Just as a change in seasons marks a shift in your wardrobe, so too should it dictate the type of odor you’re bringing out into the world. But finding the middle ground between the fresh, citrusy scents of summer and more decadent winter Eau de Parfums is no easy feat.
Fortunately, the noses here at Highsnobiety know what’s up, and below we’ve rounded up five essential scents that’ll have everybody leaning in for a second sniff. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new signature scent or the perfect birthday gift, these selections deliver from base note right up to the top.
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Le Labo Santal 33
Said to depict the sensual side of the great American West, Santal 33 by relatively new fragrance house Le Labo is a smoky and addictive scent reminiscent of a roaring open fire. Using cardamom, iris, violet, and ambrox as well as its signature woody notes, the signature Eau De Parfum is a timeless classic.
Chanel Allure Homme
This classic comes into its own in the fall months. Crisp and clean, the scent is simultaneously fresh, spicy and woody thanks to top notes of mandarin and coriander, middle notes of cedar, and delicious base notes of warming Venezuelan tonka bean and Madagascan black pepper.
The comforting scent of an Aesop store in a bottle, Tacit comes rich in familiar citrus notes made modern by Basil Grand Vert. Harking to the Mediterranean coast, this is a scent that whisks all who come into contact with it to a warmer, happier place.
Frédéric Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur
Hark back to summer’s good times with this fresh scent that packs a punch. Using a combination of fern-type ingredients including mint, aniseed, and the geranium in its title, Malle’s fragrance transitions perfectly into cooler evenings thanks to its deeper incense resinoid and cinnamon notes.
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
This private blend from Tom Ford’s popular “scent laboratory” is a warming sensory delight. Opening immediately with opulent tobacco leaf and aromatic spices, what would otherwise be an overly indulgent fragrance is offset by creamy tonka and cocoa. It’s a signature scent for the entire fall/winter period.
COMME des GARÇONS Wonderoud
A collaboration with established nose Antoine Maisondieu, the star of the show in this COMME DES GARÇONS eau de parfum is agarwood — one of the most expensive raw materials in the world. If that wasn’t enough, this grail of fall fragrance also boasts sandalwood, cedar, patchouli and vetiver. Done by anyone else, it’d be an assault on the senses, but Wonderoud wofts in all the right ways.
Byredo Eleventh Hour
Byredo’s Sanja Pekić-designed Eleventh Hour is the epitome of the changing season. Unusual middle notes of carrot seeds, rum, and wild fig come through to give traditional warming tonka beans and cashmere woods a spicy, unique twist.
Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club
Deep armchairs, classic bar tools, and subdued lighting reflected on a grand piano are the inspiration behind Maison Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club. Unlike the fashion house’s sneaker of the same name, the liquor-heavy, copper-toned Eau De Toilette is the perfect final note for your seasonal essential.