Here are the 10 best French winter perfumes that are worth a spot on your vanity! Winter is the time of the year when we are all looking for cozy, pleasant, and welcoming scents that will make us feel warm on these chilly days.
For the winter season, think of enveloping and protective perfumes with deep, racy, sensual, and even oriental notes. Also, consider opting for ouds such as warm, deep woody scents with a present trail, and intense white flower fragrances, such as tuberose. The cooler and longer evenings are also a great time to experiment with more opulent, ouds, leathery or spicy scents that can feel stifling at other times of the year.
To help you make the decision of which scent to wear this season, I’ve rounded up the best winter perfumes that will make you feel warm and cozy. Keep scrolling to find your new signature scent for the winter season.
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1. Ambre Narguile Hermès
Hermès Ambre Narguile is a warm and sensual fragrance for women and men launched in 2004 and created by French perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena. This fragrance is absolutely fabulous, it’s a blend of honey and amber with a swirl of the Orient. Shop Hermès Ambre Narguile here.
Notes are Cinnamon, Honey, Rum, Caramel, Tonka bean, Vanilla, Benzoin, Coumarin, Labdanum, Tobacco, Sesame, Musk, and White orchid.
2. Bruma Trudon
Bruma (meaning “solstice” in Latin) by Trudon is a woody and aromatic Eau de Parfum for women and men. I absolutely love this powdery and very enveloping perfume which is perfect for the winter season! Shop Bruma by Trudon here.
The top notes are Galbanum, Black Pepper, and Lavender; the middle notes are Iris Flower, Violet, Peony, and Jasmine; the base notes are Vetiver, Tonka Bean, and Labdanum.
3. Tempo Diptyque
Tempo by Diptyque is an aromatic spicy fragrance for women and men launched in 2018 and created by Olivier Pescheux. If you love the scent of patchouli, you’ll love this elegant, woody, enveloping, and earthy perfume! Notes are Patchouli, Mate, Clary Sage, Pink Pepper, Violet Leaf, and Bergamot. Shop Diptyque Tempo Eau de Parfum here.
4. Misia Chanel
I absolutely love this beautiful amber floral fragrance for women created by Olivier Polge! This very feminine scent called Misia is named after Misia Sert nicknamed “The Queen of Paris”, a good friend of Coco Chanel and a pianist of artistic origin who owned a salon in Paris and was a muse for many artists of that period.
This fragrance draws inspiration from the excitement of opera dressing rooms, with their bouquets of flowers, delicate powder boxes, and lipsticks. An accord of rose, violet, and iris is warmed with benzoin and tonka bean. Shop Chanel Misia Eau de Parfum here.
5. Eau Capitale Diptyque
Eau Capitale by Diptyque is one of my favorite fragrances for a soirée (perfect for any upcoming Holiday party)! This chypre floral perfume for women was launched in 2019 and created by Olivier Pescheux.
I do think this scent epitomizes perfectly the Parisian soirées, a very vintage kind of scent that a Parisian lady could have worn in the Roaring Twenties. The top notes are Pink Pepper and Bergamot; the middle note is Rose; the base note is Patchouli. Shop Diptyque Eau Capitale here.
6. Santal 33 Le Labo
Santal 33 by Le Labo is a woody aromatic fragrance for women and men. This fragrance was created in 2011 by Frank Voelkl. Let yourself be carried away by notes of Cardamom Iris, Violet, and Ambroxan, combined with Australian Sandalwood, Papyrus, and Cedarwood. As a finishing touch, accords of Leather, Musk, and spices make their way into the experience. Shop La Labo Santal 33 here.
7. L’Eau d’Hiver Frederic Malle
L’Eau d’Hiver is a floral woody musk fragrance for women launched in 2003 and created by Jean-Claude Ellena. This warm and comforting fragrance combines the transparency of zests and hedione with the softness of white heliotrope, iris, and honey. It’s a truly fabulous scent for winter, it’s the kind of scent to wrap yourself in when you’re in need of olfactory solace. Shop Frederic Malle L’Eau d’Hiver here.
8. Santal Majuscule Serge Lutens
Santal Majuscule by Serge Lutens is an amber woody fragrance for women and men launched in 2012. Notes are Sandalwood, Turkish Rose, and Cacao. This rich, warm and sensual scent transports the senses on an olfactory journey. Shop Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule here.
9. L’Âme Perdue Le Galion
L’Âme Perdue is just my favorite perfume for the winter season! This fragrance is inspired by one of Paul Vacher’s first creations for Lanvin in 1928. Named Lost Soul, it is said to have been composed in memory of a lost love. In 2018, Rodrigo Flores-Roux, inspired by that scent, created this opulent vanilla chypre score. Shop Le Galion L’Âme Perdue here.
The top notes are Sicilian green mandarin, Cardamom, Coriander seeds, White pepper, and Datura; the heart notes are Jasmine, Bulgarian rose, Broom, Ylang-ylang, Lily, Clove, Cinnamon, and Plum; the base notes are Vanilla, Patchouli, Amber, Benzoin, Peru balsam, Honey, and Oakmoss.
10. Coromandel Chanel
I absolutely love this gorgeous amber woody fragrance for women and men by Chanel. Coromandel is a powerful and rich woody oriental fragrance made of notes of frankincense, benzoin, patchouli, and amber, and is inspired by the exquisite Chinese lacquer screens that lined Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartments.
Warm, inviting, and cozy, this fragrance combines notes of neroli, white chocolate, jasmine, and olibanum to create a luxurious and complex aroma. It’s just the perfect scent for the winter season! Shop Chanel Coromandel Eau de Parfum here.
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