Fragrance

By Michelyn Camen

We know; you are stressing as you search for the perfect gift this holiday season for your ever-growing gift list. NO! NO! NO! Please don’t (yawn) get anyone a boring bottle of wine, a ho-humbug gift card or an e-certificate. Give something FRAGRANT. Yes, fragrance is very personal, but that is part of its appeal. BN‘s short on time (just like you), but long on ideas, to please even the most picky people on your gift list. And we didn’t cop out by recommending anything that smells like a candy cane!!!

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Family and Best Friends can be more difficult to buy gifts for, exactly because you know them so well. Choose a fragrance that brings back a special memory. While dates and mates come and go, only your mom truly cares if you are happy! With Clinique Happy’s new custom photo bottle, you can personalize your gift with a picture of you and your mom on the bottle. For each personalized photo bottle sold, Clinique will make a $1 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, a program that changes the lives of disadvantaged children and gives them a better chance of success – up to $10,000. Simply enter offer code HAPPY07 at checkout on. www.clinique.com and they will do the rest.

Who knows you better than your BFF? She has seen you at your best and at your worst. She loves you anyway, so gift her with L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Sautes d’Humeur… Mood Swings. The red satin case contains five fragrant flacons named after her many moods; Joyful, Jealousy, Anger, Spiritual and Lazy. Available at www.lartisanperfumer.com

Remember the summer she taught you how to swim? Or was it the summer, she tattled when she caught you kissing the cutest boy from camp? Well, you both have grown up (kinda), and it was quite a summer; for your sister, give her Summersent by Marjorie Midgarden, a fresh white floral in a bejeweled bottle. Available at Takashimiya and at www.summersent.com

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Eight to 12+ hours a day, five days a week, (not even counting Blackberry and emailing time) are spent by many of us working. Co-workers can present challenges even to the most savvy gift giver. Is it too personal, cheap or (horrors) unoriginal? BN has some great gift solutions. Jo Malone The Cologne Collection , includes six of Jo’s best loved fragrances: Orange Blossom, Grapefruit, Pomegranate Noir, Lime Basil & Mandarin, Amber & Lavender, and Blue Agava & Cacao –beautifully gift boxed and beribboned. EVERYONE loves Jo Malone, including your hard to please boss. Available at www.jomalone.com

Where would you be without her? Where would she be without you? Your assistant is your right hand but probally would prefer to be sunning on a Greek Isle than working overtime yet another night. No budget for the trip? Give her Elizabeth Arden’s Mediterranean Set; Mediterranean is a sensual floral with aquatic notes. It’s a one way trip to Mykonos in a bottle. Available at www.elizabetharden.com and Fine Department Stores.

It’s the annual Holiday Office Party and you are her Secret Santa. EVERYONE gives Starbucks and I-Tunes cards, Dare to be different. Pacifica’s Mexican Cocoa Soap smells divinely decadent and has the most beautiful packaging. Available at www.pacificacandles.com.

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The true blessing of the holiday season is all the special people in your life. And we have gift ideas for those with ‘eccentric’ or ‘hard to please’ personalities and lifestyles. Is there anyone more difficult to please than a teen? One part budding woman and three parts little girl, your favorite teen is bound to love anything that smells sweet and fruity. For $4 each and a free Christmas stocking to put all of the treats into, BN recommends E.L.F.’s Bath and Body goodies in Mango-Pineapple. Available at www.eyeslipsface.com.

You talk on the cell and text each other for hours. Problem is you never see her. She is your favorite frequent flyer, and she is sure to appreciate Space.NK’s Fragrant Traveler is available in five fabulous fragrances. This beautifully boxed set contains all the must have Bath & Body ingredients for a stays at the closest airport hotel; includes travel-sized Body Wash, Body Balm, Bath Oil, Travel Candle and two Bath Tablets in a stylish, limited edition wash bag. Available at Space.NK, 99 Green Street , and www.spacenk.com

Every new date, ‘may be the one’. She may live in a dream world, but for the True Romantic Annick Goutal’s Petite Cherie Gift Set will surround her in a fragrant cloud of freshly cut grass, musky rose, peach, and vanilla. This luxurious set just may be her next true love. Available at www.bergdorfgoodman.com.

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They club every night; she’s a material girl and he just signed with Def Jam. For the “playa” couple, Diesel’s Fuel for Life Limited Bling Edition Spray for Her and for Him, are sure to appeal. So bling in the New Year… Available at www.diesel-fragrances.com

The perfect present for the Fragrance Aficionada, is this sybaritic set from Space.NK called (for good reason) The Luxury Collection. She’ll get a full ‘scentual’ experience in any of Space.NK’s three best selling scents, Laughter, Enrapture or Compelling. The ULTIMATE gift; Eau de Toilette, Body Cream, Body Wash, Hand Wash, Hand Lotion, Candle and Bath Oil, packaged in the most glorious kimono patterned gift box. Available at Space.NK, 99 Greene Street and www.spacenk.com.

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She’s living her life like its golden. For the woman who has everything, BN recommends Antica Farmacista’s Bellisimo Crystal Decanter Home Ambience Diffuser in their newest fragrance, Champagne. Bellisimo indeed! Available at www.anticafarmacista.com.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and you are FREAKING OUT… you haven’t finished shopping? For the Last Minute Shopper, we love Macys Herald Square, a.k.a Fragrance Gift Set Heaven. According to Micheline Jordaan, Vice president and Divisional Merchandise Manager for Fragrance, Macy’s East, “Gift Sets drive Holiday fragrance business”. Jean Paul Gautier’s “Classique” For Her Set and Fleur de Male Set are classic scents that are sure to please. For the Starstruck on your list, M by Mariah Carey is one of the latest celebrities to put her name on a fragrance.

Available at Macy’s and www.macys.com.

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And now for the last person on your list. We found the perfect fragrant gift, (and we are sealing it with a BIG BN KISS)– its the one for YOU! The Perfect Kiss Gift Set by Creative Scentualization is an indulgent trio of delights (body crème, eau de parfum spray and perfume mini roll-on) all dressed up in black. Perfect Kiss is a favorite of Jennifer Garner Affleck. This is an all out sexy scent with notes of night blooming jasmine, creamy sandalwood, warm amber a hint of dark chocolate. Indulge–after all that shopping, you deserve it! Available at www.creativescent.com.

Originally published December 2007
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