When you give someone a gift of a beautiful fragrance you are making them feel cherished, special and very appreciated. There’s something about the gift of scent – not only is it luxurious, but scent appeals to a special part of the brain. You know how a smell can immediately conjure memories of the past? Or alter your mood in the blink of an eye? It truly is a super-sense, and nurturing those with a beautiful fragrance is one sure way to give a gift that says ‘You are REALLY, really special’.
And then, there is the packaging. Fragrance packaging is notoriously beautiful, with stylish shapes, luxurious materials and bottles that are, quite simply, a work of art. Beautiful things that lift your spirit each time you look at them – now that’s something you just WANT to give to your dearest ones!
Here’s a couple of absolute crackers that would put a Ho Ho Ho in anyone’s Christmas stocking or festive gifting plans!
1. Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto Eau De Parfum
The perfume is described as spontaneous, free spirited and courageous; a scent full of passion and emotion. Starts off with fresh green wave, bergamot and black currant. The heart includes accords of white flowers such as Sambac jasmine and lily of the valley. The base is woody and slightly oriental and captures notes of cedar, sandalwood, vanilla and tonka bean.
2. Santa Maria Novella Eau De Cologne Iris
Santa Maria Novella Eau De Cologne Iris is a bouquet of earthy floral notes. The iris is referred to “from the heavens”, in ancient manuscripts kept in a Tibetan monastery. Of ancient Asiatic origin, it grows wild in hills of Tuscany and is so common that it became the symbol of the city of Florence. In Greek mythology, the goddess Iris was a messenger who bore good news on the rainbow. In flower symbolism, iris represents majestic beauty. Now I’d like to smell just like that!
Iris is neither earthy or overtly sweet, and the complexity of this fragrance weaves in and out until later it settles into the intensity of the Iris.
3. DKNY MYNY Eau de Parfum
I personally go completely wild for this one! DKNY MYNY Eau de Parfum is a new fragrance from DKNY that is as eclectic and passionate as New York – the city we love. Urban, carefree, spirited!
- Top notes: Raspberry, Galbanum, and Pink Pepper
- Heart notes: Egyptian Jasmine, Freesia, and Orris
- Bottom notes: Patchouli Heart, Vanilla Absolute, Creamy Musks, and Ambergris
4. Giorgio Armani Armani Code Pour Homme Eau de Toilette
For a special man in your life, this is a great gift. In its sleek, sophisticated, curved matte black bottle, Giorgio Armani Armani Code Pour Homme Eau de Toilette is an elegant, timelessly sensual, understated and yet heady fragrance for the moment. Armani Code Pour Homme from Giorgio Armani is a fresh, spicy composition which opens on notes of lemon and bergamot, leading to a heart of olive flower. Giorgio Armani Code Pour Homme is a men’s fragrance which is suitably sophisticated, and ideal for wearing when you need to create a grand impression.
And, now that your head is full of ideas for amazing fragrance, I know you will be looking forward to the next post – brilliant Winter Workouts! Stay svelte, beautiful ones!