5 Perfumes for a Cold Spell

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Winter is…well, you know. And although I look nothing like Sansa Stark when I stand at the corner waiting for my bus in the morning, at least I can take comfort in the fact that I smell good. (Not to mention that I’m wearing a damn hat. What is it with the complete lack of warm head-gear in Game of Thrones?)

Here are five perfumes that I can recommend for embracing winter in all its frosty glory.


CB I Hate Perfume Winter 1972: an old favorite from Christopher Brosius, the independent perfumer whose work opened my eyes to the possibilities of scent way back in the 90s. “A field of untouched new fallen snow, hand knit woolen mittens covered with frost, a hint of frozen forest & sleeping earth.”



Dasein Winter Nights: I reviewed this annual limited edition on Now Smell This last year. It’s like a walk in the winter woods, with “notes of coastal forest, driftwood bonfire, cardamom tea, lavender flowers and wild musk.” This makes winter sound/smell pretty darn good, right?



Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Snow White: BPAL offers this minty-icy holiday scent every year, but this year I forgot to order more. Darn. Well, there’s always next time around! I also covet its companion fragrance, Rose Red. They’re refreshingly non-Disneyesque.


Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle L’Eau d’Hiver: One of Jean-Claude Ellena’s best: “A warm cloud of iris, hawthorn and heliotrope pervades a transparent sea of bergamot and hedione to make a paradoxical ‘eau chaude’; a subtle, intimate expression of personal comfort.” Basically, a hard-to-define fragrance that’s ideal for those in-between days when you don’t know whether winter is coming or going.



Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Winter White: No, it’s definitely still winter. It’s literally below freezing and I’m just going to wrap myself up in a fuzzy blanket on the couch and eat candy. I’ll be wearing this DSH fragrance, “a soft white musk gourmand with a delicately fruity white rose heart as well as vanillic white chocolate and sandalwood.”

See you in April!

Just kidding.



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