Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

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Friends and loved ones will feel like royalty when receiving Alexander McQueen’s My Queen this season. This fragrant elixir is indeed fit for a queen, with a kaleidoscopic mixture of Parma violet, sweet almond, white musk, heliotrope, white flowers, powder, Florentine iris, vanilla, orange blosom absolute, cedar, patchouli and vetiver. The result is a dazzling, multi-faceted fragrance. The bejeweled bottle conjures images of fairy wands and enchanted princesses. Enjoy the magic of the holidays with this truly bewitching scent. Available only at Nordstrom, $58 – $145

Nothing says “great gift” quite like Prada. Impart a double whammy with both the fragrance and the perfumed body cream this year. Prada’s newly-launched Eau de Parfum, 1 oz ($49) is perfect for traveling and still as addictive as ever. Prada’s rich, emollient body cream hydrates, softens and protects skin with the addition of shea butter and avocado oil, vitamins (C, B5, E) and glycerin. ($50). The body cream offers an “all over” Prada fragrance scent, which is something Prada lovers treasure-complete immersion! Find Prada at Barney’s New York, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora.

Jo Malone’s Pomegrante Noir is a perfect match for the holidays-that’s how much it sparkles with crisp, uplifting winter notes. Inspired by the allure of a scarlet-coloured silk dress, Pomegranate Noir is an enigmatic scent. Ancient pomegranate, raspberry and plum are crowned with precious frankincense and patchouli to create a mystery that unravels with time. $55; Available at http://www.jomalone.com, Saks Fifth Avenue and Jo Malone stores in New York City.

Stella Rose Absolute is rife with roses and lovely-smelling flowers: Bulgarian rose, Centifolia Rose, Dades Rose, peony and warm amber. This is the delicate lace of perfumes, an inspired olfactory tribute to the softness and intoxicating scent of the rose. This is a sensuous fragrance for serious flower lovers, and would make a superb gift for those with a nose for roses. $48; Available at fine department stores.

Originally published December 2005

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