Scents can evoke different emotions and feelings. As we gear up for winter weather (RIP autumn's existence), there's nothing like a fragrance that can give you that warm fuzzy feeling to make you forget just how cold it really is—even if it's just for a moment.
When we think of cozy winter fragrances, we think of woodsy, earthy, and smoky notes that are heavy and strong without being overbearing. But the fragrances we love for this particular season are anything but typical. Some mix in floral notes while others come out surprisingly sweet. We've rounded up a wide range to suit everyone's needs.
Click through to see which scents made the cut.
Pinrose Gilded Fox ($65)
Made with notes of vetiver, amber, and cedar, this fragrance is warm and sensual; it's perfect to spritz on before a holiday party. To give it a personal touch, you can now upload pictures to the site and in return, get them back as stickers so you can decorate your bottle the way you want. It doesn't get cozier than that.
Fueguia 1833 Dunas de un Cuerpo ($329)
One can argue that making a great fragrance is a science. No one understands that better than Fueguia founder, chemist, and artist Julian Bedel. Each fragrance is carefully formulated with natural botanical ingredients and is free of any synthetic preservatives and dyes. Its SoHo store is meticulously laid out and uses decanters over paper as testers for its clients (because it holds the scent better and you get a better sense, no pun intended, about what the ingredient really smells like). One of its newest fragrances focuses on amber as its main ingredient, with some sandalwood mixed it to give it that really nice, warm scent to make you forget about the frigid cold outside.
Maison Margiela REPLICA By the Fireplace ($126)
Smoky fragrances can be divisive. Some may think they smell way too strong and are reminiscent of popular smoked foods like smoked salmon, whereas others revel in the warmth they bring. If you fall under the latter category, this fragrance is a beautiful mix of vanilla, chestnut, and gaiac wood to give you that fireplace feeling without having to go look for an actual fireplace to go sit next to.
Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Pure Perfume ($250)
Warm and cozy doesn't always translate to smoky and woodsy. If you're looking for something more on the sweeter side, this fragrance mixes sandalwood and sweet caramel in a rich, warm scent that isn't too overpowering.
Marc Jacobs Fragrances Decadence ($99)
Subtly is not the end goal for this fragrance; from its exquisite bottle design to its strong scent made of plum, Bulgarian rose, and amber, it was made to get noticed in the best way possible. Apart from looking beyond aesthetically pleasing for those #vanitytable Instas, this fragrance mixes woodsy and floral scents for a unique spin.
Annick Goutal Paris Nuit et Confidences ($190)
A night out in Paris automatically brings to mind a sophisticated sensual experience. While it may seem impossible to capture that sentiment in a scent, this fragrance does just that. It mixes vanilla, white musk, tonka bean, and frankincense to get you that warm, sexy feel.
Prada Candy ($120)
We consider this fragrance to be a classic at this point; even years after its debut, it still remains one of our favorites. You get a mix of white musk, caramel, and benzoin to get a sweet scent that makes you feel super cozy.
Ex Nihilo French Affair ($325)
Think an earthy scent isn't cozy? We're here to prove you wrong with Ex Nihilo's newest fragrance. Made with oakmoss, Indonesian patchouli, and lychee, French Affair gives you a smoky, fresh scent.
Coach New York Eau de Parfum ($55)
Made to be an ode to New York City, this fragrance is a sweet musky scent made of raspberry, Turkish roses, and suede. The mix of the scents is new and exciting but comforting if you know what living in a big city is all about.
Gucci Guilty ($99)
We're all about breaking those gender norms, even at the smallest scale. This fragrance takes an ingredient typically found in men's cologne, germanium, and uses it as its main note to get a sensual, warm scent that we've been loving for years.
Next up, check those not-so-basic rose fragrances.