Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Winter Scents

O beautiful winters. Of cornflower blue skies and inky long, silent nights. Of  creamy hot soups that soothes the soul, and snuggling up in front of a roaring fire. An ode to wintertime is: Soft fluffy duvets and long hot baths. Colorful mittens and snugly wool scarves. Listening to whistling wind, and waking up to soft fluffy snow.
Now is the time when you can get away with the sweetest and heaviest of perfumes. Warm, spicy vanilla laden fragrances, that in any other season you would feel a bit cautious to wear.

IIn the spirit of this beautiful season, I would like to share some of my favorite (winter appropriate if there is such a thing! mainstream perfumes. These are easily available worldwide at different price rates. You might like to buy one for yourself, as a gift, or most importantly, tell someone special that you reaallllly want it :) (hint! hint! Valentine's day is near)
Below is an example of a few notes that you should keep in mind for a winter purchase. There are no hard and fast rules, it's all commonsense really.
Some notes to Look out for: Amber, Vanilla, warm woods, nuts, spices, warm musks, Creamy citruses
Notes to avoid during colder months: Fresh Citruses, aquatic notes, tropical fruits or accords that remind you of summer like cucumber,watermelon etc

Versace Crystal Noir
A spicy warm coconut with woods and Amber
PERFUME NOTES: Ginger, Cardamom, Pepper, Gardenia, Peoney, African Orange Flower,Sandalwood, Amber and Musk.

L`Or de Torrente Torrente for women

A coffee lovers dream come true! This is a beautiful perfume with hints of rose, coffee and woods.
PERFUME NOTES: Magnolia, Litchi, Blackcurrant, Kiwi, Mandarin Orange, Iris, Coffee, Cedar, Angelica, Rose, Vanilla, Cappuccino, Precious Woods and White Amber.

This has to be the best thing to wake up to...

Dior Hypnotic Poison
If you like the scent of marzipan or bitter almonds mixed with vanilla, this perfume is for you. My personal favorite.
PERFUME NOTES: Allspice, Plum, Apricot, Coconut, Tuberose, Jasmine, Lily of the valley, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Almond and Vanilla.

Armani Code For Women
Spicy honey laden bitter oranges with a touch of white flowers. Modern yet sensual.
PERFUME NOTES: Jasmine, Bitter Orange, Italian Orange, Honey, Orange Blossom and Vanilla.

The One by D&G
A warm Oriental Floral, with the golden sweetness of peaches and vanilla. Smells divine in colder months,
PERFUME NOTES: Litchi, Mandarin orange, Peach, Bergamot, Lily, Plum, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Amber, Musk, Vanilla And Vetiver.

Harajuku Lovers Jingle G

Decked out in a festive red and white suit, Jingle G is a warm and comforting fruity oriental with soft vanilla and woods.

PERFUME NOTES: Gardenia, Tangerine, Starfruit, Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Orange Flower, Vanilla, Cedar and Lace Benzoin Tears.

Hermes Elixir des Merveilles

A spicy woody scent with hints of caramel, chocolate covered orange peel, balsam and resins. You can read my review on it HERE
PERFUME NOTES: Peru Balsam, Vanilla Sugar, Tonka Bean, Caramel, Amber, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Incense, Orange Peel, Creamy Milk, Oak And Ambergris.

A warm Oriental Vanilla with notes of almonds and fruits. Cozy and comforting. Perfect for days when you're craving warm rich desserts.
PERFUME NOTES: Pear, Apricot, Red berries, Gardenia, Jasmine, Almond, Caramel, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Amber.

A sophisticated woody amber for chilly provocative nights.Velvety soft and musky.
PERFUME NOTES: Amalfi Lemon, Citruses, Patchouli, Rose, Opoponax, Amber And Vanilla

A powdery sweet floral with hints of honey and vanilla.
PERFUMENOTES: Bergamot, Red Apple, Mandarin Orange, Jasmine, Iris, Ylang Ylang, Magnolia, Musk, Benzoin, White Honey and Vanilla.

A powdery oriental with sensual spices and frankincense.
PERFUME NOTES: Patchouli, Mandarin Orange, Bergamot, Peach, Iris, Pink Pepper, Jasmine, Labdunim, Turkish Rose, Bulgarian Rose, Pink Pepper, Sandalwood, Spices, Lavender, Vetiver And Vanilla.

A classic for Guerlain fans. A Sensual, sophisticated, woodsy fragrance to brighten up cold gloomy days. A MUST for sandalwood lovers.
PERFUME NOTES:Peach, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Green Notes, Bergamot, Rose, Iris, Jasmine, Violet, Orris Root, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Amber, Vanilla And Musk.

And on my wish list.......
If this picture could be translated into a perfume

then this would be it...

This perfume was a limited edition and is almost impossible to find now. It was launched in 2005, Top note is fir; middle notes are pine and resin; base notes are opoponax, vanille and sugar.
Sigh! This perfume would be my dream perfume for winters. It's like a walk in the forest with snow covered treetops surrounded by pines and resins.
Image courtesy:Pinterest, google and weheartit

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of the perfumes mentioned, and how you liked them?
What are your favorite winter scents?


Su said...

Some really awesome perfumes! I love Hypnotic poison, Hermes Elixir des Merveilles and Fancy! Anything with vanilla is just perfect for winter :)

Anonymous said...

great post! i have the armani code and D&G the one as well ;-)
i will miss the winter

Namita said...

Hie :)

I have tried the Versace one and it was out of this world..
I love winters like anything,,,
I stared at the pics like anything ,,especially the one with the snow covered trees,,the eerie silence it has made me hooked..
I love going to such places whenever I get a chance and prefer taking a walk alone in the woods :) kind of scary at times but soooo beautiful and peaceful :)


Cheeky Chic said...

Great !! winters with fragrances is as refreshing as i can think. I wish I was more in to them to try each of them....:) Lovely winter imagery

ZatZ said...

ur posts r deadly dangerous :P

nayabloves said...

I always love your picture selection. I was out the other day and came across these non-alcoholic perfumes. What is your opinion of those? They had quite a variety from Burberry to Chanel to J Lo and everything.

Neha said...

Wow...now that inspires me to get some wintry perfume for myself. Great post and tempting too :)

Anonymous said...

now i am so tempted to purchase a new perfume... eyecandies! LOVE your posts as always =) mmuaahh!

Sara.H said...

God I am so tempted :) GREAT POST girl <3

TheMadTwins said...

I love winter so much when I see these pictures! Pity we didn't had snow this year.

Pandora`s Box said...

@Su: Great picks. Hypnotic poison was made for this season I believe :)

@CottonCandyInk: Both of those are a treat. Very well composed.

@Namita: I know exactly what you mean. It's so quiet and peaceful at this time of the year. Some people hate it. I actually feel sorry for people who live in places where weather remains the same throughout the year, and they never get to experience the magic of changing seasons.

@Cheeky Cheek:Yes you're right. It's the perfect time to layer on fragrances and not have people shrink back in horror

@Zatz:lol. I should post a warning sign at the top ;)

@Nayabloves: Are you talking about perfume oils? They come in replica scents of all the major perfumes sans alcohol. Those are really good. Don't smell exactly like their namesake, but quite good. and lasts a loooong time on the skin.Just remember to apply it on you pulse points and not your clothes, as they sometimes tend to leave oily marks on fabrics.

@Neha: Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you liked my lil post.

@Diane: Thank you hon :)

@Sara.H: Thank you hon. Take your pick ;)

@TheMadTwins:Aww! That's sad. A lot of places haven't had snow this year. Climatic changes :(

PurpleMist. said...

Lovely post :D
I love everything about winter <3

AndréiaFSalim said...

Thank you for your sweet comment !!!;)

Beautiful pictures !!!:)
A big kiss from Brazil !;):):)

Tia said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog, I am now following you... ps. The one is lush! :)

Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

Gorgeous winter collection of photos! Some of them are just so stunning.

<3 Marina

Ibn Hanif said...

I loved the ragrant intro of the perfume and also the wonderful photos of winter.

I visit the "Tasty Tales" as well but no tale so far :)

Best Wishes.

Ibn Hanif said...

The word "ragrant" was actually "fragrant".

Best Wishes

Jayme and Mendi said...

Love all these pics! They look so cozy...especially the thick socks & the sweater wrap for the coffee mug!! I don't actually have ANY of the perfumes you listed. MUST change that. ;)

Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Venus Loves Virgo said...

Great picks! I love the photos you used too.
Have fun in Naples. I might be going to Italy but still not sure. XOXO

Aarthi said...

That is a great compilation and very useful for me :) thanks PB.

rachelizabeth said...

this post made me miss winter already! lovely pictures and some gorgeous scents x

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