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Harrods’ Guide to the Best Fragrance Gifts

Feature: Long Read
Words by Amelia Bell

Whether it’s the joy of spritzing a new scent from a loved one or the thrill of unwrapping a beautiful bottle on a special occasion, there’s a reason why fragrances rank high on people’s beauty wishlists. However, between olfactive families and seasonal aromas, plus the array of new perfumes lining our Beauty Halls, finding the right perfume gift isn’t always straightforward. Luckily, we have just the spritzing solution — discover the luxury fragrance frontrunners for every perfume savant on your festive list, from signature scents to viral hits.

Harrods Exclusive Fragrance

Byredo, Cuir Obscur Eau de Parfum, 100ml, £200

 

If the search criteria requires something a little more unique, you can always trust that Stockholm-born fragrance brand Byredo will deliver. Bottling some of the perfume world’s most individual scents since its inception in 2006, Cuir Obscur, a unisex perfume exclusive to Harrods, is no exception to the rule; an olfactive aroma that’s as rare when it comes to precious ingredients as it is via the notes blended. It captures the essence of the winter season via notes of amaretto and Nutmeg – making it a firm winner as a festive treat – but also pairs contrasting floral notes of ylang-ylang, rose, and leather. The result? A truly addictive finish that plays on olfactive extremes.

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A Collectible Fragrance

Givenchy, Téméraire Eau de Parfum, 100ml, £220

 

Adding to the opulent La Collection Particulière – a series of luxury fragrances blended by the luxury fashion house Givenchy – Téméraire is the kind of collectible fragrance that they will forever treasure. Harnessing some of the world’s most luxurious ingredients, each one in the line-up of luxury blends is designed to unleash each person’s singular personality. Téméraire, for instance, brings together a host of unlikely bedfellows, from Indian Tuberose Absolute to Ink Accord, floral notes of Moroccan Iris, and smoke vetiver. If there's someone on your list who's been collecting perfumes since you can remember, Téméraire will adorn their dresses like a work of art for years to come.

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Givenchy, Temeraire Eau de Parfum

A Niche Fragrance Gift

Thameen, Bravi Cologne Elixir, 100ml, £250

 

Reinventing the notion of cologne, Bravi, the newest addition to Thameen’s The Britologne Collection (a blend of the words British and Cologne) is not your ordinary scent. Ripping up the perfume rulebook, it favours complex accords and notes and pays an olfactive tribute to Covent Garden's Royal Opera House. “The fragrance has to be extremely sexy, perfect for the evening. Intoxicating tuberose is spiced up with an overdose of ginger and dramatised with a novel walnut milk accord. The notes are blended in a way that accents the tension between them.” says Christopher Chong, the man behind the scent.

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The Fragrance for Jetsetters

Jeroboam, Gozo Extrait de Parfum, 30ml, £110

 

Designed to evoke happy memories and transport you to holidays gone by, the ebullient orange and gold bottle makes this striking flacon by Jeroboam all the more beautiful under the tree. Yet, it’s what’s inside this Mediterranean-inspired aroma that’s magical. Inspired by the Maltese island of Gozo, perfumer Vanina Muracciole blends signature base notes of white musk with top and middle notes like saffron, tuberose, geranium, and cedarwood. The fragrant finish is an addictive – and aesthetically pleasing – floral-spicy aroma.

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Jeroboam, Gozo Extrait de Parfum

A Perfume Newcomer

Akro, East Eau de Parfum, 100ml, £220

 

For the person on your gift list who has every aroma under the sun, knows their “warm” from their “woody”, and considers themselves to be somewhat of a fragrant connoisseur, this is the gift just for them. Just in, much-hyped and from the creator of the world’s most viral perfume concoctions, Akro’s East has been trending among perfume circles thanks to its exceptionally unique flavour. Much like the brand’s other highly addictive gourmand fragrances (Bake, looking at you), East pushes fragrance boundaries. Fuelled by master perfumer Olivier Cresp’s love of travel, it’s enriched with unique notes of Oud Assafi, Ambrox and raspberry.

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Akro, East Eau de Parfum

A Fragrance Gift for Her

The Merchant of Venice, Imperial Emerald Gift Box, £290

 

The quest for a showstopping scent that simultaneously surprises and spoils her is no easy feat. But then there’s Merchant Of Venice’s Imperial Emerald Gift Set; a bottle that looks like a miniature work of art and whose scent, as the impressive flacon suggests, is inspired by the majestic nature of a peacock. This beautiful set also comes with a stunning hair mist featurig a lighter take on the classic amber-floral fragrance, with creamy vanilla, musk and patchouli front and centre of the aroma.

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The Merchant of Venice, Imperial Emerald, 100ml, £288

A Luxury Fragrance

INITIO PARFUMS PRIVÉS, Oud for Greatness Eau de Parfum, 90ml, £305

 

If they love a powerful oud number, this warm-spicy concoction of agarwood, saffron, nutmeg is one of the most luxurious among them. Drawing its energy from different sources, it favours notes of fresh lavender and spicy nutmeg and agarwood oil, a precious ingredient known for its rare, spiritual and healing properties. It’s fresh, spicy and soft all at once and as for the aesthetic: who wouldn’t want to showcase this stunning bottle on their dressing table?

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INITIO PARFUMS PRIVÉS, Oud for Greatness Eau de Parfum

The Cult Fragrance

Maison Francis Kurkdjian's Baccarat Rouge 540, 70ml, £235

 

Say the name “Baccarat Rouge” to a perfume obsessive and you’ll be met with a discerning nod. One of the most talked about perfumes of today, Maison Francis Kurkdjian's Baccarat Rouge 540 has garnered cult status since launching in 2015 thanks to its distinctive aroma, the celebrity tick of approval from the one and only Rihanna, and TikTok, where the term now has over 600 million views. But while undoubtedly in the good books of social media and scent buffs alike, it’s one gift that not only guarantees compliments but is worth every bit of hype.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian's Baccarat Rouge 540

A Fragrance for Him

Goldfield & Banks Silky Woods Pure Perfume, 100ml, £180

 

Inspired by Australia’s first naturalist, Joseph Banks, luxury fragrance house Goldfield & Banks uses essences and notes imbued by the botanical beauty of Australia. For Silky Woods, that means agarwood is the star ingredient, which is harvested in the north of Australia, and is then paired with fig, leather, oud and orris. A dark, herbal and slightly mysterious scent blended by legendary perfumer, Olivier Cresp, this is the debut fragrance for a luxury collection aptly named Botanical Series by Goldfield & Banks.

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Goldfield & Banks Silky Woods Pure Perfume

A Classic Scent

Penhaligon’s, Halfeti Eau de Parfum, 100ml, £195

 

Perfume has long been touted for its transformative power. And for this delightful concoction by Penhaligon’s, the scent takes you all the way to Halfeti, Turkey, via bold notes of spiced rose, creamy jasmine, grapefruit and oud. Woody, floral and decadent, it’s one they’ll want to wear time and time again and the sort of scent you never tire of both for its refined, ribbon-wrapped top and captivating aroma.

 

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Penhaligon’s, Halfeti Eau de Parfum
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