Embrace a Darker Scent This Fall
...with these six new frangrances
Fall is when you hit reset on your wardrobe, but it’s when you should start rethinking your fragrance lineup, too. Along with new sweaters and coats, it's a good idea to look into fuller, richer and darker scents for fall, says Barney Bishop, olfactory expert and the writer behind the blog Fragrant Moments. Start your search with strong notes such as amber, oud, leather or incense.
If you’re unsure of where to start looking, we’ve assembled six exceptional unisex (except for one) options—whether you’re looking for an everyday go-to or something for a special occasion—that won’t disappoint.
And once you have your scent, make sure to apply it at the right time: after a shower. Towel dry and spray on while the skin is still moist. “The moisture left on the skin gives the scent something to hold onto,” says Bishop. Just remember that stronger fragrances require less sprays. Try one fewer than you’d use in the summer.
Atelier Cologne Emeradue Agar, $325
This intoxicating scent—Bishop’s new personal favorite—takes its name from one of its base notes: agarwood, a deep yet balanced Malaysian wood (also known as oud). It’s easy to overdo it with this ingredient, so start with just one spray.
Hawthorne for Men, $100
Answer a five-minute survey about how you dress and what you eat, and this new brand will give you two fragrances tailored to your nose: one for work and one for play. If you tell the survey you're an introvert, you'll get subtle scents. But you can always swap them until you’re satisfied.
Jo Malone Black Cedarwood & Juniper, $130
Woody top notes give way to fresh juniper and spicy cumin in this autumn-ready fragrance. As times goes on and the fragrance dries out, it develops hints of moss that add depth and sophistication.
Diptyque Essences Insensées Rose de Mai, $180
Using one of the most sought-after ingredients in the fragrance world, this primarily floral rose scent is balanced with the deep scent of tolu balsam, the earthy resin of a South American tree.
Byredo Unnamed, $230
This nameless bottle—a hearty mix of tree moss, violet and pink pepper—is meant to inspire those who wear it so they can interpret a name for it themselves. It even comes with a personalization kit so you can etch it right on the label.
Le Labo Santal 33, $260
This fragrance is nothing if not enchanting. It’s a superbly balanced, woody aroma that’s both strong and soft at the same time. Think of it as the perfect signature scent that’s sure to garner compliments.