I have a full bottle of Fou d'Absinthe, but only a travel bottle of Noir Epices. I think both of them are perfect for autumn and winter. I think they're both fine for the office, but they excel in the outdoors (especially FdA) and at night, although FdA is best kept light at the dinner table, IMO. I don't think of either as a cuddle scent, but they would be fine on dates. I find FdA more masculine. I would probably choose it over Noir Epices - mostly because I love the piney, balsamic nature of the thing. I think I'm happy with my FB of FdA.