6 Fragrances For When You Just Want To Smell Like Fall

The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder, and America is running out of White Claw, which can only mean one thing: Summer is all but over, its warm, lazy weekends and endless possibilities washed away like so many smashed seltzer cans headed to go live on Trash Island as we speak.

That's good news for those of us who've been chomping at the bit to throw on a turtleneck since mid-August — but for everyone who's planning to post a #TBT beach photo to the grid every week until next June, it's time to choke down the tepid Pumpkin Spice Latte of life. Lean into a season that swaps out watermelon margaritas for mulled wine, fresh flowers for fallen leaves, and summer Fridays for... well, no summer Fridays.

Whether you're already dreaming of haunted hayrides and pumpkin-patch selfies or still dragging your feet through the end of September, start the season right with a fragrance that smells like the romanticized ideal of fall. Ahead, six olfactory odes to leather-jacket season, 15th-century libraries, and the first day of school...

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Tom Ford Métallique

Like a Marshmallow Fluff sandwich sprinkled with 14-karat gold flakes and served on a silver platter, this vanilla-soaked scent combines the luxe with the familiar. Creamy sandalwood, aldehydes, and heliotrope give it a sweet, indulgent edible quality, but pink peppercorn, bergamot, and lily-of-the-valley lend enough freshness and bite to keep it just the right amount of cozy, not cloying.

Tom Ford Métallique, $, available at Sephora

Maison Martin Margiela Replica Whispers in the Library Eau de Toilette

Warm, rich, and spicy, with tonka bean and cedarwood to evoke well-worn pages and flickering flames, this fragrance is not your dusty high-school library with wall-to-wall carpeting — it's back-to-school season at the Bodleian, all English Gothic architecture, ancient manuscripts, oral oaths required to grant entrance, and centuries-old reading rooms where Harry Potter was filmed.

Maison Martin Margiela Replica Whispers in the Library Eau de Toilette, $, available at Nordstrom

Byredo Slow Dance Eau de Parfum

If you are looking for an olfactory time machine to your teenage years, this fragrance is meant to stir up memories of prom nights and awkward stages — if your date's shoulder smelled of sweet, honey-coated myrrh and amber with a dark, heady backdrop of vanilla and patchouli.

Byredo Slow Dance Eau de Parfum, $, available at Nordstrom

Goldfield & Banks Velvet Splendour Perfume Concentrate

The perfume equivalent of switching from rosé to lambrusco has all the things you love about your go-to warm-weather scent — bright citrus from mandarin, sweet florals from orange blossom and jasmine — only headier and fuller-bodied with the addition of sandalwood, tonka, and patchouli. Golden wattle, a distinctive bloom native to South Australia, provides the sparkle.

Goldfield & Banks Velvet Splendour Perfume Concentrate, $, available at LuckyScent

Malin + Goetz Leather Eau de Parfum

Your dad's hand-me-down aviator jacket, a beloved pair of boots, the well-worn saddle of the horse you grew up riding: This is a soft, broken-in sort of leather, grounded in sandalwood with floral overtones of lotus and lily-of-the-valley that make it at once edgy and deeply comforting, like walking into a really friendly biker bar.

Malin + Goetz Leather Eau de Parfum, $, available at Malin + Goetz

L'Artisan Parfumeur Le Chant de Camargue Eau de Parfum

Sometimes called "France's wild west," the Camargue is roughly 360 square miles of grassy marshland, rippling rice fields, swamps, lagoons, salt flats, and a massive and diverse wildlife population (including flocks of flamingos). We hear it's beautiful this time of year — as is this warm, milky eau de parfum that recalls the nutty scent of the region's red rice.

L'Artisan Parfumeur Le Chant de Camargue Eau de Parfum, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Ex Nihilo Atlas Fever Eau de Parfum


Ex Nihilo Atlas Fever Eau de Parfum, $305,

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