Hey Hey Posse, It’s winter up there in the Northern Hemisphere. Down here it’s the middle of summer and we are ramping up to another glorious Holiday Season with seafood, salad, BarBQs and al fresco entertaining. We are spritzing citrus and white musks, a few who love the heat are anointing themselves with attars and oils. What I want to know though is how cold is it where you are what are your favourite Cold Weather Fragrances? Even reading your lists should help keep this hot Aussie cool.
Cold Weather Fragrances
What do I wear in the cold? I go either of two ways, it’s either warming cozy fragrances to try & beat the cold or I go for Arctic cut crystal cold scents to go with the flow. Here are two each of my faves when the temperatures get frosty…
WINTER WARMERS: Cold Weather Fragrances
Ubar by Amouage: Tangerine, orange, litsea cubeba, violet leaf, jasmine, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, tuberose, freesia, lily-of-the-valley, palisander rosewood, sandalwood, vanilla, patchouli, vetiver, copal balm, black amber
Aside from its everything including the kitchen sink notes list Ubar is one of the most warming fragrances in winter I own. It’s sweet, woodsy, white flowered extravaganza is so cocooning and quickly makes my mind feel warmer, which then tells my body that it is so. Especially good for those days when you’re hidden under layers and layers of clothing, Ubar will worm its way out and you will get heated huffs.
Interestingly I also wear Ubar in the stinking heat, there it blossoms in a completely different way, working with the heat.
Tabac Rouge by Phaedon: Ginger, cinnamon, honey, musk, powdery notes, benzoin
Tabac Rouge always feels like a traffic stopper, I get warm, crackling gusts of spiced honey and creamy resins at the most inappropriate times and completely lose track of what I’m saying or doing. If this can’t warm you up then you are stainless steel. ONLY for those that love the sweet animalic goodness of honey. When I wear Tabac Rouge I swear I can smell roses.
FROSTY CHILLERS: Cold Weather Fragrances
L’Heure Convoiteé II by Cartier: Carnation, iris, powdery notes, strawberry
Like a blast of cool air from the Arctic L’Heure Convoiteé II manages to be both cooling and comforting. It’s like ice packed in a feather comforter and works perfectly in my Cold Weather Fragrances section. Very elegant and has wonderful sillage and longevity. Bought on Jin & my first visit to Prague together at the Cartier store in January, every time I wear it I’m transported back to those early heady days of love, fun & adventure.
L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme Intense: Tangerine, bergamot, yuzu, orange, blue lotus, camphor, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, nutmeg, incense, amber, benzoin, papyrus, grey amber
Alright, don’t get snarky. Yes, this is different to the original, I know it’s not a niche frag and yes I know it’s going really cheap on the discounters .
I find L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme Intense’s dark, cool incense over the oily, wet citrus and spicy herbs feels like being hit with a bucket of ice water. It works perfectly with sub-zero temps. When I wear this in the cold I feel like Elsa in Frozen. This is one of the few flankers that I think outshines its originator, and it also worthy of the title noir rather than intense. The whole bright airiness in the original is met by a storm of dark and cold here.
Surrender To Chance has a great selection of samples, including most of these. It’s the best way to try a fragrance if you can’t find it in your area or can’t get to it. Yes, we are loosely affiliated here at Perfume Posse.
So, What temperature is it where you are and what do you wear as your Cold Weather Fragrances?
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