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The Best Winter Fragrances Don't Smell Like Fir Or Peppermint

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There's a group of specific scents that are generally associated with winter. They're usually reminiscent of pumpkin and vanilla, smell like candy canes, or are formulated to emulate winter pines. However, some seek fragrances that are a bit less kitschy and not reminiscent of the Sugar Plum Fairy. In fact, some of the best winter fragrances are marked by warmth and sensuality, while excluding all gingerbread and cinnamon.

Instead of the aforementioned sugary-sweet notes, imagine scents like bergamot, jasmine, pepper, and sandalwood finding their way into the most luxurious aromas of the season. And while they do in fact channel that coziness of winter that many are looking for — like the perfume-equivalent of a cashmere sweater, if you will — they do so in a more sophisticated and versatile manner. Think about it like this: These winter fragrances can also double as the ideal evening scents during the spring and summer.

Ahead, the winter fragrances that you'll love and won't want to retire once the temperatures start rising again.

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