“People go for darker, heavier fragrances this time of year,” says Robert Gerstner, co-owner of the perfumery Aedes de Venustas in New York City. Which makes sense: Your skin is bundled under layers of clothing, so richer concentrations have a better chance of shining through. Try notes of incense, spice, or leather—like in these new releases.
The hints of saffron, leather, and frankincense make this the hat trick of heady cold-weather colognes. $190; arquiste.com
Comme des Garçons Floriental
Sandalwood and peppercorn dominate, but plum liqueur adds a sweet swerve. $131;newyork.doverstreetmarket.com
John Varvatos Dark Rebel
Like a beat-up moto jacket, it’s redolent of tobacco, rum, and leather. $66; johnvarvatos.com
Aedes de Venustas Palissandre d’Or
From Gerstner’s house line, it has elements of nutmeg, patchouli, and musky, earthy ambroxan. $245; aedes.com