Autumn and Winter 2016 Fragrances (Womens)

(Womens) Autumn and Winter 2016 Fragrances

For those of you who have read my last article on Mens fragrances for Autumn and Winter, you can probably skip down to the list of fragrances further down…but for those who haven’t, allow me to explain:

The fashion and fragrance industry works differently to other industries where trends are concerned. Everything usually runs in two season cycles. Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. It’s usually unlikely that something which was popular in the warmer months, will continue to be popular when it’s time to don the hat and scarf combo.

If you’re looking to buy a fragrance for someone at Christmas (or possibly for yourself in the January Sales), allow me to clue you in on the scents that are looking to be popular for the next few months.

Women’s fragrances over the colder months all seem to be focusing on floral and natural/wood notes. Unlike the men’s, which contain layers of citrus rather than floral. Key examples of fragrances that are expected to do well are Decadence by Marc Jacobs, Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent, Definitely Maybe by Laurelle London, and Gaiac Mystique by Givenchy.

Decadence by Marc Jacobs:

Top Notes: Italian Plum, Iris Flower, Saffron

Middle Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac, Orris

Base Notes: Vetiver, Papyrus Wood, Liquid Amber

In my opinion, quite an unusual collection of scents, but surprisingly, they work very well. It’s not often you can find a fragrance that uses really strong notes like Plum, Iris and Saffron all at the same time, and not have them overpower each other. But it’s the combination of these with the more subtle Rose and Amber, that helps to bring the really strong notes down, and leave a lasting, yet delicate scent. 

Black Opium by YSL:

Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom

Middle Notes: Jasmine, Coffee

Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Cedarwood

Nothing overly crazy with this scent by Yves Saint Laurent, pretty standard combinations of flavour: pink pepper with cedar wood, orange blossom with the vanilla. What gets me interested is the addition of coffee. A scent like coffee, much like with tobacco, can really dominate a fragrance if used with other, uncomplimentary notes. Looking at the note information on paper for Black Opium, everything about it, to me, screams ‘THIS WILL NOT WORK, THIS SHOULD NOT WORK’… but it does. The coffee almost acts as a restraint, stopping the other notes from making the fragrance too sweet. The coffee is bringing the fragrance down to a more serious, sultry level. It’s no wonder that Black Opium is still an Autumn/Winter favourite, even though it was launched back in 2014.

Definitely Maybe by Laurelle London:

Top Notes: Lemon, Tagette, Melon

Middle Notes: Blackcurrant, Pineapple, Floral

Base Notes: White Cedar, Amber, Musk

Definitely Maybe has been a staple fragrance here at Laurelle since forever, and for good reason. Unlike many fragrances that are on the market, Definitely Maybe ticks boxes all across the board. You’ve got the lemon and pineapple to add a citrus element to the fragrance, and melon and blackcurrant add sweet, fruity tones. Combine those with the floral kick from the tagette, and the natural feel of the white cedar and musk, and you’ve got a fragrance than be worn for pretty much any occasion. it’s not so overpowering that you can’t wear it everyday for work, yet it’s gutsy enough to add that extra something to an evening’s outfit. (and at only £28 for 100ml, it’s not exactly expensive either). Find it here –

Gaiac Mystique by Givenchy:

Top Notes: Iris

Middle Notes: Guaiac Wood

Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Incense

Like Black Opium, this fragrance has also stood the test of time, also being released in late 2014. However, unlike YSL, Gaiac Mystique doesn’t play it risky, it uses a limited number of ingredients, that are known to compliment each other well. The notes suggest that Iris should be the dominant note here, but according to public reviews on ‘’, wearers have noticed that the guaiac wood comes through as the main note, followed by the tonka beans, with the iris flower coming in at third. But this hasn’t affected the perfume’s popularity. Keep an eye open for this one.

For more information on notes and what they mean, have a quick read through ‘What Do Notes Mean?’ on the blog page.

What did you think of my list? Know of any fragrances I’ve missed, let me know by adding a comment below!

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