Winter Favorites : 10 Boozy Perfumes to Warm Your Bones

Get ready to become intoxicated by Elisa’s heady selection of winter fragrances.

As I write this, it’s 65 degrees – hardly fire-building and hot-toddy weather. But Denver is erratic in spring, and it could easily snow this week. Regardless, winter is the perfect time for perfumes that feel like an après ski fantasy: cozy, firelit, complete with nightcaps. Here are some of my boozy favorites.

pine cone ratafia

Mezcal

MiN New York Barrel – Described by MiN as a “complex cocktail of spirits” including tannins, absinthe, and rum, this wonderful scent has a smoky sweetness that reminds me more of a cross between bourbon and mezcal, laced with intense spices that conjure up whiffs of Chinese mustard and gunpowder.

Brandy

Viktoria Minya Hedonist – This incredibly sweet gourmand is right on the edge of being too much (as the name would suggest), but somehow, it isn’t. It smells like peach brandy, or brandied peaches: honeyed, creamy fruit drenched in liquor and ready to be flambéed. A touch of osmanthus and jasmine keep it sophisticated.

Umeshu

Tom Ford Plum Japonais – Given the “Japonais,” this must be inspired by the Japanese liqueur made from steeping plums in alcohol. This boozy, spicy, woody-oudy oriental fits in a lineage with Chanel Egoiste and Feminite du Bois. Delicious and rich as purple brocade.

Vodka

Parfums d’Empire Ambre Russe – Does Ambre Russe (in the Russian style) really have a vodka note? Hard to say, since good vodka is supposed to have next to no scent at all. But it has plenty else – it’s a very rich amber with a medicinal aspect like oud, the salty, doughy note familiar from Ambre Sultan, and a naughty animalic leather accord.

Mulled Wine

Parfums DelRae Bois de Paradis – Actual mulled wine leaves me (ironically?) cold – something about the volatility of hot alcohol just reminds me it’s essentially toxic. But in perfume, as in other arts, the idea is often better than the reality, and I love this welcoming concoction of wine-like rose, tart fig and berries, sandalwood and cinnamon.

Dessert Wine

Ginestet Botrytis – Similar to Hedonist, Botrytis owes as much to honey as it does to fermented fruit. It’s named, perversely, after a parasitic fungus that often affects wine grapes; one type, known as “noble rot,” helps produce dessert wines like Sauternes. Botrytis really does smell like the lovely French after-dinner drink, a syrupy halfway point between pure honey and the complex, raisin-like taste of port.

Kahlua

By Kilian Intoxicated – Finally, a coffee perfume that smells like coffee! Intoxicated is based on an idea of spiced Turkish coffee, so along with the sweet roastiness you get nutmeg, cinnamon, and a delicious hit of green cardamom.

Amaretto

Guerlain Tonka Imperiale – Tonka beans smell like almond and vanilla, and tonka-heavy perfumes often remind me of Amaretto, which in its bitter-almond intensity almost tastes like cherries. Tonka Imperiale complicates the sweet liqueur accord with subtly smoky wood notes, creating an upscale gourmand.

Pernod

Caron Eau de Reglisse – My husband used to like to bring a bottle of Pernod, the yellow anise liqueur, to parties, because no one else would touch it. Eau de Reglisse is a typical black licorice scent in all respects, but with the addition of a big lemon top note, like you topped it off with a splash of Monsieur Balmain.

Crème de Cassis

The Vagabond Prince Enchanted Forest – I’m of the opinion that you could add blackcurrant to almost anything and make it better. For Enchanted Forest, Bertrand Duchaufour basically added blackcurrant to blackcurrant, then threw in some fir (whose resin echoes the blackcurrant with its fruit-leather note) for good measure. Now where’s the champagne?

What are your favorite boozy, heady scents? Or what perfumes are you wearing a lot this winter?

Please also see lists made by Grain de Musc :: Now Smell This :: Perfume Posse :: The Non-Blonde.

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102 Comments

  • Sandra: Its 7 Degrees here in NYC-want to switch places?

    I am not much of a drinker-so its really hard for me to relate perfume to drinks. I do remember when I was younger, and not even close to being at a age to drink, my grandmother would make me whisky and tea when I was sick -it always worked-the next morning I was up and back to normal again.
    I am just going to share what I am wearing a lot of this winter.
    Since I have a 2 mos old I usually smell like Eau de Breastmilk and Spit-up de toilette. Drink of choice-anything with caffeine. Cappuccino with a milky heart on top.

    Journey by Amouage (most worn this winter)-It quite an Arab scent. Juicy Apricot, Jasmine Tea, Osmanthus blossom, Nutmeg, Saffon and Vanilla & Honey notes. A women wearing this may be drinking a flavorful spiced rum & coke

    Love by Killian- A cloud of marshmallow sweet puffiness. Marshmallow infused vodka with cherry soda.

    No 19 Poudre- musk and iris. High Ball: 7 & 7

    Enjoy your Valentines Day this weekend February 13, 2015 at 8:12am Reply

    • Elisa: You must save so much money not ordering wine with dinner! Oddly, even as a small child I liked the taste of alcohol — my favorite desserts were stuff like rum cake and a rum pie my grandmother used to make, with shaved chocolate on top.

      If you like Love, have you tried Kiss Me Tender? I just tried it yesterday and fell in love! It has a similar fluffy feel. February 13, 2015 at 8:34am Reply

      • Heather H: Elisa, I tried a sample from Beautyhabit. I am in love too. I might wear it today for early Valentine’s Day celebrations with my first grade class. February 13, 2015 at 8:42am Reply

        • Elisa: It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day! February 13, 2015 at 8:46am Reply

      • Sandra: I will give it a try!!
        I do save a lot of $ by not ordering a lot of drinks with dinner. February 13, 2015 at 8:55am Reply

        • Heather H: Sandra, I have had three children back to back the past four years. I have saved so much money because we rarely go out and I don’t spend money on clothes as I am going to lose all this baby weight soon! Right? So I have some extra money to spend on beautiful perfume:) February 13, 2015 at 9:14am Reply

          • Heather H: Let me add lipstick, shoes, and bags:) February 13, 2015 at 9:15am Reply

            • Sandra: Oh baby weight- I should of took my midwife advice and not try to on my pants until after 3 months, but I did, and I cried!
              Enjoy your little ones! February 13, 2015 at 9:21am Reply

      • Sandra: Rum Raisin Ice cream was a fav of mine February 13, 2015 at 9:20am Reply

      • Solanace: Me too! And of course, it was the eighties, so children could have desserts with real rum or brandy in it. Good ole days… February 13, 2015 at 5:38pm Reply

  • spe: Does anyone have an idea about which notes could smell like beer? On a few occasions, I’ve had that reaction to fragrance on people who have definitely not been drinking! February 13, 2015 at 8:29am Reply

    • Victoria: It must be something yeasty, or the way fragrance changes on their skin. I had an assistant in my former office whose skin (maybe because of diet or medication she took) amplified anything fruity. For one study, we tested diluted raw materials on several people, including this woman, and certain fruity, apple-like notes smelled like yeast or cider on her. On others, I didn’t notice this effect. So, perhaps it might be the same issue. February 13, 2015 at 8:35am Reply

      • Elisa: Oh, how interesting! February 13, 2015 at 8:38am Reply

      • spe: That helps clarify the issue – thank you! February 15, 2015 at 5:25am Reply

    • Elisa: I hope Victoria will weigh in on this one. Personally, I always thought the first version of Miss Dior Cherie smelled a little like cheap canned beer. And Rose Barbare reminds me of raspberry lambic. Could be a combination of fruit and aldehydes? February 13, 2015 at 8:36am Reply

      • Victoria: Might be that too! Mitsouko smelled like beer on my friend, and we even applied it together to compare. February 13, 2015 at 9:04am Reply

    • Fogdew: Ooh that is so interesting, because I had noticed it in a work environment and was really puzzled! Im so relieved now that I know that the nice young man is not an alcoholic! I actually think now it was a Carolina Herrera he was wearing…. February 14, 2015 at 9:22am Reply

  • Michaela: While all your descriptions are very evocative, kahlua in Intoxicated sounds very appealing to me!
    For me, the warmth, complete relaxation and euphoria following a whole day skiing are perfectly embodied by Kenzo Jungle. I can’t think of a similar nightcup, but the scent itself makes me happily boozy. February 13, 2015 at 8:34am Reply

    • Elisa: Oh yes, Kenzo Jungle is in that mulled wine family! With all that clove and cinnamon. February 13, 2015 at 8:38am Reply

    • Ariadne: I too associate Kenzo Jungle with snow! Fortunately I have a FB of KZ to go with the four feet of it looming just outside my window! February 13, 2015 at 9:23am Reply

      • Elena: So funny! Kenzo Jungle Elephant has become my “we just got ANOTHER FOOT?” shoveling scent. It really transports you to somewhere warmer, and it just somehow sings in cold weather for me. Good thing I have a big ol’ 3.4oz bottle, because we are up to our ears in snow. Again. February 15, 2015 at 1:04pm Reply

  • Heather H: Sorry to make you jealous, but for the past two days the temperature has been in the eighties, so no boozy scents for me. I love Parfums DelRae Bois de Paradis though.

    Yesterday I tried Chanel’s Misia. This perfume is super gorgeous you guys. I really smell the powder, rose and violets. It did last long on my skin too. February 13, 2015 at 8:38am Reply

    • Elisa: Wow! I’m not quite ready for 80s yet.

      How tempting. I love a good powdery rose-violet. February 13, 2015 at 8:39am Reply

  • briony hey: I find Boxeuses very boozy – which reminds me – I must give it a wear. It’s a great winter perfume and it’s been languishing in my drawer for far too long. I also love the cassis note in Atelier Cologne’s Silver Iris. February 13, 2015 at 9:16am Reply

    • Elisa: I have a sample of Boxeuses on my desk right now! Looking forward to spending some time with it. I get boozy notes from a lot of the Lutens line, actually. February 13, 2015 at 9:22am Reply

  • Annette: May I offer one more boozy category? Whisky! And that for me is now Spirit of the Glen from D.S. & Durga (I know, I know, I sound like a broken record, but I’ve been on a DS&D kick for the last two months and just can’t help myself:)). The perfume is based on the Glenlivet 18 and smells heavenly.
    Oh, and how about rum and the obvious representative, Idole by Lubin?
    As for mulled wine I vote for Andy Tauer’s Incense Rose. Mmmm… February 13, 2015 at 9:44am Reply

    • Elisa: I almost included another from MiN, Dahab, which reminds me of scotch.

      Sadly, I’ve never tried Idole, though everyone tells me it’s great! February 13, 2015 at 9:48am Reply

    • LisaInDenver: Count me in as another huge fan of Spirit of the Glen (and HYLNDS/D.S. & Durga in general)! I love its grassy, malty, cask-y richness.

      Another warm, boozy fave I’d add is Frapin 1270, an ode to Cognac. February 13, 2015 at 11:43pm Reply

  • Phyllis Iervello: I love the pairing of wines and liquors with perfumes. I do notice that sometimes the perfume I’m wearing conflicts with the taste of the wine I’m drinking and sometimes the wine starts to taste like the perfume smells–if that makes any sense. But perhaps the aura of the fragrance can change the flavor of the wine. However, my perfume never starts smelling like the wine–which I guess is a good thing. Today I am wearing Rozy voile d’extrait which on me is a very boozy kind of rose. February 13, 2015 at 9:51am Reply

    • Elisa: I have noticed that too — sometimes a sweet perfume can make your wine taste sour! February 13, 2015 at 9:58am Reply

  • rainboweyes: I actually prefer to fight cold with real booze 😉 – a cup of tea with a shot of rum or a glass of cognac 🙂
    Scentwise, my motto is “like cures like”, so I mostly wear cold scents, even in the middle of the winter – Iris Silver Mist, Dzongkha, Angeliques Sous la Pluie, Iris de Nuit… February 13, 2015 at 11:24am Reply

    • Elisa: Once I’m over the hump with a cold, I find a glass of wine puts a halt on the constant nose-blowing. 🙂 February 13, 2015 at 11:39am Reply

  • Susiebelk: Santa Maria Novella Vaniglia. Warm, spicy, boozy! Mmmmmm! February 13, 2015 at 11:25am Reply

    • Susiebelle: Oops it’s Susiebelle, not belk. February 13, 2015 at 11:27am Reply

  • Patricia: Fun article! I find Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanilla boozy to the point of being overwhelming. I must admit that I didn’t really give it a fair chance, though, and will dig out my sample to retry. February 13, 2015 at 11:38am Reply

    • Elisa: I believe that was on my winter list last year, or I would have included it. It’s very boozy and I love it! February 13, 2015 at 11:40am Reply

    • Little Red: I agree, a very boozy vanilla like Haagen Dazs Vanilla ice cream. February 16, 2015 at 9:06pm Reply

      • Elisa: I wonder if anyone else remembers their Macadamia Brittle flavor, with that great vanilla base. It was my favorite but discontinued (like perfume!) February 17, 2015 at 7:40am Reply

  • briony hey: Another whisky one is Angela Flanders’ Aqua Alba. I tried it a couple of months ago but it was too boozy for me though. February 13, 2015 at 12:01pm Reply

    • Elisa: I’m not sure a ‘fume *could* be too boozy for me…. February 13, 2015 at 12:04pm Reply

  • shirinalzebari: Would like to recommend me a perfume inline with champagne! Then pink champagne! After would like a sister perfume for a Dom Pergnion! February 13, 2015 at 12:14pm Reply

    • Elisa: Well of course there’s always YSL Yvresse (formerly Champagne)! Also check out Fragrantica’s list of perfumes with a champagne note: http://www.fragrantica.com/notes/Champagne-400.html February 13, 2015 at 12:18pm Reply

    • Alicia: Perhaps YSL Yvresse (formerly called Champagne). February 13, 2015 at 12:22pm Reply

    • tavogels: How about Dom Rosa from Les Liquides Imaginaires? It’s champagne and roses–very lovely. February 15, 2015 at 11:51am Reply

  • Shoshi: Vince Camuto smells like rum to me, it’s a pretty scent.
    Badgely Mischka also smells vaguely boozy to me. Maybe also Fendi Asja. February 13, 2015 at 12:40pm Reply

    • Elisa: I can see that about Badgley Mischka. It has some of that fruity brandy vibe. February 13, 2015 at 1:03pm Reply

  • nozknoz: Frapin 1697, which smells like a delicious, spicy creme brulee with cognac. Mmmm! February 13, 2015 at 1:24pm Reply

    • Elisa: Wow, that sounds delicious! February 13, 2015 at 1:47pm Reply

  • Bobbie: In the eighties here in Southern California, so thinking more about grapefruit mimosas than hot toddies, but if I did need something snuggly and boozy, I might reach for Penhaligon’s Tralala. Yummy whiskey note! February 13, 2015 at 1:46pm Reply

  • Mj: Fighting a head cold in sub zero Chicago today drinking hot water with lots of lemon and honey. Missing the whiskey to make it a true hot toddy. If I could smell I’d enjoy the champagne frizz of Irvesse, mentioned above by Alicia. Had planned to wear Cartier Baiser Vole Essence in which I always notice a boozy undertone. Maybe next weekend…. February 13, 2015 at 3:32pm Reply

    • Elisa: I hope you recover soon! February 13, 2015 at 3:36pm Reply

    • hajusuuri: Yes! On my sister, Essence smells like the finest cognac! February 13, 2015 at 9:59pm Reply

  • Nadja: I just got a bottle of Slumberhouse Zahd and it smells almost exactly like my favorite sherry! Syrupy, super sweet with hints of cherry, cranberry and cacao, and a golden immortelle vibe! Very decadent! I’ll be wearing it tomorrow! 😀 February 13, 2015 at 4:17pm Reply

    • Elisa: Yum! I would love a perfume that smells like port… February 13, 2015 at 4:27pm Reply

  • Solanace: Londonium has a nice whisky note. And I have to say that I love this list! February 13, 2015 at 5:43pm Reply

    • Elisa: Thank you! February 13, 2015 at 7:16pm Reply

  • Courant: Le Parfum by Lalique “vanilla beans steeped in light rum with a touch of star anise” said Victoria. Once said the genie wouldn’t go back in the bottle and I now consider it boozy, but charming February 13, 2015 at 5:52pm Reply

    • Katy: It is boozy and charming and I love it in the Winter. February 13, 2015 at 7:13pm Reply

    • Elisa: Sounds great! I’m actually working on an article about licorice and anise notes, too. February 13, 2015 at 7:17pm Reply

  • mough: I was just in Vegas and spent hours at Barney’s and the SA gave me a sample of a perfume that was EXACTLY the smell of red wine. Can not for the life of me remember the name, but it was a winey-esque name, as in, the name itself revealed the red wine scent. It was amazing. I would have considered it but thought I’d smell like a drunk. It was that strong.

    Any of you try the ROADS line, of the 10 they came out with. Names like Graduate 1954, Neon and such? Very curious.

    Came home with a small bottle of CARNAL FLOWER, a great go-to in the winter, for me. Big. White. Flowers. February 13, 2015 at 8:34pm Reply

    • Elisa: Was it Kelly & Jones maybe? That whole line is based on wine.

      Can’t go wrong with Carnal Flower! February 14, 2015 at 2:09am Reply

  • hajusuuri: By Kilian Apple Brandy smells like apple ice wine to me! February 13, 2015 at 10:00pm Reply

    • Elisa: Oh I love Ice Wine! I just tried some of the newer By Kilians but missed that one. February 14, 2015 at 2:09am Reply

      • hajusuuri: I’ll send you some to try. I think I still have your mailing address but best to email me so no one else gets your package! February 14, 2015 at 11:04am Reply

        • Elisa: Thank you, how sweet! I’ll drop you a note. February 14, 2015 at 11:05am Reply

  • Lynn Morgan: I love both Ambre Russe and Botyris, although I am always afraid of getting pulled over at a sobriety checkpoint and having to explain (“Seriously, Officer, it’s only perfume!)I sometimes feel I am wasting my money on perfume; givem the audience I play to, I’d have more success rubbing a few drops of single-malt scotch behind each ear and into my cleavage, but then I’d really have trouble explaining it to the cops! February 14, 2015 at 1:46am Reply

    • Elisa: Ha! I don’t think real scotch would last quite as long, though I admit I’ve never tried that… February 14, 2015 at 2:10am Reply

  • Tijana: Great topic and review Elisa, thank you!

    We share two favourites from this group (maybe we’d share more, but I haven’t tried the rest ;)) which I have been wearing a lot this winter: Intoxicated and Tonka Imperiale.

    I have also been wearing a lot Ambre Narguille, which to me is slightly “booze soaked fruits” at least in the opening and because it seems to be one of the more lasting Hermessences, I feel I can wear it in the winter without a problem (the rest seem a bit more fleeting on me). This winter I was also reaching a lot for Angel and it’s cousin Nuits de Noho (which I actually find a bit boozier compared to Angel).

    All in all, if there is one reason why I like winter, it’s because I can pull off some amazing rich fragrances that I simply can’t in Toronto’s hot and humid summers! February 14, 2015 at 4:40am Reply

    • Elisa: Thanks Tijana! Isn’t Intoxicated good? I’m surprised I haven’t heard more about it. I fell in love at first sniff.

      Have you tried the liqueur version of Angel? It’s divine! February 14, 2015 at 11:03am Reply

      • Tijana: Yes, I adore Intoxicated! I think the reason you have not heard more about it is because it’s still pretty expensive (refills are not out yet), counters are severly understocked, plus, I have heard people compare it to A*Men and question if it’s worth buying (I find the familiarity, but definitely not duplication).

        I have tried the liquer version of Angel and I have it in my collection and yes, I was going to mention it as another “boozy” fragrance 🙂 – like it a lot!!!! February 15, 2015 at 7:31pm Reply

        • Elisa: Yeah, I don’t remember A*Men having that big cardamom note, which is the loveliest part… February 16, 2015 at 10:27am Reply

          • Awfulknitter: I second that about the cardamom! Intoxicated really put me in mind of a Nigel Slater recipe for simple chocolate petit fours: toast cardamom seeds, grind, add to melted dark chocolate, and mix in slivers of candied citrus peel – then dollop the mixture in little heaps onto greaseproof paper or a lightly oiled plate to set. February 16, 2015 at 6:17pm Reply

    • Jehanne Dubrow: On me Ambre Narguile has a lot of cognac, and I love it! In fact, I may have to go spray on some right now…. February 16, 2015 at 5:07pm Reply

      • Elisa: Jehanne, I meant to include Mandy Aftel’s Cognac here but when I went to retest I found my sample had turned. Such is perfume life! February 16, 2015 at 6:16pm Reply

  • Aurora: What a fun subject, Elisa. I am not familiar with most of these scents, it gives me plenty to explore so thank you for being a trailblazer.

    Liqueur de parfum definitley has a sherry brandy note. February 14, 2015 at 9:39am Reply

    • Elisa: I hope you find one or two from this list that you like! February 14, 2015 at 11:03am Reply

  • Kate: Bond No. 9 West Side has a very pronounced red wine note. It smells like jammy rose petals soused in wine. It dries down to a beautiful soft fragrance but the boozy note troubles me somewhat, especially if it came to wearing it to work!

    My favourite (and a pretty good cheap thrill to boot) is Chopard Casmir, which I think has a brandy or fruit liqueur vibe to it. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is I love about this perfume, and I’m not very good at parsing notes, but it just smells deeply rich and comforting to me, perfect for bleak and chilly Februarys. February 14, 2015 at 1:18pm Reply

    • Elisa: I’ve actually never tried Casmir, but have wanted to ever since V. reviewed it here so beautifully a year or so ago. February 14, 2015 at 1:58pm Reply

      • Kate: It’s definitely worth trying if you like boozy fruits and vanilla. Although even that is not an accurate description – it’s a very ‘grown up’ scent, but incredibly comforting, like being swathed in a warm soft cashmere blanket. I find it just sweet enough, but not at all cloying.

        I really enjoyed Victoria’s review too. February 14, 2015 at 6:21pm Reply

  • Kandice: What a fun post! I’ve tried a few on your list and found a few new ones I want to try. Probably my favorite boozy fragrance is Guerlain’s Spiriteuse Double Vanille. I also liked Hedonist and Botrytis. Loving mulled wine, I now want to try Bois De Paradis. Thanks for all the ideas! February 14, 2015 at 10:26pm Reply

    • Elisa: I bet you’ll love BdP! SDV is my favorite vanilla; I’m sad to have finally finished off my decant last year. February 15, 2015 at 12:50pm Reply

  • Austenfan: I love all these lists, and am always glad to meet some old personal favourites like Ambre Russe and Bois de Paradis. I wear my ambers both in winter and in summer as that kind of fragrance can be delicious in the heat as well.
    I also love wearing Aromatics Elixir, MPCPC and Iris Silver Mist in this season.

    On another note I saw that you have fallen for the lovely Kiss me Tender, it’s good isn’t it? February 15, 2015 at 8:05am Reply

    • Elisa: Yes, Kiss Me Tender is so great! I’m going to order a decant at the first sign of a sale.

      I like amber occasionally in the heat too. February 15, 2015 at 12:51pm Reply

  • Cate: I’m going to veer off topic to ask if you have any favorite places to shop for perfume in Denver? I’ve lived here for a few years now, and buy nearly all my fragrances online. Thanks! February 15, 2015 at 9:12am Reply

    • Elisa: I usually order online too, but I do go to the mall at Cherry Creek to try new releases — Nordstrom, Saks, Sephora, Lush. There’s an Hermes boutique down there too. And one of those discount perfume shops that carry fun older scents.

      Up in Boulder, there’s DSH — that place is really fun to explore! February 15, 2015 at 12:53pm Reply

  • Amer: aaah, Tonka imperiale! It is pure pleasure for me. A full bottle has been on my list since forever it seems…
    Another winter favourite I’d add to the list is Borneo 1834 for the wine like patchouli, the cocoa that reminds me of homemade thick liquor and the deep creamy musk drydown. Like walking around with a personal heat source under my jacket. I also get a burnt sugar note that makes it quite festive for me. February 17, 2015 at 5:42pm Reply

    • Elisa: Borneo is a good one — I love a really rich chocolatey patch! February 17, 2015 at 6:12pm Reply

    • meganinstmaxime: I’m a bit late but your choices sound divine. Really want to try Intoxicated. I love Apple Brandy for boozy perfumes and I second Amer on Borneo. I think this may be one of my favourite perfume categories so thanks for the list. February 18, 2015 at 4:06am Reply

      • Elisa: You’re welcome! It’s one of my favorites too, along with “smoky” scents; all the better when something fits in both. February 18, 2015 at 10:23am Reply

  • The Scented Salon: I would highly recommend my favorite boozy scent: Les Jeux Sont Faits. (Love that name!) It is a lovely smooth rum and spice that is just perfect for winter. February 18, 2015 at 9:46am Reply

    • Elisa: I love the name too and just looked it up — sounds intriguing! Is the cumin note very strong? February 18, 2015 at 10:24am Reply

  • Sharon: I recently purchased at a steep discount Madonna’s second scent called Truth or Dare Naked. Apparently she was aiming for a “whiskey note” when it was created and I think it succeeds at delivering. To echo another commenter, several of the Andy Tauer fragrances have an impression of brandy, which is very welcome these frigid days. February 18, 2015 at 9:23pm Reply

    • Elisa: I’ve wanted to try that Naked flanker for a long time but never happened to see a bottle. February 19, 2015 at 12:02am Reply

      • Sharon: If you live in a suburb or near a metro area in the U.S. try a local TJ Maxx or Marshalls. I have found some treasures on their shelves. February 19, 2015 at 5:03pm Reply

  • Jeanne R.: My top pick would be Anne Pliska. A perfect example of a boozy fragrance. Exceptionally warm and sexy! I’ve had through the years the edp and the parfum versions. My husband loved it as much as I did. Next, I would choose Serge Luten’s Chergui,which I purchased just last year. There’s a slight boozy note in there with tobacco leaf. It’s a wonderful choice for winter for women or men.

    Love this thread with all its great ideas! February 21, 2015 at 3:56pm Reply

    • Elisa: There’s that Serge booze note again! I don’t know how he manages to get a little bit of booze in so many of his fragrances, but he does. February 22, 2015 at 10:40am Reply

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