As the nights get longer and the days get shorter, it's time to put away those light, fresh summer perfumes that worked so well when the weather was hot, and pack away the sun cream until next year (unless you’ll be heading for some winter sun this year, that is!) Instead, why not treat yourself to a brand new fragrance that's perfect for autumn and winter?
Not sure where to start? You’re in luck – we've compiled a list of our favourite new fragrances and beauty products from top brands including Gucci and Jimmy Choo. Available for both men and women, why not treat yourself, or surprise the special person in your life? Here are our top picks for new season beauty products this Autumn/Winter.
What type of fragrance should I go for in autumn?
When the weather is hot, heat will amplify the scent that you are wearing, which is why fresher, lighter fragrances are a good fit for the warmer months. But in Autumn and Winter, your fragrance won’t carry as well, which is why scents that are heavier and muskier work really well. If you already have a favourite perfume, many perfume brands will have an autumn/winter version of their classic scent, so you can enjoy your favourite notes in even the coldest weather.
So what should you go for in the autumn? Look out for warm, comforting and spicy scents with autumnal notes such as amber, wood, musk and vanilla.
How can I make my fragrance last longer in the winter?
Unsurprisingly, in the winter your skin heats up less often than it does in the summer, so you might find that cold skin can lessen the effect of the fragrance you're wearing. You can avoid this by 'layering' up with body creams or shower gels that match the scent of the perfume you're wearing. This will ‘trap’ the fragrance, helping it last longer. It's also wise to opt for an eau de parfum version of your fragrance rather than an eau de toilette, as the stronger concentration will last much longer through those cold days of winter.
What's the difference between eau de toilette and eau de parfum?
It can be confusing to know what you should choose with several different names for fragrances. But it's actually quite simple! Your strongest option is an eau de parfum, as it contains between eight and 15 per cent perfume oil, which should last you all day, whereas an eau de toilette only contains about four to eight per cent perfume. However, whilst the eau de toilette is not as strong, it should still last you around a considerate amount of time - between six to eight hours. For men, you should remember that the high concentration of perfume in both eau de parfum and eau de toilette means it's not suitable to be applied straight after shaving - so use aftershave for that.
What are the best new autumn/winter fragrances and beauty products for 2019?
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite new products for the colder months, so whether you’re after a fragrance for yourself, or a shower gel for the special person in your life, read on to discover the best products for autumn…
Jimmy Choo Urban Hero - For Him
Who is the Jimmy Choo man? He's a man who is confident and outgoing, yet in touch with his sensitive side. The new fragrance is uber-masculine but mysterious and is inspired by men living an urban life. With woody notes and fresh lemon caviar, the vibrant scent has undertones of black pepper for warmth, and a note of leather to evoke a touch of rebellion.
Top notes: Lemon, Black Pepper
Heart notes: Rosewood, Vetiver
Base notes: Ambergris, Leather
Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime - For her
Endless sensuality awaits when you discover a place filled with wonder. The new Michael Kors fragrance offers the wearer an oriental floral fragrance, with notes of sensuous amber and sweet mandarin combining with deep base notes of sandalwood and tonka bean. Truly addictive and special, it will transport you to golden hour every time you wear it.
Top notes: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Mandarin, pepper
Heart notes: Orange Blossom, Tiaré Flower, Dianthus, Jasmine
Base notes: Woods, Sandlewood, Tonka Bean, Amber
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy Gift - For him
Not just a fragrance, but a gift set, offering both the Bad Boy scent and a matching shower gel - perfect for layering up this intoxicating scent! Notes of Tonka Bean, Ambar wood and cacao combine with sage, black pepper and bergamot to make a truly unforgettable fragrance. A unique and sophisticated scent for the modern man.
Top notes: Bergamot, black pepper, white pepper
Heart notes: Cedar, sage
Base notes: Tonka bean, amberwood and cacao
Floral Street Wild Vanilla Orchid - For her
If you worry that vanilla will be too sweet, think again. Floral Street have reinvented the wheel with this fragrance, using a combination of vanilla beans, citrus, cassis and blossom combined with sensual sandalwood base notes for a perfume that is edgy rather than obvious. Perfect from the first days of autumn to the last days of winter.
Top notes: Citrus and cassis
Heart notes: Jasmine and flowers
Base notes: Vanilla bean, sandalwood and bamboo
Gucci Mémoire d'une Odeur Shower Gel - Unisex
Sometimes it's fun to find a fragrance that you can share with the special person in your life. Unisex Mémoire d'une Odeur offers up Roman chamomile, Indian Coral Jasmine, vanilla, musks and woods for an irresistible and joyful scent. Even better, it's available as both a shower gel and an eau de parfum, so you can layer up for an even more intoxicating scent.
Top notes: Chamomile, Bitter almond
Heart notes: Musk, Jasmine, Indian Jasmine
Base notes: Sandalwood, cedar, vanilla