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. Below you will find my pick of the best winter perfumes for women for any event this winter.
As this year’s get togethers are likely to be more low key than ever before, I’ve chosen perfume suitable for smaller gatherings or for gifts. You may just find your new signature scent or the perfect gift for a loved one 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.
Below, you will find some of the best and most popular perfumes to try from big name brands and lesser known options.
Take a look and see if your new winter perfume is among the choices below. I’d also love to hear what your all-time favorite perfume is to wear for winter. You can let me know in the comments section at the bottom.
Best Chanel perfume
However, if you want to try a different Chanel option, then Allure could be the perfect one to try. Allure has 5* reviews on Nordstrom from women who say it is now their signature scent.
Best Gucci perfume
It is described as a mineral scent and it smells a little like being at the salty ocean. You can smell the top notes of chamomile and jasmine but there is also a touch of vanilla and woody base notes which add some warmth, making it perfect year round.
Best Tom Ford perfume
If you really want to make an impact with your perfume, then a Tom Ford fragrance could be the way to go. There’s a boldness to all Tom Ford fragrances, so they definitely aren’t for shrinking violets. They’re also unusual, in a good way. The designer is unafraid to play around with unusual combinations.
But, which Tom Ford scent is the best? Well, like anything in life, that’s subjective. You could try one of the very latest, Bitter Peach, which has already gained something of a cult following despite only being available since October 2020.
Best Dior perfume
For the romantics among you, you really can’t go wrong with a Dior perfume. J’adore Dior looks great on your dressing table as a result of the beautiful bottle that is reminiscent of a woman’s elegant neck.
Plus, what is inside the bottle is just as lovely. Sophisticated, but not too heavy, it’s ideal if you love a very floral scent.
Best Burberry perfume
Whether you live there, love to visit or hope to get there one day, you can evoke the scent of London with Burberry’s Her London perfume. It smells a citrusy and floral, starting off powerful but fading, in a nice way, to a more subtle scent.
New Alien perfume
Alien Fusion features perfect, warming scents for the festive season. Warm and spicy, you’ll find a mix of ginger, cinnamon, orange blossom, vanilla and white amber.
Best Jo Malone perfume
Are you a Jo Malone fan? While Jo Malone fragrances are pricier than some options on the list, they last a long time and they do smell fabulous. Plus, the beauty of Jo Malone perfumes is that you can wear them on their own or you can blend them to create a unique fragrance.
One of my favorites is Blackberry and Bay which smells of warming blackberry pie along with the freshness of bay.
Best Lancôme perfume
While other Lancome fragrances are floral, Hypnose is an oriental scent which features notes of passion flower, vanilla and vetiver. It’s fresh and easy to wear, but it still have a good depth to it.
Best vanilla perfume
Do you like a vanilla scent? I know some of you will love vanilla while others may find it too sweet. However, vanilla really doesn’t have to be cloying. If you are looking for a grown-up, sophisticated vanilla fragrance, then try Colette, which was inspired by the famous French female novelist.
The perfume features a creamy, warm vanilla base note, but it also has a herbal, lemony freshness as well as a hint of muskiness.
Best floral perfume
If you prefer a floral scent, one of the best reviewed is L’Eau d’Issey which is a complex bouquet in a bottle. It is made up of a wide range of complimentary floral scents, including lotus, cyclamen, freesia, carnations and white lilies. But there are also hints of amber seed and musk to give it depth.
Best long lasting perfume
Perfumes react different on different people. You may find that something that smells fantastic on a friend really doesn’t suit your body chemistry at all and smells completely different.
The same is often the case for how long a perfume lasts. However, if you are trying to find a perfume that is likely to last all day, a fragrance from All Saints could be a good choice for you.
A unisex scent that smells of smokiness and incense, it’s a good option for winter, and reviewers say it has great staying power.
Best rose perfume
Rose fragrances sometimes have a reputation of being old-fashioned. However, that’s far from the case with Narciso Rodriguez’s Narciso Poudrée (below).
Warm and woodsy, it is a sensual fragrance that blends Bulgarian rose and white jasmine with cedarwood and musk.
Best fruity perfume
Do you prefer fruity rather than oriental or floral? Some fruity perfumes can feel a little too girly, but Coach’s Eau de Toilette is the epitome of grown-up, fruit-filled sophistication.
Fresh and fruity with notes of pear and pink grapefruit, it is designed to pay tribute to the city of New York.
Best jasmine perfume
Jasmine is often featured in perfume for its sweet scent. If you’re a fan of jasmine a sophisticated choice is Cartier’s Must de Cartier. As well as jasmine, it features aromatic galbanum as well as warm vanilla.
Top rated perfume
When looking to try a new perfume, choosing one with lots of good reviews can be the best way to choose a fragrance that you haven’t tried before.
Estée Lauder’s Pleasures is one of the best reviewed on Nordstrom, with women saying it smells fresh and clean. Many reviewers say they are often asked by strangers for the name of the perfume they are wearing, making it a good choice whether you are looking for winter perfumes or a fragrance you can wear year round.
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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