Searching for the Ultimate Transitional Scent? These Fragrances Are Perfect for Fall

With woody, spicy notes, these perfumes speak to the harvest season.

Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum
Photo: Courtesy of Sephora

The beginning of fall often calls for a few new wardrobe purchases, but as much as we love sweaters, boots, denim, and scarves, we're here to remind you of another category that is commonly overlooked: fragrance. Scent is one of our strongest senses, capable of transporting us back to vivid memories with a single sniff. Because of this, we're firm believers that a seasonal perfume is a must, especially come autumn; the right spritz, packed with woody, spicy notes, might conjure up warm, inviting pictures of Thanksgiving celebrations past or apple picking on a crisp day. With that in mind, we rounded up some of our top fragrances for fall. Some are new, others are classics—and all can be found below.

Top Picks

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Jo Malone London

Jo Malone London Poppy and Barley Cologne
Courtesy of Sephora

Late-summer poppies are surrounded by wheat overtones in this harvest-time fragrances from Jo Malone London.

Shop Now: Jo Malone London Poppy and Barley Cologne, $144,

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Coach Dreams Sunset Eau de Parfum
Courtesy of Ulta

Summer isn't technically over until September 21, so this new sunset-inspired perfume—which features notes of pear, jasmine, and tonka bean—is like the ultimate summer sundown.

Shop Now: Coach "Dreams Sunset" Eau de Parfum, $102,

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Le Labo

Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
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An oldie but a goodie, this popular gender-neutral, Western-inspired fragrance features rich and woody notes of cardamom, leather, cedar, and sandalwood.

Shop Now: Le Labo "Santal 33" Eau de Parfum, $86,

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Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Extreme Eau de Parfum
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Fall is the perfect time to wear warm and spicy notes, so this coffee, vanilla bourbon, and jasmine fragrance is an ideal choice. Plus, the bottle is a piece of art.

Shop Now: Yves Saint Laurent "Black Opium Extreme" Eau de Parfum, $130,

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Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Fragrances Perfect Intense Eau de Parfum
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Florals aren't just for spring. This new fragrance from Marc Jacobs features hints of daffodil and night-blooming jasmine in a way that works for fall.

Shop Now: Marc Jacobs Fragrances "Perfect Intense" Eau de Parfum, $139,

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AllSaints Leather Skies Perfume
Courtesy of Ulta

Prefer an earthier scent? This new perfume from AllSaints is ripe with leather notes, making it a spritz-worthy option for fall.

Shop Now: AllSaints "Leather Skies" Perfume, $79,

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Snif Sweet Ash Perfume
Courtesy of Snif

This sweet, earthy scent has notes of juniper, bergamot, fir balsam, tonka, vanilla bean, white moss, and patchouli, giving it a night-around-the-campfire vibe.

Shop Now: Snif Sweet Ash Perfume, $65,

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Tom Ford

Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum
Courtesy of Sephora

Another classic, this Tom Ford perfume features notes of black orchid, black truffle, and patchouli, making for a tantalizing scent that's earned over 41,000 loves on Sephora.

Shop Now: Tom Ford "Black Orchid" Eau de Parfum, $136,

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Boy Smells

Boy Smells Marble Fruit Cologne de Parfum
Courtesy of Nordstrom

Many people think Boy Smells is solely a candle brand, but they make perfume, too. This one showcases a mix of pear, pink peppercorn, nectarine, cinnamon, rose centifolia, jasmine, magnolia, ambrox, musk, and cedar.

Shop Now: Boy Smells "Marble Fruit" Cologne de Parfum, $98,

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Aerin Cedar Violet Eau de Parfum
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Violet, cedar, and amber combine in this fall-friendly scent that will quickly become a reminder of your most memorable autumn adventures.

Shop Now: Aerin "Cedar Violet" Eau de Parfum, $135,

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Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani My Way Intense Eau de Parfum
Courtesy of Nordstrom

Giorgio Armani's latest fragrance is filled with notes of orange blossom, tuberose, and sandalwood, giving it a nostalgic end-of-summer allure.

Shop Now: Giorgio Armani "My Way Intense" Eau de Parfum, $98,

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Carolina Herrera

Boy Smells Marble Fruit Cologne de Parfum
Courtesy of Nordstrom

We love a display-worthy bottle and this one just so happens to be filled with an autumn-appropriate scent. Red currant, vetiver, vanilla, and rose are the stars.

Shop Now: Carolina Herrera "Very Good Girl" Eau de Parfum, $132,

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Versace Crystal Noir Perfume
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Here, we have a moody fragrance from Versace, featuring notes of ginger, gardenia, and amber. It's warm and spicy, and totally unforgettable.

Shop Now: Versace "Crystal Noir" Perfume, $99,

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Dior Hypnotic Poison Roller Pearl
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Bitter almond, sambac jasmine, and vanilla make this warm and spicy fragrance a fall favorite among shoppers.

Shop Now: Dior "Hypnotic Poison" Roller Pearl, $39,

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Hermès Twilly Eau Ginger Eau de Parfum
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Ginger, while lesser used, makes for a memorable key note in this popular Hermès fragrance. It's paired with peony and cedar to balance the warm palette.

Shop Now: Hermès "Twilly Eau Ginger" Eau de Parfum, $107,

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Maison Margiela

Maison Margiela REPLICA' By the Fireplace Perfume
Courtesy of Sephora

Is there anything better than sitting by the fireplace on a chilly fall day? We'd argue no—and this fragrance, which features notes of clove oil, chestnut accord, and vanilla accord, is perfect for those who adore that cozy vibe, but can't always embrace it.

Shop Now: Maison Margiela "'REPLICA' By the Fireplace" Perfume, $135,

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Viktor and Rolf

Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Eau de Parfum
Courtesy of Nordstrom

This bow-shaped bottle is filled with an unexpected mix of mandarin, caramel, and orange, which together make for a warm, citrus-forward scent that's particularly fitting for fall.

Shop Now: Viktor & Rolf "Bonbon" Eau de Parfum, $98,

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Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum
Courtesy of Sephora

How stunning is this bottle? You'll be pleased to know that the fragrance inside is just as alluring, with hints of pear, white gardenia, and brown sugar. Overall, it's a heavier floral, making it better suited for fall than summer.

Shop Now: Gucci "Flora Gorgeous Gardenia" Eau de Parfum, $80,

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum
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A cult-favorite, this luxe fragrance blends jasmine, saffron, cedarwood, and ambergris. Just remember: A single spritz goes a long way.

Shop Now: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris "Baccarat Rouge 540" Eau de Parfum, $325,

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Sigil Amorr Fati Perfume
Courtesy of Sigil

This earthy fragrance weaves ​​oud, galbanum, palo santo, and opoponax together in a smoky fragrance designed to symbolize "both the ashes of death and the new growth of birth."

Shop Now: Sigil "Amorr Fati" Perfume, $130,

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