10 Fragrances That Will Usher You In To Winter
As we prepare to bundle up in cosy cardigans and drink copious amounts of hot chocolate, another thing that we’d like to envelop ourselves in is the happy air of winter fragrances. These could be earthy and woody scents like suede, oak moss and cocoa that are perfect for when the cold winds come knocking, or breezy and light notes of jasmine and neroli that we can carry around as a reminder of summer.
Before switching our wardrobe and skincare essentials to suit the weather, these are the new and classic fragrances we’re choosing from this winter.
This cute beribboned scent is equal parts ready for cocktails and oh-so comforting. The Twilly Eau Poivree travels from the skin to the mind, colourful and incisive. Three new notes make up its sensuality, the vibrant and abundant heat of pink peppercorn, the teenage freshness of tender rose and the captivating enchantment of patchouli. Their essences intertwine, weaving the invisible web that connects the Hermès girls to each other.
Created as part of a collaboration with rock royalty Duran Duran, D.S. & Durga’s Hungry Like Wolf perfume oil smells just like it sounds – think leather and wood, under a pale, powdery haze. Blended with notes of atlas cedar, sandalwood and patchouli, the fragrance captures the vibrant energy associated with band’s original songs and music videos. Interesting trivia: Duran Duran approached the Brooklyn-based niche fragrance house to realise four fragrances inspired by iconic songs from their catalogue.
Ok, technically poppies and barley don’t have a scent, but imagine the toasty sunlit smell of a wildflower meadow and you’ve got Jo Malone’s latest (and most addictive) perfume. This lively floral fragrance is enhanced by poppy and violet, and topped with notes of juicy blackcurrents. Jo Malone describes the fragrance as a ‘living landscape: where colourful poppies emblazon the rich harvest’, the fragrance encapsulates the warm woody notes of barley that adds a musky tone reminiscent of succulent cereal fields.
Alessandro Michele was on to a winner with his debut fragrance for the house of Gucci. So it’s no wonder the limited edition versions are just as intoxicating. As legend has it, ambrosia was the sustenance of Greek Gods, giving immortality to those who drank it. Invoking this ancient world, the blend begins with a trio of jasmine bud extract, tuberose and Rangoon creeper, combined with ingredients that intensify the floral fragrance. The rare Velvity Orris, originally used by ancient Greeks and Romans as an essential oil, and Damascena Rose, lend a powerful floral aura. One spritz of this heady jasmine scent, and you’ll be smoldering.
Intensely feminine, Gabrielle Chanel’s Essense is scented with jasmine, yling ylang, and the most captivating of them all, Grasse tuberose. A deep and voluptuous fragrance capturing the heart of a flower, it brings an extra creamy richness that means you’ll smell amazing all day long.
An easy wearing daytime perfume with an aquatic twist, this breezy fragrance is inspired by the playful shift of ocean waves on a clear summer day. And like the feeling of the salty ocean combined with top notes of lotus flower, marine accord, heart notes of wild bluebell, water lily, and base notes of sandalwood, the fragrance will transport you to an aquatic oasis.
The latest luxe incarnation of Dior’s classic J’Adore fragrance with an extra burst of jasmine, is an incredibly lush composition that blends enticing floral notes. Absolutes of Grasse Jasmine, Sambac jasmine, Indian tuberose and magnolia intertwine with the freshness of flowers. J’adore is built around Grasse Jasmine, a whimsical beauty that requires patience, harvested at the precise moment when drenched in sunlight it releases the most sensual accents that’s captured in this bottle. It’s swathed in honey notes, and reveal a lush smell.
The bottle alone summarizes winter with its cherry red tint. Bottled inside is a full-bodied scent of exotic cherry fruit, the ripe flesh of black cherry’s dripping in cherry liquor, with a teasing touch of bitter almond. The heart bursts in cherry waves of sweet and tart, while floral hints of Turkish rose and jasmine Sambac seeps through the olfactory senses. Its playful composition and candy-like gleam lends itself beautifully to winter months.
Burberry’s Her Blossom Eau de Toilette is a fruity floral fragrance that combines pink peppercorn, sweet plum blossom, peony and sandalwood to rustle up a scent that brings a sweet summer breeze into winter.
The brand’s latest collaboration with French patissiere Pierre Herme, is less sweet than you might expect with woody notes of cedar and the tender fragrance of fig. Topped off with the delicate scent of May Rose, is just the right amount of summer and floral for winter.