Our 12 favorite fall fragrances for spicy and cozy new-season vibes

w&h beauty editor reveals her ultimate fall fragrance picks, from timeless classics to unique new scents

Collage of three of our fall fragrance picks by sisley, guerlain and tom ford
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There's no use denying the old clichés about fall fragrance. Do you want a rich, spicy, smoky, warming and comforting perfume for this chilly new season? Thought so. 

Of course, scent is subjective, and your idea of the best perfume for women may differ wildly to your best friend's. But just as autumn's declining temperatures and residual back-to-school energy make us collectively yearn for a shiny new pair of boots, a similar universal urge hits to ditch our best best fruity perfume and other such scents for summer in favor of something a little deeper and sultrier.

And this fall, I'm pleased to report there's an abundance of gorgeous fragrances to, well, fall for. From blockbuster new launches by big-name brands to under-the-radar cult bargains and timeless classics that I've worn for years. These are my personal fall perfume picks that will make a perfect scented accompaniment to your seasonal vibe shift.

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This list is split into two categories; new discoveries for fall 2022, and my all-time favorites. This means each and every one of these fall perfumes has either been worn by me for months, if not years, or (in the case of the newbies) at least a day or two, to test how they wear, dry down and how long they last. They have also been assessed on price vs strength, as there's no fair comparison between eau de toilette vs parfum. And of course, all-important aesthetics, dressing table worthiness, and giftability.  

A selection of new fall fragrance in this guide

A selection of the new fall fragrance in this guide

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New-season launches

Timeless fall classics

A selection of timeless fall fragrances in this feature

My personal collection of fall fragrances 

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Fiona McKim
Beauty Editor, womanandhome.com

 As woman&home's Beauty Channel Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about brilliant finds on womanandhome.com or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair experiments and cute shih-tzus). Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013 under industry legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know (learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism). She has since covered every corner of the industry, from interviewing dermatologists and celebrities to reporting backstage at Fashion Week and judging the w&h Beauty Awards.