Amber, a resin with a rich, powdery scent, is the base note of these fragrances. Each has a hint of sweetness.Shown clockwise from top:
Bright pepper, fresh lemon, and incense create an understated yet undeniably unique perfume. It will be your go-to scent for months―maybe years.To buy: 212-826-8900.
A touch on the bolder side, this pairs amber with bergamot and ivy. The eau de toilette is fitting for a night out.To buy: gap.com for info.
Sweet notes of caramel, honey, and rich tobacco flowers make this eau de parfum girlie and gutsy. It was created for men and women. You can splash it on or lightly spray it.To buy: Unfortunately, this product is no longer available.
Bohemian but fresh, this is one of the best versions of amber around. Just a dab of the potent oil will do. Or add a few drops to your body lotion for an allover scent.To buy: bigelowchemists.com.
Subtle woodsy notes give it a sultry undertone, while orchids and magnolia make it feminine. A light spritz works well for day; layer on a few more for night.To buy: esteelauder.com.
While summer’s floral fragrances are airy and light, winter’s are complex and deep, and they make a bigger impact.Shown clockwise from top left:
Inspired by Coco Chanel’s favorite goes-with-anything color, beige, this blend of hawthorn, freesia, frangipani, and honey is destined to become a classic.To buy: 212-753-4000.
This modern take on the designer’s original cult fragrance, Obsession, is softer and smells of wild roses, jas-mine, plums, vanilla, and sandalwood.To buy: amazon.com.
Classic peony, carnation, and currant scents are topped with less-expected chocolate cosmos, patchouli, and pink peppercorn. The lotion formula helps it last longer in cold, dry air.To buy: ralphlauren.com for info.
The bouquet of violet, cedar, iris, and musk, inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is aromatic but not cloying. Clove adds an olfactory kick.To buy: neimanmarcus.com.
Orchid and jasmine combine with vanilla and heady musk to make this eau de parfum practically edible. It’s light enough to be layered over other fragrances.To buy: luckyscent.com.
These scents are more intense, combining traditionally masculine notes with more delicate feminine ones.Shown clockwise from top left:
Piquant herbs, like sage and coriander, are softened by lavender, chamomile, and woods in the distinctive scent.To buy: bergdorfgoodman.com.
This sophisticated perfume will effectively remove all hippie associations from patchouli. It blends the plant’s oil with peony, rose, and jasmine notes.To buy: neimanmarcus.com.
Introduced in 1963, this classic and often mimicked musk oil can be worn alone or layered over a summer scent to “winterize” it and give it staying power.To buy: kiehls.com.
Nothing like what you wore in junior high, this solid, travel-friendly balm smells of just-sanded sandalwood, with orange and tangerine essential oils for a delicious sweetness.To buy: pacificaperfumes.com.
The half-sweet, half-smoky scent contains vanilla, orchid, and exotic woods, such as ebony. Imagine toasted marshmallows on a crackling fire in tropical Hawaii.To buy: 888-658-6596.