenty Eau de Parfum, a blend of magnolia, musk, tangerine, blueberry, Bulgarian rose absolute, geranium and patchouli. It’s housed in an amber-brown bottle that’s Rihanna’s favorite color to represent all genders from all walks of life. $120, fentybeauty.com

Parfums de Marly Oriana

Given its 18th century aesthetic, it’s hard to believe that Parfums de Marly was founded in 2009. The latest offering, Oriana, is truly a sweet treat. The gourmand is luxe, light and creamy, opening with mandarin, bergamot and grapefruit; a heart of orange blossom, blackcurrant and raspberry; and a base of marshmallow, ambrette, Chantilly cream and musk. $320, parfums-de-marly.com

Molton Brown Neon Amber Eau de Parfum

Moody and mysterious, the warmth of this scent is perfect for a chilly fall day. Vanilla and amber mingle and take the spotlight, rounded out with mandarin and pink pepper top notes, a heart of tonka absolute and dry cedar leaf, and a base of ambroxan. $160, moltonbrown.com

Miss Dior Eau de Parfum

One of the most iconic scents of all time, Miss Dior was created in 1947 to spark happiness during a dark time in history. Now the latest Miss Dior bursts into another tough era to bring optimism and cheer with its uplifting “millefiori.” Centifolia rose, lily of the valley, peony accord and iris deliver the effect of a rainbow bouquet in a bottle. The bottle is adorned with a poignard fabric blow to reflect the celebration of bright florals, with the houndstooth motif engraved into the bottom. $138, dior.com

Coach Dreams Sunset

The leather collar on the apothecary-inspired bottle and gold spray cap in the shape of a tea rose leaves no doubt that this is a Coach fragrance. The warm floral pays homage to a sparkling sunset not only with its juice, but also the ombre bottle. Fruity top notes of pear and bergamot mingle with a heart of jasmine flowers and a base of tonka bean and vanilla. $102, macys.com

Diesel Sound of the Brave

Guys will love Diesel’s iconic fist-shaped glass bottle just as much as the fragrance itself. The fougère features bison grass, spicy juniper, lemon, lavandin, amber wood and sensual musks. $57, diesel.com  

Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl Eau de Parfum

The latest iteration of Good Girl has a floral, fruity touch that matches the feisty, flirty iconic bottle. It opens with currant, matched with wild berry and lychee for a sweet and sexy explosion. $132, macys.com

Skylar Fall Cashmere

You’ll fall for fall all over again with this clean perfume that’s reminiscent of wearing your coziest sweater while sipping a chai latte. Even better, Skylar is known for their 100% transparent ingredient policy, so you always know exactly what’s in the bottle. This autumnal delight features clove, cinnamon bark, ginger, sandalwood and caramelized vanilla. $85, skylar.com

Aerin Cedar Violet

Imagine taking a stroll through the Adirondack mountains in the fall, surrounded by golden leaves, and you have Aerin Cedar Violet. The woody floral celebrates being in the great outdoors on a crisp fall day with notes of violet leaf, Virginian cedarwood and amber. $135, aerin.com

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Black Opium Extreme

A true classic, YSL’s Black Opium gets the extreme makeover treatment. The signature scent of black coffee and patchouli is taken up a notch with feminine florals, specifically jasmine, along with vanilla bourbon. $130, yslbeautyus.com

Mugler Alien Goddess Eau de Parfum

Just like all the versions that have come before it, Mugler’s Alien Goddess is out of this world. The sophisticated warm floral will certainly make you feel like a goddess with Bergamot from Italy, jasmine from India and vanilla from Madagascar. $85, muglerusa.com

Tom Ford Ombré Leather Parfum

Giddyup! Imagine a sophisticated Wild West and you have Ombré Leather. Building on the original with the addition of violet leaf absolute orpur, the scent was inspired by the American West landscape of Tom Ford’s childhood. The intoxicating unisex scent is completed with jasmine sambac, cedarwood, green tobacco and black leather. $160, tomford.com

Penhaligon’s Racquets Eau de Parfum

You’ll be ready for Wimbledon once you spritz on this uplifting sparkling citrus. As bright as tennis whites, leather is juxtaposed with the top note of lemon for a study in contrasts that’s invigorating on and off the court. $208, bloomingdales.com

Byredo Mumbai Noise

For Byredo founder Ben Gorham, Mumbai is built into his identity. His latest fragrance evokes the streets of Chembur with its coffee carts, smoky incense and daily din through a series of contrasts. That bustling energy is brought to olfactory life with warm woods and amber, Davana and leather, and bitter coffee with sweet tonka beans. $190, byredo.com

Ellis Brooklyn Super Amber

As the temperatures start to drop, you’ll want to warm up with this amber treasure, featuring ambrox super, biodegradable musk, Virginia cedarwood and vanilla orchid. It’s a scent you can feel good about, as it was awarded the EcoScent Compass AAA rating for its social, green and environmental impact. $105, ellisbrooklyn.com

Kayali Invite Only Amber

Best reserved for after dark, this sexy spin on amber has a sensual twist that envelops you. The blend of amber resin, Madagascan vanilla, black cherry, honey de Provence, rose, citrus leaf and tobacco leaf will keep you coming back for more. $138, hudabeauty.com

Sigil Aqua Viridi

Remember all those marine colognes from the 90s? So does Patrick Kelly, the founder and self-taught perfumer behind Sigil. He put a contemporary spin on the genre with this gender fluid rendition that evokes sea foam and dried grass. That effect is created with petitgrain sur fleurs, hay absolute, tonka bean, lavender absolute, rosemary, khella, kunzea, blue cypress and seaweed. Even better, 5% of all direct sales from Aqua Viridi will be donated to Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving the world’s oceans. $130, sigilscent.com

By Kilian Apple Brandy On the Rocks

You might want to pull up a seat to the bar after putting on this fragrance. Inspired by apple brandy, the classic American spirit is brought to life with bergamot, pineapple, cardamom, rum, oakmoss and vanilla. $195, bykilian.com

Louis Vuitton Spell On You

What does the electric excitement and tension between two lovers smell like? According to Louis Vuitton Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, it smells like Spell On You. The latest women’s eau de parfum tells that story through flowers, of course, specifically the iris. Bursting with brightness and sensuality, the two essences of iris pallida from Florence are rounded out with violet, rose, sambac jasmine from China and acacia flower. $265, louisvuitton.com

The Harmonist Yang Collection

Inspired by the five elements, the Harmonist’s Yang collection spans five fragrances. There’s Golden Wood, a sensual gourmand with citrus and woodsy notes; Velvet Fire, which is meant to capture the sun on the earth with notes like clary sages, cypress and neroli; mythical Desired Earth with immortal flower and red cedar; modern Matrix Metal, a creamy and metallic wood; and fresh Sacred Water, with mandarin, ginger and gray amber. $265 each, theharmonist.com

Black Dahlia Somnium

Named for the Latin word for “dream,” the CBD-infused fragrance is designed to impact mood and behavior with its aromatic compounds. Deep and romantic, it opens with top notes of davana oil, neroli, basil, black currant and pink grapefruit; has a heart of jasmin sambac, peony, cedarwood and amber; and a base of musk, patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla. $170, blackdahlia.co

Bath & Body Works Honey Wildflower Eau de Parfum

You’ll be happy as a honeybee in a patch of wildflowers whenever you wear this fresh floral—which is exactly what it smells like. The combo of pear, honey and wildflowers is a nature walk in a bottle. $39.50, bathandbodyworks.com

Guess Effect Homme Eau de Toilette

Looking for an energy surge with your cologne? Then Effect is for you. Guess recently launched their first grooming collection, including the eau de toilette that is an instant pick-me-up. Citrus and spices make a killer combo, rounded out with sandalwood for a touch of sophistication. $48, guess.com

LilaNur Parfums Rajni Nocturne Eau de Parfum

Satisfy your wanderlust with a trip to the starry warm nights of India with this sumptuous scent. The hero ingredient is night-blooming tuberose, a flower called rajnigandha, meaning “night-fragrant” in Hindi, which earns a spot at weddings and celebrations. The floral fragrance is completed with jasmine, musk, ylang-ylang, peach and coconut. $275, bergdorfgoodman.com

Aesop Othertopias

After months in isolation, Aesop is helping people explore through a trio of perfumes that each represent a different aspect of a journey into different worlds. Miraceti represents the boat with spicy woods, Karst the shore with marine coastal accords, and Erémia the wasteland with zesty, musky and mossy notes. Aesop tapped their long-term perfumer, Barnabé Fillion, to create the collection. $195 each, aesop.com

Tumi Continuum

Leave it to Tumi to take you on a journey—this time an olfactive one—with their third men’s fragrance. Meant to be reminiscent of inspirational voyages, the juice tells that story with green mandarin, incense, amber, orris root, tobacco leaves, oud, suede and smoked musk. $100, tumi.com

Esas Jasmine Beach

Pretend you’re on the shores of a gorgeous beach in Southeast Asia, with the warm water lapping at your toes, and you have Esas Jasmine Beach. The vacation effect is delivered by jasmine mingling with sandalwood. Bonus: 10 percent of all profits are donated to The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit that aims to remove 90 percent of floating ocean plastic by 2040. $34, esasnyc.com


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