As a teenager I always found it strange when the beauty pages of magazines mentioned a summer and a winter fragrance. Surely a good smell is a good smell no matter the season. While that’s an undeniable fact, as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate changing scents at this time of year. There’s something comforting about embracing a ‘warmer’ perfume for the colder weather.
The first thing I turned to this year was At the fireplace (from €55.37 over cultbeauty.com), part of Maison Margiela’s replica collection. This collection is designed to evoke the memories and smells of specific times and places, and this one does exactly what it’s supposed to. The smoky scent of burning wood is combined with cashmeran and clove oil along with the scent of roasted chestnuts over a blend of chestnut notes and red berry oil. It reminds me of my teenage years in America, roasting marshmallows and making s’mores around the campfire (yes, we actually did).
Stick to woody scents Oud Wood by Tom Ford (225 € about braunthomas.com) combines rosewood and cardamom with a smoky blend of oud wood, tonka bean and ambergris. Oud wood is a relatively rare and expensive ingredient in perfumery, often burned with incense in temples, so you can imagine the intensity and warmth of this scent. Unfortunately, this can also be seen in the price.
Byredo is something of a fragrance phenomenon. The Stockholm-based brand’s unisex fragrances are extremely popular and wear beautifully. Even the ones based on a scent I don’t normally like (e.g. rose) are somehow tasty thanks to the perfectly balanced mix of the different notes. Byredos Vanilla Antique (255 € about braunthomas.com) was described by reviewers as “creamy and cozy,” which proves exactly why I think it’s perfect for this time of year. An amber, woody scent that also contains smoky vanilla and powdery notes. If fancy packaging is your thing, skip Byredo, which, despite the high price, leans heavily towards minimalism.
I’ve spent the summer months wearing YSL Libre’s original formulation, which is fresh and floral, and now I’m turning to the new Libre Le Parfum (from €74 over arnotts.ie), which contains a spicy saffron that makes it a bit warmer and deeper for the colder months. Aside from the delicious scent, the bottle itself is incredibly chic with a classic gold YSL logo on the glass bottle. It feels like something a 1990s supermodel would have had on her vanity.
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Viktor & Rolf’s luck (69 € about braunthomas.com) is not strictly a seasonal fragrance, but smelling it over the summer I knew it would come into its own at this time of year for me. If you plan to wear florals all year round, this could be ideal as it combines creamy vanilla with velvety white florals, resulting in a depth and warm sweetness that lends itself to colder weather.
It almost feels redundant to mention Santal 33 by Le Labo (from €67.80 over cultbeauty.com), is so popular, but it’s a lovely fragrance for autumn/winter. Iris, cardamom, cedarwood and sandalwood combine to create a sophisticated scent suitable for both men and women. If you wear these, you will be asked for them.
As always, I don’t believe in rules and I firmly believe that you should wear and do what makes you happy. However, if you’re looking for a change in your scented tone, I hope you found some inspiration today!
Lost in translation
A Keratin Treatment (also known as Brazilian blow drying) is a process in which the hair is semi-permanently straightened and usually straightened. A solution (usually made from a formaldehyde derivative) is worked into the hair before it is blow-dried and sealed with a flat iron. Lasting three to six months, results increase shine, reduce frizz and cut styling time. That said, it can permanently damage hair, so discuss it with your stylist to see if it’s the right option for you.
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that Mac’s Studio Fix collection is iconic in the beauty world, and Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 (36€ about braunthomas.com) is one of the stars of the show. This foundation is an oil-free, long-wearing formula that offers medium to full coverage with a naturally matte finish. It’s no wonder this product, available in 64 shades, has been a staple in both makeup bags and makeup artist kits for many years. Despite the product’s long shelf life, it rarely looks sticky, dry, or feels heavy on the face. Instead, it’s comfortable to wear and gives the appearance of real skin, but perfected.
… Something new
Aimee Connolly has added a new addition to her brand’s complexion range Satin Silk Longwear Foundation (30€ over sculptedbyaimee.com) and Satin silk long-lasting concealer (€18 per sculptedbyaimee.com). Connolly says this is a “going-out foundation” – full coverage as opposed to the existing and lighter Tint and Glow and Second Skin complexion products. I was concerned I would find this too heavy, but both products are remarkably comfortable to wear. They feel light on the skin and not at all mask-like while delivering a flawlessly even skin tone.
https://www.independent.ie/style/beauty/louise-mcsharry-my-six-favourite-winter-fragrances-42062708.html Louise McSharry: My six favorite winter scents