Four Autumn Scent Trends
Autumn 2021 is promising to bring fragrance enthusiasts new scents packed with character, unusual blends and some eye-popping notes. It’s a season that celebrates individuality and unique compositions – one that shows off the artistry and creativity of the world’s top perfumers.
Scent Lodge has studied dozens of new launches arriving on store counters online in the coming eight-to-twelve weeks and identified some fascinating trends. Here are four to watch for.
Vanilla orchid is popping up in many new fragrances for women and for good reason. Vanilla has been a major theme in perfumery for the past five years and vanilla orchid offers a soft, floral take on the note. Vanilla orchids, also known as “vanilla bean” orchids have a light, pleasant fragrance of vanilla that is lighter and fresher than the traditional vanilla bean. They blend beautifully with other white flowers like rose, jasmine and gardenia. Watch for vanilla orchid in a new fragrance coming from Oscar de la Renta very soon.
Toffee Apple Notes
Any great perfumer will tell you that a quality fragrance is all about contrasting notes. These artists will pair sweet with sour, soft with strong, floral with woods. This is what gives a fragrance character and personality. So it isn’t a surprise that toffee apple has become a global scent trend. It combines the crisp, tart aroma of apple with a vanilla-caramel topping. The result is an accord that is both fresh and comforting. Versace Eros eau de parfum is a great example. The ingredient works in both men’s and women’s scents.
Sure Tom Ford caused a sensation when he added a cocaine accord to one of his signature fragrances, but adding scandalous illicit accords isn’t new. Yves Saint Laurent did it decades ago. As did perfumers in Venice in the 1500s. This season sees Swedish perfumer Johan Bergelin adding cannabis accord and cocaine accord to several of his 19-69 fragrances. This is one of the hottest niche perfume brands on the planet and Johan proves he’s a talent to watch. It is important to note that perfumers don’t actually blend cocaine into their perfumes. They create an ‘accord’ of other notes that together give the impression of cocaine.
Fall 2021 is the season of the peach in perfumery. Fruit notes move in and out of style in the world of fragrance. Quite often the reason for this is cultural and based on advances in laboratories how to manipulate the ingredient in new ways. Perfumers have rediscovered the peach for the latter. If you bite into a ripe, juicy peach you know that you get a sweet, slightly tart taste and aroma. It can even be a little acidic mimicking citrus. Perfumers like it for the texture of the skin – a velvety, smooth feel that has the sensation of skin. Adding peach to a fragrance gives the scent a sense of intimacy and sexiness. It immediately makes a perfume smell more expensive and luxurious. You’ll see it used beautifully in an upcoming Bvlgari fragrance launch this fall.
Daniela SborliniSeptember 16, 2021 at 9:09 pm
Some amzing scents. Illicit accords is very interesting. Question ❓ will they stop me at the border lol 😂 but seriously I can’t wait to try them
Heather SchellAugust 20, 2021 at 7:21 am
I was super curious as to what an illicit accord was! (escándalo!)
Angela CitrignoAugust 17, 2021 at 5:48 pm
Interesting, I agree with Trisha. Autumn, is going to smell delicious. Some of my favourite food items to eat, vanilla, toffee apple and peach. I had no idea about illicit accord notes. I learned something new about fragrance.
LInda LAugust 17, 2021 at 1:33 pm
Love all four of these scent trends. It will definitely be a fragrance full autumn.
Leona ColemanAugust 16, 2021 at 11:29 am
Yes, I was also wondering what was an “illicit accord”. Toffee apple 🍎 any time.
September DeeAugust 15, 2021 at 9:31 pm
Oh my goodness illicit accords. 😮 Think I’ll enjoy the toffee and red peach accords instead. Lol.
RobertaAugust 15, 2021 at 4:24 pm
I was wondering what an “accord” was. Interesting article and I love the photos.
Liz HowardAugust 15, 2021 at 2:48 pm
Sorry interesting, I love the smell of peaches!
LizAugust 15, 2021 at 2:49 pm
That should read *So interesting
Trisha PedrosAugust 15, 2021 at 9:41 am
Autumn is going to smell delicious!!