Stop stealing your boyfriend’s cologne and go buy Dolce & Gabbana’s new Velvet Desert Oud ($270) instead. The rich woody scent smells like a sexy campfire with sweet undertones. It’s very fall, but we’ve been sporting it since a sample arrived in July.
Downtown ($80), Calvin Klein’s new fragrance, made headlines months ago when the brand named Rooney Mara its face. Now the floral scent is hitting shelves and the pretty pink bottle holds notes of neroli, gardenia, and cedarwood.
Bulgari’s updating its best-selling fragrance, Omnia Cyrstalline Eau de Parfum ($64) for the first time in almost ten years, making it more “rich, luxurious, and dressed up,” says Alberto Morillas, the scent’s creator. Notes of mandarin, lotus flower, sandalwood, and musk make it a fresh, easy-to-wear scent.
Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena ($245) is as smoky as its luxurious dark gray bottle. The fragrance smells like lily-infused incense, with notes of patchouli and vetiver and a powdery finish.
Marc Jacobs’ new fragrance, Honey ($50), is a “vibrant, bold, and spontaneous” update on Dot. What does that mean? Well there’s honey in there—surprise!—as well as mandarin, orange blossom, and honeysuckle. Not surprisingly, this is the fruitiest scent on our list.
This heady rose scent is almost intoxicating. Armani said he wanted to “capture the hedonism of the Orient” with Armani Prive Rose D’Arabie ($275) and he might have—it’s incredibly sensual with just the right hint of sweetness.
It’s the suede that makes Jo Malone’s floral scent, Peony & Blush Suede ($60) so rich, giving the rose, jasmine, and red apple juice a slight edge on other too-sweet florals.
Tom Ford’s introducing four new scents for fall; Shanghai Lily ($210) is our favorite. The spicy scent is as sexy as you’d expect from Ford, with a mix of tuberose, frankincense, ginger, and clove.
Estee Lauder’s Modern Muse ($78), the brand’s first new scent in ten years, strikes the perfect balance between the sweetness of a starter fragrance and the muskiness of those aimed at an older audience. In other words, the white floral mix—jasmine, tuberose, and lily—balanced with patchouli and vanilla, is just right.