6 Moody and Mysterious Fragrances to Wear This Fall

Intrigue reigns in this season’s lineup, featuring sensual, complex scents




Serge Lutens La Couche Du Diable
Not for the faint of heart, this full-bodied scent will transport you to a souk in Marrakech with accords of intoxicating, smoky oud and resins that roll into a creamy jam and rose finish with a depth and sexiness that will work some magic on your next date night. $230/100 ml, Serge Lutens.


Byredo Slow Dance
For his latest scent, Stockholm-based creator Ben Gorham was influenced by memories of high school awkwardness and “that moment in time before the threshold of adulthood is passed.” The warm, sticky-sweet blend opens with a heart of labdanum laced with myrrh and geranium, and is anchored by a delicate base of vanilla and patchouli — radiating a nostalgic, moody vibe. $260/100 ml, Byredo.


Heretic Dirty Violet
Created by L.A.-based natural perfumer (and Goop collaborator) Douglas Little, Dirty Violet is an unexpected, elegant floral scent with a modern earthiness that features violet leaf and jasmine sambac enveloped in a Turkish rose, patchouli-orris embrace for a textured fusion that is powdery, floral and woodsy all at once — an artistic feat. $95/30 ml, Heretic.


Memo Paris Oriental Leather
Do you favor spicy scents over squeaky-clean florals? Then this one’s for you. A spritz of Oriental Leather conjures up images of Omar’s Wahabi golden desert, encompassing a deeply rich blend of anise seed, cinnamon and leather with just a hint of fresh lavender. $295/75 ml, Memo Paris.


Henry Rose Dark Is Night
Fans of Michelle Pfeiffer’s line Henry Rose can now find the five nontoxic scents in convenient roll-on applicators, perfect for traveling. Our favorite: Dark Is Night, a sultry infusion of vanilla bean and patchouli that is destined for heavy rotation. $120/50 ml, Henry Rose.


Creed Aventus Cologne
Esteemed London-born, Paris-based perfumery The House of Creed has introduced Aventus Cologne, a fresh, unisex take on the original bestselling Aventus, which launched nearly 10 years ago. First, you experience a sharp hit of vetiver, then sparkling notes of mandarin are rounded out by Indian sandalwood, musk and tonka bean for a sophisticated impression that is equal parts uplifting and inspiring. $435/100 ml, The House of Creed.


Feature image: Photo by Annie Spratt/Unsplash.


Nov. 5, 2019

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