Winter Fragrances

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You might think I’m a bit mad in doing a blog post on this, but I genuinely believe that certain scents are best worn during the Winter months, and other (more fruity and fresh scents) should be reserved for Spring and Summer. I’ll be the first one to admit that I’ve got way too many fragrances than I really need, but I just get bored of wearing the same few scents all the time. So, I like to have all my current “seasonal” fragrances in a bowl on the set of drawers by my door, that way I have an extensive choice and never forget to have a good’ol spritz before leaving.

So here I’ve got a selection of my favourite fragrances to wear at this time of the year. They are such a mixed bunch that I do believe there will be something here to suit everyone’s “palette” (if I can really use that word in describing perfume!). I do want to acknowledge however, that perfume is such a personal thing, so my favourites really might not be to everyone’s taste.

I’m going to try my very best to describe the scent of each of these perfumes to you, but I’m no expert at it! I’ll explain each fragrance to you from left to right and will attempt to briefly describe the bottle so you know which one I’m talking about.

So first up, the furthest bottle on the left is The Library of Fragrance’s ‘Vanilla Ice Cream’. This is a proper food scent and I absolutely love it. I think it reminds me so much of Christmas because the majority of candles I burn around this time are all food and sweet related. For example, I absolutely love Yankee Candle’s ‘Christmas Cookie’. The scent of this perfume is not dissimilar from that scent in fact; I’d say it is slightly more on the vanilla side with notes of toffee and caramel which give the illusion of ice cream. It really is such a sweet and yummy fragrance, one which you have to give a whiff of yourself to believe me! If you’re not sure where you can buy this fragrance (because I too would have never known about it if it weren’t for where I work) you can buy this in Boots! Each bottle is £15 (which I know is quite a bit for the size) but they are wonderful quality and I honestly can’t tell you the range of fragrances they have. Probably at least 25 different one’s ranging from ‘Clean Cotton’ to ‘Rain’ (whatever the hell rain smells like!). So if you’re looking for a little perfume that’s easy on your wallet but is still lovely quality and lasts through the day, this is perfect. This company just do the most unusual scents, so go check out all the other ones The Library of Fragrance do!

Next we’re going up from ‘Vanilla Ice Cream’ to Jo Malone’s ‘Blue Agava and Cacao’. Now let’s get this bit out of the way first; Jo Malone is notorious for breaking the bank with her fragrances, and I was very lucky to be treated to my two bottles by my beloved on my twenty-first birthday. We were in London and it just happened (that’s what they all say right?). They are most definitely a treat-worthy splurge and I wouldn’t just go out and buy one if it weren’t a special occasion. However, I love the fact that she has a cheaper alternative with the smaller sized bottles like my ‘Blue Agava’ here. It means you don’t have to go for the more expensive bottle and you can actually try out more this way! So this one is like a fruity, chocolatey scent that is so unique. I would never have thought of giving it a sniff if the sales assistant in Jo Malone hadn’t have recommended it as a beautiful accompaniment to ‘Pomegranate Noir’ (I’ll ramble on about that one in a bit). It’s a very deep and nutty smell which I love and it pairs so well with the other one. I had no idea that Jo Malone encourages layering with her fragrances, because it makes them quite unique and enhances them. I love this idea.

Next, below ‘Blue Agava’, is the gold bottle with pastel blues and purples on it. This is a Benefit fragrance called ‘So Hooked on Carmella’. I’ve honestly been using this since I was about sixteen and I still love it. It is a deep and rich caramel smell with a powdery musk to it. The best way I can think of to get my point across, is that it smells like a caramel cake! It is something I prefer to wear in the evening because it’s so pungent. I reckon out of all of these perfumes, this will be the most subjective as it really won’t be for everyone. But again, if you like those sweet, foody smells then you will probably enjoy this one. The beauty also is, they’re pretty affordable and are easy to get your hands on.

Going up again to the long bottle with an orange coloured liquid is The Body Shop’s ‘Ginger and Sandalwood’ body fragrance (and room spray!). This one is great because it’s so versatile, you don’t just use it on yourself, you can also use it for your home and as a linen spray too! It’s a great price for such a huge amount of fragrance in the bottle and is again really easy to get your hands on. This one is a very warm and rich scent. It’s not like a citrus type of ginger, it’s more of a cake-like ginger which is probably due to the sandalwood in there. This one is so hard to describe, but I can say it is very day-time appropriate and not overpowering at all, just warm and sweet.

Underneath this is another Jo Malone one (in the larger sized bottle this time with the black and white ribbon tied round it), and I think this might be my absolute favourite perfume of all time. There we go, I said it, and on the internet too! ‘Pomegranate Noir’ I think is Jo Malone’s best selling perfume and with good reason. This carries a fruity and peppery scent which is so unique. Definitely perfect for the colder months because its so deep and warm but with a touch of light fruitiness. I’ve loved it on its own for years, but with the introduction of the ‘Blue Agava and Cacao’ the pair are an absolute match made in heaven and I can’t stop wearing them.

Up the top again to the small square bottle with black ribbon around it is ‘Blackcurrant and Fig’ by Florence Anne, which is a new Boots branded collection. It was inspired by Jesse Boot’s wife who loved fragrances and tried to create her own whilst Jesse’s pharmacy’s were thriving. It’s nice that we’ve now introduced this range in honour of her. This one is the most affordable of the bunch and I will admit, is not as long lasting as the others. However, it is a beautiful deep and fruity scent with a peppery undertone. It is quite similar to ‘Pomegranate Noir’, however not the same. The blackcurrant gives it more of a bitter, berry resonance.

On to the big black bottle, which I reckon most people will recognise. Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘Black Opium’ took the world by storm last Christmas and I can see why. It is the perfect festive party fragrance with a sweet and fruity, yet musky feel about it. I strongly detest the original ‘Opium’ and it literally smells like an old ladies fragrance, so I think YSL have really tried to appeal to a younger audience with this one. It is incredibly pungent though, so if your finger slips (as mine so often does) and you go a bit astray with the sprays, you’re gonna be smelt from miles away (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the fragrance smells so good). I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but in my mind, this perfume is quite a seductive one- hopefully that gives you more of an idea of what this smells like.

On the far right, just slightly up from ‘Black Opium’, is one of my top five favourite fragrances. This is Di Palomo’s ‘Fig and Grape’. I’d never heard of this brand before I saw it in John Lewis and admittedly, I was attracted mostly by the adorable purple leaf on the packaging. However, this one is probably one you could really wear all year round. It is fresh and fruity and quite sweet actually. The warmth comes from the fig but it’s not your typical fig scent (like a green and earthy one), it’s more- dare I say it- artificial, and I couldn’t give two hoots because it’s so lovely and I get so many compliments when I wear it.

Final one! Hurrrah you must be thinking! This little square bottle is a relatively new one to me and is so unusual- unlike anything else I own. It is Narciso Rodriguez’s ‘Narciso’ (what an original name!). This one is again a hard one to describe. It is very musky and peppery with woody notes. However, it is uplifted by a subtle floral scent with amber tones, which in turn give it that totally unusual smell. I love it, and you should give it a try!

Well that was definitely a long one this week and if you read it all then I thank you ever so much! I realise there were a lot of options here, and I suggest you pick the one that stood out to you the most and give it a go! We don’t all have the obsession I do with fragrances, and that my friends is definitely okay. I have my lovely Mum to thank for that.

Thanks for reading,

Steph B.

A Little Disclaimer- All products featured have been purchased  with my own money or have been gifts from friends and family. I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned and all opinions are entirely my own and honest. All pictures on this post have been taken by yours truly.

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