July 14, 2022
Winter is here – the thermals are out, the baths are on high rotation and you’re dreaming of #EuroSummer. Everything has changed, except you’re still wearing that same dreamy, watery, summery scent (maybe wishful thinking?) Just like you change up your skincare in winter (hydration anyone?), so too should you look at your scents. Aside from being a great excuse to expand your fragrance wardrobe, some personal scents are just better suited to a winter environment. Here’s how to find one for you.
Look at your notes: In summer we gravitate toward fresh and citrusy notes – things that wear light on the skin. But in winter, when it’s cold outside and we’re wrapped in a million layers, those aqua and citrus notes hit differently. In cooler seasons, look for notes grounded in woods, amber or spices, or go for richer, bolder florals like rose and tuberose. All of these have an earthy, woodiness to them that makes it feel like you’re wrapping yourself in a hug. If you’re not ready to let go of the citrus dream, try layering them with a spicy or musky scent to add some warmth, or go for a creamier citrus like mandarin.
Switch up your strength: In summer, parfums can be a little too heady – they announce your entrance when you’re still 10 feet from the room. But in winter, these really come into their own. Reach for an EDP – these have a higher concentration so will also have more longevity (bonus!).
Let’s start with the most fun first. Here’s how to dress your fragrance preference into some winter clothes.
Floral: Tokyo Milk Dark La Vie La Mort, EDP, $89 mixes tuberose and jasmine with hibiscus and Caradmom for a little spice, wheras Demeter Fragrance Library’s Dark Roses, $32.95 is a rich wintery floral.
Woods and resins: Kleins Perfumery Amber Perfume Oil, $49 is the perfect sexy winter scent, with tonka bean for added richness, while The Perfume Oil Company’s Amber, Musk and Myrrh, $34.95 is a beautifully balanced mix of spices and resins that leave a seductive trail behind.
Gourmand: Smell like all the things you love to eat with Demeter Fragrance Library’s Cinnamon Toast, $32.95; and Demeter Fragrance Library’s Sticky Toffee Pudding, $32.95.
Citrus: A great example of a “warm” citrus, Demeter Fragrance Libray’s Asian Pear, $32.95 is less sweet than its Euro counterparts and is also balanced with nutmeg and cinnamon.
Warmth: Can you get more cosy than a fragrance that smells like a crackling fireplace? We think not. So let us present Demeter Fragrance Library, Fireplace, $32.95. You’re welcome.
Don’t have an open fire? No problem! Create your own warmth with some home scents that will waft the cosy vibes throughout the space.
Drift Trading Co Bergamot, Cedar and Tobacco Large Amber Candle, $39.95: A seductive, masculine blend of woods and tobacco balanced with rosewood and bergamot.
Drift Trading Co Leather & Sandalwood Extra Large Amber Candle, $39.95: Name a more iconic duo then leather and sandalwood - we’ll wait. It just makes you want to cosy up under the covers.
Urban Olfactory Tuberose Petals Reed Diffuser, $80: A big floral that transcends the entire home - perfect for the cooler months.
Since you’re the one smelling him the most, it makes sense that the scent should really be for you, right?
Demeter Fragrance Library Whiskey Tobacco, $32.95: Perfect for a nightcap, and also for a scent, the warmth and hint of spice makes this ideal for these months.
The Perfume Oil Company Afrique, $34.95: is a sexy woody floral, that is unisex so you can steal it too.
Tokyo Milk Dark Black Widow, EDP, $89 mixes exotic notes like ylang ylang and scarlet sage with oakmoss and orange blossom, and should come with an intoxication warning because ooof.
Demeter Fragrance Library Petrichor, $32.95: The distinct smell of “after the rain” is about as earthy and sexy as it comes.
Kleins Perfumery Oudh Perfume Oil, $49: is smoky, woody and balanced with violet - a heady, masculine mix that is pretty irresistible.