Grounding. Relaxing. Warming. Smoky perfumes have this special sort of superpower that envelop you in comfort on chilly evenings, such as Bonfire Night. So if you’re planning an evening under the stars this November 5th, you may want to treat yourself to a spritz or two of a smoky perfume. Traditionally created with notes of incense, birch tar, tobacco, and various woods, including cedar and cypress, a smoky perfume is your ideal winter-warming fragrance. Their popularity is forever increasing, so it is no wonder these brands, available at The Perfume Shop, are playing with fire and delighting us with fragrances packed with smoky nuances.
Sauvage by Dior
Described by the Parisian powerhouse Dior as ‘smouldering’ and ‘fierce’, Sauvage was made to ignite the confidence within you. Opening with uplifting Calabrian bergamot, the spiciness comes through over time as woody ambroxan and Papua New Guinean vanilla absolute take over. And surely, it’s simply a coincidence that the scent is fronted by smoking hot A-lister, Johnny Depp, no?
Incense City by All Saints
Taking its fragrance cue from its namesake, this scent from All Saints blends smoky notes of incense, cedarwood and cypress. The result? An remarkable scent that was made to work for anyone and any occasion.
Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss
A richer, more intense take on the original Boss Bottled scent (that’s been a bestseller for decades!), this rendition was made to turn heads. Featuring leathery and smoky notes – with a hint of pepper – it’s got staying power that you can rely on day after day.
Sandalwood Neroli by BohoBoco
Designed with sensuality in mind, this woody fragrance from BohoBoco is one you’ll want to spritz come date night. Sandalwood steals the show in this scent but shows off a softer side thanks to pops of jasmine, neroli and musk as it develops. If it’s your first foray into the world of smoky perfumes, we’d say this the perfect place to start.
Aura by Mugler
A wild blend of botanical freshness gives this sensual scent from Mugler the distinct touch. And we’d expect nothing less from the statement-making brand. While green and floral notes (like rhubarb leaves and orange blossom) kick things off, it’s the bourbon vanilla and wolfwood base that takes this scent to the softer side of smoky.
Gorgeous! By Michael Kors
We’ll admit that at first spritz, Gorgeous! by Michael Kors isn’t your ‘typical’ smoky scent. With its bouquet of jasmine, orange flower and ylang ylang, pushing it into the floral fragrance family, it starts off feeling more fresh than heady. But, once the tobacco accord cuts through the petals, it takes a sophisticated, smoky turn. The best of both worlds, in our books.
Mr Burberry by Burberry
Said to be inspired by the anything’s-possible anticipation of London at night, Mr Burberry is full of surprises. For starters, the spicy cinnamon and fresh tarragon top notes packs an immediate punch. While the rich patchouli, lavender and smokey vetiver adds warmth and sophistication.
Uomo by Valentino
Sophisticated Italian style is made effortless (and attainable!) with Valentino’s Uomo fragrance. Layering up woody and earthy notes, it’s as memorable as it is timeless. While the blend of cedar and vetiver essence, gives it that smoky spirit.
Stronger With You by Armani
A spicy, rich scent – inspired by the personal love story of THE Giorgio Armani – get set to fall for Stronger With You. A blend of spices (think cardamom, pink pepper) gives the fragrance a powerful start, before warming up with smoky vanilla jungle essence and sugar-coated chestnut accord.
Get set for the cosy season
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