One of the most personal gifts that you can give someone is a gift of fragrance. Yet, when I worked in cosmetics, I used to hear people complain that it was “too hard” to pick out a scent for someone else. I’ve come up with this year’s best holiday fragrance gifts that anyone would love to receive!
I’ve always loved to help people select fragrances for gifts and this season, these are my no-fail, best holiday fragrance gifts:
Leave it to Marc Jacobs to come up with the ‘shiniest’ holiday fragrance! Limited-edition Daisy Marc Jacobs Shine Edition are all done up in shiny metallic bottle, with matching box. Inspired by vintage holiday ornaments, there are three Shines available: Red, Pink and Gold (the fragrance is the same in all). The Daisy fragrance is a sparkling floral; notes of Violet Leaves, Strawberry, Grapefruit, Vanilla and Musk make this a memorable fragrance that is easy to wear.
A stunning new fragrance for the holiday season is ANGEL Etoile des Rêves. With notes reminiscent of the legacy fragrance, Etoile des Rêves is softer, more seductive. The top note is citrusy Mandarin, and as the fragrance warms, there is Praline and Red Fruits, followed by Vanilla, Patchouli and a delicate White Musk as the drydown. The bottle is striking, with a vintage atomizer and a celestial motif. Exquisite!
I love nearly everything Kate Spade, so I was curious about the new Walk On Air Sunset Eau de Parfum. This scent is a deeper, more sultry version of the original; it’s very romantic. The notes in this fragrance include Italian Bergamot, Lily of the valley, Magnolia, Rose and Jasmine. The drydown is where I feel the fall/winter influence, with notes of Sandalwood, Iris and Amber. What I like is that the fragrance warms as it develops without overpowering. The bottle reminds me of a pearl ring!
If you’re shopping for someone that works in an office, is fragrance-shy, or who wants a light, feminine, everyday fragrance, I would suggest Philosophy’s Amazing Grace. The floral notes include Bergamot and Muguet Blossoms, which add a “clean” note. Amazing Grace is a delicate fragrance that never overpowers. This 3-piece Amazing Grace Holiday Collection offers a variety of ways to layer and wear Amazing Grace, including an Eau de Toilette, Shampoo Bath & Shower Gel and Whipped Body Crème.
Another capitvating scent that is great for gifting comes from L’OCCITANE. The new Arlésienne Eau de Toilette has three prominent notes: Grasse Rose, Violet and Saffron, from Provence France. The Graceful Arlésienne Gift Set will be a holiday gift remembered and cherished; inside the pink hatbox, she’ll find an Arlésienne Eau de Toilette Spray (2.5 oz.), Delightful Bath & Shower Gel, a perfumed soap, Beauty Milk and mini Hand Cream. I love that this gift set gives back, too. $10 from the sale of every gift box will be donated to Dress for Success (up to $120,000). Beautiful!
Brand new from M·A·C, Shadescents are a collection of six new perfumes inspired by iconic Lipstick shades! The idea is that the fragrances reflect the personality of the lipstick shade. For instance, Ruby Woo is a bold red–so the notes in the Ruby Woo Shadescent translate into woody floral notes with whiffs of deep red leather. I previewed the Creme d’Nude and Velvet Teddy Shadescents. Creme d’Nude, my favorite, is sensual, showcasing the sexiness of naked skin. Velvet Teddy takes that to the next level, adding a dimension of honey and creamy musk. The bottles are beautiful; the cap matches the shade of lipstick that inspired the fragrance. Great gift for any M·A·C addict or your BFF!
One idea that takes the guesswork out of fragrance buying is the Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler. It couldn’t be easier…you purchase the Perfume Sampler and inside are 15 samples of Sephora’s most popular fragrances. You, or the person you’re gifting, can try out the samples, find a favorite and redeem the included “scent certificate” at any US Sephora for a full-size version!
What if you need a hostess gift or a housewarming gift? I have just the answer for you:
The Antica Farmacista Home Ambience Reed Diffuser in the Limited Edition Champagne Black Label makes a lovely gift. This is such an elegant home fragrance; the chic black bottle is frosted and will work in a variety of decors, from traditional to contemporary. The Champagne scent is citrus, with subtle floral and sparkling notes of Champagne and Prosecco. Just uncork, and insert the white birch reeds; the amount of fragrance can be controlled by how many of the reeds are used. An exceptional choice!
Who doesn’t love the ambience that a candle provides? The glamorous three-wick Clarins Tonic Scented Candle combines essences of pure plant extracts including Geranium, Orange and Spearmint. The scent is calming and could be used anywhere in the house. It’s hard to describe how stunning this candle is, and it’s presented in an equally gorgeous gift box. Need a luxurious, sophisticated gift? Look no further!
What are some of your favorite fragrance gifts? Do you like giving or receiving fragrances (or like me, both)?
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