Perfume is pretty much the ideal holiday gift: they’re almost always beautifully bottled and offer a sense of pure luxury. Of course, picking a fragrance to give someone else can be a little bit like playing Russian roulette. While that musky floral fragrance might smell like heaven to you, it may also smell like sewer water to someone else. But it’s not impossible to find the perfect fragrance to gift this festive season – here are just 5 of the most gift-worthy fragrances for the festive season and how to tell if the women on your gift list will love them.
La Perla, La Mia Perla EDP – R950 for 30ml
Lingerie brand, La Perla’s first fragrance knocked it out of the park with a unique fragrance that is sure to delight romantic types. For their first attempt in the fragrance market, La Perla decided to forgo the traditional pyramid structure used in manufacturing most perfumes in favour of a circular composition inspired by a pearl. Basically, the idea is that instead of uncovering the top notes, base notes, etc as the perfume develops on your skin, you smell all the notes at once. The perfume offers notes of spicy mandarin, white pepper, jasmine sambac, white peony, orris, suede, ambroxan, sandalwood and musk which all come together to create a rather sensual scent. It’s a warm and inviting scent that is perfect for romantic nights out with a special someone.
Elizabeth Taylor Love & White Diamonds EDT – R695 for 100ml
You may be pleasantly surprised by Elizabeth Taylor’s latest fragrance. While many might associate Elizabeth Taylor’s previous fragrances as something your gran might wear, this new addition to the line-up is a little more fresh and youthful. A beautiful daytime scent, Elizabeth Taylor Love & White Diamonds offers notes of neroli, petitgrain, mandarin, jasmine sambac, Turkish rose, tuberose, gardenia, musk, cedar and sandalwood. It’s got wonderfully fresh citrus top notes and divine floral base notes and is the perfect cooling and calming fragrance for days when you’re running around like a headless chicken.
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Glace EDP – R895 for 50ml
A pretty iconic kid’s song came to mind when I first unboxed this fragrance; “If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops, oh, what a rain that would be! I’d stand right outside, with my mouth open wide, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah!” Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Glace is pink, bubbly, and chockfull of girly attitude. It’s a sweet fragrance with notes of frozen mandarin, pear sorbet, jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood and is best worn for a special occasion or on a night out when you want to feel especially feminine. This new addition to the Juicy Couture fragrance lineup is a little less sweet than the original Juicy fragrance and will appeal to die-hard Juicy fans as well as newbies looking for a fun new night time fragrance.
Britney Spears VIP Private Show EDP – R565 for 50ml
The queen of celebrity fragrances, Britney Spears, has just launched her 20th scent, Britney Spears VIP Private Show EDP. While many might scoff at the Princess of Pop’s fragrance line-up, the truth is these scents do well for a reason. Each fragrance is fun, sassy, and exciting. Plus, with so many different offerings, the Britney Spears fragrances appeal to a wide range of women. This newest addition is a fruity floral fragrance that will appeal to ladies who love to dance. With notes of blood orange, red apple, mango, violet, orange blossom, magnolia, raspberry, wood, amber and musk, this sweet and fruity scent is the ideal gift for a younger woman who loves flirty fragrances that are beyond girly.
Issey Miyake L’eau D’Issey Summer 2017 EDT – R995 for 100ml
Issey Miyake fans will be thrilled to know that the brand has launched another summer edition of their iconic original. Issey Miyake L’eau D’Issey Summer 2017 EDT brings the same freshness fans have come to know and love and with notes of pink grapefruit, litchi, passion fruit, guava, watery notes, petals, vanilla and exotic woods, this new edition is very similar to last year’s summer scent. If you love breezy, aquatic fragrances then this is sure to become a firm favourite for daytime wear. This time around, the scent offers a bit more of a citrus touch to it so it’s bound to make you feel happy, fresh, and ready to go on holiday!
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After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.