PERFUME IS ONE OF THE MOST PERSONAL GIFTS YOU CAN GIVE SOMEONE. TO CONFIDENTLY GIFT A SCENT REQUIRES INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PERSON SO IT’S BEST RESERVED FOR LOVERS, SPOUSES, FAMILY MEMBERS AND YOUR DEAREST OF FRIENDS. WITH THAT CAVEAT, PERFUME IS ALSO ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE GIFTS TO RECEIVE. BELOW ARE FIVE DELIGHTFUL SCENT SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, AS IMAGINED BY OUR BRILLIANT ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, REGINA YAZDI. By Robin Black
ROJA 51 FEMME
by Roja Dove
Although originally created to celebrate the opening of the Roja Perfumes Boutique at Number 51 Burlington Arcade in London, I imagine the woman who wears this scent striding past me in the lobby of the George V in Paris with perfectly matching scarlet lips and nails. It’s unapologetically feminine, bold, sexy and has an unexpected dry down of warm oriental notes.
by Tom Ford
This lush, woody scent is new to Tom Ford’s much lauded Private Blend line and perhaps the most “holiday” of our selection. It starts off with a burst of pine resin and fir, then drys down through layers of soft incense, subtle floral and sweet spice. Lovely in cold weather and ideal for a walk through snowy woods, layered over a cashmere sweater or après-ski.
by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Polished and elegant with a touch of exotic warmth, the recently launched Grand Soir is perfect for winter evenings. It’s a head turner that is equally stunning at a black tie event or cozied up by the fireplace for a nightcap.
Launched to much fanfare just a few months ago, we simply had to include this latest scent from Chanel. The story goes that the nose behind N°5 L’Eau, Olivier Polge, worked on this composition for three years to get the exact right interpretation of the classic N°5. Fresh and light, it still speaks the same language as the original but in more youthful tones.
Created by Jacques Guerlain in 1925 and inspired by the legendary love story that gave birth to the Taj Mahal, this scent is best worn by someone who understands the allure of old fashioned glamour, enjoys a bit of mystery and prefers iconic to popular. As a side note, Vogue once declared Shalimar one of the six perfumes that every French woman has owned at least once in her life.