Fall’s Best-Smelling New Fragrances

Wendy Rodewald
Fall’s Best-Smelling New Fragrances
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Lolita Lempicka Elle L’Aime ($100, neimanmarcus.com)

The name means “she loves,” and you surely will. The scent reminds us of tasting the nectar from a honeysuckle blossom: sweet, fragrant and delicious.

Notes: Bergamot, neroli and lime (top); coco essence, jasmine and ylang-ylang (middle); vanilla, myrrh and sandalwood (base).

Bond No. 9 Perfumista Avenue ($260-$340, bondno9.com)

You’d expect a scent with this name — based on a fantasy New York neighborhood where everyone wears fragrance — to smell overpowering, but you’d be wrong. The fresh, feminine rose is as balanced as it is addictive.

Notes: Davana, nutmeg, safran, red plum (top); rose oil, rose water, peonies, jasmine (middle); patchouli, sensual musk, modern amber, mate (base).

Playing With The Devil by Kilian ($245, bergdorfgoodman.com)

Part of the In the Garden of Good and Evil Collection based around the idea of “forbidden fruit,” this scent opens with fruity notes and hot spices and dries down to a sexy, animalic base. The bottle comes in a white lacquer clutch accented with a 24-karat gold snake — perfect for the temptress in you.

Notes: Blood orange, blackcurrant buds, white peach, lychee, hot spices, black pepper, and pimento berries (top); cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, rose of May, jasmine sambac (heart); cistus, ambrarome, tonka bean, benzoin, and vanilla (base).

Fresh Life ($80, qvc.com)

This eau de parfum, meant to evoke the feeling of being outside in nature, features four compositions: earth, air, sun and water. Like all of the brand's fragrances, it's light, fresh and hard not to like.

Notes: Velvet bergamot, vanilla grass, dreamy cypress (earth); grapefruit, lilac leaves, transparent magnolia (air); silk amber, warm orange, tonka flowers (sun); sweet cucumber, sparkling moss, morning dew (water).

Valentina Oud Assoluto ($150, neimanmarcus.com)

A followup to the original Valentina, this version, housed in a black glass bottle, adds sensual oud wood to give the fragrance an oriental character. Its warm saffron notes make it perfect for colder months.

Notes: Bergamot, poivre, rose essence, saffron, patchouli.

Clé de Peau Beauté Rose Synactif ($300, barneys.com)

This subtle, elegant scent — the brand's first — is distilled from the Rose Synactif, a type of rose that has won medals for its beauty and fragrance. The fragrance is meant to be used in tandem with the brand's Synactif skincare regimen.

Notes: Biarritz Hypericum, juniper berry (top); Rose Synactif, violet, tea, Jasminum Sambac (middle); original pure musk, original white wood (base).

Estée Lauder Modern Muse ($58-$98, esteelauder.com)

This fragrance is based on the contrast between its sparkling jasmine accord and sleek woods — a quality that makes the scent work just as well for day as it does for night.

Notes: Mandarin, honeysuckle nectar, dewy petals, jasmine sambac, china absolute, tuberose fluer and fresh lily (sparkling jasmine accord); patchouli, Madagascar vanilla, amber wood and musk (sleek woods accord).

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme Intense ($79-$112, sephora.com)

This followup to Pour Femme is even more potent, with a warm sandalwood and musk base that lingers for hours.

Notes: Neroli and green mandarin (top); orange blossom and tuberose (middle); sandalwood and musk (base).

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