Do you change your perfume with the season? While a heavier scent can be cloying in the summer sunshine, you can wear fragrances which are muskier, woodier and spicier when the mercury dips. Here is my pick of the top winter perfumes for women for any event this winter.
Of course, choosing a fragrance is a very individual choice. That’s why I’ve also tailored this winter’s perfume choices to suit your style personality. You may just find your new signature scent among these.
Choosing the best smelling perfume for you
Just as you are drawn to certain styles of clothing and accessories, you are likely to be attracted to particular styles of perfume.
You may prefer fragrances which are musky, floral or citrusy, for example. While you probably already have a favorite fragrance, it’s always fun to experiment with new styles, just as with the rest of your outfits.
Here, you will find an old favorite perfume for each style personality which you may already have discovered, as well as a newer fragrance you might like to try.
Winter perfumes for the minimal style personality
If you have a minimal style personality you are likely to be attracted to a perfume bottle with simple styling. Anything with packaging which is too flamboyant or ornate will be a ‘no’ even before you smell the fragrance inside.
As for the perfume itself, you like to keep your fragrance fresh and clean, and may also be drawn to unisex fragrances.
Old favorite: Clinique Aromatics in White
It really doesn’t get more minimal than this! If you have a minimal style personality, your home is likely to have a minimalist, Scandinavian style, and this bottle will fit right in.
If you haven’t already discovered it, Clinique Aromatics in White was released five years ago and it’s a fragrance which is pretty hard to pin down. At a first spray, the strongest smell is rose, but when it dries, amber takes over, with a hint of bitter violet.
Something new: Laboratory Perfumes Samphire
I love the styling of the Laboratory Perfumes bottles. They’re definitely minimal. This was actually launched around the same time as Clinique’s option, but I feel the Laboratory brand is less well known so you may not yet have discovered it.
Samphire blends juniper and verbena along with lavender, basil, rosemary and moss. It’s a clean smell, given depth through the use of white amber.
Winter perfumes for the classic style personality
The classic style personality is likely to love all of the truly iconic perfumes from days gone by.
If you do try a new fragrance, you will probably stick to your favorite brand.
Old favorite: Chanel No. 5
The first fragrance launched by Coco Chanel, the perfume and the bottle design are icons of design, having been created to appeal to the flappers of the 1920s.
Because it is such a complex blend, it smells wholly different on one woman to another.
Something new: Tory Burch Eau de Parfum
If you are thinking about trying something new this winter, how about a perfume from a brand which is definitely a baby in comparison to Chanel, but which has swiftly become known for classic design?
Winter perfumes for the natural style personality
The natural style personality may not wear a perfume at all. But, if you do, you will likely choose a fragrance which is light and fresh, and which reminds you of the natural world you love.
Old favorite: Clinique Happy
Created back in 1997, Clinique Happy is beautiful for either winter or summer. The apple notes keep it fresh, while there’s also a citrusy scent which reminds me of festive holidays.
Something new: Malin+Goetz Stem
I’m sure the styling here will appeal to the minimalists too, but this fragrance was made for you if you love a natural style.
The whole idea for this perfume is built around the often forgotten elements of the garden – such as freshly cut stems, crushed leaves and rich soil.
Winter perfumes for the romantic style personality
The romantic style personality will have any number of floral fragrances to choose from, along with beautifully styled bottles which will appeal to your aesthetic taste.
Old favorite: Gucci Bloom
A relative newcomer, but Gucci Bloom has fast become a classic for those who love their florals.
If I were to step into a garden in New Orleans, this is what I imagine it would smell like. There are notes of turberose and jasmine as well as rangoon creeper for a powdery note.
Something new: Estée Lauder Beautiful Belle
It works for all seasons as the marzipan musk, oriental notes and orange flower are all evocative of the holidays.
Perfume for women: Bohemian style
The bohemian style personality surely must have a perfume featuring patchouli, with its dark, musky aroma.
Old favorite: Kiehl’s Original Musk
Perfumes don’t come with much more history than this one, which can trace its roots back to the 1920’s.
A boho classic, it features fresh orange blossom as well as tonka bean, musk and white patchouli, which give it a rich sensual smell.
Something new: Le Labo Tonka 25
At first glance, this bottle may look too light and fresh to be worn by a bohemian style personality who loves layers in both clothing and fragrance.
However, don’t let its looks fool you. It’s actually a rich, dark scent which reminds me of fallen autumn leaves.
Best perfume for women: Eurochic style
The eurochic style personality is naturally inspired in outfit choices by European style, and traveling through the cities, coastline and countryside of the Mediterranean and beyond.
That’s why fragrances which have been inspired by Europe may be your perfect fit.
Old favorite: Estée Lauder Tuscany
What could be better than a scent evocative of a Tuscan villa as the sun goes down?
However, this fragrance also has notes that make it winter-ready, including vanilla and sandalwood.
Something new: Chanel Paris-Biarritz
Have you discovered this one yet? I can’t think of a more perfect fragrance for the Eurochic style personality.
Inspired by the Basque coast, it is crisp and refreshing; designed to evoke sea spray.
But it also reminds me of those crisp, cold winter days when the sun reflects off fallen snow.
Popular perfumes for women: Rock chick style
The rock style personality may not wear perfume during the day, but probably loves a spritz of a fragrance which is dark, subversive and different in the evening.
Old favorite: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
This is one which could definitely transcend style personalities, and I’m sure the glamorous style personality would appreciate this too.
With glam-rock styling, this features notes of black coffee, white florals and vanilla.
Something new: Tom Ford Fabulous
Anything with a swear word on the label is bound to be subversive. But, don’t let the language put you off.
It’s actually a deep, rich fragrance that is sure to get you plenty of compliments.
It starts off with almond and vanilla scents, but you soon get a whiff of leather, amber and tonka bean.
Best fragrances for women: street/urban style
The street/urban style personality doesn’t like to wear what everyone else is wearing either in terms of fashion or perfume.
Like the minimalist style personality, you may like to opt for a unisex fragrance, and the styling of the bottle will also be important to you in making your choice.
Old favorite: Comme des Garcons 2
Created just before the turn of the Millennium, Comme des Garcons 2 is a unisex fragrance inspired by the Japanese art of calligraphy.
It’s so versatile you can wear it no matter what the season, and it’s totally unique.
There are definite notes of ink, but you can also smell incense, spice, patchouli and cedarwood.
Something new: Tom Ford Métallique
I’m sure the styling here will appeal to minimalists and the architectural style personality as well as those with an urban style.
Released this year, I think this is one of those fragrances you either love or hate.
An initial modern, metallic note gives way throughout the day to softer vanilla tones. Try it, and see what you think!
Most popular perfumes: glamorous style
The glamorous style personality is sure to have a collection of perfume bottles on the dressing table.
For you, the design of the bottle is as important as what is inside.
Old favorite: Guerlain Shalimar
Arguably, the most glamorous bottle there is, Shalimar was first created in the 1920’s. It was inspired at the time by the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built.
One of the most famous perfumes ever, you have to try it at least once.
Powdery when you first apply, it dries down to a smoky tonka bean and vanilla fragrance that will forever be associated with “bad girl” flappers of the 1920’s.
Something new: Cartier La Panthére
From one dramatic bottle to another, La Panthére was the nickname for Cartier’s lover and muse.
A sensual fragrance ideal for evening parties, it definitely shouts retro glamour.
The gardenia makes it different from most perfumes out there, while there is also a note of rhubarb which adds modernity.
Best smelling perfume for women: trendy style
If you have a trendy style personality you are likely to be drawn to the new perfumes released each year, rather than sticking to classic favorites.
Just as you like to be noticed for what you’re wearing, you like your perfume to stand out.
Old favorite: Alien by Mugler
Released in 2005, Alien is still a favorite today because it’s one of those perfumes not everyone wears.
It’s very long lasting and definitely not one for anyone who likes to be subtle, making it ideal for festive and New Year parties.
The cardamon and cumin spices as well as orange, amber and heliotrope make it perfect for the holidays.
Something new: Chanel Gabrielle
While I said you wouldn’t want to stick to an old classic, your eye for trends makes you keen to try out the new fragrances from iconic fashion houses.
Gabrielle is the latest scent from Chanel and is named for Coco Chanel’s real name.
One for all seasons, it is heavy on the white flowers, but the greener scent of ylang-ylang keeps it fresh and, when it dries, it develops more of a musky fragrance, making it winter-ready.
Good perfumes for women: preppy
The preppy style personality isn’t likely to like overtly musky or sensual fragrances. Instead, you prefer a classic, clean, and possibly woody, scent which appeals to your modern retro styling.
Old favorite: My Burberry
If one designer brand springs to mind when you think of preppy styling, it’s probably Burberry with its classic trench coats.
The My Burberry fragrance has all of that preppy styling by combining the wood-effect top with a more feminine bow.
As for the perfume itself, I think if you could bottle the smell of London, this would be it. The main scents are rose mixed with geranium. I think it smells best in winter and spring when the air is crisp and cold.
Something new: Replica Whispers in the Library
If any new scent is made just for the preppy style personality, surely this is the one. What could be more preppy than a fragrance inspired by the library?
The main scents you are likely to pick up are pepper, cedar and vanilla. Like being in a library in winter with the fire crackling!
Winter perfumes for the architectural style personality
The architectural style personality is likely to choose a bottle based on design as well as fragrance.
You will be drawn to bottles which are classic design icons, as well as those which are more modernist.
As for the scents which appeal to you, these are likely to be complex and have many layers rather than one or two simple top notes which are easily discernible.
Old favorite: Tiffany & Co
The Tiffany brand with its distinctive turquoise packaging is an icon of style in itself. This perfume is multi-faceted and feminine with sparkling top notes giving way to something woodier.
Something new: Mugler Les Exceptions
How beautiful is this bottle? Like Shalimar, it has been inspired by the art deco period, and it reminds me of a more modern version of that classic.
It is smoky with notes of leather, and also features the spiciness of star anise, making it the perfect winter perfume.
Winter perfumes as gifts
As well as treating yourself to a new fragrance ready for the festive party season, perfume can also make a great gift.
By thinking about the sort of style a loved one is drawn to in their outfit choices, this will help you to narrow down the kind of perfume they are likely to love.
For more gift inspiration take a look at the best gifts for women over 40.
Maybe you could start your own Christmas or New Year’s Eve tradition of wearing the same scent each year.
If you’re in sunnier climes this festive season, you may wish to check out our article on the best fragrances for summer.
What are your favorite winter perfumes for women? Will you be trying something different this winter?
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