Ah autumn; it’s my favourite time of year and I’d happily spend hours arguing with die-hard summer fans just why the season is superior in every given way.
And along with the refreshing breeze, crispy leaves and pumpkin spice lattes, I am all about autumn beauty, from cute nail art to warm scents.
It makes sense to switch up your perfume for the new season; while summer is all about citrus spritzes, fresh, clean notes and pretty florals, autumn is a little darker, with intense, deep notes that fill you with all the cosy vibes.
Whether you’re a big fan of rich ouds, earthy woody notes or warm vanillas and ambers, there are some glorious autumnal options for all budgets.
From Gucci to Boy Smells, H&M to Zara, here are my picks for your ultimate cosy autumn fragrance wardrobe.
Kayali Oudgasm Vanilla Oud, £35
If you want to smell good enough to eat, you need this enveloping vanilla oud scent by Kayali in your autumn fragrance lineup. Creamy notes of praline, vanilla sugar and cashmere wood come together in this sweet gourmand perfume while white musk, oud and rose add another level of sophistication. If you can’t stretch for a full-size bottle for £119, you’ll get an impressive amount of longevity out of the 10ml bottle which is a fraction of the price and it’s perfect for slipping into your bag.
Aesop Hwyl Eau de Parfum, £110
This woody, aromatic perfume includes top notes of spices and thyme, which settle down to cypress, vetiver, oakmoss and olibanum for a fragrance that wraps you in a grounding, earthy scent. If a walk in the woods wrapped in your new autumn coat with leaves crunching underfoot is your idea of a perfect autumnal afternoon, this fragrance is the right pick for you.
Gucci Flora Gorgeous Jasmine, £68
Think you can’t wear a floral in the cooler months? Think again. I’m perhaps the original Gorgeous Gardenia scent’s number one fan; it’s creamy, pretty, and addictive. But this Jasmine iteration is a lovely option as the winds pick up, with notes of jasmine, magnolia accord and dreamy sandalwood. It’s the perfect transitional scent for September-October time, and the bottle looks irresistibly pretty on your bathroom shelf.
H&M Rain, £4.99
Synonymous with the UK, rain is about as common here as a cup of tea in the afternoon. And while we love to moan, sometimes there’s nothing better than a cosy day in watching it pelt it down outside. Embrace the Autumn/Winter weather with this purse-friendly buy, which smells clean and fresh, lightweight and comforting.
Maison Margiela By The Fireplace, £55
Imagine warm cosy socks, soft blankets, fairy lights and a crackling open fire… this is what Maison Margiela’s beloved scent smells like, bottled. Described as ‘burning wood and chestnut,’ this option will give you all the feels in the lead up to Christmas. Spicy, sharp notes of pink pepper are undercut by sweet, smooth vanilla and Peru balsam for a wholly A/W-friendly scent for all.
Boy Smells Cowboy Kush Cologne, £105
Yes, this perfume may be pricey, but it’s the ultimate treat if you’re looking to invest in a scent that’ll last all Autumn and winter long. Not only is the bottle wildly decadent, the elixir inside smells absolutely glorious, smoky and sexy like your dream cowboy. It features vanilla, tonka and saffron, and is ultra-warming, comforting, and yet exciting.
Zara Tobacco Collection, £17.99
A favourite of fashion editor Krissy’s, this is a classic Autumnal scent that packs all the good stuff into one bottle: rum, white peony, vanilla bourbon and more. It’s chic, smells good on everyone, and is super intense, in all the best ways. And at this price point, you can afford to be a bit more liberal with your spritzes.