The Best Scents For Men This Autumn

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The Best Scents For Men This Autumn

Words by The MR PORTER Team

28 September 2021

Learning to dress well is one thing, but mastering the art of which fragrance to wear (and when to wear it) is quite another. Both are important factors in making an impression, and both should change throughout the year. As well as seeking out a new coat, autumn is a good moment to switch things up with your fragrance, too. As the leaves begin to crisp and fall, the appropriate choices for scent become about the smokier, woodier elements that feel at home in the cooler weather. To help you navigate this transition, we’ve handpicked five of the finest autumn-appropriate fragrances to see you through the season in olfactory bliss.


Baie 19 by Le Labo

Ever heard of petrichor? It’s the word for that unique smell of the earth after a heavy spell of rain, and it’s exactly what Le Labo has captured in its Baie 19 fragrance. With a light freshness of dried juniper berry and green leaves, its grounded and warmed by patchouli, making for a quintessential autumn fragrance.


Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne Intense by Jo Malone London

If any brand has mastered seasonal nuance in fragrance, it’s Jo Malone London. The brand’s Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne was inspired by kōdō, the Japanese ritual of burning incense that literally translates as “way of fragrance”. Jo Malone’s take on this is a well-rounded mix of black orchid, cardamom, kyara wood and leather. The result smells sophisticated and mysterious – two qualities not to be sniffed at.


Mixed Emotions by Byredo

This eau de parfum by Byredo is, as you might have gathered from the name, a little complex. In a good way. It’s a multifaceted, crowd pleaser of a scent that is both fresh and smoky, and while it matches especially well with autumn, it’s the kind of thing you can wear all year round.


Orphéon by Diptyque

Named after a Parisian bar that sat next to Diptyque’s shop on the Boulevard Saint-Germain in the 1960s, Orphéon’s warm, seductive scent of cedar tree, tonka bean and tobacco is pure charm in a bottle.


Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle

The grandmaster of fragrance doesn’t do things by halves, which is why Frederic Malle’s Carnal Flower boasts the highest concentration of tuberose you’ll find on the market. A dense, rich floral scent, made in collaboration with renowned perfumer Mr Dominique Ropion, this one takes some panache to wear. But if you can handle it, it’s the kind of thing that becomes a signature scent for life.