Gift something scent-sational

There is nothing nicer than gifting someone a fragrance for Christmas.

However, if that feels too personal, then you can always gift a home fragrance or candle.

The audacious one

Kayali Invite Only Amber 23 (from €91) has been a consistent sell out since its launch in September. It’s a provocative and sensual. Worn alone or layered, this warm and decadent elixir perfectly blends a creamy and comforting base of vanilla with sandalwood, amber resin, cypriol, musk’s and patchouli to envelop you in an addictive and sensual aroma, shrouded in mysterious allure. Middle notes of citrus leaf, rose centifolia and rose damascena add dimension alongside invigorating top notes of succulent black cherries rolled in roasted hazelnuts and tobacco leaf, glazed with Honey de Provence.

Gender inclusive

Stories No.1 (from €90.95) from Stories Parfums is an olfactory ode to the memories that have shaped founder Tonya’s life. It was only after a trip to the heart of perfume-making in Grasse, France, that she realised the power of fragrance to heal, release and transcend tragedy.

Citrus notes of bergamot, grapefruit and orange blossom open this fragrance, giving way to the reassuring warmth of cedarwood, a delicate touch of jasmine, heliotrope and fig-tea accord. The mystery of this perfume is revealed in its blend of amber, vibrant sandalwood, and hint of vetiver. It lasts beautifully in the skin and coupled with the body lotion it is sublime. Suited to both genders, it’s a fresh and exciting scent.

A modern classic

Black Opium Extreme (from €68) is the latest addition to the Opium collection by YSL. Audacious as ever the new iteration gives some extra sass to the modern classic. The quintessential rock chic essence is a game-changer in this new variation. The patchouli adds its velvety woody depth and incredible lasting power to the scent’s signature coffee accord.

A his and hers combination

Two limited-edition fragrances in festive packaging make very special presents for him and for her. Balancing strength and sophistication, Boss Bottled Eau de Parfum (from €100) is a composition that brings a new intensity to the warmth and vibrancy of the timeless Boss Bottled signature. For the 2021 holiday season, the iconic fragrance bottle is presented in mirror-finish gold. A new limited edition of the uplifting and empowering Boss Alive Eau de Parfum (from €89) sparkles with precious snowflakes and is presented in a golden box, making this affirming fragrance something mothers, sisters, significant others, and friends alike will be delighted to receive this holiday season.

Candles and diffusers

And as I said, if a fragrance to wear seems too personal then a good candle or reed diffuser is a great bet. Why not look at Irish brand Max Benjamin? This year they have a fine selection but to be really festive try the limited-edition White Christmas. The exclusive Max Benjamin Christmas scent features spicy top notes of incense, orange, and bergamot. This stunning winter fragrance brings warmth to any home, with its welcoming aroma carrying notes of cinnamon, clove, and patchouli on a base of amber, vanilla, and sandalwood. Presented in crisp white packaging, this sleek gift speaks for itself. It’s available in classic candle at €25, room mist at €25 and diffuser at €33.