While many of us have a tried and true scent we stick to (for some people that might be Body Shop’s White Musk worn since the eighth grade, though I’m not naming any names), but fall is always an appropriate time to start thinking about putting away the fruity or vanilla stuff of summer and establishing a new and possibly headier aroma.
Here are some of the season’s newest fragrance releases. With the robust offerings and wide variety of notes, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
The royal watcher
Black Jade from Lubin Paris. This storied scent was originally created in the late 18th century for Marie Antoinette. Inspired by her flower gardens at Versailles, the blend includes notes of jasmine, incense, rose, patchouli and amber.
As one might assume of an older scent made for royalty, Black Jade is decadent, rich and powerful. It's certainly not for those who like a subtle scent, but is great for those who love the history behind the perfume and aren't afraid of some potent notes. Top: $160 for 100 milliliters at Lucky Scent, L.A.
The sweet tooth
Prada Candy. The name pretty much sums it up. This one’s for the girl who likes her scents sweet -- cotton candy sweet. But thankfully, as with Thierry Mugler’s Angel, the caramel of Candy is balanced with earthier musk notes. The pink and black bottle with amber-colored perfume looks good enough to eat. Upper left: $180 for 2.7 ounces at Neiman Marcus.
DKNY Golden Delicious. Also another warm and practically edible scent, the fourth installment in the DKNY Be Delicious family is packed with musk, sandalwood and teakwood to temper the signature fruitiness of the apple-inspired fragrance. Upper right: $42 for 1 ounce at Sephora.
The class act
Burberry Body. A bit lighter and younger than the British luxury houses’ previous scents, Burberry Body is a sophisticated blend of rose, iris, absinthe, vanilla and amber. The result is a fresh and creamy floral that would appeal to a woman who wants her scent to transition from day to night. Upper left: $75 for 2 ounces, available in September.
The fancy lady
Chanel No. 19 Poudre. A recent rendition of Chanel No. 19 (a name inspired by Coco Chanel’s Aug. 19 birthday) No. 19 Poudre is brimming with powder and musk. But the powder here isn’t overly powerful, as it’s balanced with fresh and floaty green notes such as neroli, galbanum, jasmine, iris and vetiver. The result is soft yet refined. The striking square bottle is just begging to be placed on top of a pretty vanity. Above: $85 for 1.7 oz at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Dahlia Noir. Powdery but aggressive at the same time, this pink-tinged perfume in an elegantly architectural bottle is for the fancy lady likes her florals mixed with woody notes like sandalwood and Tonka bean. Above left: $90 for 1.7 ounces at Neiman Marcus.
The girly girl
Coach Poppy Flower. An upbeat follow-up to Coach Poppy, Poppy Flower is bright, floral and super feminine without being overpowering. There are notes of jasmine, water lily, peony and sugared raspberry that call to mind an energetic college student who likes a cheery and versatile scent. Right: $45 for 1 oz at Coach stores and Coach.com.
Diane. The newest scent from Diane Von Furstenberg Diane is ultra feminine and intense –- in a good way. Frangipani and violet leaves are mixed with musk and patchouli for an exotic but ultimately fresh and girly fragrance. Left: Available in October.
Your Stylist: Repairing hair from summer heat
Your Stylist: Casual, stylish, well-fitting menswear
Your Stylist: The denim jacket, a definite closet must-have
-- Melissa Magsaysay
Photos from top: Black Jade by Lubin Paris, Prada Candy, DKNY Golden Delicious, Burberry Body,Chanel No. 10 Poudre, Givenchy Dahlia Noir, Coach Poppy Flower, Diane. Credits, from top: Lubin Paris, Prada, DKNY, Burberry, Chanel, Givenchy, Coach, Diane von Furstenberg