The best winter Cologne are worth a try, because what calms the senses in June is very different from what calms you down in December.
Spring and summer scents are fresher, more floral and fruity. When the weather goes down you want to trade some wood and spices and shit like that. These cold weather scents will warm you up – not in the truest sense of the word, but in a kind of placebo. The same goes for anyone you might encounter. Look for ingredients like cedar, vetiver, amber, cinnamon, incense, and leather.
But don’t look too closely. We have already done that for you. You will surely find a companion in cold weather in time for the cuffing season.
The winter winner is …
This is my signature scent. I wear it all fall and winter. And let me tell you: I’ve never worn something that has received so many compliments – no sunglasses, no trainers, no full body rubber suit. People actually turn their heads and ask me what I’m wearing. And then they write down the product name. Arquiste’s masterpiece introduces itself with black Malabar pepper and Persian saffron, soaked in coffee, sandalwood, myrrh and Spanish leather, and hugs you with a blanket of frankincense, balsam and juniper all day. All of Arquiste’s fragrances have a rich backstory, and Nanban is inspired by a 17th century diplomatic samurai foray into the western world. (Phew!) It warms the senses like hot tea infused with spices, with that first sip sending a stream of taste and electricity through your entire being. No decoration: Nanban is liquid gold.
Silver medal, from a splinter
Stories of Perfumes “1828”
Like Arquiste, all Histoires de Parfums fragrances are inspired by the past. 1828 is an ode to science fiction writer and world traveler Jules Verne, whose stories were inspired by the smells, sights, and sounds of far-flung places (he wrote 20,000 leagues under the sea, around the world, and journey to the center of the earth in eighty days) First, you get light, citric top notes like grapefruit and mandarin, with the eucalyptus tucking in to enhance the spicy heart notes. Indonesian nutmeg and black pepper from Madagascar add up the heat – and anchor this as a winter favorite – then end up with cedar, frankincense, vetiver, and pine.
Olfactory optimism on gray days
“Colonia Pura” parma water
Colonia Pura by Acqua di Parma is olfactory optimism: bergamot and orange give you a citric kick, while narcissus, jasmine and coriander give the heart notes warmth and spice. As with all the best winter Cologne residents, there is a warm base that burns the longest and the hardest: patchouli, cedar and mousse – it’s the fragrant equivalent to throwing another tree trunk into the fire.
Daydream about spring
DedCool “Fragrance 05 ‘Spring'”
DedCool offers everything that defines an LA-based fragrance brand: It only conjures up gender-neutral, vegan, non-toxic fragrances with natural ingredients. Ironically, my favorite in winter is called “spring”. But that’s actually appropriate because it reminds the wearer of brighter days, but has the necessary top and base notes of an excellent winter fragrance: bergamot and cardamom are your first impression, while moss, patchouli) and vetiver stay with you hours later. The heart is rounded off by a spring-like buoyancy thanks to geranium and lavender with a hint of frankincense, which reminds you that this is constantly working.
10 more winter fragrances that we love
Etat Libre d’Orange “Leave the King”
This one is soapy, which always feels silly when describing a scent, but it’s oh so fresh, and Exit the King combines this with a mental warming of patchouli and oakmoss.
Hugo Boss “Boss Bottled”
Boss Bottled is a long-standing staple of the Boss fragrance family and consists of blends of crispy apple, cinnamon, mahogany, vetiver, cedar, sandalwood and vanilla. It’s a great contender for perennial clothing, but you’ll likely want to keep it for October through April as it’s warming and moving.
Krigler “Abrakaadabra 221”
This is a highly concentrated perfume oil blend (well above the strong eau de parfums on this list) that has been conjured up to inspire hope and healing at a time we need most. It conjures up bergamot, aldehydes, Indian pepper, sandalwood, vanilla, tonka beans and musk for a powerful and positive projection – both literally and figuratively.
Allsaints Leather Skies Eau de Parfum ($ 79, 30% off)
This of our favorite leather fragrances combines the polite hero note with sandalwood, pepper and incense. This heavenly mixture envelops the wearer like one of the brand’s own cowhide jackets.
Gucci “Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme”
Look, I don’t understand the nomenclature either, but I think it’s fun to say “Gucci Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme”. And GGBGPH is just as fun, with its cypress-tobacco swarm you’d think would pull you deep into the winter scent realm. (It is one of the best tobacco scents, one should note.) It wears well in the darkest, coziest days of the year, but also from September to May, without feeling “too heavy” in autumn and spring.
Diptyque Tempo Eau de Parfum
Tempo is the perfect run for patchouli – an ingredient that, despite its outdated reputation, definitely shouldn’t be scared of. It’s earthy and woody at the same time, with lighter notes of purple leaf to improve things.
Hermès Terre D’Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver
With a simple twist on Terre D’Hermès – the embellishment of vetiver and Sichuan pepper – Hermès has blessed us with Eau Intense Vétiver, one of the freshest product launches in 2018. If you’re a fan of the brand’s classic fragrance, get less Notice orange notes in favor of the pronounced woody and subtly spicy notes. But there is no lack of citrus notes; It’s just a wintry version of the original.
Byredo Eleventh hour
Cashmere wood and tonka beans anchor Byredo’s latest version, which opens with crispy bergamot and Sichuan pepper. The centerpiece is a strange combination of carrot seeds, rum, and figs. It all adds up to a flavorful and woody potpourri (in a good way) with an off-hours atmosphere.
Louis Vuitton Orage
Orage, which means “thunderstorm”, is a complicated mix of patchouli, vetiver, fresh iris, musky ambrette and crispy bergamot. If you are looking for a premium signature fragrance in the market – and one that no one in your office is likely to have (or are lucky enough to have) – then this is your choice.
The Tonka Lab 25
“Warm skin and resinous wood” is how Le Labo describes this, and while that reads a bit like a bad slogan for a shopping bag, it’s 100% accurate for the fragrance. Also, if you’re averse to vanilla, don’t be shy: the sweet tonka beans are balanced by musk, wood, and a dash of orange blossom. In a field with excellent fragrances in Le Labo, Tonka 25 can hold its own against heavyweights like Santal 33 and Bergamote 22.
DS & Durga Amber Teutonic
Amber Teutonic is as tailor-made for the season as possible: it combines notes of cedar, cones, larch, resin, pine and musk in a large wintry wallop. This isn’t one that you’ll likely wear all year round unless you migrate backwards every summer. But it will warm the spirits of everyone around you – an olfactory whiskey, if you will.
The best leather colognes for fall
They are warm and cozy – just the thing when the days are getting shorter.