We already switch up our wardrobes with the change of seasons, often do the same with candles and sometimes, even transition our interior styling. It makes sense then, that we’d want a suitably wintry fragrance for the colder months too, right?
Sure, some scents are forever favourites, worn and loved whatever the weather (looking at you Chanel No.5). But there’s something charming about a fragrance that chimes perfectly with the time of year. Bringing you a heady blend of inspiration, here are our top picks of the dreamiest winter fragrances….
Part of former French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld’s alluring 7 Lovers collection, Vladimir is one you won’t want to miss. Named after Roitfeld’s son, it’s inspired – like each fragrance in the anthology – by imagined stories of wild passions. Expect a bold scent made up of complex contrasts. Moroccan iris, amber and frankincense bring heat, while grapefruit and bergamot provide a shot of cool. Evoking moody romanticism, this is guaranteed to awaken the senses on a cold night.
With harmonising notes of luscious ruby-red pomegranate and Casablanca lily (imagine a spicy floral), it’s easy to see why this creamy concoction is a bestseller for British perfumer Jo Malone. Rounded out with pink pepper and Guaiac wood – which brings a hint of smokiness – Pomegranate Noir is a refreshingly sophisticated scent that’ll have people clamouring to know the name.
For a seductive scent that’s as wearable as it is intoxicating, look no further than Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry. Sweeter than the others on this list, you’ll find vivid aromas of black cherry, bitter almond and tonka bean mingled together for sumptuous warmth and depth. The dry down is given a fresh twist with cedar and vetiver. It makes for a truly rich fragrance that embodies the American designer’s audacious attitude.
Although marketed by French fashion house Maison Margiela as a fragrance for men, we think this is a great choice for anyone looking for a deliciously smoky scent. Like the name suggests, this Replica Jazz Club fragrance is inspired by a Brooklyn jazz club (think cocktails and cigars). Key notes include tobacco, rum and sage for spice, while silky vanilla brings a lovely mellow touch. Vintage in spirit and deeply decadent, this unique fragrance will linger long after the final spritz.
Another cult hit from Huda Beauty is the Kayali Déjà Vu White Flower 57. This luscious scent combines floral notes of jasmine, patchouli, gardenia and tuberose with fruity white nectarine and musky sandalwood. A Cohorted team favourite – the result is an unusual blend which took exactly 57 formulations to perfect (hence the name). Playful yet cosy, Déjà vu is an ideal layering fragrance and promises to bring a sensual flourish to follow you through the day.
A name that needs no introduction, Hermes has long been synonymous with exquisite elegance. Of course, the fragrance line-up is just as chic. Twilly, with its signature hand-tied silk ribbon, is a particularly excellent choice for winter. Ginger, tuberose and sandalwood resonate in an unexpected scent that balances feminine florals with a voluptuous, earthy spiciness. We don’t think you’ll be surprised to hear: this is one you’ll cherish for years to come.
Given its powerful perfume heritage dating all the way back to 1828, you really can’t go wrong with a Guerlain fragrance. If you’re after an intense aroma that’ll captivate from the very first spray, try Oud Essentiel. Boasting robust notes of leather, Bulgarian rose and Oud – an opulent woody scent most often found in Middle Eastern fragrances – this is an impeccable cologne steeped in mystery and luxury.
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