A Beginner's Guide To The Best Men's Fall 2021 Fragrances
First of all, there are many types of fragrances, differentiated by the level of perfume oil concentration. This affects the longevity of the fragrance or how long it can last on your body. For men, the important ones are aftershave, cologne, eau de toilette and eau de parfum, arranged in lowest to highest concentration.
See also: Understanding The 5 Types of Fragrances
Each scent has top, middle and base notes. Throughout the day, the opening top notes will evaporate to leave the lingering smell of the base. Professional perfumers refer to the combination of all the notes as an accord, which would would fall into the four general categories of scent families: woody, floral, oriental, and fresh. Oriental refers to vanilla, amber, musk and spices whereas fresh encompasses herbal, citrus and oceanic scents. The fragrance wheel can provide a more detailed description, such as green or woody oriental.
But how do you know which scent is right for you? Our advice is to know your motives and end goal. However, it is important to understand that there is no singular scent that perfectly embodies abstract concepts you would like to achieve, from power to sex appeal and masculinity. Next, you go shopping to figure out which scents you like before you make the commitment. As a starting point, you can think about your favourite season or ask friends for recommendations.
Once you have made your choice, you will need to know how to apply it. Aftershave is often formulated with soothing ingredients, such as aloe vera, and can be applied to the lower jaw after a shave but with the other types of fragrances, it is best to steer clear from the face. Instead, apply them to pulse points or warmer parts of your body to provide a pleasing sillage or lingering trail. This includes the neck, wrist, chest, forearm and shoulder—but not all at once because a little goes a long way!
Below, for your consideration, are our picks of the best fall 2021 fragrances:
Dior Sauvage Elixir
The latest formulation of this iconic fragrance boasts its signature amber accord, with spicy notes of cardamom and Matinican rum that complement the patchouli and frankincense heart, leaving a powerful trail of fresh lavender, velvety tobacco, liquorice and vetiver.
Best for: Bringing a little rock n' roll into your life
Frédéric Malle Carnal Flower
French master perfumer Dominique Ropion presents one of his most complex creations, exploring the different facts of the tuberose. He layers fresh, vegetal notes of fruit and tuberose on a foundation of the same flower's milky sweetness, combined with musk and spicy elements for a truly unique olfactory experience.
Best for: Making a lasting impression
Riccardo Tisci, creative director of Burberry, described this new fragrance and its campaign as "an embodiment of freedom, transformation and masculine energy". Working together with perfumer Aurelien Guichard, they present a distinct eau de toilette which boasts a woody-spicy accord, starring juniper and black pepper as its main ingredient with top notes of bergamot and a base of Atlas, Virginian and Himalayan Cedar.
Best for: Keeping you invigorated throughout the day
Calvin Klein Defy
Created by master perfumer Anne Flipo, Pascal Gaurin and Loc Dong, Calvin Klein's first standalone men's fragrance in a decade opens with a fresh blend of citrus, bergamot and lavender that leads the way to the invigorating earthy scent of vertiver oil and amber notes.
Best for: Boosting confidence
Prada Luna Rossa Ocean
Inspired by the deep blue ocean, this daring fragrance by Anne Flipo and Carlos Benaim introduces an intoxicating blend of bergamot, vetiver, tonka bean and iris accords.
Best for: Impressing on romantic date nights
Maison Margiela Autumn Vibes
This eau de toilette is the epitome of warmth. The first whiff of pink peppercorn, coriander and cardamom makes way for a deep nutmeg, cedarwood and moss that transport you to a tranquil safe space of tall oaks with crunchy auburn and yellow leaves.
Best for: Someone who loves a warm, comforting scent
Tom Ford Ombré Leather Parfum
This scent strikes the perfect balance between deep leather notes and fresh floral elements, such as violet leaf absolute, green tobacco, woody cedarwood and jasmine sambac. Worth nothing is the incredibly sleek bottle, a matte black glass flacon stamped with a faux-leather plaque.
Best for: Sophistication that embodies luxury
Bulgari Man Terrae Essence
The latest addition to the Bulgari Man collection is a woody tribute to Mother Nature, with top notes of citron and vetiver essence and a heart of orris concrete that leaves a lingering stillage of terrae accord and styrax.
Best for: Someone who loves the great outdoors