Fall is here, and with it, a slew of new fragrances ranging from the floral to the experimental to the edgy. Don’t expect a feast of oud-based perfumes like last year, instead, more innovation and personality reign. Here are a few of some of our favorites
Oscar de la Renta Essential Luxuries ($100 each)
We’ve never seen such a personal collection of fragrances from designer Oscar de la Renta as this set of six, which captures some of the most precious memories from his life. The exclusive collection was created to invite the wearer into the life of the legendary designer. Formulated with exceptional ingredients, each fragrance embodies events, loves and memories of a true gentlemen. From Santo Domingo (the city in the Dominican Republic where he was born) to Granada (the city in Spain where he proposed to his wife), each scent is a stepping stone in Mr. de la Renta’s journey of life. Santo Domingo is a smooth, smoky tabac fragrance with fresh, citrusy top notes and hints of tobacco and spices. One of the most unusual in the collection is Sargasso, with the essence of “sea spray,” evocative of the Sargasso Sea. It is the only eau de cologne in the collection—the rest are eaux de parfum. There is, of course, a gourmet option to the collection: Oriental Lace combines notes of bitter almond and cocoa. You’ll find a mosaic motif —a hallmark of Spanish architecture and a strong pattern in the Alhambra—running throughout the collection.
Balenciaga Florabotanica ($95)
Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere calls it “a tale of mesmerizing flowers,” but Florabotanica is really the story of an experimental rose, Rosa Experimentalis. It combines the fantastical and ultra-contemporary aspects of the Balenciaga brand and symbolizes duality between strict classicism and experimentation. Perfumers Olivier Polge and Jean-Christophe Herault have really gone the extra mile to make this one totally special. The experimental rose finds its origins in Turkey and notes of vetiver, amber and caladium leaf accord create a resonance of mossy and mysterious dark wood. Add to this notes of carnation and a mint accord and you get a fresh floral bouquet.
Coach Poppy Blossom ($65)
A new limited edition fragrance (think of it as poppy mixed with the effervescence of prosecco), this is Coach at its sprightly best. It’s a juicy fragrance that is both fresh and floral, fruity and full of life. It combines the Poppy fragrance notes with the romance of poppy plower. Think fruits, flowers and woods: notes of sparkling lychee, and luscious strawberry join freesia and mandarin. The heart of the fragrance is muguet, rich rose centifolia, and precious tuberose, jasmine sambac and gardenia. The dry down is rich praline and luminous vanilla, blended with the softness of blonde woods and creamy musk.
Marc Jacobs DOT ($69)
This is a charming fragrance for the sprite in all of us. DOT by Marc Jacobs is the designer’s latest scent, and fresh, light, and exhilarating at the same time. Considered a round, chic and feminine fragrance, DOT has exuberant top notes of red berries, succulent dragonfruit, and sweet honeysuckle. The core notes include luscious jasmine, mingled with energizing notes of coconut water and orange blossom. The scent rounds out with a feminine dry down of creamy vanilla, driftwood, and sensual musks. This unexpected fragrance also comes with a completely collectible glass jar that boasts lady bug-like black dots on a red background, with wing and floral accents.
Acqua di Gioia Essenza ($79)
A completely new sophisticated and sensual interpretation of the original Acqua di Gioia fragrance for women, Essenza is an intense fragrance (and the packaging is clear on this: the wording actually reads “Eau de Parfum Intense”). This brings us to believe that Essenza was not created for the faint of heart. Notes include cascalone, Sicilian bergamot essence, grapefruit zest, jasmine absolute, basil, sage and patchouli. In essence, this is a woody floral created around a sensual trio of jasmine with hints of lemon zest, crushed mint leaves and pink pepper and finished with notes of cedar, brown sugar and cashmere woods. It’s something to wear both on a beach, and a romantic evening out in Rome, as though you’re in a Fellini movie. The ad campaign, shot by renowned photographer Bruce Weber, features model Simon Nessman.