The 5 Winter Perfumes You Need Now
Perfumes are not just fragrances that make us smell good – they’re a mood, a memory, a time of day and a season.
Summer smells like coconuts, hints of vanilla, citrus, and florals when it comes to perfume, and, as the weather cools down, it’s time to do away with those bright zingy notes and make an osmological transition to suit the mood.
Winter scents call for spicy, woody, powdery and musky notes, especially if you live in a cold climate and the right perfume will warm your senses and uplift your mood throughout the season and we’ve picked 5 of the best winter fragrances to welcome a cosy, wintery, festive mood…
Ex Nihilo – Musc Infini
Described as a “protective cocoon of musk in the heart of the night” is a perfect description of a scent that almost resembles a sophisticated baby powder like scent that evolves on the skin over time. With a gentle freshness, the fragrance reveals a pure and reassuring sensuality through base notes of Tonka, Vanilla and Benzoin. An addictive perfume that will last beyond dawn, the top notes feature Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Ambrette, while the heart notes are Rose absolute, Patchouli, and Floral Musk.
BYREDO – Vanille Antique
Vanille Antique is the first titular Byredo fragrance centered around perfumery’s rarest raw ingredient. Here, the smoky scent of vanilla bean becomes charged with history and character; transforming into something nuanced. The sweet base note of Madagascar vanilla beans is cut through by textures of earthiness and darkness, to create a warming top and heart notes of Freesia, plum, amber and cashmere wood. Distilled into a pure essence utilizing time-honored techniques, a small amount works closer to the skin and radiates through the heat of the body, lingering for many hours.
Le Labo – Thé Noir 29
Thé Noir 29 is an ode to the tea leaf and the craft and ritual that surrounds it.
Thé Noir 29 combines depth and freshness, softness and strength through permanent oscillation between the light of bergamot, fig, and bay leaves and the depth of cedar wood, vetiver, and musk. A special extraction of black tea leaves wraps up the composition by bringing to the formula a dry, leafy, hay, tobacco feeling in the dry down to transform this creation into a sensuous and addictive essence.
Jo Malone - Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne Intense
Featuring rare Kyara wood, this spicy, woody fragrance is the perfect winter warmer. Kyara wood is prized in the Kohdo ceremony, the highly ritualized Japanese art of incense appreciation. Enriched with amber and black orchid, illuminated by the clean sensuality of black cardamom, ginger and water lily, this fragrance is warm, calm and relaxing.
Aesop - Marrakech Intense Eau De Parfum
An unorthodox, unisex fragrance characterized by fresh florals and hints of woody and spicy notes. The inspirations of the fragrance is from the city of Marrakech: starring the aromas of spices in its traditional dishes, the colors of the local souks and the surrounding earthy tones of the desert, and the warm reception intrinsic to Morocco. This eau de parfum features notes of clove, sandalwood and cardamom that evokes a desire for a karak chai, while watching snowfall outside, and has hints of woody and floral notes to cut through the spiciness of the fragrance.