Are you ready to switch up your signature scent? Winter is a wonderful time to experiment with fragrances that are a little richer, spicier and heavier.
With the nights getting colder, it's time to put down your light, fruity fragrances and head over to the darker, richer side. When we're snuggled up in our winter knits, we want to be reminded of crackling fires and spiced lattes, not sea spray and freshly mown grass. Warm, sweet scents, such as cedarwood and sandalwood can sometimes be a bit overpowering during summer but they are an excellent choice for winter.
There are some incredibly talented Kiwi perfumers creating fragrances that are sophisticated, creative, unique, and beautifully reminiscent of New Zealand's flora and fauna. Why not give one of them a try this season, instead of the usual international brands?
Check out our pick of the best New Zealand made winter perfumes to add to your collection for 2020.
1. The Olfactory Nonni Parfum - from $88
Scent notes: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Rosewood, Jasmine, YlangYlang, Bergamot, Clove.
Why we love it: Made from 100% organic New Zealand ingredients. Nonni is reminiscent of ripe honeyed fruit and spicy white flowers that open the scent and eventually dry down to soft wood and moss. The Nonni Luxe Giftbox includes a 15ml glass atomizer and sustainable bamboo case for safe travelling. Buy online here.
2. The Olfactory Trinity No. 2 Parfum - from $84
Scent notes: Lemongrass, Angelica seed, Rosewood, Osmanthus, Geranium, Lavender, Elemi, Vetiver, Oud, Cedarwood, Guaiac wood, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Amber.
Why we love it: No. 2 has a spicy, complex scent that oozes unabashed sensuality as rich notes of Oudh and Cedarwood create an emanating warmth. Osmanthus and Vetiver strike a syrupy balance between caramel and wood. Then to top it off, a lively sprinkle of Lemongrass and Angelica seed. This scent is designed to promote physical and emotional intimacy. It is even layered with aphrodisiacs! Buy online here.
3. Ingrid Starnes Arcadia Eau de Parfum - from $69
Scent notes: Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Cloves, Rose Oil, Bay Leaves.
Why we love it: The dark, woody tones of Arcadia make it an ideal choice for winter. The blend of spicy cinnamon and clove with a dash of fresh orange makes us want to curl up in front of a roaring log fire with a homemade hot chocolate.
The Ingrid Starnes fragrances are designed as a family of three. The other two fragrances are Vetyver Bergamot and Hellebore. All three can be layered to create your own personal fragrance. Genius! We also love that there is no animal testing of the products or any of the oils that are used. The perfumes come in an attractive roll-on glass vessel. Buy online here.
4. Sandalwood from Pacific Perfumes - from $30
Scent notes: Sandalwood.
Why we love it: Sandalwood from Pacific Perfumes comes in a solid perfume form, which is a little different to the usual sprays. We enjoyed the woody notes and the sweet spicy smoothness that emerges once its on the skin. Sweet, warm and soft, it reminds us of New Zealand's ancient forests. It is presented in a gorgeous Rainforest Alliance certified sustainable wood pot. Buy online here.
5. Sia 100% Natural Perfume from The Herb Farm - from $25.90
Scent notes: Cedar, Vanilla, YlangYlang, Geranium, Jasmine.
Why we love it: A bit lighter than other winter options, Sia is a completely natural perfume that is rolled onto the skin. The warmth of the vanilla reminds us of freshly baked biscuits and winter nights indoors, while the floral scents of ylangylang, geranium and jasmine ensure its not too heavy. It contains jojoba oil, which absorbs easily and helps to hold the scent of this beautiful perfume. Buy online here.