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Inside a Winter Scent

Our sense of smell is inextricably linked to memory. Whether it’s freshly cooked biscuits like mum used to make, that sweet smell of a baby’s head, or the combination of orange and clove at Christmas, one of the ways we reminisce is through aroma. It makes sense then, that people search for their ‘signature scent’, that cologne which becomes so synonymous with its wearer that one is reminded of them at the smallest sniff.

Whether you’re still searching out your signature fragrance or have one you wear year-round, this post is for you. 

Why one signature fragrance isn’t enough.

Summer perfumes, with their fresh and citrus notes, are best worn when the days are warm as their lighter notes are projected by the heat in the air; these subtle elements are too easily muted by cold weather. Conversely, winter fragrances typically include heavier notes and larger molecules, allowing them to better project off the skin and carry beyond those thick winter scarves. 

If you try to make a summer fragrance perform over winter, you’re fighting a losing battle. 


How to find your winter scent.

Fragrances can be classified into one of eight families: Aromatic, Chypre, Citrus, Floral, Fougère, Leather, Oriental And Woody. Each category can be further split into multiple sub-families and with such a broad range of fragrances, there’s a scent for every season. 

If you’re searching for your winter signature scent and are overwhelmed by the options, you may want to pinpoint a subfamily and start from there.  Two of our favourite options for a winter fragrance are Woody Musk and Spicy Oriental. 

Woody Musks can be either floral or fruity and may have notes of sandalwood, pine, patchouli, vetiver or cedarwood.

Spicy Oriental Ambers combines spices like cinnamon and cloves with woods including sandalwood and atlas cedar.

Other notes that lend themselves fabulously to a winter perfume are ginger, nutmeg, star anise, vanilla, amber, myrrh and resin.

If all of this information is making your head spin – the allbeauty team has you covered.

Our favourite winter scents…

Shopping for a new fragrance needn’t be an arduous task. If you want a short shortlist, why not try one of these top picks.

For Women

#1 With fruity top notes of apricot and pomegranate, this may not immediately seem like a winter perfume, however, the base notes of Diesel’s Loverdose Red Kiss provide a heavy base that offsets the lighter notes perfectly. With patchouli, vanilla and sandalwood, you’re sure to love this sensuous scent.

#2 Award-winning and a firm favourite with allbeauty customers, Modern Muse Nuit by Estee Lauder combines florals with creamy woods to create a seductive fragrance that you’ll adore. Vanilla and tonka bean dominate the base notes, while chamomile and jasmine balance out the top notes.

#3 A more winter-friendly version of their classic Lady Million perfume, Lady Million Prive by Paco Rabanne is a delightful combination of woody notes, sweetened with honey, cacao, vanilla, and a touch of raspberry. Good enough to eat!

#4  A truly glamorous fragrance, Roberto Cavalli’s Nero Assoluto is a velvety scent which features orchid, vanilla and citrus juxtaposed against wood and ebony base notes.


For Men

#1 Wanted by Azzaro is an award-winning fragrance for men that combines fresh top notes of lemon and ginger with heavier middle and base notes. The scents of cardamom, vetiver and tonka bean make this a great winter scent.

#2 Another fantastic fragrance, this time from Boucheron, Quatre Absolu De Nuit Pour Homme sits within the spicy wood family and has notes of clary sage, lavender, nutmeg, black pepper, atlas cedar and vanilla.

#4 Boss brings us Boss Bottled Oud Saffron, a sensuous scent that features saffron, rose, and oud – some consider this to be unisex due it’s effortless combination of masculine depths with warm florals. 

#5 Award-winning L’eau D’issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake is a classic scent that is incredibly versatile. A woody aquatic, it features top notes of juniper and bergamot with sage, vetiver, nutmeg, moss, cedar and sandalwood.


Still not sure where to start? Our Fragrance Finder for Him or Her makes choosing your next signature scent a breeze. Try one out!

The Cuddle Up

Discover Your New Scent This Autumn

Is there any season more wonderful than Autumn? Cold wind tousling hair and scarves, the crunch of leaves under chunky boots, evenings on the sofa with a glass of Merlot – it’s the beginning of the snuggliest season. 

As the evenings draw in, we’ll spend more time indoors, more time wearing woolly layers. Suddenly those floaty scents of summer will begin to jar with the autumnal atmosphere. Over the next few months, we’ll be spending more time getting cosy and snuggling up with the ones we love, so what better time to invest in a signature Autumn scent?

If you need inspiration, we’re here to guide your sense with our five top-rated fragrances for both men and women.

Autumn Perfumes for Women

  1. Ombre Leather by Tom Ford 100ml
Our Price £97.75 You save £17.25 (15%) off RRP

 

The most popular of our cool-weather ladies fragrances, Ombre Leather has top notes of cardamom, with mid notes of leather and jasmine sambac.

This is a deep, warm perfume which will be a firm favourite through Autumn and Winter. 

 

 

  1. Miss Dior by Dior 150ml
Our Price £127.80
You save £14.20 (10%) off RRP

A scent that bridges summer and Autumn perfectly, Miss Dior by Dior combines top

notes of Italian mandarin with the heady fragrances of Egyptian jasmine, rose and patchouli.

 

Miss Dior is one of those rare breeds of perfume that has stood the test of time.

 

 

  1. La Panthere by Cartier 50ml

    Our Price £43.50
    You save £44.50 (51%) off RRP

A sensual floral, La Panthere by Cartier is a diverse scent that will take you effortlessly from day to evening.

With notes including gardenia, rhubarb, dried fruit and musk, you’re sure to be impressed with this bouquet.

 

 

  1. Sexy Ruby by Michael Kors 50ml
Our Price £29.95 You save £40.05 (57%) off RRP

An autumnal perfume for those who prefer a fruity fragrance, Sexy Ruby by Michael Kors has main notes of raspberry, apricot and rose.

The base note is cashmere wood, which provides a deeper complexity to the overall scent.

 

 

 

  1. Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria by Guerlain 125ml
Our Price £35.95

A spicy citrus, Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria by Guerlain has top notes of bergamot and petitgrain (the leaves of a bitter orange plant),  with ginger and cardamom mid-notes and a woody, white musk base. 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Perfumes for Men

  1. Oud Wood by Tom Ford

    Our Price £138.70
    You save £23.30 (14%) off RRP

From the Private Blend Collection, Oud Wood by Tom Ford is our top-rated men’s fragrance for Autumn. 

The notes of oud and Brazilian rosewood are joined by sandalwood, cardamom, Sichuan pepper, and vanilla, to create a heavenly combination for cold days.

 

 

  1. He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood by Dsquared2

    Our Price £39.95
    You save £28.05 (41%) off RRP

Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood by Dsquared2 is a fragrance that will see you through Autumn, Winter, and even Spring.

With notes of violet, cedar, vetiver and pepper, this is an excellent choice for a signature scent.

 

 

  1. Only The Brave Extreme by Diesel

    Our Price £52.00
    You save £13.00 (20%)

An oriental woody fragrance, Only The Brave Extreme by Diesel is an ideal option for men who prefer to avoid the heavier musks.

Notes of apple, lemon and mandarin orange bring a fruity zest, which is balanced with leather, rose and tonka bean.

 

 

  1. Invictus Legend by Paco Rabanne

    Our Price £63.30
    You save £10.70 (14%) off RRP

For a fragrance that can take you from the waters of the Mediterranean to the ski fields of the Alps, look no further than Invictus Legend by Paco Rabanne. Fresh notes of sea salt, grapefruit and the ocean are juxtaposed with bay leaf, amber and wood.

 

 

 

  1. Eros Flame by Versace

    Our Price £55.25
    You save £9.75 (15%) off RRP

This strong scent is one of contrasts, with citrus, wood, spices and amber all coming into play.

The main notes are mandarin orange, vanilla, tonka bean and rosemary, although black pepper, rose, geranium, lemon, sandalwood and cedar all get a mention too.

 

 


With a vast range of perfumes available at allbeauty, it’s safe to say that your signature scent is only a few clicks away. So, what will you be wearing this Autumn? 

Father’s Day 2019 Gifting Inspiration

Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner , we’ve taken a look at gifting ideas for the most important men in your life. Whether you are buying for a partner from your children, gifting for a father figure or older gentleman, we have considered your needs from all angles!

Looking for even more great gift ideas? Take a look at our Father’s Day Shop
*Information correct at the time of publishing

Top Men’s Fragrance & Aftershave of The Year 2016

Announcing the top men’s fragrance of the year 2016. The scents he loved to wear, from prestige to designer and celebrity. Plus we reveal the best selling men’s Christmas aftershave.

The top men’s fragrance of the year 2016 is compiled by allbeauty, based on sales throughout the year. 

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Which top men’s fragrance is your favourite? Any you dislike? Comment below and tell us. Visit allbeauty to shop any of the products shown and don’t forget to tag us in your pics if you’ve recent bought any of these.

Most Wished For Christmas Fragrances 2016

Each year we compile a list of the most wished for fragrances by men and women – here’s what everyone’s hoping to find under the tree this Christmas 2016! Don’t know what to buy? Don’t know what to ask for? Eyes down…

Our most wished for Christmas fragrances are a curated list compiled in November 2016.

Top 8 Most Wished For Women’s Christmas Fragrance:

1. Beyoncé Heat Eau de Parfum
2. Jean Paul Gaultier – Classique Eau de Toilette
3. Calvin Klein – Eternity For Women Eau de Parfum
4. Paco Rabanne – Lady Million Eau de Parfum
5. Jimmy Choo – Eau de Parfum
6. Thierry Mugler – Alien Eau de Toilette
7. Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely – Eau de Toilette
8. Ghost – The Fragrance Eau de Toilette

Top 8 Most Wished For Men’s Christmas Fragrance:

1. Jean Paul Gaultier – Le Male
2. Hugo Boss – Boss Bottled
3. Calvin Klein – CK One Eau de Toilette
4. Issey Miyake – L’Eau d’Issey Homme
5. Joop – Homme
6. Paco Rabanne – 1 Million EDT
7. Dior – Sauvage EDT
8. Ted Baker – M

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Please note: Our lists are curated from Amazon.co.uk ‘Most Wished For’ as of November 2016.
All items available from allbeauty.com as of Christmas 2016, while stocks last.

The allbeautyHQ Team Tell Us Their Fave Retro Scents

This week on allbeauty.com we’re talking favourite retro scents. We asked the allbeautyHQ team to tell us theirs and the stories behind them….

allbeauty retro scents Claire Claire – Head of Social Media
“My Mother was a beauty consultant for Chanel, I wore bottles of Chanel No. 19 to school as a teenager – I was very spoilt!! I also had the gorgeous Chanel After Bath Powder that went with it. It came in a huge container and lasted months.”
 Retro Fragrances Peter Peter – Lead Creative
“Back in ‘82 I recall getting ready for a first date. I spotted Dad’s aftershave (Drakkar Noir) in the bathroom cabinet and decided to borrow it. Problem was, I splashed it everywhere then couldn’t wash off the scent! The smell was all over me – very embarrassing!”
 Retro fragrances Fi Fi – Head of Brand

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche really takes me back to my childhood. It was a permanent fixture on my Mum’s dressing table, in those glamorous times of big hair & shoulder pads!”

 Retro fragrances Ryan  Ryan – Digital Designer

“I wore Lacoste Pour Homme every day in my first year at Uni (2002/3) – I think someone gave it to me as a going away gift. It brings back great memories whenever I walk by someone wearing it (not all of them ones I can share!)”

Tell us your favourite retro scents and why you love them – you can tweet us @allbeautynews or leave us a comment below.

Father’s Day: The Fragrances Dad REALLY Wants 2016

This Father’s Day are you wondering what Dad REALLY wants? We’ve discovered the top 8 most wished for men’s fragrances for Father’s Day 2016! Forget the guesswork, because the answers are here.

All fragrances are in stock at the time of writing and available to buy at allbeauty.com. For a full list with shopable links, see the end of this blog post.

8 Most Wished For Father's Day Fragrances

You can shop all of these great gifts for Dad at allbeauty.com – links are below:

  1. 1. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male SHOP NOW
  2. 2. Hugo Boss Boss Bottled SHOP NOW
  3. 3. Calvin Klein CK One SHOP NOW
  4. 4. Paul Smith Extreme Man SHOP NOW
  5. 5. Paco Rabanne Invictus SHOP NOW
  6. 7. Davidoff Cool Water For Him SHOP NOW
  7. 8. Ted Baker M SHOP NOW
  8. Even when Father’s Day is over, we think this is a great insight into the aftershave men really want. If in doubt, buy Dad (or Granddad) a fragrance from this list and you can’t go wrong!

Tom Ford Fragrance: The Best Luxury Gifts For Dad

Searching for the best gift for Dad, what really matters is getting it right. When you want something luxurious yet different, and if the budget will stretch, the choice is easy: Tom Ford fragrance.

High class fragrance is quite easy to find (think timeless classics such as Dior, Chanel and Boss). But something really special? Something between High Street and Bespoke? Enter Tom Ford, the American designer and film director, who started his career at Chloe before turning around the fortunes of Gucci.

Who Is The Average User? Tom Ford aftershaves and colognes are for every man, they’re perfect for Dads of any age.
Fragrance Notes? Traditional ingredients such as sage, vetiver and oak moss combine with neroli, sandalwood and jasmine. These are classic male scents with a modern edge.
Packaging? Tom Ford scents have distinctive packaging that say quality on first sight. Glass and metal are the key elements here.

Our Top 3 Tom Ford fragrance products for Father’s Day

Tom Ford Oud Wood is part of the Private Blend range. A wonderful blend of smoky incense, sandalwood and vetiver. We won’t pretend it’s a budget buy (expect to pay around £100 for a 30ml size) but it’s well worth considering if you can stretch to that extra treat.

Private Blend is my own scent laboratory: it’s where I have the ability to create very special, original fragrances that are unconstrained by the conventions of mainstream scent-making. Private Blend is designed with the true fragrance connoisseur in mind. – Tom Ford

Tom Ford, Private Blend Neroli Portofino (Shower Gel 250ml) – when you’d prefer to give a bath and body product, go for ultimate luxury! Private Blend Neroli Portofino is a best selling, high end fragrance by Tom Ford. This gentle cleansing gel is fragranced with the same scent but at a fraction of the cost. A very modern scent, Neroli Portofino combines citrus oils and floral notes with Amber undertones to awaken the senses.

Tom Ford, Noir (Eau de Parfum 50ml) is an update on the original fragrance released in 2012. The oriental and spicy notes of the 2012 original have been refreshed with a mix of new elements. These include spearmint, Italian lemon and pure citrus oils. This gives the composition a cooling freshness that’s ideal for warmer months and dials down the oriental top notes. Underneath is a base of traditional wood and musk.

All Tom Ford fragrance products have accompanying bath and body products, including soap, deodorant and body lotion, so well worth checking if you’re on a budget.

The 2016 allbeauty.com Father’s Day Gift Guide is now available so if you’re still undecided then take a look at our inspiration gallery, including our top 5 fragrance picks.

Jimmy Choo Scents – a guide to the range

Hard to believe that Jimmy Choo launched their first fragrance as recently as 2011! Here’s the allbeauty guide to the world of Jimmy Choo perfume and aftershave.

🎄 CHRISTMAS UPDATE: Looking to gift Jimmy Choo perfume or aftershave? Scroll to the end of this post, for tips on which fragrance to choose.

Jimmy Choo Eau de ToiletteThe iconic fragrance, Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum, was an overnight success in 2011 and lead to the creation of Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette the following year. In a bottle designed by Jimmy Choo Co-Founder Tamara Mellon, inspired by her love of Murano glass, the idea was to create something that looks perfectly in place on a bedside table.

Since then we’ve been blessed with new creations every year including Flash (in 2013), Exotic (in 2013), Stars (in 2014) and their first fragrance for men, Jimmy Choo Man, in 2014, followed by  2016’s Man Intense and 2017’s Jimmy Choo Man Ice.

Jimmy ChooFronted by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, Jimmy Choo Man is a surprisingly woody scent with top notes of lavender and mandarin mixed with honeydew melon, pink pepper, geranium and pineapple leaf. Finally the fragrance leaves a lasting scent of patchouli, suede and ambery wood. Since its debut the scent has won numerous awards and is available with complementary products including deodorant and aftershave balm.

Jimmy Choo Man Intense Eau de Toilette Spray 100mlJimmy Choo Man Intense

Released in 2016,  and favourably compared with Bleu de Chanel, Intense is a great day to night fragrance. With top notes of mandarin orange, melon and lavender, middle notes of geranium, black pepper and Artemisia and base notes of patchouli, tonka bean and lavender.

Jimmy Choo Man Ice – The Latest Creation

In 2017 Jimmy Choo announced new Man Ice, a woody aromatic with notes of mandarin, cedar and moss. Already a winner in the Men’s Health Grooming Awards 2017 who called it “light enough to wear year-round but complex enough to keep people guessing. Perfect for date night”.

 

Famous Jimmy Choo Fans – these celebs wore Jimmy Choo at defining moments of their careers:

  • 2002 Halle Berry accepting her Oscar
  • 2006 Keira Knightley at the Golden Globes
  • 2009 Michelle Obama at the presidential inauguration
  • 2009 Sandra Bullock accepting her Oscar
  • 2009 Rihanna winning a Grammy
  • 2011 Natalie Portman accepting her Oscar
  • 2012 Meryl Streep accepting her BAFTA
  • 2013 Beyoncé winning a Grammy

EDP & EDT – There is a difference!
One thing that often catches people out is the difference between Jimmy Choo EDP and EDT. They are quite different scents, when generally the only difference between an Eau de Parfum and an Eau de Toilette is the strength. Most people are strongly one or the other! Here’s the difference:

  • Jimmy Choo EDP is a fruity scent with notes of tiger orchid, sweet toffee caramel and Indonesian patchouli.
  • EDT on the other hand contains exotic tiger orchid blended with tea rose on a woody base. Unlike the debut it does not contain patchouli, instead it contains cedar.

Did You Know? Jimmy Choo Creative Director Sandra Choi created a slipper especially for the launch of Disney’s live action Cinderella. Who better to create the most iconic shoe in the world?

Jimmy Choo Fragrance GuideThe latest women’s offering from this design powerhouse is Jimmy Choo Blossom, which was released in 2015 alongside Jimmy Choo Illicit. Blossom is a glorious mix of red berries and citrus cocktail with a heart of sweet pea and rose and complemented by a base of white musk and sandalwood. Illicit on the other hand is a fiery mix of bitter orange and ginger over a base of warm amber.

Gift Buying: Both Jimmy Choo Flash and Jimmy Choo Illicit are aimed at a younger, party loving, confident female and are great for those in their teens to early 30s. The iconic Jimmy Choo EDP and EDT are suitable for all ages – choose the Eau de Toilette if in doubt as it’s a little lighter and doesn’t contain patchouli which can divide opinion. Blossom is also suitable for any age but targeted at more sophisticated party goers who love cocktails and dancing with the girls. Jimmy Choo Man is for the refined, urban gent with a rebellious spirit and will appeal to those who don’t enjoy heavy, spicy scents. Jimmy Choo Man Ice, the latest fragrance, is a lighter-weight scent that’s ideal for the office and will appeal to most men.

Jimmy Choo allbeautyHQ Fans: Both Jimmy Choo EDT and EDP are immensely popular here at allbeautyHQ (it’s probably our go-to scent!) In fact, allbeautyHQ CRM Manager Trinny chose Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette as her Spring 2017 wedding scent. Trinny told us it’s her all-time favourite perfume: glamorous and feminine and perfect for her special day.

 

Jimmy Choo continue to excite us with new launches each year – we can’t wait to discover their next move!

Jimmy Choo Fragrances are available at allbeauty at prices to suit everyone!
Prices correct at the time of publish.

Fragrances: Jean Paul Gaultier Guide

The allbeauty quick guide to Jean Paul Gaultier fragrances for men and women.

Jean Paul Gaultier, the iconic designer and enfant terrible of fashion, is responsible for one of the most successful designer-fragrance crossovers to date. His first fragrance, Classique, launched in 1993 (originally titled Jean Paul Gaultier Eau de Parfum) and was made for women. Described as an “elegant, oriental, floral fragrance” with top notes of anise, orange blossom and tangerine, naturally it was an instant hit.

The huge success of Classique was followed by Le Mâle, the fragrance for men, in 1995, which was loved both for its scent as well as its ‘tin can’ outer packaging. Both fragrances continue to hit the topseller mark, notably at Christmas and on Valentine’s Day.

Gaultier continued to produce fragrances on a regular basis and in 2005 the unisex “fragrance for humanity” Gaultier² (pronounced Gaultier to the power of two) was launched, a beautiful mixture of vanilla, amber and musk, blended through a smoke screen of incense and myrhh.

The hugely popular Fleur du Mâle was launched in 2007, with an orange blossom and neroli flavour. Then in 2011 the bestseller Kokorico arrived – described as “a powerful, dynamic, aphrodisiac fragrance: the raw cocoa bean collides with the sprightly freshness of the fig leaf and livens up the timeless elegance of woods” and featuring a bottle design that was simply astonishing (from the side a man’s face, from the front the male body). Did you know? The word ‘kokorico’ is the french version of ‘cock-a-doodle-doooo’!

Since then Jean Paul Gaultier has continued to produce new fragrances plus limited edition bottles, and currently has almost 100 fragrances to his name. Other bestsellers include MaDame a fresh, floral scent with notes of orange zest, sparkling rose, musk and cedar wood and Le Beau Male, a cocktail of mint, absinthe and lavender.

Gaultier Scandal

2017 saw a flurry of excitement with the release of Scandal, a deliciously naughty scent that mixes elegance with the scandal of Pigalle! With notes of honey, blood orange and patchouli, Scandal is set to be our new favourite.

allbeauty stocks a wide range of fragrances for men and women by Jean Paul Gaultier, all at fantastic prices with worldwide delivery.