When the opportunity presented itself to work on a story involving two of my favorite things — perfume and TikTok — I knew I had to do it justice. As every fragrance fanatic knows, scent is subjective. What one person finds to be the best thing since sliced bread, someone else may find repulsive. And that’s okay. But with fall settling in, now is the perfect time to step outside of your fragrance comfort zone and explore new scents to add to your collection.
If you’re a perfume fan and not on #PerfumeTok, I highly recommend you peruse it every now and then. And no, it’s not just another social media jumble. It’s a hashtag on TikTok that’s full of perfume enthusiasts, educators and experts giving their thoughts on various fragrances. It’s also a corner of the internet where you can learn about smaller-scale imprints that you wouldn’t necessarily read about in a mainstream fashion magazine
One thing most fragrance experts agree on is that fall is the time to break out the sweet gourmand scents, including vanilla, caramel, amber and woody notes. And Maiya Gant, a Los Angeles-based fragrance influencer and founder of Black Girls Smell Good, is one of them.
“I’m a definite gourmand lover. Something about an edible note makes me fall in love every time! The fall season is my favorite time to pull out all of my sweet, warm and spicy scents,” she told me.
To get us all on the same note (see what I did there?), I asked Gant and other passionate perfume aficionados to share their top picks for fall fragrances (plus, I included a few of my own favorites) that deserve a spot in your collection this season. Check out which ones made the cut below.
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Goutal Folie D’Un Soir
This unique bottle definitely takes the crown as the most eye-catching fragrance on our list, and Gant said wearing it “feels like wearing a chic leather jacket with velvet interior.” With standout notes of pink pepper, Turkish rose, leather, cocoa and incense, it just screams “autumn.”
Moodeaux Worthy SuperCharged SkinScent
I like to include as many Black-owned beauty brands as I can in my collection of goodies, and this fragrance from Moodeaux is definitely part of my fall scent rotation and worthy of being an editor’s pick. It’s designed to be used as a moisturizing dry oil as it contains several beneficial skincare ingredients like apricot kernel, grape seed and meadowfoam seed oils, but my favorite aspect is that it also works as a perfume. You’ll smell notes of orange blossom, lavender, vanilla woods and amber.
Le Monde Gourmand Paradis Tropique
My final editor’s pick is another budget-friendly staple in my perfume collection, and I always bring it out to play when the temperatures drop. Paradis Tropique is a warm, cozy fragrance with notes like blood orange, muguet, 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.