From signature spicy scents to deeper woody blends, winter’s portfolio of fragrances pack a long-wearing punch that will last well into the new year.
With a new season comes a new selection of scents, and there’s something about the darker, mysterious vibe of the cooler-weathered season of winter that compels us to surround ourselves with warm and intense fragrances.
Nothing can set the mood like a signature scent, and this season we look at two categories: spicy and woody. Leading the former, Givenchy’s Sans Artifice is an aromatic blend of ginger, married perfectly notes of imperial white tea; while Christian Dior’s Spice Blend also holds ginger at its heart. However, this time perfumer Francois Demachy has created a deeper concoction with rum and middle notes of pink pepper, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg and coriander.
For those who enjoy the woodsier side of winter, look to Ormaie’s unisex fragrance Toi Toi Toi – a German expression ballet dancers use to wish one another good luck before a performance. Comprising top notes of black pepper and incense alongside middle notes of sandalwood, cedar and patchouli, this heady combination was designed to evoke the polished wooden boards of the stage and the dancers’ waxed ballet shoes.
Ex Nihilo’s Atlas Fever is another fragrance with a compelling backstory, inspired by the initiatory journeys of the greatest musicians. Its cedarwood notes twisted with pink berries recall the smell of the greatest vintage guitars.
Complete your collection with Byredo’s Eleventh Hour, in which Jerome Epinette blends top notes of Sichuan pepper and bergamot with middle notes of plum, rum, fig and carrot seeds. The season has never smelled so good.