Fall is the most striking time of year. Bookended by the vibrancy of summer and sterility of winter, the season is marked by an array of changing colors and scents, shifting our senses into overdrive. Whereas summer fragrance is largely dominated by citrus and aquatic notes, a proper curation of fall pays tribute to the diversity and range of the late season’s offerings — the musty smell of fallen leaves; bourbon by fireplace; ma’s pantry of spices wafting from the next room over. The days are falling heavy, so tuck away last season’s picks and choose something that fits the current mood. Here are five bold scents for autumn.
Aesop Marrakech Intense
Heir to Aesop’s iconic first scent, Marrakech, this reinterpretation blends a list of unorthodox ingredients such as Egyptian jasmine, bergamot, and neroli. A mosiac of clove and cardamon notes is a nod to the aromatic energy of Jemaa el-Fna and other open-air markets famous to the city. The scent is unquestionably spicy, but also warm and hospitable.
Masculin Pluriel by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Pluriel opens with bright notes of sweet lavender and honey, folding into a cozy marriage of cedar, patchouli, and grassy vetiver. This confident fougère (one of the classifications of modern perfumery) lingers on the border of formality and opens up into a deep woodland of fern and freshly tanned leather scents.
MiN New York Dahab
From Arabic, Dahab translates to “gold” and refers to the horizon at the far end of the Egyptian sunset. It’s at this point, where “the desert meets the sea and stars”, that MiN New York derived its inspiration. The exotic spices present (saffron, pepper, cumin, and nutmeg), as if smoked from a nargileh (hookah), find balance in earthy tones of salt and burning driftwood born from the nutty aquilaria tree.
The New York Shaving Company Rose Water Toner
Floral, but not flowery, the small-batch Rose Water Toner from New York Shaving Company escapes the gender profile once attached to rose, also proving that donning a fragrance need not be a day-long commitment. The light scent pairs well with other fragrances (should you so please), but also provides a shield against razor burn and irritation post-shave.
The Motley Cyprus Cologne
The latest from this LA brand pays homage to Cypriot flora, imbuing wearers with the misty conifer forests of the island’s Mediterranean coast. A verdant scent, it heightens the aromas of dry pine needles and cedar wood with spicy ginger and the crisp tonka bean (evocative of a clean barber’s shave) aimed at sophisticated city dwellers who really belong in the rugged outdoors.