The season of the light summer scent has passed – much to our chagrin. There’s nothing better than spritzing a flowery, fresh fragrance onto your linen shirt and heading to the beach, or a casual party. But let’s not dwell on days past. Instead, let’s look ahead – at days of leather jackets, woollen suits and heavy knitwear – and which aftershaves will work best with the colder months to come.
For a deep, rich scent...
Floris’ Honey Oud Eau De Parfum is a rich, wintry fragrance, which opens with a gourmand accord of English honey and vanilla which combine to add a velvet softness to the oud oil and accentuate the rose at its heart. The perfect scent to spray across your winter wardrobe, this exclusive fragrance is created with oud oil from a certified sustainable source of agar wood – among the most expensive in the perfumer’s palette – with deep qualities found in no other oil. It is an opulent, deep sensual note that combines beautifully with rose and sandalwood – just what you need to get you through those dark, drizzly days.
Similarly, Tom Ford’s Oud Wood Eau De Parfum has predictably got your winter covered. A bold, complex scent, this fragrance gets its signature notes from the rare and highly coveted ingredient Oud Wood. Opening with captivating notes of exotic Rose Wood and Cardamom, the wintry fragrance slowly reveals a smoky centre of Sandalwood and Vetiver, whilst Tonka Bean and Pepper provide a warm base – just what you need on those colder days to come.
For an assertive, powerful scent...
Launched in 2010, to celebrate Creed’s 250th anniversary, Creed Aventus is perfect to bring musk to the winter. Perfect for the bold, spirited and confident, Aventus opens with tantalising top notes of blackcurrant and Italian bergamot, and is blended with Calville Blanc apples and sparkling pineapple. A woody and heady centre is complemented with notes of roses, Jasmine blossom and patchouli, while a rich base of oak moss, ambergris and a touch of vanilla provides a final, wooody depth and flourish to this sophisticated scent.
Acqua di Parma’s Colonia Pura can claim a proud tradition of refinement and style. Just like the original Colonia of Acqua di Parma, the new Colonia Pura captures the joy, cultivation and warmth of the Italian way of life, and is an exclusive, masculine scent made for men with contemporary sophistication and elegance. But, although there is a traditionalism behind the bottle, this new scent has also been designed with a youthful energy and a lighter approach to freshness. If you’re young and starting out – this is the perfect scent to splash on to make a splash, and this makes it the perfect segue scent from summer to winter.
For a woody, leathery scent...
Inspired by the wild and invigorating beauty of the Scottish landscape, Clive Christian’s C Woody Leather dabbles in green leaves, tobacco and oak moss – earthy notes for the earthier seasons. A deep woody oriental perfume, it imports a seductive smokiness to the skin thanks to its fusion of saffron and tobacco. Mandarin lends an immediate freshness that adds a pleasing balance – and a little hint of Christmas to boot. Based on more masculine notes, this will cut against seasonal showers and harsh winds to keep you fresh and scented all day long.
His second entry on this list, because why not? Based in Amber and Woody accords, Tom Ford’s ‘Noir Extreme’ scent is robust and inviting. Bergamot is infused with spicy Black Pepper and Nutmeg blended and layered over a sweet Vanilla heart that lightens the overall effect.
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