Best Winter Perfumes For Women 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

Many perfume aficionados would tell you that the secret to being at the top of your perfume game lies in wearing the appropriate perfume for the season.  

Let’s be honest—you wouldn’t want to smell like a beach party in the blistering cold winter months now, would you?

Don’t make the rookie mistake of confusing a holiday fragrance to a winter perfume.

Winter perfumes do tend to take inspiration from holiday fragrances, often producing smells that can remind you of fireplaces, fresh cookies, and cinnamon, but winter perfumes offer a more dark and mysterious twist, opting to augment the chilly, cold vibes that are usually associated with winter.

Plus, unlike holiday fragrances, winter perfumes must support you till the initial days of spring.  

For a winter perfume to be deemed a winner, it must be sensual and warm. The projection, sillage, and lasting performance of the fragrance must also be enough to linger on your favorite cardigan for extended periods.

Let me present to you some of the best winter perfumes women are sure to love. Continue reading to find out more about the best winter fragrances!

At A Glance: Our Top Picks for Best Winter Perfumes For Women

If you’re in a hurry, you can jump straight into our top picks (these are the winter perfumes for women that most people buy).

  • Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau De Parfum Spray Top Pick
  • Goutal Nuit Et Confidences Eau De Parfum Runner-up
  • Lancôme La Nuit Tresor Eau De Toilette Runner-up

Top 7 Best Winter Perfumes For Women – Our Reviews:

1. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau De Parfum Spray

Saint Laurent‘s Black Opium Eau De Parfum Spray is an excellent choice for the winters. No other perfume is capable of welcoming the chilly season with such warmth, spice, passion, and energy as the Black Opium.

Boasting a sensual fragrance that is difficult to ignore, the Black Opium fragrance provides a seductive scent owing to its balanced notes of vanilla, white flower, and black coffee. A couple of spritzes and you’ll be giving off a sweet and sensual vibe.

Pros

  • Sweet and seductive smell
  • Gorgeous packaging
  • The perfume’s coffee extract helps it stand out

Cons

  • Since the fragrance is pretty musky and heavy, it isn’t ideal for those who prefer flying under the radar
  • Doesn’t have great lasting performance

2. Goutal Nuit Et Confidences Eau De Parfum

Inspired by sequin dresses and champagne bubbles, master perfumers, Camille Goutal and Mathieu Nardin, have done exceptionally well to bring their inspiration to fruition. The Goutal Nuit Et Confidences Eau De Parfum perfectly encapsulates their inspiration in a physical form.

Full-bodied and feminine to the core, the Nuit Et Confidences is targeted to women who prefer to stay classy and sophisticated. This perfume is also ideal for sapiosexuals who find intelligence and fine art irresistible.

Most of the sensual character of Nuit Et Confidences comes from its head notes of pepper and bergamot. Meanwhile, the frankincense and tonka bean provide balance and harmony to the floriental scent as its heart notes.

The base notes of this fragrance are white musk and vanilla.

Pros

  • Classy and sophisticated winter fragrance for women
  • Fantastic lasting performance
  • Wonderful sillage range
  • Soft and sensual smokey vanilla smell

Cons

  • Not unique

3. Lancôme La Nuit Tresor Eau De Toilette

The Lancôme La Nuit Tresor Eau De Toilette can be your perfect introduction to the winter as it has a wonderful autumn vibe to it as well, thus smoothing the seasonal transition and helping you stay at the top of your perfume game.

The Lancôme La Nuit Tresor Eau De Toilette gives off an exquisite, fresh, and fruity aroma on account of its fusion of white florals with warm citrus.

Available for purchase in a 30, 50, or 100 ml beautiful diamond-shaped satin black rose bottle, this smoldering perfume has head notes of black currant, raspberry, litchi, bergamot, blackberry, and citruses.

Its heart notes are of damask rose, lily-of-the-valley, and peony, while the base notes are of white musk, tonka bean, Tahitian Vanilla, and patchouli.

Pros

  • Ideal scent for both autumn-winter seasons
  • Fresh, fruity, warm, and user-friendly notes
  • Great lasting power

Cons

  • The notes can be too sweet to some

4. Hermès Twilly d´Hermès Eau Poivrée

Featuring notes of rose, berry, pink peppercorn, and patchouli, the Hermès Twilly d´Hermès Eau Poivrée gives off a woodsy and floral scent, making it an ideal choice for date nights and cocktail parties.  

As you apply this perfume for the first time, you’ll notice an earthy peppery smell that settles into a creamy, spicy, floral, and rosy scent.

I also like the fact that the Hermès Twilly d´Hermès Eau Poivrée has been adorned with ribbons, which further magnifies its aesthetic appeal.

Pros

  • Splendid packaging
  • Ideal for cocktail parties, small gatherings, and professional events
  • Youthful fresh signature scent suitable for women of all age groups
  • Not too loud or offensive

Cons

  • Doesn’t last for long
  • Nothing great about its sillage range

5. Tom Ford Metallique Eau De Parfum

The first image that comes to mind when speaking of florals is spring. However, despite boasting of a heavy floral scent, the Tom Ford Metallique Eau De Parfum gives off a strong impression that it is anything but a spring perfume.

So, how has it managed to establish itself as a winter perfume then? Well, Tom Ford has done that by bringing warm sandalwood and cozy vanilla into the mix.  

The fragrance opens with head notes of pink pepper, bergamot, and aldehydes before mellowing to heart notes of heliotrope, lily of the valley, and hawthorn. It finally settles to base notes of musk, vanilla, and sandalwood.

Pros

  • Unique metallic scent makes it more of an acquired smell
  • Good lasting performance

Cons

  • Doesn’t have great projections
  • The metallic smell may not be everyone’s cup of tea

6. Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Cologne

Jo Malone’s London Pomegranate Noir Cologne is, arguably, the brand’s most iconic perfume.

It opens with top notes of pomegranate, raspberry, watermelon, plum, and rhubarb, and tantalizes with middle notes of Casablanca Lily, jasmine, cardamom, olibanum, rose, and pink pepper. It finally lingers with base notes of cedar, patchouli, musk, and amber.

With that note combination, this perfume for womens has a seductive scent that is inspired by marine life. 

Fresh, airy, and spicy, this scent can be a perfect reminder of what you’re missing out on when you have been holed up at home because of the cold climate. This Jo Malone fragrance will have you missing the ocean as if it were your long lost love.

Pros

  • Long-lasting performance
  • Rather unique smell
  • Best for vibrant women with a preference towards sensual perfumes

Cons

  • The initial smell can be rather off-putting to some
  • A bit too pricey for my liking

7. Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace

I’m of the opinion that the best winter fragrances must remind me of the reassuring crackling and comforting fire by the fireplace on a chilly, winter morning.

Thankfully, Replica By The Fireplace manages to achieve that with distinction.  

Boasting of top notes of orange blossom, orange flower, cloves, and pink pepper, mixed in with middle notes of juniper, chestnut, tonka bean, and guaiac wood, Replica By The Fireplace smells like roasted chestnuts and has the distinct smell of a campfire.

Add to that base notes of cashmere, vanilla, and peru balsam, and you’ll get the comforting scent of home. The long-lasting smell of vanilla also gives the fragrance a different dimension.

Pros

  • Works as advertised
  • Long-lasting performance
  • Value for money
  • One of the best winter fragrances around

Cons

  • The fragrance can be too sugary and sweet to some

Conclusion

It is in your best interest to have a winter perfume to own the chilly season. The aforementioned perfumes are all equally charming, sensual, charismatic, and warm—features that are essential for a winter perfume women’s tastes can’t ignore.

However, if you’re still in a dilemma and would like me to direct you towards a specific winter perfume for women, I would recommend the Goutal Nuit Et Confidences Eau De Parfum.

This fragrance is a safe choice and has all the features you’d want in a winter perfume including great lasting performance, wonderful sillage range, and pleasing notes.

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