Christmas is coming and the best presents for women are still perfumes. If you are looking for the best perfume for your wife /girlfriend, check out these suggestions from the editors of Forbes Magazine.
Consider this your guide to the season’s most luxurious fragrances—the perfect holiday gifts.
STARS by Jimmy Choo ($98; 100 ml) The STARS perfume takes inspiration from the house’s glamorous rock accessories line, STAR. Top notes of pear and candied orange, with a tiger orchid heart, and a base of toffee chypre round out this glitzy limited edition fragrance. It is available at select department stores from October-December 2014.
Extatic by Balmain ($115; 90 ml) According to Olivier Rousteing, Balmain’s creative director, “Extatic is the perfect reflection of Balmain fashion: sexy, glamorous, daring. It’s like one of our gowns: able to reveal the sensuality of the woman who wears it.” The fragrance, which launched in August 2014, blends fresh notes of rose, pear, osmanthus, orchid and jasmine with sophisticated warm notes of amyris, cashmere wood and Barenia leather (a material used often in the house’s fashion design). The bottle is meant to resemble an elegant Parisian model with its structured silhouette.
Rose Splendide by Annick Goutal ($102; 100 ml) With hints of magnolia, carnation vanilla and pear, this rose-based scent honors Annick Goutal’s love for the romantic flower. The fragrance is presented in Annick Goutal’s iconic ribbed bottle with a hand-knotted pink ribbon. And the house’s newest fragrance, Vent de Folie, has notes of sweat pea, raspberry and white musk.
H by Roja ($490; 50 ml) With notes of bergamont, geranium, jasmine and patchouli, H is Roja’s exclusive Aoud scent for Harrods. Roja created the scent to celebrate a 10 year affiliation with London’s famous store. “H is the result of an invitation from the world’s most iconic department store. Like each and every fragrance I create, H becomes a standard bearer for British excellence around the world, and hopefully an outstanding example of this country’s creative prowess,” said master perfumer Roja Dove. Roja’s Amber Aoud ($725; 100 ml), Bergdorf (the new women’s fragrance exclusively available at Bergdorf Goodman, $545; 50 ml) and Goodman’s (the new men’s fragrance exclusively available at Bergdorf Goodman, $545; 50 ml) are also among the house’s most noteworthy fragrances this season.
Something Blue by Oscar de la Renta ($85; 50 ml) Citrusy and warm at the same time, Something Blue is appropriate for almost any occasion. The result of a collaboration between perfumers Frank Voelkl and Ann Gottlieb, hints of vanilla and white musk soften this crisp fragrance. Bonus? The metal ring connecting cap and bottle that is engraved with the designer’s signature is actually removable and wearable. Hats off to Oscar de la Renta.
Floralia by Régime des Fleurs ($395; 8.5 ml) This new company offers truly luxurious treats for fragrance fanatics. With extracts from three varieties of jasmine, gardenia and seven fine teas, the garden-inspired scent Floralia is complex yet refined. White lilac, lily and cucumber also add depth and floral variety. Founded by two friends in Los Angeles in 2013, some Régime des Fleurs fragrances contain up to 80 ingredients; all are carefully handcrafted by the two artisans themselves. Floralia launches on December 1, 2014 and is currently available for pre-order online.
Patchouli Absolu by Tom Ford ($295; 100 ml) Tom Ford’s newest private blend fragrance, launched earlier this year, is a modern reinvention of the spicy, earthy scent. Deep and mysterious, this scent is suitable for both men and women. For a more floral and feminine option, try Tom Ford’s 2012 fragrance Café Rose ($215; 50 ml), which won Allure‘s “Best of Beauty” award in 2013.
First Gold Edition by Van Cleef & Arpels ($85; 60 ml) This limited-edition scent honors the art of jewelry, the house’s forte, by playing with the color gold. Bergamont, jasmine and rose mix with base notes of vanilla and musk. It is available at select department stores from October to December 2014.
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The Clive Christian Original Collection Gift Set ($310; 3 bottles of 0.34 ml) Clive Christian is offering a new way to sample scents this holiday season. The male and female gift sets includes X, No.1, and1872. The exotic and sensual X plays with peach and musk, while No. 1has a jasmine, carnation and vanilla base, and 1872 rounds the set out with its woody and floral mixture. Clive Christian’s newest pure fragrance, Love ($395; 50 ml), also launched in 2014 and is available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and Harrods.
B by Balenciaga ($110; 50 ml) Launched in October, it has top notes of lily and violet, heart notes of cedar and orris, and a base including ambrette seed and cashmere wood. “This was such an exciting project for me because it was my first time working on a fragrance,” said Alexander Wang, who joined the house as creative director in 2012. And it’s an exciting time for consumers too, who now get to experience this tart yet elegant fragrance. The bottle design was inspired by cracked marble in Balenciaga’s Parisian flagship shop.
My Burberry by Burberry ($125; 90 ml) This fragrance, launched in fall 2014, draws inspiration from the fashion house’s iconic trench-coat by capturing the scent of a garden after rain. Top notes of sweet pea, bergamot and geranium are balanced by a base of patchouli and roses. Complimentary monogramming is available for the bottles.
Knot by Bottega Veneta ($125; 50 ml) Citrusy and floral, this 2014 fragrance melds clementine and lavender to capture the essence of a summer breeze on the Italian Riviera. Base notes of musk and tonka seed add warmth to this otherwise crisp perfume. The knotted cap is inspired by the fashion house’s Knot bag.