There is something so “holiday” about perfumes and colognes around this time of year. Maybe it’s nostalgic, I mean the holiday shopping in the fragrance section of department stores has been portrayed in almost every Christmas movie and Tv holiday episode you can think of. Or maybe it’s just the mash-up of intoxicating scents and beautifully designed glass bottles that feel festive and on point for the holiday season. But whatever the reason, gifting (and receiving!) a fragrance for the holidays continues to be a memorable moment. This season the scents are all about warm spices, intense tannic smells like oakmoss, and of course bottles too be beautiful to be hidden. These are the fragrances you’ll want on your list this year, whether you’re giving or receiving.
YSL Libre: Bold and floral this new fragrance by YSL is a keeper and not just because of its show-stopping bottle. The perfume combines notes of lavender essence and orange blossom and feels sexy and ultra-feminine.
Gucci Memoire d’une Odeur: This Gucci parfum is a light and airy fragrance that blends jasmine and chamomile with a hint of musk. The unisex fragrance comes packaged in a glass bottle with a luxe vintage feel and is made to be worn by all.
Elizabeth & James Bourbon: With notes of vanilla, bourbon, and oakwood this scent screams winter and is the perfect fragrance for any winter scene.
Maison Margiela Replica Fragrances: The unique take on fragrances makes this an interesting set of scents and a great gift. The collection was inspired by moments and experiences that have been captured and bottled up. Stand out scents include Jazz Club, By the Fireplace, At the Barbers, Lazy Sunday and Coffee Break.
Kiehl’s Musk: Don’t be turned off by the name. This fragrance perfectly blends aromas of orange blossom, rose, lily, and white patchouli with musk to create a balanced scent. Meant to be worn by men and women this fragrance is a great affordable option for anyone on your list.
Lancôme Idôle: New this year, this perfume is sure to be a classic. It has notes of rose water, vanilla, and jasmine for a timeless feminine scent. The addition of musk to this mix balances the fragrance and the sleek bottle feels modern and elegant.
Ellis Brooklyn Rives Unisex Perfume: Housed in a clean and elegant bottle this unisex scent is earthy and warm. Keynotes include lavender, cashmere woods, and herbs, and it was inspired by days and nights on the French Rivera. Aside from being unisex, this fragrance is made clean without parabens.
Azzaro Wanted Girl: This sweet scent is the ultimate holiday fragrance. It has notes of ginger flower and dulce de leche, mixed perfectly to be sweet and feminine without going overboard. As an added bonus it comes packaged in an artfully delicate bottle reminiscent of a flower.
Burberry Her Blossom: A floral fragrance that works in winter can be hard to find but this bright scent is just that. To the original scent notes of plum blossom, mandarin, pink peppercorn, and sandalwood were added giving this new perfume the feeling of spring flowers that have bloomed in the snow.
Calvin Klein Ck One: The clean scent that originally debuted back in 1994 hasn’t changed much and is still a go-to for the holidays. Created for both men and women, this fragrance blends notes of bergamot and cardamom with jasmine and papaya for a scent that is both intriguing and intoxicating.