Spring and summer scents are more fresh, floral, and fruity. As the weather drops, you’re gonna wanna swap in some wood and spice and shit like that. These cold-weather fragrances will warm you up—not literally but in a placebo kind of way. Same with anyone you might encounter. Look for ingredients like cedar, vetiver, amber, cinnamon, incense, and leather.
Arquiste Parfumeur Nanban
This is my signature scent. I wear it all the time. And let me tell you: I’ve never worn something that has gotten so many compliment—no sunglasses, no sneakers, no full-body rubber suit. People actually turn their heads and ask me what I’m wearing. Arquiste’s masterpiece introduces itself with Malabar black pepper and Persian saffron, gives way to coffee, sandalwood, myrrh, and Spanish leather, and embraces you all day with a blanket of frankincense, balsam, and cade juniper. No embellishment there: Nanban is liquid gold.
Histoires de Parfums 1828
This one from Histories de Parfums is an ode to sci-fi writer and world traveler Jules Verne, whose stories were inspired by the smells, sights, and sounds of far-off places (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth…) First you get bright, citrusy top notes like grapefruit and tangerine, with eucalyptus stowing away for a sanguine sendoff to the spicy heart notes. Indonesian nutmeg and Madagascar black pepper turn up the heat—and anchor this as a winter favorite—then finish off with cedar, incense, vetiver, and pine.
Acqua di Parma Colonia Pura
Colonia Pura from Acqua di Parma is like a cup of coffee in the morning, warming the body and jumpstarting the senses. Its olfactive optimism: Bergamot and orange give a citrusy kick, while narcissus, jasmine, and coriander add warmth and spice to the heart notes. Burning longest and strongest are patchouli, cedar, and musk, the fragrant equivalent to throwing another log on the fire. You’ll want this energetic scent to linger all day.
DedCool Fragrance 05 “Spring”
DedCool has all the makings of an LA-based fragrance brand: It only conjures gender-neutral, vegan, non-toxic, natural-ingredient fragrances, and its founder Carina Chaz, 22, is the one of the coolest dude on Earth. My favorite of the bunch for winter is ironically called “Spring”. And it’s aptly named, because it reminds the wearer of brighter days ahead, but has the requisite top and base notes of a stellar winter scent: Bergamot and cardamom are your first impression, while moss, patchouli, and vetiver stick with you hours after application. Rounding out the heart is a spring-like buoyancy thanks to geranium and lavender, with a touch of incense to remind you that this one works perennially.