Autumn Winter Fragrance Guide

Finding your signature scent can be a tricky decision. With so many fragrances to choose from, how do you find the one that’s right for you? The other important consideration is the time of year. Your summer fragrances will no doubt differ hugely to your winter ones, and it’s worth extending your collection to include your favourites for the different seasons. 

After all, you change your wardrobe according the seasons, so why shouldn’t your perfume or aftershave be included in that too? With that in mind, we take a look at some the popular autumn fragrances and how to choose the perfect one. 

How to choose an autumn winter fragrance 

Naturally, you might be wondering how you’re even supposed to recognise an autumn fragrance compared to a spring or summer one. Autumn is the perfect time to update your beauty collections and finding a new fragrance can feel like a real treat. 

Autumnal and wintry perfumes and aftershaves are usually characterised by warming notes, with earthy or woody scents. This fits in perfectly with those crisp autumnal mornings, fires and cosy blankets! 

With that in mind, your autumn or winter fragrances will likely belong to two of the fragrance families; oriental and woody.

Oriental fragrances for autumn and winter

Oriental fragrances are typically characterised through warm, sweet and spicy notes, combined to create a luxury scent that are rich and long lasting. Fragrances belonging to this family are usually made with exotic ingredients.

Look out for notes like bergamot, jasmine, nutmeg, pink peppercorn, cedarwood, patchouli and even vanilla or amber. The oriental fragrance family can be split into floral oriental or woody oriental, combining your favourite scents in one.

Some of the best examples of oriental fragrances include; Angel by Thierry Mugler for women, and Spicebomb Night Vision by Viktor & Rolf for men.

Woody fragrances for autumn and winter 

Woody fragrances are incredibly warming and captivating, and are often found amongst men’s aftershaves, thanks to a more masculine scent. They can be broken down into dry woods, which often have a smoky or leathery smell to them, or mossy woods which have an earthy and sweet undertone. 

Look out for notes such as cedarwood, sandalwood and vetiver for classic woody fragrances, or oakmoss and amber for something a little sweeter. You will find that these woody scents often make up the base notes of the fragrance, which stick around for the longest. 

The best examples of woody fragrances include; Alien by Thierry Mugler for women, and 1 Million by Paco Rabanne for men.


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