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The Best Fall Perfumes for Women, According to Fragrance Lovers


When the opportunity arose to work on a story involving two of my favorite things — perfume and TikTok — I knew I had to do it justice. As all perfume fanatics know, perfume is subjective. What one person finds to be the greatest thing since sliced ​​bread, another may find repugnant. And it doesn’t matter. But with fall setting in, it’s the perfect time to step out of your scented comfort zone and explore new scents to add to your collection.

If you’re a perfume fan and you’re not on #PerfumeTok, I highly recommend that you browse it from time to time. And no, it’s not just another social media hodgepodge. It’s a hashtag on TikTok that’s full of fragrance lovers, educators, and experts giving their opinion on various scents. It’s also a corner of the internet where you can learn about smaller-scale prints that you wouldn’t necessarily read about in a mainstream fashion magazine.

One thing most perfume experts agree on is that fall is the time to burst with sweet, indulgent scents, including vanilla, caramel, amber, and woodsy notes. And Maiya Gant, LA-based fragrance influencer and founder of Black Girls Smell Good, is one of them.

“I am definitely a sweet tooth. Something about an edible note makes me fall in love every time! The fall season is my favorite time to release all my sweet, warm, and spicy scents,” she told me.

To put us all on the same note (see what I did there?), I asked Gant and other fragrance enthusiasts to share their top fall scent picks (plus, I’ve included a few of my favourites) that deserve a place in your collection this season. Check out those who made the cut below.

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Sniff Sweet Ash

First on our list is one of Snif’s best-selling fragrances, Sweet Ash, which comes on the recommendation of Apollonia Moriarty, aka @moneygobyebye on TikTok and Instagram.

“It has notes of juniper, balsam fir, black vanilla bean and moss. It’s woodsy, amber, slightly sweet and earthy. I always say it smells like [Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s] Baccarat Rouge 540 and Grand Soir [fragrances] had a baby. It’s smooth and sexy, perfect for date night or running errands (and everything in between),” she told me. (For more on Maison Francis Kurkdjian, see the slide #3.)

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Guerlain My Guerlain

Fragrance aficionado Destiny Cyrus aka @dessyxm on TikTok picked this spicy, stackable scent as one of her fall picks, describing it as “the epitome of fall embodying a beautiful scent of heavenly lavender, offering a calm and relaxing experience”.

It has classic notes of jasmine, lavender and vanilla.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir

While Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Baccrat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum is getting a lot of attention in the fragrance world, there’s another scent from the brand you should know about this fall. Perfect for lovers of amber, this perfume recommended by Cyrus will be a must in your olfactory collection with its notes of rose, honey, incense and sandalwood.

Cyrus described it as “a soft, opulent amber scent that smells like liquid gold, has great longevity and streak, and is perfect for any black-tie event.”

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Frédéric Malle Pink Lipstick

Just because the leaves are turning doesn’t mean you have to tidy up everything of your springtime rosy scents. This elegant scent is another Cyrus recommendation and has notes like grapefruit, violet rose, ambrette and raspberry.

“It’s a scent of vintage Hollywood glamour, for the most fabulous of women,” she said.

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BDK Charnel Gray Extract

Ije Simon, a Dallas-based content creator specializing in fragrance, beauty, and fashion, told me this rich, woodsy scent is her most anticipated fall scent. It has top, middle and base notes that include black tea extract, bourbon vetiver, vanilla absolute and cedar essence,

“I got it in the summer and was waiting for the fall so I could wear it. It’s the most beautiful warm spicy woody scent and it lasts all day. It’s such a unique and interesting scent and I love it. has been doing a lot of good. a few compliments lately!” she says.

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Vanilla Kayali 28

Maiya Gant, the founder of Black Girls Smell Good, called this popular Kayali scent a must-have for fall. It has sweet notes of vanilla orchid, tonka absolute and amber woods.

“I use it on days when I want to feel more comfortable. It starts out sweet, then balances out in notes of amber and musk. It’s very versatile and suitable for any occasion,” said she declared.

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Goutal One Night Madness

This unique bottle definitely takes the crown as the most eye-catching scent on our list, and Gant said wearing it “felt like wearing a chic leather jacket with a velvet interior.” With remarkable notes of pink peppercorn, Turkish rose, leather, cocoa and incense, it’s just cries “autumn.”

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Montale Montale Sensual instinct

“An olfactory masterpiece, there’s nothing else on the market quite like it,” Gant said of this warm scent. “Sensual Instinct has been my signature scent for a year and I can’t get enough of its magic. It reminds me of Ma’amoul, a Middle Eastern shortbread cookie filled with dates.”

It contains notes of bergamot, mandarin, amber wood, jasmine, tiramisu, cocoa and vanilla.

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Expressive Milk Convenience

Inside this elegant black bottle you will find a nostalgic and warm fragrance with notes of cold milk, mahogany wood and tonka bean. “The milk has the faintest hint of smoke that lingers on a musky background. Perfect for sweater weather!” said Gant.

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Kayali Lovefest Burning Cherry 48

Kayali makes another appearance on our list, thanks to Jade Bodley, a Washington, DC-based fragrance content creator, who recommended this sweet, indulgent scent for fall. It combines fresh cherries, raspberries with caramelized praline and woody patchouli to create a truly electrifying, layerable scent.

“Lovefest is sexy and perfect for date night. This juicy cherry scent turns sweet and woodsy with praline and palo santo. It’s mouth watering and coming out just in time for fall!” said Bodley.

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By Rosie Jane Dulce

My editor’s top pick is none other than By Rosie Jane’s new fragrance, Dulce. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’ve worn it every day since I got it and often get compliments from friends (and sometimes strangers!). For me, it’s the perfect fall scent, and I would describe it as “clean vanilla.” Although it has hints of vanilla, chocolate and Hinoki wood, it is not overly fragrant. I also like to layer it with Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Mist in Cheirosa ’62 scent.

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Moodeaux Worthy SuperCharged SkinScent

I like to include as many black-owned beauty brands as possible in my collection of goodies, and this fragrance from Moodeaux is definitely part of my fall fragrance rotation and deserves an editor’s choice. It’s designed to be used as a hydrating dry oil because it contains several beneficial skincare ingredients like apricot kernel, grapeseed, and meadowfoam seed oils, but my favorite aspect is that it works also as a perfume. You will smell notes of orange blossom, lavender, vanilla wood and amber.

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Floral Marshmallow Folder

If you’ve always wanted the Kilian Paris Love, Don’t Be Shy perfume, but didn’t want to shell out $265, let me introduce you to the significantly cheaper Dossier Floral Marshmallow perfume which is inspired by the fragrance. It’s one of my most sought-after scents during the cold months because wearing it feels like receiving a warm, cozy hug. It has notes of marshmallow (of course), orange blossom, jasmine, amber, vanilla and musk.

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The Gourmet World Tropic Paradise

My Editor’s Pick is another budget-friendly staple in my fragrance collection, and I always highlight it when the temperatures drop. Paradis Tropique is a warm and cozy fragrance with notes like blood orange, lily of the valley, tiare flower and creamy sandalwood. It’s bold enough to stand on its own, but can definitely be paired with lighter, less intense mists or sprays.



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