Fragrance is something that is an unspoken accessory. We spent a lot of time in perfume stores worldwide trying to find the perfect scent, but always end up either with our signature fragrance or something entirely different that we only wear on special occasions. This year, I will be suggesting some fragrances for each season, as sometimes it’s nice to have a change and fragrance is something that most people rarely think of changing. In Winter, we want to reach for a heavier, more saturated fragrance with warmer tones as it matches the season perfectly of heavy jumpers, darker lipsticks and lots of wind and rain.
Some of these fragrances you may have heard of, some of them you may not- but it’s definitely a list you will want to find testers for.
1. Black Opium Floral Shock- YSL
Black Opium is a gorgeous, sultry, sexy fragrance that lasts all day. It sits softly on the skin and gives a sensual finish, with an added sweetness. It’s a favourite fragrance for sure, it’s extremely popular, but the Floral Shock version is sweeter with flowery undertones, which makes it perfect for Winter. It’s not one you could wear in Summer as it would be too heavy, but it’s something different and a great version of the loved Black Opium.
2. Aura- Mugler
Aura is a very ‘gardeny’ fragrance that reminds me of what the Garden of Eden would smell like should it be an objective place, there is undertones of kiwi and plants, which may sound summery or spring like, but the second and third tones of this perfume is very sweet and it settles to be very warm, just as Angel and Alien do. It lasts a very long time and lingers on coat collars long after first spray, so this parfam is perfect for the colder months, but the scent will leave you longing for Spring.
3. Decadence- Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs is known for bestsellers like Daisy and Honey, but Decadence is a whole other league. The perfume is very sweet, in a completely unique way. It reminds me of sweets I used to eat as a child and smells delicious in a sexy, glamorous way. It settles on the skin gorgeously and it would be easy recognisable in a crowded room, the perfect party fragrance.
4. No’5- Chanel
A timeless scent, class in a bottle. No’5 is perfect for the ‘new year, new me’ in everybody. Start the year off right with a more mature, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ esque fragrance. No’5 is the infamous one by Chanel and sits on the skin so subtly yet smooth- it’s easily recognisable yet smells different on everybody.
5. Olympea Intense- Paco Rabanne
You may recognise the greek goddess themed advert from the title, but Olympea Intense is a unique, stunning fragrance unlike anything I’ve ever tested before. It’s sweet, yet spicy, yet warm and settles to be incredibly warm and sensual on the skin. It’s a very heavy yet feminine fragrance that is defined entirely by how it settles on the skin- it can differ on everybody.
So those are my chosen Winter Fragrances. Obviously perfume is a very personal thing, but it’s important to note that each one of these are bestsellers, so definitely try one of them this new year!