Isn’t it wonderful to have a fragrance you can put on during December that gives you that warm, Christmassy feeling? But nobody wants to smell like mulled wine or that dodgy tree decoration with the cloves that keep falling out…
Instead you need something seasonal without being cliché – festive without being too ‘novelty earrings’, if you know what I mean. So how do you find your perfect wintery scent? Well, a lot of it is personal choice, but in case you haven’t found yours yet, here are the five that I’ll be spritzing on this month.
First up is Clinique’s Aromatics Elixir. It’s currently available in a limited edition 100ml bottle with a gorgeous floral design on the glass (£64). Way ahead of its time, this has been a favourite winter scent for me for years and years: the jasmine and ylang ylang give it a wonderful depth.
The makeup artist Mary Greenwell has recently launched some fragrances, one of which is Plum (£60), which I am a little obsessed with. It has become a staple autumn perfume for me and I will be wearing it over Christmas, too. I love how the floral notes are offset by the sandalwood, oakmoss, patchouli, making it a perfect sexy party scent.
A while back I tried a body lotion from luxe brand Connock London and just fell in love with the smell of it, even saying, I wish they would bottle this scent. Well they did. And the result is Kukui Eau de Parfum (£75), a fabulous exotic ‘floriental’ scent, with sandalwood, vetiver, and white amber. I am truly addicted to this – and never have I had so many people comment on my perfume. Wonderful.
Another favourite is Liz Earle’s Botanical Essence No. 15 (£47). I would say this is my winter ‘day’ perfume – it has a spicy edge, thanks to pink pepper, cinnamon and bergamot but it’s light enough not to be overpowering at the school nativity play. Love the bottle too.
And finally, from Jo Malone’s new venture, Jo Loves, is Pink Vetiver (£95). Jo was inspired by ‘the spice market in Grasse, a tucked-away hotel in Florence and my father’s crisp white shirts’. Insanely classy, this takes vetiver and adds peppercorns, cardamom, nutmeg and ginger for some serious seasonal spiciness.