There can be overlap, but a winter fragrance isn't necessarily a holiday fragrance. The holidays smell like cinnamon, crackling fireplaces, and fresh cookies. A winter perfume can smell like that—but it's more about the darker, mysterious vibe of the cool-weathered season than smelling exactly like a gingerbread house. And we don't need to tell you that winter extends long past the holidays, too, so your go-to seasonal fragrance should carry you through the first days of spring. Winter fragrances should be warm and sensual, and pack enough of a long-wearing punch that they linger on your favorite sweater. Whether you end up going with a just-out-of-the-oven gourmand scent or prefer the cooler version of a floral favorite, these are the 14 best new fragrances to wear for winter 2020.
Vanilla can often pull too sweet, but not Heretic's "dirtier" take. Amber, musk, sandalwood, and a dash of eye-opening coriander turn this classic on its head.
A cool name for a cool scent, this minimalist fragrance combines cedar, ambergris, and vetiver. It's the woodsier side of winter.
Seduction takes centerstage with Jaipur Chant. You'll love this tuberose scent if you naturally gravitate towards florals, but want something deeper and more complex for winter.
This creamy, vanilla-and-jasmine-and-musk fragrance is bound to become your next signature scent.
The blend of white frangipani, smoke of incense, tiare flower, and sandalwood will smell familiar to any fan of NARS body oils, lotions, and creams.
With more woody notes than the original, this intense version of Joy stands out when layered underneath cashmere sweaters and puffy coats.
Inspired by Angelina Jolie, this scent is all about the bold and sexy perfume notes of lavender, vanilla, and patchouli.
With the addition of pink peppercorn, rose, and patchouli, this iteration of Twilly is perfect to wear all the way through next spring.
We wouldn't blame you if you purchase Libre just for the bottle alone. It's a work of art, just like the warm and sexy floral scent inside.
This is the kind of airy and light scent that smells just as delicious on you as it does on your husband, wife, sister, brother, mom—you name it. Also, Harry Styles wears it, so that should tell you all you need to know.
If you're crazy for jasmine (as we happen to be) this new Chloé Atelier des Fleurs perfume is a white floral dream.
This genderless scent is inspired by the idea of grabbing an afternoon caffeine fix in a cozy coffee shop.
All the notes of classic perfumery (rose, jasmine, musk, vanilla) but spun in a new way that feels decidedly modern and fresh.
This bright citrusy perfume has a "for him" counterpart that shares the same woody note of blue sequoia. It's obviously ideal for a wedding, but truly smells so good you don't need a significant other to appreciate it.