The Scent of Music: Winter Wonderland

It’s that time of year when we all want to write about our Christmas scents. A big thank you to Undina and Natalie for bringing us all together for another fragrant blogging event.

Today we are pairing Christmas music and perfumes and I just have to say it’s the best idea as I love Christmas music and well, you all know I love perfume.

My choice of music was Dean Martin‘s Winter Wonderland – the idea of winter wonderland paired with his voice makes for a perfect song to indulge in during this time (at least for me it does).

“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,Winter_WonderlandWe’re happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland. ..

…Later on, we’ll conspire,

As we dream by the fire

To face unafraid,

The plans that we’ve made,
Walking in a winter wonderland. …

When it snows, ain’t it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,
Walking in a winter wonderland.”


I skipped parts of the song and just focused on those I will feature in perfumes. That said, I’m still looking for a perfume embodiment of snow I have in my mind.

Each time I consider a winter wonderland, I think of white woods and walking through them in the snow. I guess all the skiing did its thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, my perfect perfumes embodying the smell of a walk in the winter woods would be Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles, making you feel you’re still close to the cabin and its fire while also smelling the pines around you, and Winter Woods by Sonoma Scent Studio which is such an incredible depiction in perfume of exactly what the name says.

Then there are perfumes that might not smell like snow exactly, but they smell white and cold and sparkly, and come very close.

I find it funny that I would list Byredo’s Bal d’Afrique among them but I do. It smells white to me and light and when I smell it, I feel the same as I would when I breathe in the snowy air.

Then there is Le Labo’s Gaiac 10ย ,ย with its incense and cedar and it makes me think white and clean, and therefore snowy. It’s strange that when a perfume has an incense note that smells white, I am fine with it (otherwise it’s a no-no for me on incense).

My third choice for the tranquility of the white world (winterland) is Montale’sย  White Oud. It’s as serene and peaceful as a white, snowy landscape where you are alone to find peace.

And as we go back to warm ourselves by the fire, I always go back to Piment et Chocolat, a perfume to warm you up that you wouldn’t mind drinking by the fire either, and Festive, the one you might want to wear if you need warming up of another kind by the Christmas tree. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Please visit my fellow participating bloggers for their choices on what songs smell Christmas-y to them:

I’ll leave you now with Winter Wonderland. ๐Ÿ™‚

And my favorite for this year and one of my all time favorite Christmas songs of all time:

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25 thoughts on “The Scent of Music: Winter Wonderland

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  3. Jordan River December 22, 2013 at 11:31 Reply

    Yah! Pentatonix harmony. Undina can can put that one on repeat. I wish i could comment on your ‘fumes but nary a one have I smelt. I hope that all your dreams by the fire come true Ines.


    • Ines December 22, 2013 at 19:31 Reply

      Thank you Jordan, that is very sweet of you. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I hope all your dreams for the coming year come true as well.


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  5. lucasai December 22, 2013 at 12:14 Reply

    I adore this “Winter wonderland” song! And what great choices! Montale White aoud is so fluffy and cuddly. It would be mine if it was available in Poland, unfortunately this Montale is not here yet. (although I can shop online, right?)
    I only have a sample of Gaiac 10 but I find it refined and elegant, quite dry too. SSS Winter Woods is great too.
    I would also add FM L’Eau d’Hiver to your list ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Ines December 22, 2013 at 19:33 Reply

      Thanks Lucas! I would probably have added L’Eau d’Hiver as well but I had no sample to try out and didn’t want to do it by what I remembered.
      I get goosebumps listening to anything Dean Martin sings. ๐Ÿ˜‰


      • lucasai December 22, 2013 at 19:35 Reply

        I see, you wanted to make sure you have fresh memories of a perfume. Good!


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  7. australianperfumejunkies December 22, 2013 at 13:53 Reply

    Dean Martin! What a great, lazy, sexy voice he had. MMMMMM
    Enough to warm anyone’s chestnuts.
    Portia xx


    • Ines December 22, 2013 at 19:34 Reply

      I couldn’t agree more! I love listening to him (and especially love all hist Christmas songs).


  8. Tara December 22, 2013 at 14:46 Reply

    Great choice, Ines! I love the idea of walking in the snow and then coming back to laze around by the fire. It’s really nice that you came up with a few different perfume picks too. I must try that Serge Lutens one before next Christmas comes around. So many of my perfume pals rate it.

    Merry Christmas!


    • Ines December 22, 2013 at 19:35 Reply

      Merry Christmas dear Tara! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Do try this SL, it’s as Lutensian as they come but so evocative as well.


  9. Suzanne December 22, 2013 at 17:47 Reply

    Dearest Ines, Merry Christmas!!!

    I love Dean Martin, and second what Portia said about his voice. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I quite agree with you that Fille en Aiguilles is a great choice for Winter Wonderland. It’s such a gorgeous scent. My sister was over for dinner on Thursday, and I sprayed some on her, and she liked it right away. Then she came over yesterday to bake Christmas cookies, and told me she fell in love with its drydown, later after she’d left my house.

    I also love your choice of Le Labo Gaiac 10. Yes, I can see exactly why it smells “white” to you and how its quiet scent reminds you of snow. Great choice.


    • Ines December 22, 2013 at 19:37 Reply

      Thank you my dear Suzanne! And merry Christmas to you and Mark!

      I can’t imagine a winter scenario where Fille en Aiguilles wouldn’t fit. It’s just so easy to pair with winter. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I just have to say your sister has great taste. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  10. Vanessa December 22, 2013 at 22:12 Reply

    Great perfume picks to accompany your winter wonderland theme! I have recently discovered Fille en Aiguilles and consider it a very soft sort of ‘Tolu-lite’. Have you tried Demeter’s Snow, by the way? That really smells like the white stuff, or certainly has a cold and watery quality to it at least. Bal d’Afrique I agree is in the same general white ballpark! Happy Christmas to you. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Ines December 23, 2013 at 14:17 Reply

      No, but I really want to! Everything I’ve read about Snow leads me to believe I would enjoy it a lot.
      Happy Christmas to you as well! ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. Sigrun December 22, 2013 at 23:23 Reply

    Ooooh, Winter Wonderland is a great Christmas song! My husband has been going on about how he likes American 50-ies, piano bar, Frank Sinatra-type of Christmas songs and I’ll have to mail him this song because it will be just up his alley ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Ines December 23, 2013 at 14:20 Reply

      I hope your husband enjoys it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it!
      There are some other Dean Martin Christmas songs, so you might look them up.


  12. Undina December 23, 2013 at 03:36 Reply

    I like Winter Wonderland (and, as I’ve mentioned in my comment on my blog, love The Little Drummer Boy) and I agree with your perfume choices: FeA and WW were two perfumes I featured in the past for two other holiday blogging events ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Ines December 23, 2013 at 14:21 Reply

      Yes, I realized we share the same love of Christmas songs (and particular songs as well). ๐Ÿ˜‰

      It seems we also share the same taste in winter perfumes. ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. Asali December 23, 2013 at 15:50 Reply

    Love WW and also FeA, both are very Christmassy:-) I thought I had tried White Oud, but I simply can’t remember it, when I get back I must see if I have a sample. A very merry Christmas to you sweet Ines


    • Ines December 29, 2013 at 12:22 Reply

      Dear Asali, a very merry Christmas to you as well!
      When there’s no whiteness outside, I have to make do with White Oud. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  14. Martha January 6, 2014 at 02:06 Reply

    Ahh. That recording of Winter Wonderland just makes me happy, even all these days after Christmas, and hacking with a cold.


    • Ines January 8, 2014 at 11:43 Reply

      Me too. I still listen to some Christmas songs, I always think the period where I get to listen to them is too short.
      Hope you’re better soon!


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