Best Winter Perfume

The Best Winter Fragrances of 2017

Rich, warming scents always spring to mind when thinking of staple winter fragrances. After the spicy, gingery notes that saw us through autumn, winter’s well underway with lighter, more uplifting notes rounded out with something more full-bodied; think bergamot, neroli and jasmine, linked with dark vanilla, toffee, suede accord, and cocoa. The best winter fragrances of 2017 consist of some classic favourites, with plenty of new and exciting additions. But first, make sure you check out the Marie Claire Perfume Directory, a one-stop-shop for everything perfume related. Getting hitched this season? Take a look at our ultimate wedding day perfumes to help make at least one decision a little bit easier.

2017 brings us debut fragrances from Charlotte Tilbury and Tiffany, plus delicate offerings from niche fragrance houses like Floraïku and a psychological journey from the likes of Bella Freud. Perfume heavyweights such as Jo Malone, Byredo and Tom Ford lead the way in the ultimate unisex scents for the cold season, while old favourites like Aerin, Carven and Serge Lutens keep theirs classic, sophisticated and ever timeless. We’ve already rounded up the best perfumes for women, but thanks to the all-inclusive trend, many brands are offering unisex fragrances designed to work on absolutely everyone, meaning you might want to keep your bottle of Stash away from pesky partners…

The Marie Claire Perfume Directory


As always, look for notes that captivate you to find your ultimate winter fragrance. If you’re attracted to flower scents like jasmine, rose, or geranium, then look for floral-based perfumes like Charlotte Tilbury’s debut scent. Can’t get enough of sandalwood or cedar? Opt for woody scents like Bella Freud’s Psychoanalysis. Spices, vanilla and amber give any fragrance some full-bodied depth, and give a touch of warmth that’ll escort you far far away from the dreary British December. If you’re lucky enough to be travelling this season, then our pick of the best fragrance travel kits is definitely worth a look.

Delve into the heart of winter with our edit of the ultimate warming fragrances.

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