autumn fragrances 2020

These are the best autumn fragrances for men

As the seasons change, it's out with the light and floral, and in with these woodier, muskier fragrances...

Autumn might just be our favourite season over at Gentleman’s Journal. The falling leaves bring with them weekend country escapes, the chance to dig out our favourite cashmere jumpers, and glorious crisp, bright weather. But the change in temperature also calls for an update to our grooming habits. So, as well as taking care of your wider grooming routine as the cold snap kicks in, we’re also on hand to ensure that your scent game remains up to scratch through the shifting seasons.

So it’s out with the light and the floral, and in with those woodier, muskier fragrances. Just make sure you don’t over-spray, since these powerful new season bottles all pack a punch.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian L’Homme À la rose

maison francis kurkdjian homme a la rose

When Marc Chaya and Francis Kurkdjian met after a Jean Paul Gaultier fashion show back in 2003, they could never have foreseen the sweet-smelling future that awaited them. Kurkdjian, the seriously renowned nose who has has created blockbuster bottles for brands including Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior and Burberry, launched the eponymous brand together with Chaya in 2009.

Since that time, MFK has continued to create fragrances that embody sophistication, elegance, freedom and boldness — each inspired by the rich history and culture of Paris. The latest, L’Homme À la rose, takes what is commonly perceived to be a female scent and gives it a masculine twist, transforming it into a rich, warming scent perfect for an autumnal fragrance update. Combining Damask rose from Bulgaria and sparkling grapefruit with woody amber notes and French sage, this is a fresh, bright fragrance with an alluring depth.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian L’Homme À la rose

£175

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Czech & Speake Perfecto Fino

czech speake perfecto fino

While not technically a new autumn scent (it was actually launched at the start of spring), this latest release from Czech & Speake is a rich and powerful scent perfect for the colder months. The British brand, which has been crafting truly iconic fragrances for decades, is inspired by the complex and exciting world of Central America and celebrates the man who can confidently follow his own path.

The fragrance itself opens with zesty citrus notes of lemon and bergamot, which are warmed by a heart of clove and cinnamon. In an autumnal twist, the scent then unfolds to a base of warm leather, sandalwood, amber and the sweet spiciness of tobacco.

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Czech & Speake Perfecto Fino

£150

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Floris 71/72

floris 71/72

We know, we’ve already waxed lyrical about Floris, but the heritage house truly has managed to capture something special with its latest fragrance, 71/72. Created in collaboration with fine shirtmaker Turnbull & Asser, and named for its address on Jermyn Street, Floris hopes the scent will champion the individual expression of each of the fragrance’s wearers.

A moody scent, 71/72 embraces its woody, aromatic foundations and adds a sparkling modernity. A masculine blend of juniper, bergamot and sandalwood entwine with mandarin and lavender for added freshness while heady jasmine and earthy orris and oud ensure you’ll only need one spritz to last you all day.

Acqua di Parma Colonia Futura

acqua di parma colonia futura

Acqua di Parma has been synonymous with the art of perfume for over a century, representing the artisanal process of selecting the finest ingredients and distilling them with masterly skill. Its latest fragrance, Colonia Futura, is an ode to this history, the house’s love and respect for nature and the urgent need for sustainable initiatives to protect it.

Based on Acqua di Param’s classic Colonia scent, Colonia Futura is made using 99% natural ingredients selected for their quality and richness. Bright Calabrian bergamot mingles with fresh lavender, spicy black pepper and well rounded clary sage while every part of the fragrance’s packaging is environmentally-friendly, sustainable and recyclable.

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Acqua di Parma Colonia Futura

£110

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Penhaligon's Halfeti Leather

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Every element of Penhaligon’s perfumes are carefully processed by specialists, from the scientists in the labs to the people who pick the flowers. This new Halfeti Leather fragrance, part of the brand’s evocative Trade Routes collection, is inspired by Turkey’s ottoman roots and the exotic imports to be found there.

Soft undertones of vanilla, sandalwood and leather unfurl into earthy amber and patchouli for a comforting boost. This might be the single most autumnal fragrance to make our list.

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Penhaligon's Halfeti Leather

£178

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Laboratory Perfumes Amber

Laboratory Perfumes Amber

Laboratory Perfumes is no ordinary fragrance house. Since its creation in London in 2011, it has pursued the qualities that make up timelessly wearable scents, that both men and women love. At a time when many perfumes lean towards something overly complicated, fussy and exclusionary, Laboratory Perfumes is an unconventional breath of fresh air.

Amber isn’t new, in fact it’s the house’s very first fragrance, but its multilayered and long-lasting scent intended to evoke Britain’s country and coast more than qualifies it for a place on this list. Featuring dynamic bursts of grassiness and greenery, the fragrance subtly matures into rich spice as the day continues. Closing notes of warm, earthy wood and balmy ambergris bring a more subdued, reflective tone to the fragrance as evening draws in — it’s almost as though it has been designed for these shifting seasons.

Laboratory Perfumes Amber

Laboratory Perfumes, Amber

£65

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