Beautiful Buys: The Most Intoxicating New Fragrances of Fall 2017
From spicy florientals to earthy green fougères, fall's buzziest new fragrances offer a symphony for the senses
The concept of a “signature scent” is lovely, but if you’re anything like me, settling on just one fragrance for every occasion is a bit challenging. So many moods! So many personalities! How can one scent possibly satisfy all of the many facets of the sensory fun house that is my interior world? Fortunately, when it comes to scent, I don’t need to be stingy. New fragrances are launched all the time and I have the rare privilege of being able to smell many of them before they even hit the market. So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite new fall fragrance launches that may deserve prime real estate in your next fragrance shelfie:
Fragrance category: Floriental
Perfumer: Marie Salamagne (Jo Malone London Mimosa & Cardamom)
Key notes: Inspired by Salamagne’s travels in the valley of Souss, at the foothills of the Anti-Atlas, between Tazenaght and Taroudant in Morocco, this fresh yet velvety floriental combines orange blossom, neroli, white tea musk, tonka bean, and amber.
Who will love this scent: Clean and bright yet nuanced enough for an evening out, this intoxicating blend will appeal to anyone who loves Jo Malone Orange Blossom but craves something a bit more nuanced.
2. Ellis Brooklyn Rives
Fragrance category: Fougère
Perfumer: Jerome Epinette (he created many of the Byredo scents)
Key notes: Neroli, petitgrain, lavender, cedarwood and white suede. “I created Rives for the women in my life who love men’s fragrances,” explains Ellis Brooklyn founder Bee Shapiro.
Fun fact: Studies show lavender promotes interpersonal trust so you might want to spritz this on before your next work negotiation.
Who will love this scent: Women, men, transgender people, non binary folks. A truly genderless scent that is seductively clean without being overly masculine, this sophisticated new scent from Ellis Brooklyn makes you smell like you just stepped out of a very expensive shower.
3. Annick Goutal Nuit et Confidences
Fragrance category: Oriental
Perfumer: Mathieu Nardin
Key notes: Inspired by the nightlife of Paris, this sweet and spicy oriental scent combines sparkling top notes of bergamot and black pepper with vanilla, frankincense, tonka bean, white flowers and white musk.
Fun fact: In studies with MRI patients, vanilla was shown to reduce anxiety by 63%. Which means: A dab of this might just help alleviate jitters before your next Bumble rendez-vous.
Who will love this scent: The type of girl who would rather be drinking a Bellini at the Hotel Costes with a hot film maker than meeting a blind date “in finance” she met on Bumble.
4. Bastide Neroli Lumiere
Fragrance category: Fresh floral
Perfumer: Mathieu Nardine
Fun fact: Nardine also created Annick Goutal’s Nuit et Confidences
Key notes: Italian lemon, pink grapefruit, cassis, orange blossom, neroli, jasmine sambac, blond woods and amber
Who will love this scent: Sporty, natural types. Fresh yet utterly feminine, this fragrance is so clean and refreshing you will want to bathe in it (and fortunately you can: the scent is also available in a bath gel).
5. Aerin Tuberose Le Jour and Le Soir
Fragrance category: Floral
Key notes: Tuberose is said to have two distinct personalities: a “dewy femininity” when it is plucked at dawn and a rich, intoxicating fragrance when it is harvested at night. Le Jour attempts to capture the fresh, brightness essence of its daytime personality by combining tuberose with neroli, orange flower, jasmine, cashmere and cedarwood. Le Soir, on the other hand, blends the heady white flower with a captivating blend of mandarin, bergamot, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and vanilla.
Who will love this scent: Fans of heady, tuberose-based fragrances like Fracas and Frederick Malle’s Carnal Flower will dance in their kitten heels when they smell this surprisingly seductive scent.
Fragrance category: Floral
Perfumer: Jean-Christophe Herault (he also did Balenciaga’s Florabotanica)
Key notes: Orange blossom, lily of the valley, Sambac jasmine, beeswax and shiso leaves
Who will love this scent: This bold floral requires an equally bold personality to pull it off. Black tie event optional (but highly recommended)