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As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, it’s time to look to the colder months ahead and switch up your beauty routine. It’s time to put away those light, summery perfumes that bring to mind memories of days spent at the beach, and pack away your sun cream (unless you’ll be heading for some winter sun this year, that is!) Instead, treat yourself to a brand-new autumnal fragrance, some luxurious shower gel, or even a handy travel kit of your beauty must-have’s.
Not sure where to start? You’re in luck – several of the top perfume houses have reinvented their classic fragrances just for autumn. 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.
During the warmer months of the year, heat will amplify any scent that you are wearing, which is why lighter, fresher fragrances are a good fit for spring and summer. But in cooler months, your fragrance won’t carry as well, which is why heavier, muskier scents work so 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 perfume even in the coldest weather.
In terms of the best autumnal fragrance notes, warming, comforting and even slightly spicy scents work really well, so look out for notes including amber, wood, vanilla and musk.
As your skin doesn’t heat up as much during winter, you might find that cold skin can dampen the effect of your fragrance. Layering up with complementary body creams or shower gels will ‘trap’ the fragrance, helping it last longer, whilst you should also opt for an eau de parfum version of your fragrance rather than an eau de toilette. Not only will the stronger concentration last much longer through those long autumn days, it will also permeate your clothes better, so you don’t have to use as much for the best effect.
With different names for fragrances, it can get confusing to know what you should be choosing. Well, it’s quite simple, actually - an eau de parfum is the strongest option, containing between eight and 15 per cent perfume oil and lasting you (hopefully) all day, whereas an eau de toilette only contains about four to eight per cent perfume. Whilst it’s not as strong, it should still last you around six to eight hours. For men, be aware that due to the high concentration of perfume in both, you shouldn’t apply either straight after shaving – stick to aftershave for that.
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
The Jimmy Choo man is in touch with his sensitivity, yet confident and outgoing. This new fragrance from Jimmy Choo is masculine and mysterious, with woody notes inspired by urban life – a true ode to the modern man. Fresh lemon caviar on top creates a vibrant scent, with undertones of black pepper adding warmth. Meanwhile, dry down and a note of leather combine to give a hint of rebellion.
Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime - For her
Discover a place filled with wonder, where endless sensuality awaits. Wonderlust Sublime by Michael Kors offers up an oriental floral fragrance that brings to mind the magic of golden hour. With a bold floral heart and notes of sensual amber, this fragrance feels truly addictive.
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy Gift - For him
The new masculine fragrance from Carolina Herrera is a sophisticated and unique scent for men who embrace every facet of modern manhood. With quirky Tonka bean, Cacao and Ambar wood, these seductive notes combine with vibrant sage, black pepper and bergamot for a distinctive and irreverent scent. Get even more for your money with the gift set, where you can layer up the scent thanks to the complimentary shower gel.
Floral Street Wild Vanilla Orchid - For her
Forget what you know about vanilla. This Wild Vanilla Orchid scent is an edgy combination of vanilla beans, blossom, cassis, and citrus, with woody bamboo and sandalwood base notes to ensure this scent is sensual rather than sweet. An easy to wear but unforgettable perfume, this will see you from the last days of summer to the coldest days of winter.
Gucci Mémoire d'une Odeur Shower Gel - Unisex
It's always a delight to find a fragrance that both you and your other half can use. Gucci Mémoire d'une Odeur is unisex, with the unexpected ingredients of Roman chamomile, Indian Coral Jasmine, vanilla, musks and woods. Available as both an eau de parfum and as a shower gel, so you can start your day with the most irresistible scent that will last all day.