Cold Weather Fragrances.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?
Portia xx



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  • Ann says:

    Howdy, Portia! It was in the 30s to 40s earlier this week but warmed up to a balmy 62 today. Love that you mentioned Ubar — need to go put some on right now! Also in winter, I enjoy Cuir Beluga, Coromandel and original Coco for warm and cozy, but for a cooler take t I adore Vanille d’Iris, Cdg’s Blue Encens and Tdc’s de Bachmakov. Wishing you, Jin and your whole crew a very Merry Christmas!

    • Portia says:

      HEY! Ann, you’ve just mentioned TdC’s de Bachmakov. Please can you do a post about it? I have been humming & ahhhing over it and need to get another sample because just recently a few people have mentioned it and it feels like a sign.
      Portia xxx

  • AmateurDilettante says:

    I just got a sample of Ubar yesterday! I get a big meaty blood red rose, which I notice isn’t anywhere in the notes – where do I get that from? Now Im looking forward to trying it in the summer.
    This winter I’m really enjoying Azuree and Jicky, which aren’t my usual winter fare. Maybe my nose broke
    For an icy fragrance that’s cheap, I just got my husband some Victorinox Swiss Unlimited – anise and juniper and other stuff that smells cold to me. He likes it, I dont hate it, it was $25 for 50 ml, cant lose!

    • Portia says:

      OMG! Anise & Juniper sounds like heaven. Great bargain.
      That’s weird about the big meaty rose AMATEURDILETTANTE, I’m going to have to go back and check mine for it.
      Portia xx

  • HeidiC says:

    I’ve been going heavy on the leathers and orientals — Cuir de Russie, Vol de Nuit, Cuir Ottoman, Cuir Beluga, Les Indes Galantes, Chergui. If I want something icy I wear Chanel 19 or Iris Silver Mist — or even Diorling which, while still a leather, feels very cold and bitchy, in the best possible way!

    Enjoy your summer!

    • Portia says:

      What a freaking line up. It’s like last call at the cool kids fragrance bar.
      Merry Christmas HeidiC. Hope it’s full of fun.
      Portia x

  • Patty says:

    Oh, and I love Convoitee. Fougeuese is also great in winter, that horsey tea thing. I’m thinking of the right one, yes? now I need to go check on it.

    • Portia says:

      YAY! Someone else who loves Convoitee! There are so few of us we should start a club.
      I’ve never tried an Orlov. Must remedy.
      Portia xxx

  • Patty says:

    I think I need to try that Phaedon. I wasn’t crazy about others in the line so far. me, I’m doing the Ateleir d’or Lune Feline (sp) and Orlov Star of the Season – need those vanillas.

  • pats133 says:

    OOOooh Portia – i had never heard of L’Heure Convoiteé II. Does the strawberry make for a full on jam note or just add a touch of sweetness? I’m really into carnation and iris these days!

    Anyhoo – its about 8oC here in Ireland (a few degrees higher than the temps for the time of year) but when its cold, out comes Ginestet ‘Botrytis’ – a sweet honey, fruity, boozy, hint of gingerbread sexy scent that melts the coldest of hearts!

    PS. Have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones, human and furry. 🙂

    • Portia says:

      Hi Pats133,
      The strawberry is subtle fruitiness but when I look for it it’s very obvious. Does that make sense? Not super sweet or thick.
      Thanks, Merry Christmas to you & yours,
      Portia xx

  • Tara C says:

    Lots of warm orientals: LADDM, Chopard Wish, Ambre Russe, Amen. But also Mon Précieux Nectar and Mugler Oriental Express when I want something floral. And how can I forget Mitzah? I am in CA this winter so not very cold, but back home in Montreal it’s been -20. 🙂

  • Musette says:

    Back in the Jurassic Era I did a post called ‘Shattered Glass’ about those cold, icy scents that are perfect for the brutal Winter. I don’t think Convoitee’ was yet out – but omgosh! You. Iz. RIGHT! It is perfect (just sprayed it on) for these 30F days! xoxoxoA

    • Portia says:

      Hey Musette,
      He He He, You make me smile.
      Yeah, it hits me perfectly in the cold weather. Gorgeous fluffy snowlike fragrance. MMM
      You smell F A B.
      Portia xx

  • Recently I layered Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling over a sample of Lanvin’s old Cardamome. Lots of leathery boozy warmth with cardamom and frankincense. Made me feel like I was in a very old pub with lots of old wood and leather, with a crackling fire nearby. And with a gin and tonic of course.

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    Uber has never been my friend due to a bug spray note but a lot of Amouage perfumes are great for winter. I love Shalimar and Theorema in winter too.

    • Portia says:

      Ha Ha Ha! Eldarwen22, when I read that I laughed out loud. Never noticed bug spray but you’ve made me want to spritz.
      My body is overloaded with scent right now because I’m trying to cull but tomorrow: BUG SPRAY!
      Portia xx

  • M3000 says:

    I enjoy Gritti Alvise: Dark whisky soaked woods, dark patchouly with the slightest addition of cinnamon and vanilla. Cosy.