Fighting the deep freeze

deep freeze encens godmotherHowdy Posse folks! Is it just me, or does it seem that every time I turn on the evening news, the anchor is saying, “And a warning for another winter storm sweeping in …” ?

Even though it hasn’t been dire around here (no ice and snow yet this season), this long-standing cold wave has me frequently rummaging through my perfume drawers (and table, and boxes, etc.) into what I call the “under-50 crowd” (50 degrees, that is) to find the warmest heating elements I’ve got.

Ambers, incense, woods, gourmands and more — let’s pull out our best, toasty personal space heaters. So far I’ve been warming to Chanel’s Coromandel and Coco, as well as Guerlain’s Encens Mythique d’Orient and (sparingly) my little scrap of MKF’s sublime Ciel de Gum. Guerlain’s Cuir Beluga is also getting some love, as is their Spiriteuese Double Vanille; and I always feel cozier in Le Labo’s Vanille 44 with its vanilla incense-y goodness.

I should probably do a complete about-face and think tropical, by pulling out some beach-worthy beauties bearing coconut, citrus, tuberose, gardenia, lily and the like. A little Kai, a little Carnal Flower or a spritz of Guerlain’s Lys Soleia to brighten things up perhaps? But I just can’t seem to bring myself to do it, alas.

What scents help you cope when the deep freeze strikes in your neck of the woods?

  • Neva says:

    I love your choices Ann and I’m also the type who selects perfume according to temperature. Now it’s the coldest season here too and I’m wearing my only gourmand SL Jeaux de Peau, the boozy Dzing! and the soft leather Bottega Veneta. All very comforting and cozy.

  • Anita says:

    it is so strange but for someone who hates the ice & snow as much as I do, I tend to not go for warming scents, instead saying ‘feck it’ and going for the Shattered Glass effect of bubbly, chilly aldehydes (I KNOW!  it’s crazy!)  No5 is in heavy rotation, as is No22 and Arpege.

    I did try the warming concept with Bobbi Brown’s Beach a few days back… but it just felt…odd..



  • gwenyth2 says:

    Winter here in the Rocky Mountains is always long and cold. For most of the days I choose my vanillas, incenses, resins, patchoulis, etc. I love Micallef Vanilla Orient, Greg Lauren for Barneys (Tonka), SDV, Viva La Juicy Gold Couture, Nirvana Bourbon, Coromandel, Reminiscence Patchouli, Christian LaCroix C’est La Fete Patchouli, CJScents Vanilla Sandalwood, Encens Mythique d’Orient, Rose Nacree du Desert, AG Encens Flamboyant and Ambre Fetiche…..

  • Portia says:

    Hey Ann,

    Guerlain Cuir Beluga, Amouage Gold Man and Lutens Fille en Aiguilles are definite cold weather warmers. YUM.
    Portia xx

  • March says:

    You’ve pretty much hit all the buttons for me…. it’s warmed up a bit after being unseasonably cold (for this area, anyway) and I’m thrilled not to be all bundled up.  I’m also wearing my Cartier L’Heure Perdue, which is a lovely powerhouse.

    • Anita says:

      LOL!  Inorite?  The moment I read Ann’s post I thought “omg.  this sounds like March’s shelf!”


      y’all smell SO good in these.  Alas, wearing them gives me the flux! (as my daddy used to say 😉