It’s getting really cold out there, it’s darker, the leaves are falling and this hot morning coffee on the way to work isn’t just a caffeine shot anymore, but a pretty good hand warmer that I tend to hold on to for dear life…And as I’m typing this, I have a large blanket wrapped around me, cup of hot tea and I’m hugging a hot water bottle…Yes, I Am That Cold. That’s when you know it’s time to put all short sleeves and light clothing away in favour of chunky scarves, winter jackets and some cute booties. Same goes for makeup and perfume.

It’s a great time to replace light, summery makeup with something more substantial, heavier, autumnal and darker in colour. So all coppery, burgundy, dark brown eyeshadows are making a comeback in my makeup collection and it’s the best time to finally make use of all those dark, plummy, oxblood, or other darker lipsticks that have been patiently waiting for their time to come. But today I want to tell you about my perfume selection and how I transition from summer scents to much more potent autumn / winter perfumes, as well as which ones are my favourite for this coming season.

I have already done a blog post some time ago that contained the scents I tend to gravitate towards during spring  / summer months from Jo Malone.  Add to it my beloved Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche and original Chloe and my summer scents are pretty much sorted.  All of them fresh, light, not too overpowering, perfect for warm weather. But when it gets colder, I really like to switch to something warmer, stronger and in some cases much sweeter. So here are my seasonal picks.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau de Perfume

 
Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum review

This is one that I actually miss using when winter ends, but for me personally, it is way too strong to be used all year round. Some of my friends do use it all year, and again, each to their own when it comes to scents, but I save it and thoroughly enjoy in when the weather gets colder. It’s on a sweeter side, but not too sweet, if that makes sense. It contains notes of Jasmin, Orange Blossom, Patchouli essence. I normally take a bottle of perfume with me to work and feel the need to refresh during the day, but with this one, there is no need. The scent lingers for the longest time, even the next day, I can still smell it on my hair. So no need to reapply. Also, almost every time I wear it, I get compliments, which is always nice. I know I could get Eau de Toilette, which is not as potent as the EDP, and probably use it all the time, but honestly, I don’t really want to get bored of this scent and it’s always so nice to come back to it later in a year…

50ml bottle of EDP retails at £65 and is available at Boots,

 

Thierry Mugler Alien Eau de Perfume

Thierry Mugler Alien Eau de Perfume review

‘Inspired by an amethyst it symbolises calm and serenity. Distinctive and mysterious, yet comforting and soft, Alien by Thierry Mugler conveys passion, sensuality and the essence of absolute femininity. A scent like no other it is irresistibly appealing and totally out of this world…’A rich floral woody amber containing jasmine sambac, cashmeran wood and white amber. Such a beautiful scent, I could describe as ‘darker’ and very powerful, if that even makes sense, one that can easily transition from daytime to nighttime. Again, a little goes a long way, as it is pretty strong and long lasting. The only negative I have to say, is that the non-refillable bottle gets faulty. I have read some reviews before and few other people mentioned it, so it’s not just me. Basically, the bottle, as much as it looks gorgeous on the vanity, is pretty useless, as it doesn’t dispense any perfume. It failed to spray, so I need to decant it to my Travalo and use it from there. Bit of a bummer, really, but still worth it, as I am absolutely loving this scent.

30ml bottle of EDP retails at £49.50, they are available in refillable sprays, prices vary. Available on Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Amazon 

 

Guerlain Shalimar Ode à la Vanille Perfume

Guerlain Ode a la Vanille perfume review

Ok, this scent is definitely not for everyone. When I first smelled it, I thought there is no way I can get on board with this one. The combination of notes just makes it quite heavy and, dare I say, a bit overwhelming at first. But then I very quickly changed my mind… When it settles, it is the most beautiful, warm, cozy scent of vanilla and so perfect for winter. The scent almost warms me up a bit, it’s so pleasant. It contains Sambava vanilla, also known as ‘black gold’ from Madagascar. It’s sweet and woody at the same time, very intense, oriental scent. I had two bottles and I’m on my second one now, so this one will have to last me a while. It is still available in some places, but not widely any more, which really is a shame. The original Shalimar is from the same notes family, except with added flowery notes of iris, jasmine and rose, so I may give that a go next. The bottle is so decadent, sophisticated and looks so beautiful in between others in my collection. I love it and will miss it when it finally runs out. I thought I would still include it, although it’s LE, in case you come across it somewhere, or would like to try the original one. This really is one you want to try before you buy.

50ml bottle retails at £79.99 and is still available on Amazon, the original Shalimar retails at £48-98 depending on size, and is available on John Lewis, The Perfume Shop,

 

Victor & Rolf BONBON Eau de Parfum 

Victor & Rolf Bonbon eau de parfum

Last, but most certainly not least, is this little beauty from Victor and Rolf. I have been a faithful fan of Flowerbomb scent for years and have gone through probably 3 bottles by now. So when I recently run out, I was just about to repurchase, but then this one completely stole my heart… or nose even. It is one of the sweetest scents I own at the moment, not surprisingly, as it contains caramel.. Yummy. Other ingredients include mandarin, peach (top notes), jasmine, orange blossom (heart notes) and cedar wood, guaiac wood, sandalwood (base notes). The combination is truly amazing, sweet but edgy at the same time. This was love at first smell. You know when you try a new perfume, and you’re not quite convinced at first, you’d normally go away and think about it before making a decision. This was instant, I smelled, I loved, I bought. If you like the scent of Flowerbomb and you haven’t tried this one yet, you seriously have to give it a go!! You will love it!! Likewise, if you’re into sweeter scents, I would definitely recommend either Flowerbomb or BonBon.

BonBon retail price £50-£96 depending on size, available at Boots, Debenhams, The Perfume Shop,  Selfridges, The Fragrance Shop,