Although the holiday period has been and gone, the cold winter season remains with us for a while yet. You may have switched up your fragrance to something festively sweet and spicy over Christmas, but now it is time to consider a winter fragrance. The two certainly crossover in their weight and warmth, but a winter fragrance calls for perfume notes that are a little more sophisticated, mysterious and perhaps with some freshness in the gear up to Spring. Follow our guide to better understand what defines a winter fragrance, as well as picks of the best winter fragrances for 2022.
What is winter fragrance?
A good place to start is to think, what does winter smell like? Picture a walk in a frosty woodland; smells of the earth, woods and plant life, and then enter a cozy interior warmed by a crackling fire. These earthy, woody, smoky scents work extremely well as fragrance notes in winter, echoing the environment and providing warmth and comfort. Sometimes a heavy base combined with fresher notes are desirable to welcome the fresh start of the year and oncoming spring.
How to choose a winter perfume
Fragrances with rich, heavy notes are the most effective in winter in order to make an impact and last on your skin in the cool conditions. When choosing a good winter perfume, look for woody notes such as Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Agarwood, earthy notes of Patchouli and Vetiver, or sweet, fruity, spicy notes including vanilla, berries and ginger. Post the holiday season, a rich base combined with fresh, citrusy top notes work well in creating new year freshness, and makes it wearable up until Spring.
How to wear perfume in winter
As skin tends to be drier in winter, more attention needs to be given to keep it moisturised and well prepared to take the fragrance. The best time to spritz your winter perfume is after a bath or shower, as your pores are open and ready to lock in the scent. To help it further, apply moisturiser, lotions and face and body oil, before applying the fragrance. You could opt for fragrance oil over perfume; our Moisturising Bath & Body Oils work very effectively as a perfume when applied directly to moistened skin. You may want to wear both a winter day fragrance and a winter nights fragrance, by choosing a scent with fresher top notes for the day and sensual, intensive notes for the night.
The Best Winter Fragrances from Czech & Speake
This winter, we’ve fine tuned the Czech & Speake perfume collection, including new additions, to a selection of our top winter fragrances for 2022, considering all people and occasions.
Winter fragrances for men
Discover our fragrance picks for winter with masculine notes.
Perfecto Fino Eau de Parfum 50ml
Perfecto Fino was the latest fragrance to join the Czech & Speake range, and it arrived with a bang. Its scent is rich, complex and wonderfully smoky with distinctive notes of leather, charred caramelized bark, labdanum, tobacco, sandalwood, patchouli and amber – all in its base. It is spiced up with cinnamon and clove in its heart and bright notes of grass, lemon and bergamot to finish. This intensive fragrance is undoubtedly masculine with a strength that is ideal for winter. The release of the smaller 50ml size is a popular choice, as only a few spritzes are needed for long-lasting scent.
Year after year, the most popular perfume is No.88. Although worn by both men and women, our classic No.88 cologne, with rich and warm woody notes, is always a favourite for men in winter. With earthy vetiver and creamy sandalwood in the base, No.88 has a unique floral heart of geranium, rose otto, cassie and frangipani, with a zest of fresh but woody bergamot in the top note.
Winter perfumes for women
Discover our fragrance picks for winter with feminine notes.
Dark Rose Eau de Parfum 100ml
Rose is iconic in perfumery and always amongst the most popular perfumes for her, but the delicate nature isn’t greatly suitable for winter. However, our Dark Rose Eau de Parfum is a rich and mysterious interpretation of the rose, combining the precious Rose of Taif with powerful and spicy saffron, on a bed of Oudh, musk and Cedarwood. A delicious spicy-woodsy melange of fragrance with incredible depth.
Frankincense & Myrrh Cologne 100ml
An exotic scent rich with a blend of herbs, spices and woods. Frankincense & Myrrh Cologne Spray is a great winter fragrance for ladies. Citrussy-spicy Frankincense sits alongside Cedarwood, Sandalwood and lavender in a base that gives the fragrance weight, while soothing middle notes of chamomile, myrrh and Pimento Leaf are topped with a burst of citrus, sage and basil, giving a lighter edge to the perfume.
Winter Unisex Fragrance: Vétiver Vert Eau de Parfum 50ml
Our take on a classic masculine fragrance that is traditionally spicy, has been refreshed with a citrussy, sweet mandarin top note, which as a result has made this scent a sophisticated choice for any gender. With a distinctive green aroma from the vetiver plant, Vétiver Vert is usually a popular choice in spring, but now, our new, stronger Eau de Parfum version brings out the sandalwood and gives the scent even more richness and warmth. Perfect for winter.
Winter day fragrance: Cuba Eau de Parfum 50ml
If you crave the summer during the long winter months, our Cuba Eau de Parfum brings the warmth and sultry mood of the summertime, but with long-wearing woody base notes of tobacco, frankincense, cedarwood and vetiver. The bright, zingy top notes of peppermint, lime bergamot and rum uplift the heavy base to make it refreshing and versatile to wear in the day. Even more perfect on a sunny winter day.
Winter Night Fragrance: No.88 Eau de Parfum 200ml
To accompany your stylish winter evening attire, you can’t go wrong with No.88, and our stronger Eau de Parfum version is darker and incredibly compelling. The earthiness of the vetiver and sandalwood mingles with the warm and sensual geranium and rose, with a fantastic burst of bergamot to complete the scent. Our signature No.88 evokes sophistication, mystery and excitement, creating a flawless fragrance for winter nights.