Florals aren’t just for spring (enter Devil Wears Prada meme here). In fact, I think they are more at home in cooler weather.
Obviously bright, fresh florals are better suited to warmer climes, but there are some fabulous spicier versions on the market that are just as comforting in cold weather as a big mug of hot chocolate. Prepare to get cozy in these winter florals.
L’Occitane Terre de Lumiēre 50ml EDP (R990) Lavender and white flowers are the delicate heart of this gourmand aromatic scent. Inspired by the golden hour, this is serenity in a bottle. The journey through the notes represents a day in Provence. The early morning portrayed by fresh top notes of bergamot, ambrette and pink pepper. The day continues with midday sun notes of honey and lavender before the setting sun takes shape thanks to musk, acacia, bitter almond and tonka bean.
Thierry Mugler Alien Refillable 60ml EDP (R1270) is definitely a ‘marmite’ scent – you love it or hate it. I love it. I am careful about how much I apply (for other people), but I love it. As with all Mugler fragrances, it doesn’t bend to traditional notes, but instead uses ‘lines’. Indian jasmine opens and gives way to woody notes before settling on warm white amber.
Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue Royale 75ml EDP (R795) the sumptuous new launch from the brand, and by far my favourite in the 5th Avenue stable. A seductive cocktail opening on notes of Italian bergamot, orange flower and raspberry liqueur, swiftly followed by heart accords of Cedarwood Atlas Orpur, patchouli, cypriol and Olibanum Somalia Orpur. The base note is as sexy as it is warming thanks to golden musks, amber and royal suede.
Kiehl’s Original Musk Blend No. 1 50ml EDT (R790) is a modern version of the Kiehl’s classic signature scent. If musk and flowers are your thing, this is packed with orange blossom, rose lily, ylang-ylang, patchouli and neroli. Tonka nut accompanies the musk in the rich base note.
Armani Prive Encens Satin 100ml EDP (R3350) is the ultimate in fragrance luxury. Obviously a scent this luxurious doesn’t have a run of the mill note pyramid. Instead, just allow yourself to be immersed in the four notes, which intermingle and play out on your skin throughout the day. Incense is the strongest note for me, followed by amber, woody notes and a delicate balance of spices.
Crabtree & Evelyn Persian Thé 100ml EDP (R2600) undeniably the spiciest scent in this post, this is a unisex fragrance that has been a staple in my cupboard since its launch in 2013. The notes read more like a recipe than scent notes; ginger, cardamom and cinnamon create the top note, while black tea, nutmeg and patchouli create a rich heart. The base note is a comforting one of Atlas cedar, amber and Labdanum.
Sisley Izia 50ml EDP (R1690) has been my go-to fragrance for a few months now, and I love it even more in winter. The peppery floral top notes give way to a richer floral heart note before settling on a perfect cold winter trio of cedar, amber and musk.
What are your favourite winter floral scents?