Fragrance

By Allison O'Rourke

Forget lumps of coal this year and fill the stockings of your nearest and dearest with solid versions of their favorite fragrances, home scents, and min- gift sets. We’re letting the big man in the red suit and you (!) in on the secret with these adorable stocking stuffers for everyone on your list.

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Home is where the holiday is when you spread the essence of the season with the Natale Room Spray from Santa Maria Novella, where for over 400 years, 100 % natural, essential oil based fragrances have been lovingly distilled onsite in Florence, Italy. One spritz is all it takes to transport you to an Italian winter holiday with the scent of pomander, Sicilian oranges, Tuscan pine, cinnamon bark, and nutmeg. This is hands down, my favorite seasonal scent of the year, so stock up and you can get whiff of the holidays whenever you’re longing for them. For more information visit www.lafcony.com.

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For the fashionable couples on your list, celebrate in style with a little luxury from Penhaligon’s. Their Holiday 2006 collection features everything from chic black and white gifts sets of Ladies and Gentlemen’s Scent Libraries, with 10 sample vials of classic fragrances, to His and Hers Christmas Crackers complete with leather valet key rings, party crowns, and New Year’s resolutions.

For the complete Holiday Collection visit www.penhaligons.co.uk.

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We all have that one person in our lives who has everything and is impossible to shop for during the holidays. Really wow them this year with these exotic treasures from Yves Saint Laurent. The Opium Collector Edition eau de toilette bottle and Collector Powder for Eyes and Complexion is a gorgeous duo inspired by traditional Chinese art, features a deep black lacquered bottle and compact adorned with the traditional symbol of purity and splendor, the lotus flower. The iconic Opium scent is a seductive spicy blend with notes of mandarin, bergamot, patchouli, and amber. The Opium Collector Powder for Eyes and Complexion is a miniature version of the white lotus flower image with colors of fine, light powder which can be used alone or layered on eyes and face for an illuminating effect. The ultra-soft formula leaves your skin glowing and smooth. For more information visit www.neimanmarcus.com.

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Stella McCartney is doubling our pleasure for the holidays with Stella in Two, a fresh interpretation of her signature Stella scent. The new duo features, Stella in Peony and Stella in Two Amber, a solid perfume compact, which can be layered or worn alone depending on your mood.

Stella in Two Peony, is a floral journey dotted with notes of black pepper, patchouli, and cedarwood. Stella in Two Amber, a solid perfume, contrasts with a concentrated musk. The adorable brushed metal case is completely portable making it a must-have for your holiday travels. Try dotting your pulse points with Amber to go from day to evening. For more information visit www.bloomingdales.com.

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Embracing the holiday season is all about enjoying the sights and smells of your favorite things like evergreen, sugar cookies, or even freshly fallen snow. Fresh has teamed up with Sephora to create three magical gift sets based on their signature ingredients of lemon, rice, and sugar. A sweeter alternative for those seasonal cravings, the beautifully decorated boxes contain the signature scents and some adorable extras like scented soaps and body lotions.

Another seasonal gift offering from Fresh is their new Fragrance Quartet, containing a treasure trove of Fresh scents like Lemon Sugar eau de Parfum, Sugar Eau de Parfum, Sugar Blossom Eau de Parfum, and Sake Eau de Parfum. The regal silver gift box is so divinely decorated you don’t even need to wrap it, but if you really want a holiday treat you can have complimentary gift-wrapping done at one of the Fresh boutique locations. With plenty to celebrate, these gift ideas are a way to make giving the gift of fragrance simple and chic. Fore more information visit www.fresh.com or visit a Sephora retail location.

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Super Hot Gift Alert! In Victorian times, women were known to always have their favorite scents on hand. Channeling the Victorian ages Modern Alchemy just upped the gift-giving ante with their ultra feminine solid perfume filled pocket watch. This ornate locket adorned with a black satin bow is so chic you can apply fragrance touch ups on the go in true style. Three lockets with three different scents, lily of the valley, cassis bud, and yuzu flower make for dynamite perfumes that can be layered or worn alone. Any woman with an ounce of style, will be putting this at the very top of her beauty wish list this season.
Available at www.dlcompany.com.

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There might be twelve days of Christmas, but this year Aroma M Perfumes is celebrating the holidays with the 11 Fragrances for 11 Years Limited Edition Gift Set. Made in Nepal, the raspberry pink paper sampler box channels East Asian packaging and décor with its delicate bamboo clasp holds 11 mini flacons candy wrapped in brightly decorated Yuzern papers designed to match the ingredients of each fragrance and to create an overall kaleidoscope effect. Just some of the exquisite scents that are included are Geisha Marron, the newest perfume oil from Aroma M and the always classic O-cha eau de parfum. The price is right for this stocking stuffer, at an affordable $39, you can give a gift that will wow any fragrance fanatic. Available at www.luckyscent.com.

Originally published December 2006
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