MISTR's Guide To Choosing A Winter Fragrance

Delight the senses with woody warmth this season.

A change in season invariably signals a change in one’s wardrobe. As we enter transeasonal periods, we swap out lighter, brighter garments for warmer, more dense layers – and vice versa – so why should our fragrance and grooming routine be any different?

With the warmer seasons behind us, we suggest shelving the fresh citrus-based scents in your cupboard and embracing something a little deeper, richer and bolder. It’s high time you explored woody scents - chiefly dry woods like cedar, mossy woods like oak and woody orientals.

Don’t be dissuaded if the first thought conjured by woody scents is the timber section at Bunnings. Woody notes are usually at the base of fragrances - the notes that linger longest and develop over the time the fragrance is worn. They’re slow burners, if you will.

For those new to woody notes, perennial favourites like sandalwood and cypress are safe entry points. Those looking for a little added heft should opt for some more substantial, like oud.

With a solid foundation, it’s time to build on top of it an appreciation of the spice cupboard. Those ingredients you’d chiefly look to cook with are now all fair game - clove, cinnamon, pepper and saffron. As they do on the palate, they bring a sense of warmth to proceedings, and what they lack in zest, they more than make up for in smoky sophistication.

Consider them the olfactory equivalent of a well-aged Scotch and treat them with the same reverence - or abandon. It’s your call.

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