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Our guide to buying fragrance as a gift

FRAGRANCE MAKES A POPULAR PRESENT THIS TIME OF YEAR BUT WITH SOMETHING SO PERSONAL, HOW DO YOU GET IT RIGHT?

Looking for a memorable gift that leaves a lasting impression? An evocative fragrance is the secret to gift-giving success. Scents trigger memories, evoke emotions and take the wearer on a sensual journey long after the sillage has passed. Perfumes are luxurious and personal … very personal in fact, and getting it right will prove your present-giving prowess even more.

NOTHING HOLDS A CANDLE TO HOME FRAGRANCE

A candle is a no-brainer, especially when it’s from Diptyque. We’ve never met a Diptyque that wasn’t absolutely adored and Baies is the crowd-pleaser of the candle world, filling the room with a delightful bouquet of roses and blackcurrant leaves that prompts “your house smells sooo nice” compliments all-year round. For an alternative take on home fragrance, how about a room spray from Stockholm’s most stylish fragrance brand? Beloved for its chicly minimalist design, Byredo’s Fleur Fantome is sure to be a feature on any modernist mantle, emitting a fresh and welcoming scent of silent flowers (think: scentless blooms like tulips) and notes of green with every spray. Traditionalists would approve of Jo Malone London’s Lime Basil & Mandarin Diffuser, whose bright, fruity and peppery notes add a fresh dimension to any space.

POPULAR SCENTS MAKE POPULAR PRESENTS

When it comes to buying perfume, things get a bit more personal. Play it safe with bestsellers like Byredo Gypsy Water and Frederic Malle Portrait Of A Lady—they’re icons for a reason. Bohemian in nature, Gypsy Water has gained It girl status with its free-spirited woody scent, while Portrait of a Lady is elegant and sophisticated with an alluring heart of Turkish rose, sandalwood, patchouli and musk. For the ultimate in cool cred, opt for a scent from New York fragrance house Le Labo. The Noir is dry, leafy and intoxicating, vacillating between softness and strength. It can also be personalised with your gift recipient’s name (as proof it wasn’t regifted).

HAVE YOUR FINGER ON THE PULSE (POINTS)

If the gift card reads “fragrance connoisseur”, look to extend their existing wardrobe with new and innovative offerings. Hip Brooklyn perfumers D.S. & Durga recently released I Don’t Know What EDP. A fragrance enhancer that alters the base of your favourite scents, it offers something truly unique. Or extend their fragrance fascinations with the latest trend: hair perfume. Byredo’s fig-filled Eleventh Hour Hair Perfume and Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s seductively sweet Baccarat Rouge Hair Mist offer a whole new way to celebrate scent, imparting a delicate veil of fragrance that’s sure to turn heads this holiday season.

Words by Romy Erdos
Photography by Nick Dale
December 2018

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