Though a summer fragrance is important (nothing feels better
than spraying on a spot of Tom Ford Neroli Portofino following
a post-beach shower), a winter scent is a life essential.
In the coming months, tans will fade, skin will dull and your body will be hidden beneath layers of wool, cashmere and tweed (we hope), so it's a requirement that you find a bold winter fragrance to give yourself an edge.
Here, we've selected the best new winter fragrances. From the soaring elegance of Cartier's L'Envol de Cartier to the off-key brilliance of Prada's new L'Homme, there's something for every man.
L'Envol de Cartier by Cartier
Imbued with gaïac wood and vaporised musk, Cartier's new cologne is housed in a beautiful double layered glass bottle, where the inner "capsule" can be removed from the outer glass container and carried separately.
Uomo Intense by Valentino
The mix of black leather, mandarin and tonka bean is sweet, deep and surprisingly fresh. Our tip is to apply sparingly for instant effect.
Gentlemen Only by Givenchy
This latest addition to Givenchy's Gentlemen Only stable features notes of saffron, nutmeg and cinnamon — what more could you want in the winter? Just be sure not to drink it.
Man Intense by Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo's latest scent is one of the lightest of the bunch (despite the name). Soft lavender is punched up by melon and mandarin, meaning this is a good shout for the slightly warmer autumnal months.
L'Homme Prada by Prada
Containing Prada's classic notes of amber and iris, this fragrance is characteristically enigmatic. Bright, with the addition of geranium, the scent dries
down to wintry notes of cedar
Icon Elite by Alfred Dunhill
So smartly packaged you'll want to keep it in your bathroom cabinet for ever, Alfred Dunhill's new scent is both simple and strong. Ebony dominates, with notes of cardamom and vetiver adding
a woody depth.
Dark Rebel Rider
by John Varvatos
Built around notes of Russian leather, Sumatran bark resin and bitter orange, this new fragrance, from rock's favourite designer, is as manly as you'd imagine.
Uomo by Salvatore Ferragamo
Much like a really good whisky,
this fragrance is as complex as it is addictive. Notes of black pepper and cardamom soften down to masculine cashmere wood and sandalwood.