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12 Fragrances to keep you warm when the weather is cold

November 10, 2017

 

The perfect accessory to a warm sweater is a warm fragrance.  I've made a list of my 12 favorite fragrances to make you feel cozy during these unbearable winter months.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Replica by Maison Margiela - By the Fireplace

 

Margiela's By the Fireplace is my go-to fragrance as soon as September comes around.  It is the warm and inviting olfactory equivalent of sipping a hot toddy while curled up under a cozy blanket in front of a blazing fireplace.  Notes of chestnut and clove mix seamlessly with Gaïac wood and vanilla to create a deep and comforting scent similar to the smell of your hair after a nap in front of a wood fire.  The fragrance has a calming effect on me every time I put it on and I feel prepared to take on the cold day ahead.

 

Composition:

Top Notes:

Pink Pepper

Orange Flower Petals

Clove Oil

 

Middle Notes:

Chestnut Accord

Gaïac Wood Oil

Cade Oil

 

Base Notes:

Vanilla Accord

Peru Balsam

Cashmeran

 

Buy it:

UK: Selfridges

US: Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

2. Nasomatto – Duro

 

The word “duro” means hard.  According to Nasomatto, this gender-neutral fragrance was designed to “enhance all the manifestations of male strength.  I would infer, based on this description, that the fragrance company is suggesting that male strength is supposed to manifest itself in hardness.  But I don’t get a sense of hardness from this scent at all.  Instead I read a strength in softness and warmth.   I am obsessed with this fragrance because it has a unique beauty and complexity in the sea of woody/smoky/warm fragrances that are so popular at the moment.

 

Composition:

Notes reminiscent of smoky, woody essences

 

Buy it:

UK: Liberty

US: Barneys

 

 

 

 

 

3. Roads – End Game

 

This wonderful new fragrance was created to embody “the halls of power and the corporate chess game of position and influence. A calm and strategic mind frame.”  It is another dark, woody fragrance but I would also describe it as powerful, beautifully simple and solid.  A no-frills fragrance to make the wearer feel strong and calm. 

 

Composition:

Top notes:

Bergamot

Clary Sage

 

Middle notes:

Blonde Woods

Cashmere Wood

 

Base notes:

Vetiver

Musk

 

Buy it:

UK: Avery Perfume Gallery

US: Barneys

 

 

 

 

 

4. Agonist Parfums – Isis

 

This is another unique fragrance that I absolutely love.  It is slightly sweet and fruity with notes peach and green tangerine and slightly spicy with notes of ginger, anise, nutmeg and black pepper.  It also has gourmand notes of caramel and vanilla as well as deep, rich base notes of amber and musk.  The fragrance's eccentric combination of warmth and freshness make it a great scent to wear year-round and, though I'm not a doctor, I'm sure it can be used during the winter months as an olfactory supplement to vitamin D. 

 

Composition:

Top notes: 

Cistus

Green Tangerine

Ylang Ylang

Black Pepper

Ginger

 

Middle Notes:

Anise

Peach

Caramel

Heliotrope

Nutmeg

 

Base Notes:

Amber

Musk

Benzoin

Vanilla Absolute

Labdanum

Lorenox TM

 

Buy it:

UK: Liberty

US: Neiman Marcus

 

 

 

 

 

5. Le Galion – 222

 

Le Galion 222 is a reinvention of the lost formula of a fragrance recovered from the Le Galion archives of the early 1930s.  It is meant to be an olfactory bridge between the past and the future.  The fragrance smells of leather, paper, and in my opinion, oil, which for me conjures imagined scenes of a perfumer scribbling notes while testing new fragrance formulas late at night by the light of an oil lamp.  The fragrance is not dark and overbearing, as the notes of leather, paper, and oil might suggest, but instead it is soft and inviting with a hint of vanilla.  

 

Composition:

Top notes:

Violet flowers

Kasmhir Wood


Middle notes:

Myrrh

Styrax

Lavander

White Musk


Base notes:

Oak Moss

Sandalwood

Vanilla

Leather Notes

 

Buy it:

UK: Liberty

US: Le Galion Parfumes (not available in stores, online purchase only)

 

 

 

 

 

6. D.S. & Durga – Burning Barbershop

 

“A fire broke out in the Curling Bros. barbershop in 

Westlake, N.Y. in 1891. All the shaving tonics with their 
spearmint, lime, vanilla & lavender burned. A charred 
bottle was found half-full. It smelled like this.” 
-D.S. & Durga

 

I never could have imagined that I would want to smell like shaving cream and smoke but thanks to the creative genius of D.S. & Durga, I do.  I love the unique stories that D.S. & Durga fragrances tell and Burning Barbershop is perfect for a cold blustery day.  Another warm and smoky scent, this full-bodied and rich fragrance definitely sends the imagination wandering towards old-time barbershops, leather chairs, and cigars with every whiff.

 

Composition:

Top notes:

Spearmint

Lime

Hemlock Spruce

 

Middle notes:

Lavender

Absolute

Turkish Rose

 

Base Notes:

Burnt Oil

Vanilla

Hay

 

Buy it:

UK: Liberty
US: Barneys

 

 

 

 

 

7. Laboratorio Olfattivo – Nun

 

Laboratorio Olfattivo's Nun is a little sweeter than I typically go for in the winter months but it is also warm and a bit woody so, in my opinion, it is still a good choice for a cold-weather fragrance.  The palindromic word, “nun”, is an ancient Egyptian reference to the primordial water from which the lotus flower emerges and blossoms in response to the sun.  This beautiful fragrance gives homage to the blossoming process as it’s sweet notes of lotus, jasmine, and bergamot represent the lotus blossoming in the sun.  Revealed later in the fragrance, the deep notes of woods, amber and musk represent the submergence of the lotus back into the water during the nighttime.  An elegant day-to-night fragrance perfect for winter days and summer nights alike.

 

Composition:

Top notes:

Bergamot

Lemon

Pear

Neroli

 

Middle notes:

White Lotus

Jasmine

Ylang-Ylang

 

Base notes:

White Woods

Amber

Musk

 

Buy it:

UK: Liberty

US: MiN New York

 

 

 

 

 

8. Bella Freud – Psychoanalysis 

 

“It’s quite a moody scent with various layers. I wanted

it to conjure up the feeling that one would imagine being

in a room with a psychoanalyst, being analysed and the

thoughtfulness and the smell of the room” – Bella Freud

 

Bella Freud's Psychoanalysis is based on the smells of a leather couch and cigars, reminiscent of a psychoanalyst's office, mixed with the scent of orange blossoms, which is meant to open the mind and heart.  This fragrance is warm and familiar, meant to lull the wearer into the state of comfort necessary to be completely honest and open.  It is also light and fresh, suggesting the insight and hope that psychoanalysis can offer.

 

Composition:

Top notes:

Neroli

Petitgrain

 

Middle notes:

Tobacco Flower

Resin

 

Base Notes:

Cedarwood

Dry Amber

Musks

 

Buy it:

UK: Liberty

US: Net-A-Porter (online only)

 

 

 

 

 

9. Byredo – 1996

 

Byredo's 1996 wass inspired by a photograph of a young girl entitled “Kirsten 1996” that was taken by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in that year.  To me, it smells like a warm room with wood paneling and worn leather chairs.  A hint of vanilla, adds a bit of sweetness while the combination of black pepper, juniper berries, orris, patchouli, and black amber create a deep, woody, slightly spicy fragrance perfect for curling up on dark, chilly evenings.

 

Composition:

Top notes:

Juniper berries

Black Pepper

 
Middle notes:

Violet

Leather Accord

Orris 


Base notes:

Patchouli

Black Amber

Vanilla 

 

Buy it:

UK: Liberty

US: Barneys

 

 

 

 

 

10. Elizabeth and James – Nirvana Bourbon

 

Elizabeth and James’ Nirvana Bourbon captures the comfort and warmth of a glass of bourbon on a cold, snowy night.  Slightly seductive, this deep, dark scent, feels timeless and classic. The strong lines of the bottle reflect the vague masculinity of the scent, while the amber of the bottle suggests the color of vintage bourbon.  It is a perfect fragrance to wear on a night out when you feel like dancing the winter blues away.  

 

Composition:

Top notes:

Tuberose

 

Middle notes:

Oakwood

 

Base notes:

Bourbon Vanilla

 

Buy it:

UK: Harrods

US: Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

11. Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella's – Tabacco Toscano​

 

I was honored and humbled to visit Florence’s 600-year old perfume store and pharmacy, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella.  It still uses ancient recipes and plants from the pharmacy’s own garden to make the products.  I got myself a little souvenir when I was there, the Tabacco Toscano Acqua di Colonia.  The tobacco scent is fresh and light while simultaneously warm and woody.  It is a great year-round fragrance but provides a little extra warmth and sunshine on a cold winter’s day.

 

Composition:

Woody, oriental notes

 

Buy it:

UK: Santa Maria Novella

US: Santa Maria Novella

 

 

 

 

 

12. Commodity – Winter in England (Tonka, Leather, Whiskey, optional: Rain)

 

I love Commodity’s Scent Wardrobes because they allow you to mix and match fragrances to create your own scent.  I combined Tonka, Leather, and Whiskey to create a warm winter fragrance that is slightly sweet and gourmand on account of the Tonka.  I like to call it Winter in England because, for me, it is the olfactory equivalent of hanging out with good friends in a warm, cozy pub on a particularly cold and rainy evening. To brighten the fragrance up a bit I sometimes add Rain, which, in my opinion, is more like a cozy pub on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

 

Composition:

 

Tonka:

Top notes:

Almond Oil

Indian Davana Oil

Cardamom Oil

 

Middle notes:

Lotus

Magnolia Oil

 

Base notes:

Venezuelan Roasted Tonka Absolute

Peru Balsam Absolute

Australian Sandalwood Oil

Laos Benzoin Resinoid

 

Whiskey:

Top notes:

Jammy Plums

Blackcurrent

Violet

 

Middle notes:

Davana

Patchouli

Saffron

Lavender

 

Base notes: 

Vanilla

Vetiver

Cedarwood

Ambergris

American Oak

Mahogany

 

Leather:

Top notes:

Black Leather

Oregano Essence

Juniper Wood Essence

 

Middle notes:

Cacao Bean Absolute

Myrrh Resinoid

Cade Essence

Akigalawood®

 

Base notes:

Styrax Resinoid

Cedarwood Essence

Haitian Vetiver Essence

Cistus Labdanum Essence from Concrete

 

Rain:

Top notes:

Dewy Green Accord

Bergamot

Lemon Verbena

Rain

 

Middle notes:

Jasmine

Freesia

Lotus Blossom

 

Base notes:

White Amber

Water Musk

Sheer Woods

 

 

Buy it:

UK: Commodity

US: Sephora

 

 

 

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Perfume Pervert is run by Michelle von Mandel.  Michelle is an Olfactory Artist currently living and working in London.  She has a BA from New York University in Art and Acting and an MA from Central Saint Martins in Art & Science.  Michelle has a great appreciation of all things smelly and a continued interest in making work that explores different aspects of the sense of smell.

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