I grew up in the Southeast and I never remember the heat bothering me. As an adult, it does. I’m now that person in Seattle that complains about the heat and starts sweating as soon as the temps rise over 70 degrees. For the most part, I enjoy summer but I don’t like the constant dehydration headache and difficulty falling asleep at night.
While writing this, it’s 1 am and still 80 degrees in my house. I feel like rebelling against summer (even though I’m sooo not ready for winter). I’ve been thinking about icy, cool perfumes and icy, cool places. Here is my list of perfumes inspired by snow and winter.
Pacifica Avalon Juniper Solid Perfume – This perfume was created for Winter Solstice. It’s a cool evergreen with lots of grapefruit. It’s a really good “cheapie” for summer. And it has an owl on the packaging. Full review. Retails for $9 at Pacifica Perfumes.
Demeter Snow Cologne Spray – I feel bad that I haven’t tried this one yet but I hear it’s good. Retails for $20 at Demeter.
Sweet Anthem Charlotte and Phoebe EDP – Sweet Anthem is one of the few indies that seems to be inspired by snow. (CB I Hate Perfume is another one). Charlotte is a crisp, green floral like a late winter snow while Phoebe is a sweeter, evergreen that reminds me of mid-winter snow. Both retail for $48 at Sweet Anthem. Also available in an oil base or solid perfume.
DSH Perfumes Powder EDP (not pictured) – This one is less about the temperature of snow but more about the texture of snow. It’s a soft heliotrope-vanilla with a fluffy snow-like texture. The 1 oz EDP retails for $70 at DSH Perfumes.
Gydja EFJ EDP – This is an Icelandic line of perfumes made from Icelandic glacial water. I hear that the line is rather touristy but hey, thinking of Iceland should cool you down! EFJ is the feminine fragrance – a sheer citrus. The brand also offers a cool, icy masculine scent too. Retails for $85 at Lasta.
D.S. & Durga Siberian Snow EDP – This is like a powdery amber. Once again, more like the texture of snow. Retails for $98 at Beautyhabit.
CB I Hate Perfume Walking in the Air Perfume Spray – It’s CB’s take on snow. Retails for $100 at CB I Hate Perfume.
CB I Hate Perfume 2nd (Alan) Cumming Perfume Spray – It’s dirt, leather and whiskey…making it unlike many on this list. To me this one is more like watching snow melt outside while you’re inside drinking scotch. Full review. Retails for $100 at CB I Hate Perfume.
Serge Lutens L’eau Froide EDP – This is an icy incense with white musk. I rather like this fresh scent. And I’ll admit that, judge away. Retails for $110 at Beautyhabit.
Comme de Garcons Blue Encens EDP – It’s an incense on ice. And when I say ice, I mean a really cold cardamom. Retails for $130 at Beautyhabit.
40 Notes White Winter Flower Perfume Oil – This is a delicate neroli that is like an early spring frost. Retails for $135 at 40 Notes.
Andrea Maack Parfums Craft EDP – Icy cold aldehydes and incense. Retails for $135 at Luckyscent.
Serge Lutens La Fille en Aiguilles EDP – This is such a “place” perfume for me. It’s a snowy chalet in the woods. In comparison to many of the others in this guide, La Fille en Aiguilles is warmer and cozier. Full review. Retails for $150 at Beautyhabit.
Malle L’Eau d’Hiver EDP – Soft, delicate, sheer winter fragrance. Retails for $155 at Barneys.
Arquiste Aleksandr EDP – Elegant, floral leather inspired by Russian winters. Retails for $165 at Beautyhabit.
Agonist Arctic Jade EDP – It’s one of those clean vanillas. Retails for $195 at Luckyscent.
The Different Company De Bachmakov EDP – This perfume is inspired by Russia. And to everyone not living in Russia, we think it is a snowy hell. De Bachmakov is an icy, chalky perfume – so good and a genius use of shiso. Full review. Retails for $230 at Beautyhabit. (This is probably my favorite on the list).
CREED Silver Mountain Water EDP – A crisp, cool aromatic with fruits and citrus. Cool and refreshing. Retails for $275 at Nordstrom.
Henry Jacques Snow Rose – Due to the crazy price, I’ve never tried this. It’s on the list because snow is in the name. Retails for $475 at The Perfume House.
One of the things I noticed while putting together this guide, is that mainstream perfumes rarely touch the idea of “snow”. Snow and winter are things that indies tend to embrace. There’s the occasional sporty “ice” designer masculine but overall, you are going to find mainstream perfumes are inspired more by tropical beaches than snowy mountains.
What are your favorite “icy” or snow inspired perfumes?
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