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Fall fragrances

Check out six new scents for fall.


Calvin Klein Encounter, $72 at Sephora
Calvin Klein claims this cologne is �a new expression of sensuality that is truly addictive and unapologetically masculine.� Um, okay.
Contains notes of
Mandarin, cardamom, pepper, jasmine, patchouli
Actually smells like
We get strong whiffs of citrus and mint. This scent is better suited to a candle or bodywash.


Balenciaga Florabotanica, $125 at Neiman Marcus
With actress Kristen Stewart as the current face of the brand�s Florabotanica perfume, it�s clear Balenciaga has a younger audience in mind. Flashy packaging doesn�t hurt, either.
Contains notes of
Mint, carnation, hybrid rose, caladium leaves, amber
Actually smells like
Walking into a flower shop. It�s not too sweet, and we sense a little bit of spice.


Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir, $83 for 1.7 ounces at Nordstrom
Mon Noir is a welcome update on Bvlgari Jasmine Noir, released in 2008. The vintage-inspired packaging reflects the modest elegance of this black tie-appropriate scent.
Contains notes of
Almond notes, jasmine, white tea
Actually smells like
Intense jasmine with hints of powder and citrus. Is this what rich people smell like?


Nautica Aqua Rush, $49 at Macy�s
Nautica�s latest edition of this cologne is supposed to represent the feeling of sailing. Who says boats are just for summer?
Contains notes of
Violet leaves, amber wood, water musks and teak
Actually smells like
Soap. Wear this cologne on days when you don�t have time to shower.


Lady Gaga Fame, $55 for 1.7 ounces at Macy�s
Rumors swirled that the diva�s new perfume was a concoction of blood, semen and poison. Not exactly, but the liquid does appear ominously black in the bottle�and clear when sprayed in the air.
Contains notes of
Tears of Belladonna, crushed heart of Tiger Orchidea, pulverized apricot, saffron and honey drops
Actually smells like
A saccharine apricot�Far from the hard-core, edgy scent you�d imagine.


Jon Bon Jovi Unplugged, $TBA at avon.com
Fans of Bon Jovi will be happy to fulfill rock star fantasies with Avon�s cologne coming out in November. As for the ladies, there�s a perfume available next month.
Contains notes of
Elements of wood, floral and musk
Actually smells like
The flowers are accounted for, but we�re also smelling some leather.