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Winter Wonderscents: Five Perfumery Ingredients and Notes to Create Wintery Fragrances

The choice of a particular fragrance is strongly linked to a season. With emotions so entwined with our sense of smell, we are naturally drawn to warm and comfy scents during the cold winter months.

So what type of scents should you be looking for to brave the cold months ahead? Here is a selection of five perfumery ingredients and accords that you can use to create a wintery atmosphere in a fragrance:

Leathery and earthy notes:

What feels more winter-like than the enveloping scents of smoky and earthy notes? The smell of a warm fire after a long walk in the forest… Vetiver and patchouli oils will be the perfect woody notes because they are at the same time warm and earthy. Leathery notes, which smell of smoke, skin and burnt woods, can either be soft and creamy like suede (use Suederal from IFF for a suede effect) or darker using Styrax, Cedarwood Atlas and Birch notes (IBQ).

Amber notes and soft woods:

Ciste Labdanum, powdery notes such as Heliotropin and Benzoin are typically found to create oriental fragrances. They give the feeling of warmth and comfort, while being very grown up. Ambery woods such as Sandalwood (and its synthetic alternatives such as IFF’s Bacdanol) will give a round, milky and soft leather undertones.

Vanilla and gourmet scents:

Edible scents will bring you straight into Winter Wonderland. Caramel notes (such as Ethyl Maltol), sweet vanilla (like Ethyl Vanillin), chocolate (such as Chocovan), almond (Coumarine and Benzaldehyde) or milk notes (like Diacethyl used in trace) will create warm eggnog and chestnut cream notes.

Warm spices:

Mulled wine and Christmas candle – warm spices are THE smell of winter! Because of their culinary side as well as warming scents, spices feel very familiar and comforting. Cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove (or its synthetic alternatives Eugenol and Isoeugenol) are typically used to give a wintery effect. Other CO2 extracts* such as Rum by Charabot will give brandy undertones to your fragrance.


For those overwhelmed by too many warm scents and prefer fresh and uplifting touches, bergamot will be the perfect solution. Bergamot oil (present in our country’s favourite Earl Grey tea) is at the same time citrus fresh and woody, spicy and aromatic. Bergamot is one of the most “masculine” citrus notes and has in fact a scent related to the one of lavender.

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* CO2 extraction is a modern type of extraction used in perfumery and flavour that uses supercritical fluid CO2 as a mean to extract natural ingredients, which results in a true-to-nature aroma.

 * The ingredients mentioned in italic are synthetic perfumery ingredients used to recreate a specific scents or impressions.

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