Finding the perfect fragrance can be such a challenge. There are so many on the market that it can be overwhelming, but I’m here to help you find your perfect winter fragrance! Whether you prefer woodsy and spicy, floral, or something in between, I’ve got you covered. So, let’s start by deciding what kind of scents you like…
Thierry Mugler Angel (Eau de Parfum $120, Sephora)
If you’re at all familiar with fragrances, then you’ve probably come across Angel by Thierry Mugler before. This fragrance is the creme de la creme of gourmand fragrances. They key note of this fragrance is chocolate. Rich, sweet, delicious chocolate. There are also strong notes of honey, and caramel with a subtle spiciness. It truly is a decadent fragrance. The EDP is long-lasting, so you won’t need to re-apply throughout the day.
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle (Eau de Parfum $90, Sephora)
La Vie Est Belle is a comforting, sophisticated type of sweet scent. In addition to gourmand notes of praline, this scent has a warm floral note of iris as well as a slight spice. This scent reminds me of my beloved Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf, which is another excellent option.
Atelier Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume (Eau de Parfum starting at $85, Sephora)
This is the most subtle of the sweet scents I’m featuring in this post, but my goodness, it is delicious. As indicated by the name of the scent, the key note in this scent is vanilla, but not an overly sweet, saccharin vanilla – it’s more musky, and has a slightly masculine feel, which I love. The scent is warm, with notes of coriander, amber, and oak wood, but balanced with the lightness of lime and jasmine.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black (Eau de Parfum starting at $65, Sephora)
I’ll tell you what, Mary-Kate and Ashley know how to make a fragrance. I think Nirvana Black is the perfect combination of spicy, woodsy, and sweet, feminine and masculine. The fragrance isn’t overly complex, with three key notes: vanilla, sandalwood, and violet. I also really love the packaging, which isn’t a reason to buy the fragrance but, you know.
Prada Amber (Eau de Parfum starting at $70, Sephora)
I went through a phase with this fragrance a few years back. It’s somehow bold and soft at the same time. The base notes are patchouli and vanilla and are balanced by lighter citrusy notes of mandarin and bergamot. I always feel extremely luxe wearing this fragrance.
Maison Margiela ‘Replica’ By the Fireplace ($126, Sephora)
Ayyy, this one is pricy, but it is a 3.4 oz bottle. This is the ultimate winter scent, in my opinion. Notes of roasting chestnuts, vanilla, clove and burning wood invoke feelings of sitting by a fire, wrapped in a blanket. It’s warm and comforting, and appropriate for both men and women (any scent is, really). Cozy AF.
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme Intense ($99, Sephora)
Do you like florals but feel like you can’t wear them during the winter? Psssh, of course you can. I like deeper, more complex floral notes in the winter instead of the lighter, springy florals. I would say this scent is a deep floral, with notes of jasmine and tuberose balanced with neroli and sandalwood for some warmth.
YSL Parisienne ($65, Sephora)
Parisienne is a beautifully feminine scent. I can’t stand synthetic or overly floral scents (when I see “rose” as a note in a fragrance, I immediately smell grandmas), but the notes of rose and violet are lovely when paired with blackberry and sandalwood.
Yeah, it’s Tom Ford. Yeah, it’s expensive. Yeah, it’s divine. It seems like a big scent upon the initial application, but after it dries down it becomes a deep, oriental floral. Vanilla and suede balance out the hyacinth and orchid to create an elegant and luxurious fragrance.