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Nothing sets off a fit of nostalgia like a whiff of something from the past. You know – that moment when a woman walks past you in the street and you get a waft of the perfume your nan used to wear. You’re immediately transported back to being a kid and coming in for lunch from a morning of playing. Scents can be so comforting, and the festive period (as well as pretty much the whole of winter) is the perfect time to be cuddled by sweet, warming notes such as tonka bean, cashmere and vanilla. Here are a few of our favourites…

For the girls

Tonka bean and tuberose are a winning combo if you’re looking for comforting scents to see you through the winter. So you won’t be surprised when we tell you that two of our go-to fragrances contain this duo.

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal By Night is all about the addictiveness and headiness of tonka bean – deep and sweet, with brighter notes of tuberose and honey to lift it. There’s no denying this scent is a winner, and when we smell it, we can’t help but smile and feel all fuzzy inside.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl also contains tonka bean, but this time that deepness is matched with cocoa. This makes for one of the cosiest fragrances out there, and with top notes of jasmine and tuberose, it’s also undeniably feminine.

For the guys

If you’re shopping for a guy, comfort fragrances do well when paired with accords such as leather and cashmere or wood. We’ve raved about the soothing headiness of tonka bean, and, for guys, the rules don’t change.

Boss The Scent Private Accord For Him is just as addictive as the feminine fragrance. But with masculine notes of wood and spicy ginger, it will give the guy who wears it a strong and refined sense of comfort. We’ve already got one for bae.

Hugo Boss BOSS The Scent Private Accord for Him Eau de Toilette 50ml £52.00 Buy Now

For something a little brighter but just as soothing, go for Joop! Wow!. It’s got a base blend of heady vanilla and tonka, with smooth cashmere that makes it smell the way velvet feels. If you’re a guy on the hunt for a new fragrance, or a gal looking to treat a guy, this is the one for you.

Joop! Joop! Wow! 60ml Eau de Toilette £40.00 Buy Now