What is your fragrance type? A simple question with no easy answer. Finding your perfect scent is often overwhelming and confusing, but you can use the seasons and your travel destinations to guide you, changing your perfume accordingly. Now is a perfect time to experiment with a fragrance that’s exotic, rich, warm and seductive. Enter spicy scents, otherwise known as ‘orientals’. This particular fragrance family is all about warmer, spicier notes like cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, clove and thyme. They are as heady and head-turning as they sound, which is why they make great evening fragrances. When the sun goes down, it’s time to turn up the heat with a spicy scent.

THE CAPTIVATOR: L’Occitane Oud & Rose

This fragrance is so rich, spicy and irresistible that it’s hard to forget – which is exactly the point. The combination of oud, vanilla and oriental patchouli is incredibly hypnotic. This is not a classic perfume by any means, but it’s one you’ll be reaching for again and again.

THE RULE BREAKER: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

Opium is a scent intended to cause a stir and for the new Black Opium, the added notes of hot pink peppercorns and intense patchouli really awaken your senses. The result is a fragrance that is beautifully warm on the skin.

THE HEAD TURNER: Tom Ford Fabulous

Spicy leather combined with creamy lavender and almonds is not a mix you come across often, but this sensual scent seriously comes alive with your body heat. Try spritzing it on hair, the backs of knees and other pulse points so that the scent follows your every move.

THE SEDUCTRESS: Jo Malone London Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne Intense

If you're drawn to typically masculine scents, then you'll love this. With a lingering base of cardamom, ginger and amber, this fragrance is neither sweet nor delicate. Instead, it’s spicy, warm and very, very addictive.


This spicy oriental is a cocktail of oud, frankincense, sandalwood and vanilla and is wonderfully smoky and sexy. Because it is so warming, you’ll only want to spritz this during the chilliest months of the year.

THE ENERGISER: Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper

Though its top note is pepper, this scent isn't at all overpowering. In fact, this now-iconic scent smells super sophisticated, which is all down to the way its eponymous note is accompanied by a cocktail of lemon, ginger, amber and basil.