The holiday season is one of relaxation, celebration and cheer, and we usually turn to deeper, muskier or sweeter scents, often because we can get away with a heavier perfume in the winter.
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Scent memory is one of the most powerful, and the fragrances we wear at certain times of the year can create long term memories or induce specific feelings. These are our five fragrance picks and the specific moments in December that we associate them with:
This will make you smell “warm”: Malin+Goetz “Leather” Perfume Oil
This isn’t a “brand new” leather scent—this is your favourite leather handbag that’s soft from constant wear and looks especially good this month with boots and a coat. It’s a comforting fragrance that works for both day and night, and as the oil melts into your skin, the scent continues to develop, and you get hints of sandalwood and pepper among the warm leather.
If love smelling like baked goods: Serge Lutens “La Proie Pour L’Ombre”
The latest fragrance from Serge Lutens is La Proie Pour L’Ombre, a sweet yet complex scent that reminds us of all things baked and delicious including panettone, cinnamon buns and sugar cookies.
The vanilla notes in this perfume are strong, but there’s a spicy edge to it with plenty of liquorice. One spritz of this is enough to make you smell like a fresh basket of Christmas treats.
What to wear to the holiday party: Musicology “Close to Midnight”
For a party with your besties or extended circle, Close of Midnight is the fragrance that will get you feeling festive. Musky, floral and moody, it’s perfect for candlelit conversations or having a boogie on the makeshift dancefloor.
The tonka bean notes soften the edges of this sophisticated scent and add a little sweetness, much like how fresh oranges in the mulled wine you’re likely to be drinking bring an overall element of brightness.