When it comes to winter perfume, you have two choices.
You can either go for something floral, light and summery or something more wintery- with a hint of musk or woody notes. So your choice is between hanging desperately on to summer, or embracing the beauty of and elegance of winter.
Fragrance is described as being made up of three layers of notes- the top notes, the middle notes and the base notes. When smelling a perfume, the top notes will appear first, then the middle, and then when they have faded the base notes will remain.
- The top notes are the most important when trying to sell a perfume as they evaporate quickly and are therefore perceived first. They are also called the head notes.
- The middle notes appear just before the top notes begin to disappear. They mask the base notes, which can be unpleasant on first perception but become more palatable over time. They are sometimes called the heart notes.
- The base and the middle notes make up the main theme of the perfume, and don’t appear until thirty minutes after the application of the perfume.
The Fragrance Wheel
The different notes that make up the head, heart and base notes are also classified into different types of scents. Mostly used in retail, the fragrance wheel is the most popular way to do this.
The four main categories that you may have already heard of are floral, oriental, woody and fresh notes.
Floral notes include:
- Singular flowers, such as rose or lavender
- Floral bouquet, which is a combination of different flowers
Oriental notes include:
- Scents that connote the Victorian idea of the oriental
- Ambergris (secreted by the sperm whale- no harm comes to the whale in its extraction)
- Resin, such as Labdanum which has a dry musk scent
Woody notes include:
Fresh notes include:
- Citrus scents
- Cucumber type scents
- Fruity scents, such as cassis, mango, peach etc
Good Notes for Winter
Go for a scent that reminds you of winter- not the bleak, cold, dark of winter, but something that connotes getting warm by the fire after a brisk walk or the spice of mulled wine.
You want decadence, opulence and sensuality. Strong woody and oriental notes are good for your winter perfume as they compliment the weather, but if there’s something floral or fresh in top or middle notes it can lift the fragrance, adding depth and interest to your scent.
Classic perfumes are always good to go for, such as Marilyn’s favourite Chanel No. 5, Lacoste, Shalimar, Angel or Calvin Klein’s Eternity.
However, if you want something modern, new and sexy, then Tom Ford perfumes use rare ingredients that give them an ultra exclusive vibe. They are unisex, making you feel mysterious and alluring, whatever gender you are. Celebrity perfumes are also popular, if you’re looking for something that will save your pennies.