Men’s Fall 2021 Fragrances

Slowly but surely, the world is adjusting to a new normal. As vaccination rates increase, also increases the frequency of people coming together, hanging out, and enjoying the company of friends and family. And as we get together more often, most of us are ditching the sweats and tees, and starting to put more thought and effort into our outfits again. But as most guys know, no outfit is complete without just the right scent. Just in time for our transition into autumn, Fashion Reverie has compiled a list of the newest men’s fragrances to lead your fall line-up.

A Midnight Stroll by Gucci

Within the world of Gucci lies The Alchemist’s Garden, their haute perfumery line. It consists of unisex eaux de parfums, perfumed oils, and acque profumate (“scented waters”) that can be layered, magnified, or muted to create unique olfactory concoctions. They are housed in black lacquered glass bottles with porcelain effects and gold accents, inspired by the earliest perfumery containers found in antique apothecaries. The latest addition to this luxe fragrance line is “A Midnight Stroll,” an incense-scented fragrance blended with smoke cade wood and fresh cypress. The result is a deep, dark eau de parfum that celebrates the allure of the night, drawing you in, and putting you under its spell.

Mixed Emotions by Byredo

Byredo is a portmanteau of “By Redolence,” meaning “in memory of.” For their latest release, they’ve named it “Mixed Emotions,” which “[reflects] the tumultuous nature of our times.” Byredo explains, “Mixed Emotions presents an olfactive sketch of our current, collective state of mind. Comforting notes of maté and the sharp sweetness of cassis sit within a wooden framework; the reassuring scent of black tea [is] disturbed by violet leaf synthetics.”

Viking Cologne by Creed

First things first. Do not confuse Viking Cologne with its predecessor Viking. Viking is a fiery and daring woody/citrus scent. Viking Cologne is its juxtaposed counterpart. Viking Cologne is crisp and aromatic. It is made with an international smörgåsbord of ingredients— Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, mandarin, French lavender, Egyptian geranium, Indian sandalwood, Indonesian patchouli, and Haitian vetiver. It is a breathtaking elixir that harkens to the Vikings penchant for travel and discovery.

Pegasus by Parfums de Marly Paris

Classified as a woody oriental scent, Pegasus by Parfums de Marly Paris is comprised of distinct tones of fruit, wood, and spice. The natural top notes of cypress, bergamot, and heliotrope give way to a powdery body of jasmine, lavender, and bitter almond. The base chords of vanilla, amber and sandalwood provide a subtle balance that is long lasting, but not overpowering.

With a combination of mate, blackcurrant, Ceylon black tea, violet leaves, birch woods, and papyrus, there’s a slightly sweetened oud-like aroma to this fragrance. And to draw you even more into the world of Mixed Emotions, the company collaborated with Fenn O’Meally on a cinematic short film that serves to be a reflection of the philosophies of Mixed Emotions.

Gentleman eau de toilette Intense by Givenchy

Continuing their Gentleman collection, we now have Gentleman Givenchy eau de toilette Intense. A slightly sweet and spicy blend, the scent envelope opens with bergamot, basil, and cardamom, followed by a gentle touch of blue iris. It is rounded off with the power of cedarwood and smoothed with coumarin. Addictive as it is fresh, this fragrance is made “for a man [who is] as confident as he is kind.”

Chicago High by Vilhelm Parfumerie

Chicago High is a time-traveling scent that takes you back to the 1920’s. Vilhelm Parfumerie wants you to envision a Great Gatsby era filled with lavish decadence and intoxicating celebrations despite prohibition regulations. Owner Jan Vilhelm says, “I wanted to express the idea that there were hidden depths to this effervescent, yet soon vanished glamorous time. A rhyme and reason for such luxurious pursuits, not just a decadence of society.”

With top notes of champagne, pineapple, and bergamot, mid notes of honey, and tobacco, and base notes of leather, patchouli, and amber, this fragrance roars like the 1920s. Everything about it is a good time. Cheers to that!

H24 by Hermes H24 (sage, rosewood)

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you have to wear a heavy scent when you step out of the house. Some of us prefer a light, fresh scent year round. H24 by Hermes is the first fragrance expressing the contemporary man as seen by Hermès. It is a bright and sensual fragrance that leaves you smelling as if you’ve just walked out of the shower. Consisting of sage, rosewood, narcissus, and sclarene, the composition is uncomplicated. But sometimes the simple things in life can be the best.

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Code by Giorgio Armani

Emporio Armani is celebrating its 40th year anniversary, but it’s big sister Giorgio Armani that is celebrating a banner year with its new release, Code Eau de Parfum Pour Homme. The original Armani Code was released in 2004 as an amber spicy scent for men. In 2006, it won the FiFi Award for Men’s Luxe Fragrance of the Year. Now in 2021, it has reemerged in its 34th rendition as an amber fougere (fern-like, i.e., floral, woody, citrus, etc.), ready to steal the spotlight once again.

It is described as an intense, sensual, woody scent. Its top and middle notes of lemon, lavender, bergamot, and tonka bean layered upon base notes of vanilla, suede, musk, and cedar evoke magnetic seduction. When you think of Armani, you think of a sexy and elegant lifestyle, and this is the code you should strive to live by.

—Carl Ayers

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