Published on November 12th, 2014 | by The Perfume Expert
Winter 2014 Trends for Fragrance
As the weather turns colder, our fragrances should start to heat up! Winter fragrances feature warm inviting scents with deep rich notes that are either mysterious & sexy or cozy & inviting and the Winter 2014 trends for fragrance this year are the epitome of Winter warmth!
The top trends for Winter 2014 involve notes of deep velvety rose, dark berries, opulent oriental spices, and intense spirits that remind us of happy hour.
Rose is the most common note used in women’s perfume, but this Winter you’ll see roses in a whole new way! Instead of the typical dainty and romantic garden rose scents, this year roses are darker, deeper, richer, and with more texture.
Think of a deep red rose, it’s rich blood-red color, it’s velvety petals, it’s seductive nature, it’s mysterious quality, it’s captivating power!
This year, roses are combined with deep woods, smoky nuances, and decadent delights, making this version of rose ultra alluring.
This is a perfect trend for those who love the more traditional scents but also appreciate the more mysterious notes of perfume, especially during the Winter months. This year’s rose trend also makes a great holiday gift as everyone appreciates the classic rose scent, but this one is more personal and special.
The best example of this year’s velvet rose trend is Aerin Lauder’s Evening Rose.
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Evening Rose is a breathtaking rose scent highlighting not only deep Rose, but also dark Berries, rich Cognac, and smoky Incense. This unique rose combination gives off a mature and sophisticated scent that maintains a classic sensibility but also hints at more!
The best part about this fragrance is that it incorporates ALL of the fragrance trends for 2014 in ONE scent! A bouquet of roses, lush dark berries, ambient incense, and a tipple of choice!
It’s refined, elegant, and rich but not pretencious or stuffy. It’s a one-of-a-kind rose scent that is deeply feminine but also with a richly masculine edge. Imagine wrapping yourself in a winter white cashmere throw, cozying up to a roaring fire in a wood paneled library, and reading a first edition book of poetry!
Another option for our deep rose trend comes from Tom Ford, the modern master of fragrance!
Tom Ford’s Cafe Rose is a reinvention of the classic rose scent that contains unique notes that not only compliment the smooth rose facet but take it to a whole new level! You have never smelt roses quite like this!
Coffee lovers rejoice! This perfume combines two of my favorite things; roses and coffee!
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Cafe Rose starts with a rather delicate May Rose, but combine this frilly note with rich Coffee beans, sweet Saffron, and smoky Incense and this scent is elevated into a seductive concoction that is utterly alluring. Making this scent smell literally like an Italian Cafe filled with roses!
This scent is for a woman of mystery! A woman who thrives in the spotlight and captivates a room.
Fruity fragrances are always popular, but once the snow falls, tropical fruits and juicy citrus seem out of place. Instead more frosted fruits and deep dark berries make our scents richer and deeper for the colder seasons.
For Winter 2014; dark berries, rich plum, and fig are featured in many new scents.
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This scent is perfect for those who gravitate to more natural and organic scents. Those who see themselves as more outdoorsy will appreciate the rustic nuances of this scent. Blackberry & Bay reminds me of berry picking as a child and smells like a crisp fall walk through the forest at the break of dawn.
For those who prefer something a little bit fun & flirty, Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire is a gorgeous concoction of Cherries and other red berries mixed with spicy Licorice, and sweet Vanilla, Almonds, and Tonka Bean.
Available now at Sephora here
But this is no naive scent, Guerlain creates scents with the upmost of quality and sophistication. Using additional notes of green Patchouli, dark Black Tea, zesty Bergamot and other traditional floral notes of Rose and Iris; La Petite Robe Noire is a fruity floral scent that is still ultimately classy!
This scent is for the life of the party, a woman who is classy and sophisticated but doesn’t take herself too seriously. It would also make a perfect holiday scent, nicely suited to ringing in the new year in style!
Oriental scents are a Winter staple. With the likes of YSL’s Opium and Guerlain’s Shalimar, oriental perfumes have graced the holiday season for decades!
To me, nothing says Christmas like the ambient mixture of warm spices, atmospheric Incense, and sweet gourmands!
However, this year orientals are even MORE oppulent incorporating rare notes of Saffron, festive fruits, hot Chili, distinctive Oud Wood, and rich leathers.
A gorgeous rendition of the modern oriental is Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle; which smells literally like Christmas in a bottle! What’s genius about this oriental scent is that it does not contain the typical balsamic or incense notes found in a traditional oriental fragrance. Yet the result is equally as exotic and mystical.
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With festive notes of Orange, Bergamot, Cinnamon and Clove and other Winter nuances of Cedar Wood, sweet Vanilla, smooth Tonka Bean, and glowing Amber & Sandalwood, this perfume is a Winter wonderland!
But what makes Musc Ravageur extra special is it’s underlying comfort and softness of Musk and on top of that, the unique incorporation of Lavender and Oud Wood.
This scent may sound overwhelming but trust me, the overall result is magical!
An alternative to this modern oriental scent is a traditional oriental but with a twist, such as Jo Malone’s Dark Amber & Ginger Lily. This bold and vibrant scent contains the usual balsamic, incense, and oriental spices but also includes hot Ginger, Pink Pepper, rich Leather that give it an added depth and warmth.
But the additions of airy Water Lily and other soft florals prevent this scent from smelling like a spice market. Instead, it smells regal and exotic while maintaining a certain level of femininity.
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The most exciting new trend for Winter 2014 is the scents and smells inspired by our favorite drinks! But don’t worry, you’re not going to smell like a night club, these scents are masculine and mature.
Spirits of smooth Cognac, sweet Rum, smokey Whisky, and aromatic Gin are delicately combined with smoky Tobaccos, glowing Ambers, and other decadent delights!
This trend is for those who like to think outside the box and love to experiment with fragrance and appreciate the challenge of creating moods with scent.
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This fragrance is one of the most beautiful scents of the year! Tackling various trends of oriental incense, modern rose, and spirits laced with gourmand delights, Gourmand Cocquin is a dreamy concoction that will take your breath away and leave your head spinning!
I can not emphasize how gorgeous this fragrance is!
Another alternative to this beautiful perfume, is Tom Ford’s new Velvet Orchid. This sultry scent also features sweet Rum but includes Tom Ford’s legendary Black Orchid and a whole collection of mysterious scents from sticky Honey and rich Suede to powdery Heliotrope and oriental Myrrh. Not to mention a host of yellow and white flowers from Narcissus, Magnolia, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, and Rose.
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This long list of notes may seem a bit overkill, but the result is a deep comforting scent that will make you swoon. Dark and mysterious yet comforting. It draws you in and embraces you in a veil of velvet scent!
This is a scent trail that will linger in the minds and hearts of everyone you pass!
No matter which fragrance trend you explore this year, you are sure to make heads turn! Whether you choose the rustic frosted fruits or the flirty berries, mysterious smokey roses, exotic atmospheric orientals, or mature boozy delights, there is something for everyone this holiday season.
I have never seen so many creative note combinations and rare ingredients in a Winter season before. Fragrance creation has come a long way in the past few years, and this collection of innovative Winter scents proves that this is a new age in perfume.