These 9 winter perfumes will leave a warm and cosy impression with every spritz

Wrap yourself up in these best winter perfumes, handpicked by our beauty editors...

A selection of the best winter perfumes from Molton Brown, Maison Margiela and Diptyque
(Image credit: Molton Brown, Maison Margiela and Diptyque)

The drop in temperature signals the perfect opportunity to retire your lighter scents for something altogether warmer and muskier. Thus, we've rounded up 9 of the best winter perfumes, sure to envelop you with comfort.

When it comes to the best perfumes for women, often selecting a scent that mirrors the seasonal switch is a good way to go. For instance, I’m a wholeheartedly happier person in the winter and all those wintery elements just add to the joy. Sure, I love sunny scents for summer but as soon as the temperature plummets I’m only too thrilled to dig out some spicier, moodier options.

There are many facets to a winter fragrance, some fit the bill of long-lasting perfumes - thanks to their rich and musky notes - while others verge more on skin scents. So, no matter your preference, you're sure to find a perfume for winter that suits your aesthetic. To dispel any uncertainty around your choice though, we've enlisted the expertise of Emilie Bouge, expert perfumer for Miller Harris and Iember Gordon, Head of Marketing at The Fragrance Shop...

The 9 best winter perfumes to spritz this season

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A selection of Beauty Editor Rhiannon's favourite perfumes for winter

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To help you select the perfect perfume for winter, we've quizzed the experts on what note blends to look for, to truly capture the essence of the season...

  • Think deep and rich: According to Gordon, "When we think of winter fragrances, we go to scents with deep, earthy, cashmere notes such as spicy vanilla, musk, sandalwood, and leather. This gives us the chance to explore vibrantly rich fragrances that differ from summertime scents, which are often fruitier and lighter."
  • Pick notes that conjure memories: "Winter perfume notes tend to be ones that conjure warmth and the comforts we seek during this season", explains Bouge. "Warm and woody notes such as sandalwood and oud, spicy notes like nutmeg, cardamom and pink pepper, and gourmand notes such as caramel and vanilla that nod to the treats that the festive months tend to offer."
  • Consider spice vs warmth: "It's natural for our senses to associate spicy fragrance notes with warmth. Think nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom – the kitchen spices shelf," says Gordon. But, spice doesn’t automatically mean warmth, she explains. "Spicy notes can be both warm and cool. Some use spices to enhance the top, middle and base notes for a warmer experience."
  • How weather affects scent: "Not only can scents mirror the feeling of a season, but the weather impacts how you experience scent." Bouge says. "In hot temperatures, the fragrance molecules heat up and evaporate quicker, meaning the notes are intensified. In colder temperatures, the evaporation rate is slowed down so you might find that your fragrance doesn’t project as much in the winter."

How do I know if my perfume is for summer or winter?

Of course, the obvious thing is that you can wear any perfume you want all year round - there's no set rule that says you have to wear certain notes in certain months. But, if you're specifically looking to extend your scent repertoire and explore perfumes for winter, there's a simple answer. According to Bouge, "Look for the words, warm, woody, spicy, and smoky." 

Is vanilla a winter scent?

It's certainly one of the go-to notes in perfumes for winter, but it's not the only time of year you can wear it. Gordon explains, "It falls under the gourmand notes category, which is super diverse and instrumental in a lot of fragrances." She continues, "As it's used in a lot of scents, winter fragrances with Vanilla may be accompanied by more intense top notes to contrast it, with less of the airy-lightweight scent Vanilla may be more known for." 

There's another bonus of wearing vanilla, according to Gordon. "Vanilla is also known to be a mood enhancer, making it great for de-stressing and relaxing which is perfect for winter months." Win-win. 

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Rhiannon Derbyshire
Senior Beauty Editor

Rhiannon Derbyshire is the Senior Beauty Editor for Woman & Home and other publications. 

She started interning for glossy magazines while working alongside her Fashion Journalism degree. There, she was lured to the beauty desk, seduced by matte lipsticks, posh shampoos, and every skincare product imaginable. 10+ years into her career, she can confidently tell you why the best mascaras are always high street, and why SPF is a non-negotiable all year round. Ask her about her curly hair routine, skincare minimalism, and how to find the exact right red lipstick

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