When we discovered the work of photographer Monika Holzner and stylist Rebecca Martin we just knew their sensuous minimalism would be spot-on for our 2017 WINTER EscENTIALS. In an elaborate photo session in Paris, the creative duo shot eleven carefully selected fragrances to inspire you to celebrate the many diverse and often divergent facets of the cold season’s charisma. Follow us into the winter wonderland to discover musical icicles, fruit-laden icebergs, molten moonlight, and other wintery curiosities.
I smell Winter!
Discover 11 essential winter perfumes.
01. Amouage: Opus III
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’
―Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Though trees and plants may look dead and barren, black skeletons against a white monochrome backdrop, there’s a lot going on beneath the snow and ice. Opus III speaks of secret forces busily synthetizing saps and fragrant molecules for the time of resurrection.
PERFUMER: Karine Vinchone Spehner
02. Byredo: Blanche
A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
Director and writer Carl Reiner (9 Emmys) clearly never had the great good fortune to smell Byredo’s Blanche — or he’d have understood the pristine beauty of snow-covered plains: virginal, like fresh laundered linen; inviting, like the blank sheet of typewriter paper awaiting its next hit screenplay.
03. Æther: Methaldone
Our love is running into a burning building
Our love is scattered ash with a burnt-up feeling
Feel the heat so we started running
You know you saw it coming
But the memories are still in my mind
Burning like smoke and fire
—Sabrina Carpenter: Smoke and Fire
A winter fling brings light and warmth to the cold time of your year. But, what if the winds of passion were to stoke the smoldering embers in an all-consuming conflagration, making ashes and debris of your entire world? Our advice would be to merrily fan the flames, sweetheart — and splash on lots of Methaldone as olfactive soundtrack.
PERFUMER: Rodrigo Flores-Roux
04. Diptyque: Eau Mage EdP
I knew a girl who tried to walk across the lake
’Course it was winter when all this was ice
That’s a hell of a thing to do, you know
They say the lake is as big as the ocean
I wonder if she knew about it?
—Yoko Ono: Walking on Thin Glass
Two things needed to cross big waters: inquisitiveness and a great deal of patience — to wait for someone in a yacht to give you a ride (won’t happen!), or for the water to freeze over so you can walk across, following your own compass. Whichever way, don’t forget to take a really good perfume along!
PERFUMER: Fabrice Pellegrin
05. Carner Barcelona: Black Calamus
Melancholy were the sounds on a winter’s night.
—Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room
Winter’s the time to face your inner darkness and reconnect with your roots. Black Calamus envelopes you like a soft black blanket, providing the warmth and security you need for this strenuous process of reinvention — so you’ll rise like the butterfly from its cocoon, once your time has come.
PERFUMER: Rodrigo Flores-Roux
06. Map Of The Heart: Clear Heart V 1
Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out had a heart of glass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find
Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind
—Blondie: Heart of Glass
Some things can get so cold, they trick the nerve endings under your skin into sensing the touch of something dangerously hot: think of icicles, flash-frozen rain on iron gates, cubes right from the freezer. The same is true for hearts, just the other way around!
Perfumer: Jacques Huclier
07. Mona di Orio: Bohea Bohème
With melted Snow
I boil Fragrant tea.
A cup of fragrant tea can make all the difference: be your perfect start to the new day, fight winter’s chilliness from within, bridge the gap between humans, when shared. Black tea-themed Bohea Bohème is all of this — a remedy to get you through the dark times of the year.
PERFUMER: Fredrik Dalman
08. Stora Skuggan: Moonmilk
At night, the moon shines into the cave so brightly the light itself seems to take form. It makes the stalactites glitter and gleam, dripping tears of white liquid into puddles on the rocky ground that never dry out.
This poetic report of a rare and mysterious geological phenomenon by a 16th-century Swiss naturalist serves as a perfect description of the latest, sandalwood-based olfactive creation from Tomas Hempel, founder of Stockholm perfume house Stora Skuggan.
PERFUMER: Tomas Hempel
09. Guerlain: Arsene Lupin Voyou
Music comes from an icicle as it melts, to live again as spring water.
So it takes time and thermal energy to release melodious sounds from an icicle? The same forces will be effective in releasing the full olfactive beauty of Arsene Lupin Voyou! Despite a clean and slightly unapproachable opening, the warmth of your skin and a wee bit of patience will soon unlock for you the generous fragility of this scent.
PERFUMER: Jean-Paul Guerlain
10. Pierre Guillaume: Cadjmèré
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand, and for a talk beside the fire.
Thank God it’s winter! What better excuse to retrieve your favorite cashmere garments from their closeted exile — or, even better, to go hunt for new ones. If this perfume were a cashmere sweater, it would envelope you in a nude-colored, comforting, semi-translucent cocoon of fluffiness.
PERFUMER: Pierre Guillaume
11. Agonist: Arctic Jade
It’s never too cold for an ice cream.
Picture an iceberg bearing tons of ripe raspberries, the deep red of cranberries glistening below its glassy surface, and a cloud of vanilla-infused whipped cream to top it all off — the sole image we can think of to reconcile the cold beauty of the name Arctic Jade with the delicacy of its smell.