As we've said before, one of the benefits of shopping for fragrances in-person is that you get to smell each fragrance you are considering purchasing beforehand. Since you cannot do that online obviously, the next best bet is paying attention to the ingredients, and reading reviews from those who have purchased the product in question. In general, winter scents tend to have a spicy woody smell to them with warmer notes/ingredients. Let's take a deeper look:
Scents: As we just mentioned, winter scents have a warmer smell to them, which is very much in line with winter/the holiday season. The same way Gingerbread, peppermint hot chocolate, and fireplaces are a huge part of winter and cold weather, amber, leather, and wood are major staples of what makes up winter fragrances.
Concentration: The concentration of a fragrance is another element you need to pay attention to. The fragrance concentration is what you see on the front of fragrance bottles (I.E. "eau de cologne" and "eau de parfum"), and no they are not all the same. The four categories of concentration are "eau de cologne," "eau de parfum," "eau de toilette," and "parfum," all of which represent the different lengths of time a fragrances lasts.
Eau de cologne is the lightest scent, as it's estimated to have 1 to 5% concentration and will last you roughly 1.5 hours. Eau de toilette is next, with roughly 8 to 12% concentration that will last you about 2 to 3 hours. Eau de parfum is a slightly stronger, with about 12 to 20% concentration that will get you about 5 to 6 hours, and parfum is the strongest with an estimated 20 to 40% concentration that will last you about 8 hours.
Price: The price. What are you willing to pay? That's something that can only be answered by you. We'd say $150 to $200 is a good amount to set aside for fragrance purchasing as you should be able to get a bottle that will last you a hot minute.
Consider your climate: Especially with this being the winter season, you'll want to factor in what type of winter you are going to be having. Does where you live get very cold? If so, a fragrance with a lighter concentration will probably do the job. If, however, where you live is hot/warm, then you may want to opt for a stronger concentration such as parfum.