A Fragrant Feast for the Festive Season

Whether you seek out that niche perfume that makes for an extravagant experience or prefer a full wardrobe of seasonal scents, fragrance is definitely a feel-good stimulant and always a great idea for a gift.

By Ingrid Wood


Louis Vuitton Spell On You By The Pool EDP 100ml, R5 150

Call for a spirited scent to match. Composed by Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, Spell On You is an ode to the iris pallida from Florence and is one of three iconic scents that form part of the LV By The Pool lifestyle collection. If you’re wanting to gift it, the fragrance looks beautiful presented in the super luxe canvas Travel Case, adorned with pink monogram flowers and azulejos. louisvuitton.com

Clive Christian Town & Country Eau de Parfum 50ml, R9 450

Originally created in 1925 by the Crown Perfumery Company and famously worn by Winston Churchill, Town & Country has been reimagined by British designer Clive Christian, who gives a fragrant flair to British history. Intended to capture the beauty of the countryside and the elegance of London, it’s fresh and invigorating with a sexy warmth thanks to clary sage and the woody, slightly spicy juniper. skins.co.za

Bulgari Omnia Eau de Toilette 100ml, R2 765 each

From gemstones to fragrance, the Bulgari Omnia collection gives a sparkle to traditional floral notes. The latest in the collection, the crisp Omnia Crystalline is inspired by the aquatic transparency of the lotus flower, with a white peony accord. Delicate and powdery, Omnia Amethyste embodies the scent of an iris garden, while hibiscus notes are present in the floral and fruity Omnia Coral. arcstore.co.za

Left, clockwise from top right: Bulgari Omnia Amethyste, Omnia Crystalline and Omnia Coral. Right: Bulgari Omnia Crystalline.

Herrera Confidential Stallion Leather EDP 100ml, R5 150

This Iuxurious EDP has multiple inspirations: the beauty and power of Balaclava, Carolina Herrera’s racehorse from her teenage years; a delicious smoky leather in honour of the craftsmanship of Herrera handbags; notes of jasmine pay tribute to Carolina’s favourite flower; while ginger conjures the energy of a horse race. The romantic heart of osmanthus and jasmine is rounded off with a base of cistus, incense and patchouli. Genderless but definitely has a masculine edge. edgars.co.za

Oscar de la Renta Bella Bouquet EDP 100ml, R1 499

A brand that evokes memories of fancy bottles on the bureau and dressing up for the theater, Oscar de la Renta continues to deliver timeless, glamorous classics. “It’s about spoiling yourself with fantasy,” says the Dominican Republic fashion designer. The latest in the Bella collection, Bella Bouquet is a romantic floral scent inspired by lush gardens. Bamboo leaves, green pear, clementine and juicy peach add a fresh touch to the fragrant notes of magnolia, rose, jasmine sambac and iris. Selected beauty retail outlets

Boucheron Singulier Pour Homme EDP 100ml, R1 599

Fresh, zesty, invigorating – all the summer boxes are ticked with this fresh scent. Caroline Dumur is the nose behind this easy to wear woody-aromatic. The top notes are bergamot, grapefruit and juniper, the middle is made up of lavender, sage and geranium, while vetiver, patchouli and cedar give the base warmth. A good gift for the suave executive. Selected beauty retail outlets

Rochas Femme EDT 100ml, R1 799

Rochas brings back a touch of nostalgia for those days when perfume was even more of a luxury than it is today and often could only be secured on overseas travels. While the airy, powdery Madame Rochas EDT may have propelled the company to great heights in the luxury perfume world in that era, Rochas Femme – which was originally created for couturier Marcel Rochas’ wife Hélène and underwent a light modernisation in 1989 – is a true classic. “One must be able to smell a woman even before seeing her,” said Marcel about this chypre-fruity-spicy composition. Selected beauty retail outlets

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