1. No 5
£73, 3 20ml EDP purse spray, Chanel, 020 74933836
In the winter months No 5's warm amber hue, rose jasmine accord and famed aldehydes are more lovely than ever.
£48, 30ml EDT, Yves Saint Laurent, available nationwide
A mix of precious jasmine absolute, myrrh, vanilla and more, make Opium, launched in the 1980s, one of the great Oriental fragrances.
3. Escentric 01
£68.50, Escentric Molecules, harveynichols.com
The allure of this inventive play on the aroma-chemical Iso E Super endures. Escentric 01 is mixed with pepper, lime, orris and incense.
4. Comme des Garçons 2
£45, 50ml EDP, Comme des Garçons, 020 7494 6220
This most loved of the CdG scents mixes incense, patchouli, Chinese cedar wood, amber, labdanum, vetiver and ink.
5. Tam Dao
£48, 50ml, Diptyque, 0207 224 4948
Lovers of sandalwood won't be disappointed by this scent, courtesy of niche French perfumier, Diptyque.
6. Ambre Narguilé
£150, 100ml EDT, hermes.com
Ambre Narguilé blends amber, benzoin, labdanum, musk and vanilla. A smart leather Hermès case that comes with the fragrance costs an extra £211.
7. Rose de Nuit
£107, 75ml, sergelutens.com
A preternaturally lovely abstract rose patchouli accord. Visit Serge Lutens' boutique in Palais Royale, Paris, to experience its beauty first hand and then buy it online.
£55, 50ml EDT, artisanparfumeur.com
Green mango, karo karounde, incense, papyrus, patchouli, myrrh and vetiver combine in a juice that is as sophisticated as it is sauvage.
9. Noir Epices
£95, 50ml, Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, lessenteurs.com
Michel Roudnitska's gloriously spicy mix layers orange, rose and geranium over nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and clove.
£60.50, 50ml EDP, Guerlain, 01923 233 887
A mix of exotic flower scents, sandalwood, spice, iris, hesperides, opopanax and amber, Shalimar's loveliness remains unrivalled.