Monday, 20 January 2014

Warm Winter Fragrances



Christmas 2013 was definitely the year of the perfume. I received three of the above fragrances as presents this year and also another one which is more of a Spring/Summer option which is why it is not featured.

My all time favourite perfume has to be Hugo Deep Red and I have been wearing it since my late teenage years (about the time I met my husband so it's his favourite too). The top notes are clementine, blackberry, orange manderain and pear. The heart notes are tuberose, freesia, ginger, hibiscus and the base notes are sandalwood, cedar, musk and vanilla.

Until this year I just hadn't been able to find a perfume I liked as much but I have now realised that my favourite fragrances are definitely dark winter scents and since I have been trying some I have fallen in love with many!


Ghost Deep Night is one of my most worn perfumes of 2013. As soon as the weather turned a little colder I started reaching for this one on a daily basis. I love Ghost perfumes as I think they smell gorgeous and are really affordable. As they are eau de toilettes, they don't last as long on the skin as some of the more expensive perfumes, but for everyday wear I don't mind. The top notes are Indian rose and belle de nuit, the middle notes are white woods, apricot and peach while the base notes are vanilla and amber musks. The mixture of vanilla, the fruity scents and the amber musks combine to make a gorgeous warm and cosy scent.

The first fragrance I got for Christmas was the Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDT which I tried a few months ago based on the recommendation of Adrienne at The Sunday Girl (link - a fantastic blog which always keeps me up to date on the latest beauty releases!) Like she says in her review, "the first time you smell it you will fall head over heels for its musky yet seductive notes". I couldn't have put it better myself! What surprised me most about this fragrance was that, although it is an eau de toilette, it has the intensity and lasting power of an eau de parfum. The top notes are floral and honey, the heart notes are amber light and the base notes are tactile woods. I just can't get enough of this one!

The second fragrance I got for Christmas was Alien by Thierry Mugler from my dad. Now this one is intense! You only need 1 or 2 sprays or it can be way too overpowering. A customer at work was wearing this one the other day and had obviously used too much as I could smell it from across the room. When you wear the appropriate amount it is an absolutely gorgeous warm and luxurious scent! Another amber based musky woody scent, but with a top note of jasmine. Another great thing about this perfume is that the bottle I have is re-fillable, you can take it to one of the designated perfume counters and have your bottle re-filled for a fraction of the price of re-purchasing a new bottle (approximately £25 to refill a 30ml bottle which would normally cost over £40).  

The third fragrance I got for Christmas was Ghost Moonlight, one of their latest releases. Again as an eau de toilette this fragrance is not as strong so I like to wear this when I fancy a slightly subtler fragrance than Alien or Narciso Rodriguez For Her. Described as a floral oriental fragrance the top notes are ginger and cantaloupe, the heart notes are orange blossom, pink peony and lily of the valley and the base notes are white chocolate, amber and sandalwood. Although this can definitely be classed as a writer fragrance the fruity notes make it very versatile and it could be worn all year round.

The only problem I have now is just far too much choice in the morning, but if that's one of my biggest problems I am a very lucky girl!

What are your favourite winter fragrances? Let me know by commenting below...

(Perfume scent information found at www.thefragranceshop.co.uk and www.theperfumeshop.com).

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