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Groom Guide June 6th, 2022

Choosing a Fragrance: Fall and Winter

Groom Guide June 6th, 2022

8 Best Fragrances for Spring or Summer Weddings

It’s sometimes easy to forget the small details when preparing for a wedding – after all, there are so many other things to consider. But these details can have a major impact on the way you come across to your guests and spouse.

After planning the perfect suit and accessories, the last — but no less important — detail is the fragrance. The fragrance you wear on your wedding day should do two main things: It should make you feel confident, and it should be attractive to your partner.

If you already have a preferred scent, then you can go with that. But if you’re not sure what to wear, here are eight lovely fragrances that can complement your wedding outfit.

Why Choose a Fall or Winter Fragrance

Fall and winter fragrances are a little different from spring and summer ones. Unlike their warm-weather counterparts, they’re usually heavier or stronger.

If you choose a heavy or strong scent in summer, it can easily overpower your – or your guests’ – noses. In the winter or fall, though, that same fragrance can be quite pleasing. Plus, scents fade more quickly in cooler temperatures. With a heavier perfume, you can ensure the fragrance lasts throughout the day.

Best Wedding Fragrances for Fall and Winter

From timeless, classic scents to more exotic ones that will have heads turning, here are the eight best fragrances for fall and winter weddings.


Guerlain Habit Rouge

Both classic and unique, the Guerlain Habit Rouge gives off an elegantly masculine scent. It’s citrusy and has just the slightest floral touch to it. Its notes include:

  • Top notes: Bergamot, lemon, rosewood, basil, and pimento
  • Heart notes: Sandalwood, carnation, patchouli, cedar, rose, and cinnamon
  • Base notes: Vanilla, amber, moss, and leather

This is a very smooth perfume and is considered one of the most classic men’s fragrances ever made. It’s best for evening events, but it also works well for all-day affairs.


Scandal by Roja Parfums

If you’re looking for a barber-shop style fragrance, look no further than Scandal by Roja Parfums. Another classic, it’s fresh, spicy, aromatic, and masculine in an old-school way. Notes include:

  • Top notes: Lemon, bergamot, petitgrain, spearmint, and lavender
  • Heart notes: Lily of the valley, rose, jasmine, and violet
  • Base notes: Clove, nutmeg, patchouli, cedarwood, tonka bean, and ambergris

The top note, lavender, is what really gives this fragrance its classic barbershop scent. And, although the heart notes are rather floral, they’re so subtle as to be barely there.

Aside from being a great winter and fall wedding fragrance, Scandal is also an excellent choice for gentlemen who are fans of classic, masculine scents. It’s also very long-lasting, even in the dead of winter.


Bigarade Concentree by Frederic Malle

Frederic Malle’s Bigarade Concentree perfectly blends bitter orange with a hint of rose and cedar for a seductive scent. It’s fresh and clean, but also surprisingly deep and sexy. Its notes include:

  • Top notes: Bitter orange, cardamom, and pink pepper
  • Heart notes: Rose
  • Base notes: Cedar, hay, and grass

If you’re looking for something to complement a fall wedding, this fragrance is the way to go. It has a natural scent and a bit of woodiness and spice. Besides that, it lasts a long time without being overpowering.


B683 by Marc-Antoine Barrois

B683 by Marc-Antoine Barrois is leathery and woody, giving it an overall masculine scent. It’s ideal for men who want to come across as particularly elegant and refined in a classic way. Notes include:

  • Top notes: Saffron, black pepper, red chili pepper, and nutmeg
  • Heart notes: Musk, amber, violet leaf, and labdanum
  • Base notes: Patchouli, sandalwood, ambroxan, and oakmoss

Overall, this fragrance is highly complex and definitely a stand-out. On a crisp fall or winter day, it will last all day without losing its unique, smooth scent.


Ralph Lauren Polo Green

A classic by Ralph Lauren, this perfume is warm, spicy, seductive, and timeless. Its notes include:

  • Top notes: Pine, lavender, juniper, and basil
  • Heart notes: Coriander, marjoram, jasmine, and thyme
  • Base notes: Oakmoss, patchouli, leather, and cedar

The pine cuts through sharply with the first spray, lasting for 15 to 20 minutes. Once the sharpness fades, you’re left with a more elegant, deeply masculine scent.

Polo Green is suitable for all-day weddings and similar events, but it really comes through on winter evenings while wearing a classic tuxedo.


Tabacco Toscano by Santa Maria Novella

If you’re looking for an incredibly smooth, lush, and sexy scent, look no further than Tabacco Toscano by Santa Maria Novella. This fragrance was inspired by the smell of classic, small cured Italian cigars. But, unlike a cigar, it won’t offend anyone — not even those with highly sensitive noses.

This fragrance is a bouquet of woody oriental notes that blend into a smoky vanilla base. Its main notes are:

  • Top notes: Bergamot and jasmine
  • Heart notes: Tobacco leaves, birch leaves, and spices
  • Base notes: Cedarwood, vanilla, and burnt malt

It starts with a woody tobacco smell before transitioning into more of a subtle vanilla scent. Since it’s a warmer fragrance, it’s best for winter weddings.


Nanban by Arquiste

Nanban by Arquiste is a woody, oriental fragrance that evokes the exotic cargo in the hull of a 17th-century ship. This gives it a timeless quality you won’t find in most perfumes. Its notes include:

  • Top notes: Black pepper, saffron, black tea accord, and Chinese osmanthus
  • Heart notes: Coffee absolute, Spanish leather, sandalwood, and myrrh
  • Base notes: Frankincense, balsam, and cade

It’s a very interesting, complex fragrance that perfectly blends spice and sweetness for a sensual, seductive effect. It also has a large projection and can last all day, making it the perfect winter wedding fragrance.


Layton by Parfums de Marly

Seductive and intoxicating, Layton by Parfums de Marly is a newer fragrance. Yet, it has a uniquely modern classic scent. Its notes include:

  • Top notes: Apple and bergamot
  • Heart notes: Jasmine and violet
  • Base notes: Vanilla and pepper

Immediately after applying it, you’re hit with a decidedly citrus scent. Over time, though, it fades into a wonderful contrast of elegant vanilla and sharp pepper. All in all, this is a well-rounded fragrance that will get you compliments on the big day.

Bottom Line

Whether you prefer the timeless Ralph Lauren Polo Green or are looking for a subtler scent, you have options. Each winter and fall wedding fragrance in this list is distinct, unique, and meant to stand out in all the best ways.

Before choosing any perfume, consider not only your own preferences but your partner’s, too. After all, your wedding should be a special, memorable day that you can both look back on fondly for years to come.

One other thing to note is cost. Some of these more unique scents are on the higher end. If you don’t want to commit to one, you may be able to get a sample for a fraction of the price from the brand’s website. This will give you the chance to test it out to see what really suits you.

This Article is part of the Finishing Touches Series.

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Okay, so you have the perfect suit with all the right accessories and details. You have the perfect fragrance for you and your partner. There’s just one other thing to do: pre-wedding grooming.

Grooms need — and deserve — a bit of self-care before the big day, too. After all, you want to look and feel your best for yourself and your future spouse. Plus, you’re going to be in the limelight in front of all those guests and, of course, the wedding photographer.

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