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Fragrance Gifts to Impress This Christmas

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Words by Maya Prever

Perfumes make an incredible gift. Whether you’re gifting a fragrance expert or someone dabbling in scent for the first time, you can’t go wrong with either a Christmas perfume gift set or a singular scent sensation. This year with some of the most popular perfumes this Christmas heralding notes of cosy sandalwood and patchouli to match the warmth of the season, and other niche scents satisfying a wanderlust, there are an array to pick from. Between floral scents, fresh scents, and woody olfactory signatures, it can make finding the perfect scent rather tricky. But we’ve taken away the hard work and hours of searching and curated an edit of fragrance gifts guaranteed to impress this Christmas.

Nature's Finest

No trip away to the Brazilian jungle this holiday? Then close your eyes and drift towards the tropical hideaway with a single spritz of Costa Brazil’s Aroma. The smoky, yet earthy blend of white jungle flora, sandalwood and patchouli evokes a sense of balance and calmness. This oasis-in-a-bottle makes the perfect perfume for Christmas, especially for those who are always on the go.

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Wanderlust

Showstopping lights, endless festivities… there is no greater joy than a winter city getaway, and master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian encapsulates this metropolitan vibrancy in his latest creation, 724. Composed of bergamot, jasmine absolute and sandalwood-white-musk accord, this olfactory wonder is at once a cosy layer to wrap up in and a breath of fresh air in a snow-covered metropolis.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Life of the Party

Nothing says Christmas like New York at the holidays. The lights, the vibrancy, and the magical energy. Like the city, this scent captures the buoyant scene with spicy saffron and sweet hazelnut that dry down to a smoky, deep amber and tonka bean absolute. An editor’s favourite, one spritz is all it takes for this to be worn on high rotation

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Bond No.9

Precious Scent

Top notes of orange and bergamot ensure this fragrance is a Christmas party special. Oozing both opulence from deep woody notes sparked by agarwood, it will have you following its intense scent trail all season long – and keep you turning heads all night long.

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Acqua Di Parma

Healing Powers

Stay Zen during the busiest time of the year with this calming creation. Palo santo and white sage promote feelings of protection and purification, while bergamot, lavender and pepper stimulate your inner positive energy, so you can carpe diem with mindfulness and balance. Simply your relaxation ritual all wrapped up in a beautifully crafted white bottle.

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Initio

Winter Escape

Classic and suave, this blend of bergamot, mandarin, musk and blackcurrant, inspired by idyllic crystal-clear streams trickling down unspoiled Alpine mountains, is a luxurious gift for any fragrance aficionado. Reminiscent of a cold, fresh winter’s morning, it encapsulates the refreshing zest of a new day.

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Creed

Liquid Gold

Decked in gold and green emerald, this scent is special for a lucky recipient (or yourself, we won’t tell). The woody-floral notes, combined with the rarest of ouds from the Aquilaria tree, form a sweet, bold blend that’ll have every fragrance lover hooked as you pass by.

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Carolina Herrera

Precious Gem

Place this fragrant wonder under the tree and it will be the centre of attention. The festive floral-fruity notes are brought to life through blackcurrant, rose and leather, resulting in a lively yet warm aroma. It’s one you will want to keep wearing well into the new year.

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Maison Crivelli

Stellar Spice

Nothing says luxury like a fragrance composed of the same notes as the scents created for Queen Cleopatra. A deep berry-like blend that is quite literally fit for royalty gets a Byredo twist with smoky sweet saffron – inspired by founder Ben Gorham’s Indian heritage.

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Byredo

Scent So Superior

Embodying the energetic and bold creations of Givenchy’s creative director, Matthew M Williams, MMW is chic and suave, with an air of mystery you’ll crave time after time. An alchemy of refined cedarwoods and palo santo amplify the smoky yet warm spice. Could it get more luxe this season?

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Givenchy

Scented Bouquet

If pink were a scent, this would be it. Confident, happy, and sophisticatedly sensual; Delina Exclusif evokes all these feelings and more. Sweetened by damascena rose essence, this bouquet of creamy and powdery notes is softened with bergamot, amber and vanilla. Who says you can’t gift flowers for Christmas?

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