Christmas Gift Guide: 8 Scents for the fragrance fanatic

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By Wei Yeen Loh

Christmas Gift Guide: 8 Scents for the fragrance fanatic

If you’ve trawled our Christmas beauty gift guides and still have yet to find a foolproof present for the lady (or ladies) in your life, a fragrance is a simple yet thoughtful gift choice you can go with. Be it fresh florals or sensual ambers, we got you covered with eight fragrances that would brighten up anyone’s day (and Christmas!):

Chanel’s iconic N°5 was recently reinterpreted with added vibrancy to its classic formula. Chanel N°5 L’Eau is one invigorating scent that takes centre stage with notes of lemon, mandarin and orange rind, along with may roses, oxygenated jasmine and ylang ylang for a floral tinge. An ideal gift for the classy girl who’s always immaculately dressed, the scent offers an unpredictable element with base notes of vetiver, cedar, and cottony musk.

Salvatore Ferragamo’s Signorina Eau de Parfum sports a limited edition look for the festive season, and is perfect for the fabulous, feminine friend. Decked in a glossy red flacon and a pink gold rounded cap wrapped with a reinterpreted version of the brand’s signature Vara bow, the scent takes on a modern yet audacious element—a hint of spiciness is apparent with fresh pink peppers and bright currants, while jasmine, peony and rose combine for a dewy petalcy. But what makes it stand out is the unexpected touch of pannacotta, soft musks and woody patchouli notes for an intriguing base.


If you’re up for a festive sparkle, My Burberry’s limited edition Eau de Parfum is imbued with shimmering gold flakes to bring a dash of glitter as you’re out frolicking this season. In case you missed it, the bottle also takes up a similar theme for Christmas with its gabardine knot speckled wtih gold sparkle. Its top notes are a refreshing floral concoction of sweet pea, bergamot with geranium leaf, golden quince and freesia heart, while base notes of patchouli, damask and centifolia roses round up the scent perfectly well.


Gift giving doesn’t get any more intense than Jo Malone’s limited edition Cologne Intense Collection. Prepared to get blown away with five scents you can mix and match for a layered fragrance that’s well-bodied. We recommend the Tuberose Angelica with Velvet Rose & Oud if you lean towards exquisite florals, and even Oud & Bergamot with Incense and Cedrat for a woody yet spicy scent that’s perfect for the sophisticated gentleman.


Luxury French beauty brand Sisley’s signature fragrance, Eau du Soir has recently been reinterpreted with a graphic floral design reminiscent of Art Deco colours, thanks to sleek gold-edged black petals that make up the fragrance box. A chypre fragrance for those who are fond of citrussy notes, the Eau du Soir will take you on an olfactory journey with grapefruit, mandarin orange, jasmine, labdanum, and musk and amber. 


For the lady who’s always down for a good time, Michael Kors Sexy Amber Holiday Set has got her covered with the Sexy Amber Eau de Parfum spray, Ultimate Body Lotion, and a Rollerball & Lip Luster Duo that’s delivered in a snazzy gold perforated cosmetic case. This scent is practically made for the woman who wants to embrace her sensual-chic side via nuances of warm amber, sandalwood, and lush white flowers.


“Ultimate femininity is natural and effortless,” says René Lacoste—truer words have never been spoken, and Lacoste’s Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle Sparkling represents that statement to a tee. A light-hearted floral fragrance captures the brand’s joie de vivre with French macaroon accord and cotton candy against a woody base of patchouli, vetiver, and musk. Don’t miss out fruity notes of blackberry, mandarin and red apple that give it a tinge of spice.

Tory Burch’s Ultimate Holiday Set is beautiful enough to be presented on its own if you don’t have spare time to buy wrapping paper. The gold fretwork motif is iconic to the American house, and fragrant-philes would be happy to know that they can toe the line between feminine and tomboyish with its classic scent—a polished mix of floral peony and tuberose blend with crisp grapefruit and neroli, while earthy vetiver completes it with a woody touch. This set includes an Eau de Parfum Spray (100ml), Body Lotion (250ml), and Eau de Parfum (7ml).


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