How to buy the perfect fragrance
A bottle of fragrance is, without a doubt, the most coveted gift of the festive season. The one we’re all waiting to open. There’s a certain nostalgia for receiving a new perfume at Christmas; a luxurious treat we rarely buy for ourselves. Feeling the anticipation of heading downstairs on Christmas morning, eager to tear open our beautifully-wrapped gifts under a lavishly decorated tree, breathing in the scents of fresh pine needles and warming candles, whilst sipping a sparkling flute of champagne.
One spritz of a new scent can create a fragrance memory that will last a lifetime – forever reminding the wearer of the time they found their new signature. Which can make the task of buying the perfect perfume all the more daunting. Between fruity-florals and woody-musks, the choice of fragrances on offer can be overwhelming. So let us do the hard work for you.
Read our fragrance buying guide on how to find the perfect scent, with top tips on giving the gift of fragrance; whether for yourself or someone close to you, this Christmas.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Choosing a new scent should be a fun experience. Take the time to experiment by choosing different scents, to try a fresh alternative to your usual choice. If picking a scent for a certain occasion, keep it in mind as you work your way around a variety of fragrances – to find a new note that will forever remind you of a special occasion or event.
THE FASHIONABLE FRAGRANCE
Boss the Scent for Her features heady floral scents of freesias and Oriental osmanthus, layered with sweet honeyed peach and base notes of cocoa, for a powerful, yet uniquely feminine fragrance.
THE MASCULINE SCENT
The spiced citrus notes of Versace Dylan Blue infuse orange-y bergamot and zingy grapefruit together, warmed by masculine black pepper to round off the scent.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
When trying a new fragrance, make sure you apply onto clean, bare skin, so your current perfume doesn’t clash with the new notes you’re trying. Fragrances can change depending on your natural, unique scent, so it’s important to test on your own skin and see how it evolves over time, determining if you still like it as it fades to something new.
THE NICHE PERFUME
The most romantic flower of all, Merchant of Venice Rosa Moceniga uses rose absolute, with a hint of sweet vanilla and skin-like musk to finish this dreamy, sensual scent.
THE GOURMAND FRAGRANCE
If you have a sweet tooth, Salvatore Ferragamo Uomo is for you. Including gourmand notes of tiramisu, balanced with earthy woody aromas, this delectable fragrance is unique and enticing.
GIVE THE PERFECT GIFT
Buying a fragrance for someone can feel a little daunting, as it’s such a personal gift to give. If you get it right, your present could become their new signature! When testing new fragrances, keep in mind the person’s personality and their day-to-day lifestyle to find something that suits them completely.
The ultimate scent of seduction; Tom Ford Black Orchid is timeless and everlasting. Featuring the intoxicating Black Orchid, decadent black truffles and sandalwood, for a sensual finish.
THE CLASSIC COLOGNE
Italian elegance, bottled. For the sophisticated man, Acqua di Parma Colonia Quercia releases crisp notes of lemon and bergamot, rounded off with spiced cardamom and geranium at the heart.
MAKE IT LAST
Spraying perfume onto pulse points can help extend wear for longer.
Popular points include the wrists, neck and behind the ears, as these areas warm and re-release the scent during wear to refresh the fragrance. Try spraying on clothes and hair as well, to envelop yourself in a cloud of fragrance.
THE HAUTE PERFUME
Inspired by vintage perfumeries, Alexander McQueen Eau de Parfum is a potent cocktail of tuberose, jasmine and ylang ylang, which settle on the skin for a beautiful fragrance that lasts.
THE CULT FAVOURITE
The contemporary classic that never dates, Creed Aventus for Him features fruity top notes of blackcurrant, apple and bergamot, balanced by heady patchouli and woody oakmoss.
Adapt your usual perfume for Christmas by layering with warming winter notes. Spicy cinnamon and juicy festive orange will warm to the skin and leave lasting, lingering notes that will lift your mood with festive cheer. Create your own seasonal scent by wearing multiple complimentary perfumes at once, for a unique finish.
THE SEASONAL SCENT
A warming scent you’ll love this Christmas. Jo Malone Orange Bitters Cologne features the festive aromas of sweet orange and mandarin mixed with bitter citrus notes, with sandalwood and amber at the base.
THE WINTER WARMER
What says Christmas more than warming up by a roaring fire, sipping a hot glass of mulled wine? Relive your festive memories again and again with Maison Margiela Paris Replica By the Fireplace fragrance, and be transported in one spritz.
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HIS & HERS FRAGRANCES
Mix and match scents your partner with a coordinating fragrance.
THIS IS HIM!
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THIS IS HER!
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THE FRAGRANCE WARDROBE
Layer your scents to create a bespoke fragrance wardrobe at home.
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