Cooler weather opens the floodgates for a parade of heavier, warmer scents with more punch than the average body spray or a fruity-floral fragrance designed to waft gently off of your skin in the light of the spring and summer sunshine. Winter welcomes a whole new world of scents, from spicy to gourmand, leather to woody. Even florals and chypres get their share of air time, and thank goodness, since they’re beautiful but aren’t necessarily the ones you’d want to wear in the middle of a warm day.
Here are some of the best scents for these cooler months, when you can spritz something heavier under your sweater:
If you like spices, vanilla, amber, and warm, sensual scents, you might like:
Dior Addict: Vanilla, but not your average vanilla. It’s rich and smoky, but not too sweet.
Dior Hypnotic Poison: Another vanilla, this time paired with caraway seed, bitter almond, jasmine, moss, and musk.
Versace Crystal Noir: Gardenia, amber, and musk make this one a dark, sensual “floriental.”
Donna Karan Black Cashmere: Spicy saffron, red and white pepper, and carnation combine for a delicious oriental fragrance.
Traditional and oh-so-feminine in your perfume tastes? Try some of these on:
Givenchy Amarige: Optimistic peach, plum, and orange are tempered by gardenia, amber, musk, sandalwood, Tonka bean, and cedar for a complicated, lovely fragrance.
Guerlain Insolence: This is floral, fruity, sweet, and difficult to pin down, but it’s also intense (and intensely feminine), so it’s best left for cool weather. Notes include violet, raspberry, raisins, balsams, Tonka bean, and iris.
Lolita Lempicka: Flowers (violet, anise) with a licorice twist and a hint of green ivy on a vanilla blanket – Lolita Lempicka is a little of everything and perfect for the complex woman.
Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb: This scent has amazing sillage and longevity, and it combines florals and vanilla for a heady romantic scent.
Chypres often feature earthy notes (think moss, leather, wood) combined with florals or fruits. They’re not too delicate and are often complicated enough to warrant an extra sniff or two.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle: With citrus juxtaposed against patchouli, vanilla, vetiver, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and more, this scent is comforting, yet confidence-boosting.
Dior Miss Dior Cherie: The scent of strawberries mingles against the wet earth in Miss Dior Cherie. It’s light and youthful, but not all candy and bubbles. There are caramel, violet, jasmine, and patchouli notes nestled in the bottle, too.
Jimmy Choo: The bottle may look like Flowerbomb, but Jimmy Choo is a mix of green notes, patchouli, toffee, mandarin orange, pear, and orchid.
Chanel Chance: Pink pepper, lemon, jasmine, iris, vetiver, amber, white musk, and more combine to make this one sparkling cool weather fragrance.
Think of sandalwood, cedar, patchouli, and vetiver. These scents are usually warm and paired with florals or fruits for balance and complexity.
Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely: Some people call this the poor woman’s Narciso Rodriguez For Her. It has a hint of powder mixed with amber, cedar, musk, and other woody notes.
Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods: Don’t let the fact that it’s inexpensive fool you into thinking this scent isn’t worthy of your attention. It’s the stuff hazy dreams of autumn evenings are made of, with oud wood, musk, warm woods, vanilla, freesia, honeysuckle, mimosa, and additional notes. It may sound like a cacophonous scent, but it’s creamy, smooth, and perfect for cool weather.
Guerlain Samsara: This is a classic, and beware of its strength. There’s sandalwood cozied up to amber, vanilla, Tonka bean, jasmine, iris, green notes, lemon, and more. It’s a complex scent that melds into a woody masterpiece.
Estee Lauder Sensuous: Sensuous is like a warm whisper in an intimate booth of a hole-in-the-wall café. There’s sandalwood, honey, black pepper, molten wood, mandarin pulp, magnolia, lily, and jasmine. It’s just right for spritzing on before you put on a cashmere sweater.
So many fragrances are ideal for winter because the cool air brings out their best notes and helps them meld with the wearer’s skin without overwhelming everyone in the room. These perfumes can sometimes warm up anyone lucky enough to catch a whiff despite the low temperatures.