Heaven scent: The best new autumn fragrances for women

Annabel Harrison

14 October 2021

New season, new scent: choose one of these autumn/winter-worthy perfumes to add a seasonal spin to your fragrance collection

14 October 2021 | Annabel Harrison

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Ready to go out-out? So are we. Waft your new favourite autumn fragrance wherever you go, and benefit from a beautiful new bottle for your dressing table too. To avoid confusion when browsing, an eau de parfum fragrance is a bit more intense and fuller than an eau de toilette; the latter contains less perfume oil, and more water and alcohol, than an eau de parfum. And for olfactory novices navigating the fragrance descriptions that are ever more detailed, top notes are those you smell immediately after the perfume touches your skin; heart notes then kick in to form the essence of a perfume; base notes last the longest.

Here's our pick of the best new autumn fragrances for women...

Gucci Beauty

Not one but two autumnal delights from the olfactory experts at Gucci. The aptly-named Fading Autumn, Woods - in the prettiest of bottles - comes from the brand's first Haute Perfumery line, The Alchemist's Garden, blended by master perfumer Alberto Morillas under Alessandro Michele's creative direction. Meanwhile, Flora Gorgeous Gardenia has had a seasonal update (and we still love the bottle).

Fading Autumn, Woods acqua profumata (150ml), £210, gucci.com; Flora Gorgeous Gardenia eau de parfum (100ml), £105, gucci.com

Jo Malone London

Jo Malone's latest offering encourages us to think of the fullness of harvest, and autumn warmth: 'Orchards awash with golden sunshine. The sensuous freshness of just-ripe pears wrapped in a bouquet of cool white freesias'. The top note: King William Pear. The heart note: the quintessentially English freesia, best planted in October. The base note: patchouli, a strong, sweet, earthy scent.

English Pear & Freesia cologne, fluted bottle edition, £102, jomalone.co.uk

Diptyque 

We're won over by the inspiration behind woody, floral and spicy Orpheon, referencing not the mythological Orpheus but an iconic nightclub in the Saint Germain quarter of Paris, celebrating Diptyque's 60 years: 'The softness of patinated woods meets the wisps of tobacco and the linger of make-up powder'. Six decades are also marked by a collection inspired by the Grand Tour. The fourth stopover on this journey: Kyoto, which inspired a woody, floral eau de toilette 'with the refined grace of an ikebana arrangement of roses and branches'. Quite. 

Orpheon eau de parfum (75ML), £125, diptyqueparis.com; Kyoto eau de toilette (100ml) and furoshiki wrap, £135, diptyqueparis.com

Aerin 

 

The Virginian Cedarwood of this Cedar Violet eau de parfum, with a woody, smoky aroma, is actually from the evergreen conifer, while the Violet part is courtesy of violet leaves, which smell quite different to the flower that emerges later. Add muguet (lily of the valley), golden gardenia and jasmine into the mix and voila - Aerin's subtly stylish seasonal offering.

Cedar Violet eau de parfum (50ml), £99, selfridges.com

Burberry

If you know anything at all about Burberry, you can be sure that this eau de parfum smells as stylish as the bottle is subtle, inspired as it was by an archival Burberry fragrance design. Her is the first 'gourmand fragrance with a British twist' by Burberry; the start of autumn is heralded by a burst of red and dark berry notes, lightened by a luminous, white woody accord. It celebrates London as the beautiful, bustling, creative metropolis that it is, created for women who are 'effortlessly stylish, energetic, optimistic, adventurous and bold'. We're on board with that.

Her eau de parfum (100ml), £99, uk.burberry.com

19-69 X Palm Angels 

We can say with certainty that this is the only eau de parfum on our list inspired by the origins of skateboarding. Luxe skate, fashion and art brand Palm Angels has collaborated with perfumer 19-69 (master in the art of 'bottling counterculture') to create a range of fragrances inspired by the 'electric vibe and energy of California'. Orange Kush's bottle may be autumnal in colour but its scent is for those who want to hold on to that summer feeling all winter long; fresh, fizzy and orange. 

Orange Kush eau de parfum (100ml), £175, selfridges.com

Comme des Garcons

Rouge's list of ingredients makes this eau de parfum sound as delicious as it smells, with evocative top notes of pink peppercorn and Indonesian ginger, heart notes of beetroot (its season has just finished in the UK) and Egyptian geranium, and suitably autumnal base notes of incense, patchouli and amber. Comme des Garcons declares this 'ardent woods set boldly aflame' - in bottled form.

Rouge eau de parfum (100ml), £120, selfridges.com

Aesop 

We don't know about you but any brand with the imagination to dream up a scent redolent of 'perilous seafaring adventures aboard ocean-worn ships' is worth checking out. Even better: Aesop's Miraceti is one for all genders and, broadly, seafarers, storytellers and idealists. Ideal. Spicy top notes mingle with 'warm balsamic, wood and the faint must of a whisky-filled cellar'.

Miraceti eau de parfum (50ml), £140, spacenk.com

Byredo

We continue to be amazed by the depth of storytelling perfumiers are packing into their creations. An 'ode to restless youth, Young Rose is a celebration of those looking to leave their mark on the world'. Sweet Damask rose is teamed with hot Sichuan pepper, earthy yellow sunflower seeds and iris; base notes include musk and ambroxan (a natural ingredient from clary sage, sometimes referred to as a wonder molecule). Byredo founder and Stockholm native Ben Gorham takes inspiration from travels far and wide to create his cult perfumes.

Young Rose eau de parfum (100ml), £178, net-a-porter.com

Maison Margiela

Want the purest incarnation of autumn in a bottle? Choose this unisex fragrance. Very simply: inspired by walks in autumn. Which we love. Think fresh spices, golden leaves and warm woods. See if you can identify top notes of pink peppercorn, cardamom essence and coriander essence, heart notes of carrot seed essence and nutmeg, and base notes of cedar wood, moss and fir balsam. You can't? Just enjoy it.

Replica Autumn Vibes eau de toilette (100ml), £99, spacenk.com

Frederic Malle

Not very autumnal in spirit.... but with excellent olfactory vibes nonetheless, thanks to the involvement of Anne Flipo. She is one of an elite group entitled to call herself Master Perfumer, a title given by International Flavors & Fragrances to only the most experienced and talented in the industry. Synthetic Jungle is an homage to the bright, lush scents of the '70s; basil is king, flanked by its prettier floral courtiers hyacinth, lily of the valley and jasmine. A classic patchouli base lingers throughout the day.

Synthetic Jungle eau de parfum (100ml), £195, net-a-porter.com

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