Fall is full of amazing natural aromas: crisp morning air, smoke from burning leaves, pumpkin everything, apples and cinnamon. It’s an ideal time to update your personal fragrance from the lighter scents of summer. Of course, not everyone is made for a heady, fall-feeling fragrance, so you’ll find ample choice from light-yet-seasonal to woodsy-and-warm in our perfume round up below.
Dolce & Gabbana Intense
The name is a big indicator that this fragrance is for the sexy scent lover. Sandalwood blends with musky notes and a touch of tuberose, paired with clean notes of green mandarin and orange blossom to keep things delicate, yet powerfully feminine. Wear With: A LBD and kohl-rimmed eyes for a late dinner date.
Available at: Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Holt Renfrew, Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique, Sephora and Ogilvy nationwide in October.
Killer Queen by Katy Perry
Perry’s second fragrance is richly layered and dramatically feminine. The scent was inspired by its heart of red velvet flower; jasmine and plumeria round out the floral mix. Wild berry and dark plum top notes add a bit of fruity freshness and an interesting base of patchouli and liquid praline creates a heady scent ideal for evening. Wear With: Textured velvety jeans and a buttery leather moto for a tough-girl-meets-luxe-lover vibe.
Available at: Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix (now), Sears and other drug stores across Canada (November)
Carven Le Parfum
Carven’s first fragrance is for the woman who loves a spicy floral, with opening notes of mandarin blossom and white hyacinth, followed by a heart of ylang ylang paired with jasmine and sweet pea. All the potential sweetness is balanced out with woodsy bottom notes of sandal wood and patchouli. Wear With: Fall’s mid-mod trend in a ladylike pencil skirt and bare shoulders for visit to the ballet.
Available at: Holt Renfrew
Calvin Klein Downtown
The newest scent from Calvin Klein has a depth that belies it’s light pink hue with strong base notes of musks and cedarwood, balanced out by a refreshing brightness with top notes of Italian cedrat, bergamot and Tunisian neroli; gardenia petals and pink peppercorns make up the middle. It’s a long-wearing scent that works for day or night. Wear With: A minimalist, modern sheath for a gallery opening. Extra points if you arrive on a motorbike.
Available at: Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutou
Marc Jacobs Honey
With top notes including green pear and honeysuckle, a heart of orange blossom and a sweet vanilla finish, the latest Marc Jacobs scent is cleanly feminine with a slight crisp edge. Wear With: A midi skirt and riding boots on a sunny forest stroll.
Available at: Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Holt Renfrew, Ogilvy, Murale, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, and Sephora stores
The musky base note by way of amyris wood lends a touch of masculine sportiness, juicy wine peach and white currant top notes add sparkle and white iris and liquorice blossoms round out with a touch of floral. Wear with: A plaid boy-cut blazer and a crisp pair of wide-legged trouser jeans, aka classic office casual.
Available October 15 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Roses by Chloé
Even if roses aren’t your top choice for scent, you shouldn’t pass by Chloé’s newest fragrance. It’s a lightly pretty and delicate floral with a depth that comes from the bottom notes of white musk and amber. Wear With: Fall’s sweetest shade, pink, of course.
Available in October at: Select Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and Jean Coutu