Fragrance

By Candice Sabatini

Whether you’re still searching for the perfect gift for her or you’re going to buy yourself something wonderful to enjoy in the New Year, one of these will surely delight the senses.

Lover of NYC? Lover of fragrance? You can’t go wrong A Perfumista’s Perfect Ten by Bond No 9. This fabulous and irresistible set of ten mini flacons, replicas of their iconic full sized bottles, contain ten of their best selling eau de parfums. The scents are: Andy Warhol Union Square, Bleecker Street, Bond No. 9 Signature, Chelsea Flowers, Chinatown, Eau de New York, Hamptons, Nuits de Noho, The Scent of Peace and Wall Street. The ten bottles, each 5 ml, are nestled in their pretty gold embossed box and make a most impressive gift.

Price: $250.00 and available Saks Fifth Ave and http://www.bondno9.com

Leaving New York I take you across the pond to my favorite British perfumery, Ormonde Jayne, whose founder Linda Pilkington, creates an incredible range of perfumes sure to delight any nose. This year I’m going for the gold as she takes one of my faves and creates Osmanthus Gold Crème. Osmanthus is a crisp white floral that opens with a citrusy burst of pomello and davana, then moves into a heart of Osmanthus absolute, water lily and sambac and finally melds into a warm base of cedarwood, labdanum resin and vetiver. The cream is blended with pure gold so that not only will you smell delicious, but you’ll softly shimmer and glow wherever it touches you. Perfect for bare shoulders, and creating a divine décolletage. Gives a whole new meaning to the term Golden Globes!

Price: 58GBP, approx $90.00 at Harrods, London or order online http://www.ormondejayne.com

While the perfume itself, aka “the juice”, is the most important part of a great perfume, the bottle that holds the precious liquid is often as iconic as the scent. Who doesn’t recognize the famous blue star of Thierry Mugler’s Angel, the chic clean lines of Chanel No. 5, or the solid black glass of Robert Piguet’s Fracas? Marc Rosen, who’s won seven FiFi Awards, a designer himself of many famous perfume bottles has created a gorgeous coffee-table book that contains the biggest names and the most famous bottles in perfume history. Glamour Icons, Perfume Bottle Design is 200 pages of breathtaking photos of perfume bottles – many you’ll recognize, some you won’t, but all will dazzle. Interspersed between the gorgeous photos by Vincent Ricardel, as well as some of Marc’s personal snapshots, are juicy tidbits of back stories and anecdotes about his career, from working at Revlon and Elizabeth Arden to his collaborations with fashion houses such as Fendi, Chloe, Karl Lagerfeld and others. Anyone who’s a perfume lover, art appreciator, or beauty historian will covet this book!

$85.00 and available at fine book stores and http://www.Amazon.com

Already finished your holiday shopping? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

Originally published December 2011
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