Meet the winter scent switch-ups we can’t stop spraying

Whether you want to evoke happy memories or bring a sense of comfort, scent can be a powerful thing – and winter is the ideal time to switch things up, which is why we’re swapping our sparkling, refreshing summer scents for warmer, creamier numbers as the weather turns colder.

What makes a fragrance especially great for winter? A scent’s fragrance family and composition of notes can provide a handy guide. While citrus, fruity and fresh fragrances can be amazing for transporting you to sunnier climes, warm amber and woody scents are a perfect match for chillier days and long, dark nights. Generally speaking, notes like patchouli, cedar and musk can help provide that instant cosy feeling, spicy notes like cinnamon, anise and clove buds can get you into the festive mood and notes like amber, musk and vanilla provide an air of sensuality, certain to turn heads during party season.

Designed to cocoon and envelop senses, here are the winter scents sure to bring wintry bliss, whatever your plans and budget. Whether worn alone or layered for a bespoke blend, they’re the perfect gift for yourself or someone special. What’s more, you’ll find in our line-up something for every occasion, whether you’re spending evenings snuggled up beside a log burner, days in warm knits or champagne-filled nights out on the town.

YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum

• Size: 90ml

• Fragrance family: floral gourmand

Think of this floral fragrance as the LBD of winter perfumes. Its glitter-flecked bottle provides a flavour of what’s inside, which is a blend of light and dark notes that evokes sensuality from the first spritz. With top notes of pear accord and mandarin essence, a heart of vanilla, orange blossom and white flowers, and a base of black coffee accord and cedarwood essence, white musk and patchouli, this perfume is sensual, soft and seriously addictive.

YSL MYSLF Eau de Parfum

• Size: 60ml

• Fragrance family: aromatic fougère

• Refillable

Creating as much of an impression on your dressing table as it will when someone unwraps it. The notes of orange blossom throughout the scent are complemented by fresh and vibrant accord, a bergamot heart, earthy woods and a base of patchouli. This modern masculine blend makes for a confidence-boosting combo that’s floral, intriguing and multidimensional.

Paco Rabanne Lady Million For Women Eau de Parfum

• Size: 80ml

• Fragrance family: woody floral

This is a glass of champagne, bottled. Paco Rabanne Lady Million is a modern classic, sparkling with fresh florals and an undertone of woodiness. An energising burst of neroli, bitter orange and raspberry is balanced by base notes of patchouli, amber and honey for a fizzy yet refined fragrance that offers depth and decadence by the spray. 

TOM FORD Black Orchid Eau de Parfum Spray 

• Size: 100ml

• Fragrance family: amber chypre

If you’re looking for something deep, rich and sultry, this could be it. Tom Ford’s Black Orchid is a real statement scent in our experience, thanks to notes of blackcurrant, black truffle, ylang ylang, vetiver and dark chocolate. Spicy and wildly distinct, it exudes glamour – a couple of spritzes is all you need for the fragrance to linger on pulse points and hair long after it's first applied. 

Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy Eau de Parfum

• Size: 30ml

• Fragrance family: fruity amber

Britney Spears Fantasy became a noughties beauty staple when it launched in 2005. Its blue-bottled successor makes for the perfect night-time switch-up thanks to an inviting blend of fruity, floral notes. Black cherry, framboise and plum harmonise beautifully with a heart of freesia, night orchid and iris, and a base of amber, musk and vanilla – it’s a composition as memorable as Britney’s biggest hits.

Ghost Orb Of Night 30ml Gift Set

• Set includes: Ghost Orb Of Night Eau De Parfum 30ml & Orb Of Night 50g Scented Candle

• Fragrance family: floral amber

If you love orange blossom or musk-based fragrances, you’ll love this one. Exuding sensuality and the tranquillity of a sunrise, notes of sweet mandarin and cherry bloom into orange blossom and freesia, before opening into a gentle base of white musk and caramel. Go one step further and let the enchanting candle envelope your home with notes of alluring florals and opulent amber, perfectly presented in a reflective glass jar.

Prada Paradoxe Intense Eau de Parfum

• Size: 50ml

• Fragrance family: floral amber

Sophistication meets spice in this warming scent that brims with delicate jasmine flower, enveloping amber and intensified moss accord. Just a spritz of this powerful scent creates an aroma of Moroccan neroli oil, vanilla infusion and a Calabrian bergamot heart, for a captivating expression of femininity. All encapsulated in a classy bottle that’s inspired by the original and iconic Prada triangle logo, this scent and its pink hue is certain to add a dose of opulence to anyone’s fragrance wardrobe.

Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum Rouge

• Size: 50ml

• Fragrance family: spicy woody

Similar to a bold red lip, this scent commands attention with accents of Sicilian blood orange and Indian sambac jasmine absolute, a spicy red accord, and base notes of Indonesian patchouli heart essence and Caledonian sandalwood essence. Looking for an anniversary gift? Its red tinted bottle makes it a fitting alternative to a bunch of flowers.

Dolce&Gabbana The One Eau de Parfum

• Size: 50ml

• Fragrance family: amber, floral

For a modern classic that’s built to stand the test of time, Dolce&Gabbana’s The One could be just the thing. A bouquet of lilies and jasmine combines with the sweetness of lychee and peach, while the creaminess of vanilla, amber and musk make for a provocative blend as unique as the wearer. Consider it a perfume for day or night that feels just as at home at work as it does at an office Christmas party.

Gucci Bamboo for Her Eau de Parfum

• Size: 30ml

• Fragrance family: woody floral

This unique fragrance is strong, soft and intense all at once. Base notes of deep sandalwood, Tahitian vanilla and grey amber add smoothness and depth to the lighter top notes of Italian bergamot and orange blossom. Full of character, it’s a scent worth spritzing well into spring.

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