The holidays are the most popular time to give or get a fragrance as a gift. That said, I remember working in cosmetics and seeing the terrified look when someone would step up to the counter to try to pick out a fragrance gift. Here are six suggestions to get you started. Read on for more…

New from BCBGMAXAZRIA, the bon chic fragrance (and bottle) is glamorous, opulent and bold. With top notes of black raspberry, Asian pear and mango, it definitely starts out light and fruity. The mid notes are floral and more refined: pink peony, violet and orange blossom. The base notes are soft woods, vanilla and rarefied cashmere musk. The bottle is the prettiest I’ve seen this season. Available at Nordstrom.


Especially Escada Delicate Notes is a light, fresh interpretation of the original rose-based fragrance from the House of Escada. This fragrance is built around a rose heart, but when I smell it, there is a bit of a green note from dewy rose and a touch of pear. It then moves to a heart of rose petals and ylang ylang and a base of exotic, musky Ambrette seeds. I love the square, frosted bottle with the pale pink Eau de Toilette inside. This fragrance is perfect for someone younger or someone who likes a lighter, more delicate fragrance. Available at Ulta.


Dolce&Gabbana Pour Femme is a new release that is for the woman who is a study in contrasts; a combination of strength and gentleness. The fragrance starts out with top notes of neroli, nuances of raspberry and hint of tart green mandarin. This gives way to a heart of  potent florals: velvety jasmine and the citrusy sweetness of orange blossom. The base notes give you the full-bodied sensuality of vanilla, heliotrope and the smooth intense cream sandalwood. You can find Dolce&Gabbana Pour Femme at Nordstrom.

Dennis Basso has released his first fragrance, Dennis Basso Eau de Parfum. Designed for women who crave a luxurious and elegant scent, the fragrance is composed of white florals including French Tuberose, Italian Bergamot, which imparts a fresh citrus note and base notes of cashmere woods. It’s a very classic fragrance; one that would be perfectly appropriate in an office setting. The bottle has clean lines and is trimmed in Basso’s signature faux fur and animal print. The Dennis Basso Eau de Parfum is available exclusively at QVC.

Thierry Mugler’s Angel fragrance celebrates its 20th birthday with the launch of Angel Precious Star by Thierry Mugler. In honor of the occasion, the legendary star-shaped bottle is sprinkled with stardust and shines in full splendor. The sparkling sky blue bottle comes adorned with a 20th Anniversary charm and fully embodies the glitz and the glam of the holidays! Angel Precious Star is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.


I always love coffret sets at the holidays and the Clinique Complete Happiness set is perfect for anyone on your list! Sized to delight, Complete Happiness features five miniatures of Clinique’s most sought after fragrances, including Happy, Happy Heart, Happy in Bloom, Happy ‘Hint of Citrus’ and Happy ‘Wealth of Flowers’.  This limited-edition is available at select Clinique counters nationwide, Sephora and



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