When it comes to cologne, the colder months demand a bolder statement. Just like you change your winter wardrobe, you should also change your scent. Winter doesn’t just mean peppermint and sugar sweets. Winter scents are often more complex and thicker, with musks and vanilla.
The best winter scents are hard to come by, especially because the market gets oversaturated during the colder months with those sickeningly sweets scents – here are just a few of our favorites from years gone by:
A long-lasting and intense fragrance for the man of distinctive style. Composed of fresh aromatic notes of verbena and basil. Blended with citrus over a woody base of patchouli and sandalwood. An elegant and subtle blend of citrus and woody notes. The opening aromatic freshness gives way to a subtly spicy harmony followed by an intensely woody signature. A rich and intense fragrance concentration in a luxurious bottle with a masculine shape.
Great for: Your younger brother for Christmas!
Top Notes: Indian davana essence, Tunisian orange flower
Middle Notes: Suede accord
Base Notes: Cedarwood
Dior Homme Cologne by Dior
Bold and refined, magnetic and charismatic, Dior Homme Eau for Men is defined by its urban edge and immediate charm. A fresh and sophisticated fragrance, the gripping composition features incisive, spicy top notes of Moroccan grapefruit, Calabrian bergamot and Crimean coriander that evoke his uninhibited spirit. The heart unfolds with elegant, sensuous Tuscan iris, while the invigorating base of Virginia cedar wood powerfully unfurls with a masculine finish.
Great for: A long drive looking at Christmas lights
Middle Notes: Vetiver
Since getting into the perfume business at the turn of the century Paul Smith has put his name to over 30 fragrances for both men and women, often created with the help of some of the sharpest noses in the business. Now he’s back with a great scent for winter!
This scent has been created by drawing on the designer’s experiences while travelling. Fresh, masculine and warm, but not heavy, all in all it’s the kind of easy-to-wear scent that is going to fit whatever dress code the day demands.
Great For: That mini getaway between Thanksgiving and Christmas
Top Notes: bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper
Middle Notes: geranium, black current blossom
Base Notes: cedar, tolu balsam, myrrh, labdanum
Brit Rhythm is a youthful and instinctive fragrance for men. Experience top notes of basil verveina, cardamom and a shot of juniper berries. Discover adrenalized scents of black leather, patchouli and styrax resin and sensual base notes of cedarwood, incense and tonka bean. Presented in a smoked glass bottle.
Great For: Where you’re going to spend New Year’s Eve.
Top Notes: Basil, Cardamom, Juniper berry
Middle Notes: Black leather, Patchouli, Styrax
Base Notes: Cedarwood, Tonka bean
The iconic scent of Millésime Imperial by Creed is the gold standard of fragrances, boasting lasting popularity with the world’s top male and female entertainers. Its light, invigorating scent evokes images of citrus groves and the lush landscape of a seaside palace in Sicily. The opulent Millésime Imperial features notes of fruit, sea salt, lemon and musk.
Great for: Taking a vacation day during the blizzard – it will remind you of the beach.
Top Notes: fruit, sea salt.
Middle Notes: Sicilian lemon, bergamot, mandarin, Florentine iris.
Base Notes: musk, wood, marine.
L’Eau de Tarocco’ Eau de Cologne
LEau de Tarocco is the fruitiest of the new collection. Rather than a classic citrus fruit, Taroccos essence offers an original twist with the extraordinary olfactive qualities of oranges. Highlighted with tangy grapefruit and a variety of slightly bitter Florida oranges, Tarocco is sprinkled with cinnamon and beautifully drawn out with the notes of Bulgarian Rose. Saffron comes into play, spicing up the experience. Finished with a woody top note of cedar that was rightfully split to keep only the dry, vibrant core, with a musky aspect for a powdery caress. And a few drops of Somali frankincense adds just the right contrast to the dynamic energy, creating a perfect finish. A fruity eau de cologne that is sweet yet vibrant and spicy. It carries the exhilarating scent of the Mediterranean in winter and the freshness of fruit just plucked from the tree.
Great for: A gift for your father-in-law
Private Blend ‘Neroli Portofino’ Eau de Parfum
A modern intercontinental version of an iconic fragrance theme balances luminous citrus oils and floral notes with amber undertones that awaken the senses and leave a splashy yet substantive impression.
‘Private Blend is my own scent laboratory; it’s where I have the ability to create very special, original fragrances that are unconstrained by the conventions of mainstream scent-making. Private Blend is designed with the true fragrance connoisseur in mind.’ — Tom Ford
Great For: a splurge gift for yourself!
Top Notes: bergamot, lemon, mandarin, lavender
Middle Notes: myrtle, rosemary, orange bitter, Egyptian jasmine, neroli
Base Notes: orange blossom water, pittosporum, woody amber accord, ambrette seeds, angelica root