Get your winter scent on!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Winter scentsIf you’ve found yourself asking, “Do I need a different fragrance for every season,” the answer, is well, no. “I have a thing for Diorissimo when it snows. If changing seasons are your excuse for buying lots of fragrances, don’t let us stop you,” writes perfume expert Tania Sanchez, author of Perfumes, The Guide. She says you should never feel duty-bound to stop wearing fruity florals in the middle of winter. Her point? If you like the way something smells, wear it.

And if you’d like to treat yourself to a bottle of something delicious to ring in the cold weather, then do that too. We suggest wearing warmer fragrances this time of year, and by that we mean scents with warm, comforting notes such as rose, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves.

So what’s on our shopping list this winter? 

The One Desire by Dolce and Gabbana EDP (R1 300 for 75ml)
We all know the need for comfort food in the chill of winter. Why not look for a little indulgence in your fragrance too? This newbie from Dolce and Gabbana’s successful The One collection is laced with scents of caramel to give it an irresistible sweetness. Add to that tuberose, vanilla, sandalwood and musk, and you have a perfume made for winter!

Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne (R 1 050 for 100ml)
You can’t beat a hit of rose in winter, but if you don’t want to smell like a rose garden, try this fresh scent. Added notes of crushed violet as well as hints of lemon and spearmint come together in this luxurious floral scent. We recommend you wear it on icy winter days (best spent fireside, cup of tea in hand).

5th Avenue NYC by Elizabeth Arden EDT (R365 for 75ml)
This elegant fruity floral has all the right notes in its drydown (the scent that lingers on your skin) to boost feelings of comfort and warmth. Close your eyes and imagine a combo of vanilla bean, tonka bean, velvet musk, sandalwood and golden amber. Yummy, right? But it’s not just the warm notes that have us going gaga; we also love the clever mix of fruits and florals that make this fragrance extremely feminine and easy to wear. Think a cockatil of bergamot, succulent Peach and Golden Delicious apple in the top notes (so you get an instant hit of fruit) and an appealing mix of black currant, night-blooming Jasmine, sparkling Peony and plum blossom in the heart of the scent.

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Written by

Julia Hunter is a freelance lifestyle writer, editor and stylist with a special interest in beauty. She’s written for Marie Claire, Women’s Health, and Fresh Living magazines. When not writing about lipstick, she can be found tweeting about other very important topics such as which nail polishes really live up to their long-wear claims! She lives in Cape Town with her husband and far too many beauty products.

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  1. Sue1N

    Mmm 5th Avenue NYC looks like my type of perfume! Love fruity & flowery combo’s.

    6 years ago •

  1. fay

    5th avenue NYC sounds delicious, I must give it a sniff.

    6 years ago •

  1. Nicksta

    I bought 5th Avenue once for my mum for mother’s day, she didn’t fancy it so I ended up using the whole bottle. Love it

    6 years ago •

  1. Nombeko

    My all time favourite perfumes are any by Elizabeth Arden. But I am open to some experimentation when samples are available.

    6 years ago •

  1. Sager

    The Jo Malone Fig is amazing so it would be interesting to smell the Rose.

    6 years ago •

  1. Hassanally

    I would totally love to try this fragrances. I love d&g fragrances.

    6 years ago •

  1. liedeman

    I totally love a nice warm scent and a softer one for work. I tend to be a bit of an addict for Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue though.

    6 years ago •

  1. Whits

    Chanels allure is thee best winter scent iv ever had! you can never go wrong with miss coco chanel! just smells super divine and stays on for hours without being overbearing! love love love

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    i prefer warm scents pretty much any time of the year

    6 years ago •

  1. karis

    I love my Elie Saab, come winter or summer , its beautiful and i adore it. I love wearing floral scents , that fresh amazing happy scent, I’m never restricted by seasons.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pluke

    The One Desire by D&G sounds amaaaazing! Love sweet, soft tones. Floral scents work best in Summer. I find that in winter you need the “warmer” scents to let it linger for longer. The design of bottles also plays a big role in the deciding factor.

    6 years ago •

  1. Empress

    I love winter scents,so they so deep and sensual.

    6 years ago •


    My favourite winter fragrance would have to be Jean Paul Gaultier classic for women and Kenzo Jungle… I prefer a light citrus & flower frangrance in summer and a strong/warm fragrance in winter. haven’t found the perfect fragrance yet for both summer & winter…..

    6 years ago •

  1. Anne

    I am currently using Lanvin Me but I would love to try Jo Malone red roses next :)

    6 years ago •

  1. mashigoane

    I’ll take all three thanks….

    6 years ago •

  1. Nadine

    Thank you for introducing me to these perfumes. I like to adjust my perfume to my mood.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I love perfumes, would love to try out that Chanel Allure, I’m a Chanel fan.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the D&G one, they make the best fragrances!

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    My favourite is DKNY Woman, love it! Smells good all year round

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    I’ve got the Acqua di Gioia but it gives me a headache :( My new fave is the Issey Miyake Issey Noir!! Divine!

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Mmmmmm. Allure. It’s on my lust list.

    6 years ago •

  1. Ladyconfused

    Ooo all lovely smells, I am normally a one smell kinda of lady, something my grandma use to say to me stuck in that sense. But would love to try the Jo malone

    6 years ago •

  1. Charis Kb

    Wud love to try these fragrances

    6 years ago •

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