You'll Always Get Compliments When You Wear This Type of Perfume in the Winter

Jamila Stewart
·7 min read

Ahead of the colder weather, we often find ourselves overhauling any and every ritual associated with the warmer spring and summer months. On the fashion side, that means developing a new rotation of shoes and replacing tanks with sweaters. Where beauty is concerned, it can mean swapping your lightweight, gel-based products for a heavier skincare routine. We find ourselves so far down these rabbit holes that it can be easy to overlook the need to swap our summery fragrances for the best perfumes of the season. However, the task becomes pretty easy once you’re in on the secret behind compliments all winter long: amber perfumes.

Okay, so what’s an amber perfume, and why do you need it? Do you know how, every year, certain things leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling that reminds you that the holiday season is near (maybe it’s a song or a movie)? Amber perfume is that feeling in a bottle, which explains why people will immediately flock to you when you’re wearing it. Who doesn’t want to be instantly lifted into the holiday spirit, especially this year?

In truth, amber is often not an actual perfume ingredient but instead is a full-bodied, savory scent created with the combination of some key ingredients. Think comforting touches of vanilla and patchouli. In a nutshell, it’s your “cuddle up by a fire, end-of-year happy place” fragrance. While you won't be short of amber perfumes to fall in love with if you adore woodsy, aromatic scents, we rounded up the 10 you should consider first, just in case.

1. PRADA AMBER

Prada Amber Perfume ($126)

Key fragrance notes: bergamot, orange, musk, sandalwood

A little goes a long way with this warm, earthy scent from Prada. If you're looking for a fragrance that'll last you all day with just a spritz (I mean, who isn't?) and carries a unique scent, you'll want to wear this all winter long. Bonus: This amber scent even won a FiFi Award for Fragrance of the Year.

ANOTHER FAVORITE FROM THE BRAND:

Prada Candy Eau de Parfum ($126)

Key fragrance notes: bergamot, musk, ambergris

2. MUGLER ALIEN

Mugler Alien Eau de Parfum ($170)

Key fragrance notes: sambac jasmine, cardamom, orange blossom, cumin, cashmeran, amber

Mugler’s amber fragrance, Alien, was introduced as a follow-up to the brand’s best-selling Angel perfume. Its intricate blend of white amber, Indian jasmine, and woodsy notes will leave you and passersby hooked in an instant.

ANOTHER FAVORITE FROM THE BRAND:

Mugler Angel Eau de Parfum ($120)

Key fragrance notes: melon, coconut, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, bergamot, cotton candy

3. CHRISTIAN DIOR AMBRE NUIT

Christian Dior Ambre Nuit ($220)

Key fragrance notes: bergamot, Turkish rose, ambergris, cistus labdanum

Many amber perfumes are considered to be unisex, and Dior’s Ambre Nuit is one of them. With amber as its main accord, you’ll be gently met with hints of citrus, floral, and spice. Described in reviews as warm and inviting, this is one to pull out year-round.

ANOTHER FAVORITE FROM THE BRAND:

Christian Dior J'Adore Eau de Parfum ($135)

Key fragrance notes: ylang-ylang essence, damascena rose essence, jasmine sambac, Grasse jasmine

4. JO MALONE LONDON VIOLET & AMBER ABSOLU

Jo Malone London Violet & Amber Absolu ($295)

Key fragrance notes: violet, oud, white musk, amber

Those partial to powdery scents will fall in love with Jo Malone’s Violet & Amber Absolu. As the fragrance melts into your skin, you'll be met with touches of violet, oud, and amber. This perfume may lean a tad more floral than warm, but the end result remains a woody fragrance that will reward you with compliments for days.

ANOTHER FAVORITE FROM THE BRAND:

Jo Malone London Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense ($195)

Key fragrance notes: Madagascan vanilla, cardamom, grapefruit tea, vetiver, vanilla bourbon

5. BURBERRY HER

Burberry Her Eau de Parfum ($127)

Key fragrance notes: black currant, blueberry, raspberry, jasmine accord, violet accord, musk, dry amber

While Burberry’s Her is decidedly more fruity than most in the family of amber perfumes, it's a treasure not to be overlooked. Perfumer and creator Francis Kurkdjian described the scent as “his interpretation of a floral-fruity theme with gourmand undertones.”

ANOTHER FAVORITE FROM THE BRAND:

Burberry Her London Dream Eau de Parfum ($124)

Key fragrance notes: lemon, ginger, rose, peony

6. VAN CLEEF & ARPELS AMBRE IMPERIAL

Van Cleef & Arpels Ambre Impérial Eau de Parfum ($149)

Key fragrance notes: wood, benzoin, amber, vanilla, tonka bean, pink pepper, bergamot

Ambre Impérial has all the qualities of a true amber perfume, complete with the sweetness of vanilla and the warmth of spice. It's smoother than most, and those who love strong oriental notes will be sure to love this scent.

ANOTHER FAVORITE FROM THE BRAND:

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Rose Rouge Eau de Parfum ($149)

Key fragrance notes: cocoa, patchouli, vetiver, Turkish rose, pink pepper, black currant

7. MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN BACCARAT ROUGE 540

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum ($300)

Key fragrance notes: jasmine, saffron, cedarwood, ambergris

ICYMI: Baccarat Rouge 540 has already amassed a huge cult following since its release in 2015. It's easy to see why, as Francis Kurkdjian (known for creating fragrances for Giorgio Armani, Dior, Kenzo, and more) is the mastermind behind the line. Captivating from beginning to end (this scent will last on the body for a long time), this unisex fragrance starts with a sweet, burnt amber aroma and finishes with a pinch of salt and wood.

ANOTHER FAVORITE FROM THE BRAND:

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir Eau de Parfum ($225)

Key fragrance notes: benzoin, rose honey, incense absolute, ylang-ylang, cumin, atlas cedarwood, sandalwood

8. MONTALE AMBER MUSK

Montale Amber Musk Eau de Parfum ($170)

Key fragrance notes: sweet amber, powdery notes, white musk, grey amber, cedarwood

Many reviewers report, to their delight, that Montale’s Amber Musk is a softer and smoother scent than some other options from the brand. Its approachable nature makes the scent perfect for newcomers to the fragrance territory, but an experienced connoisseur would love it just the same.

ANOTHER FAVORITE FROM THE BRAND:

Montale Orange Aoud Eau de Parfum ($170)

Key fragrance notes: bergamot, violet, patchouli, sandalwood, white musk

9. HERMES L'AMBRE DES MERVEILLES

Hermes L'Ambre des Merveilles Eau de Parfum ($128)

Key fragrance notes: amber, patchouli, vanilla

Hermès’s L’Ambre des Merveilles borrows properties from the brand’s Eau des Merveilles but still feels like a full-on winter fragrance. Cozy and warm, you’ll find a hint of musk mixed with a sweet amber. You’ll almost want to spray the scent on a sweater and carry it with you through the holidays.

ANOTHER FAVORITE FROM THE BRAND:

Hermès Terre d’Hermès Pure Perfume ($138)

Key fragrance notes: benzoin, cedar, shiso

10. MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA JAZZ CLUB

Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club ($130)

Key fragrance notes: pink pepper, primofiore lemon, neroli oil, rum absolute, clary sage oil, java vetiver oil, tobacco leaf absolute, vanilla bean, styrax resin

Maison Margiela is known for unisex perfumes, and although Replica Jazz Club is sold as a men’s cologne, that shouldn’t stop you from giving it a go. “Replica” in the fragrance's name refers to Margiela’s intention of re-creating the emotional scents of a certain place and time. This particular amber scent transports you to an old-fashioned cocktail bar. The seductive scent leads with tobacco and rum notes that may make this ideal for the bold perfume wearer but finishes off with amber and sweet vanilla that make it a bit more approachable.

ANOTHER FAVORITE FROM THE BRAND:

Maison Margiela Replica Coffee Break Fragrance ($130)

Key fragrance notes: coffee, red apple, lemon essence, lavender essence, spearmint essence, orange flower absolute, milk mousse accord, Sri Lankan sandalwood essence, Virginia cedarwood essence

Now your fragrance collection is ready for winter.

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