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The seasoned shopper’s gifting guide: Top scents for Christmas 2018


EVERY time this year, we receive tons of requests from our readers, friends, relatives, and colleagues asking for gift ideas. You would think after years of shopping for gifts it gets easier. But no. And we don’t encourage gift cards – that’s just sheer laziness and thoughtlessness at work.

Whether you are sniffing out a gift for someone or secretly drawing up a Christmas list for yourself, here are some of our all-time favourite scents that will make great presents for yourself and your sophisticated and stylish friends. Better yet, these options make you look like a seasoned shopper.

Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier

The classic Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier is back with a limited Christmas edition. Laced with notes of fresh mint, soft lavender, and sweet vanilla, this special Christmas edition is bottled in the iconic glass torso will appear magically through the snowflakes to reveal a red-striped marinière.  EDT 125ml | SGD $138

The Eleventh Hour by Byredo

This luxury Swedish brand appeals to those with a penchant for clean aesthetic design and exotic notes. Housed in the classic Byredo bottle, with its signature domed top and squat glass bottle, the Eleventh Hour by Byredo opens with notes of pepper and citrus before hitting the heart with carrot seeds, rum, and fig, and finally settling down on cashmere wood and Tonka beans. EDP, SGD $210 (50ml), SGD $310 (100ml)

Sartorial by Penhaligon’s

The Sartorial by Penhaligon’s is an all-time favourite imagined for the new generation of gentlemen in fine bespoke tailoring. The notes are warm and soothing. A combination of Fougère, oakmoss, Tonka bean, beeswax, lavender brought together with notes from woods, leather, honey, and spices to create the perfect illusion of a tailor’s workroom on Savile Row. EDT, SGD $158 (50ml), SGD $215 (100ml)

Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense by Jo Malone London

This concoction by Jo Malone London is rich with notes from hand-harvested sap of the Namibian myrrh tree, mingling with the warm almond and lush vanilla notes of the Tonka bean. Noble and intoxicating. For those who want to make a lasting impression. EDT 100ml, SGD $280

Moroccan Leather by Memo Paris

The Moroccan Leather is the latest addition to the Curis Nomades series by niche French label Memo Paris. The potion captures the spirit of the avid travellers and their exotic destinations with notes of Iris butter, Vetiver fraction oil, and Leather accord in a sleek dark bottle with embellished with gold prints. For the traveller in you. EDP 75ML | SGD $ 355

Carolina Herrera 212 Men NYC 

This energising scent from 212 Men NYC by American hip label Carolina Herrera fields a list of exciting notes including citrus leaves, cut grass, spice leaves, ginger, gardenia petals, green pepper, white musk, sandalwood, and vetiver. The fragrance designed for the new urban male encapsulates the dynamism of Manhattan with a modern twist to a classic scent as imagined by the perfumers Alberto Morillas, Rosendo Mateu and Ann Gottlieb. 212 VIP Men EDT 100ml & Shower Gel 100ml Gift Set Holiday Set | SGD138

Parco Rabanne One Million

Fronted by Australian model and “it” boy Jordan Barrett, One Million by Paco Rabanne personifies the ultimate bad boy attitude and his varied and ultra-connected lifestyle. A seductive and intoxicating scent from blood mandarin, mint, grapefruit, cinnamon, rose absolute, leather, white wood, amber, and Indonesian patchouli essence. This one’s for the influencer in you. One Million EDT 100ml & Deodorant 150ml Holiday Set | SGD 138

Diptyque Gold Feu De Bois Scented Candle

If fragrance is not his or her thing, consider the Diptyque Gold Feu De Bois Scented Candle.  It’s a quick and easy way to brighten up your space. This season, the festive warm aroma of rare wood gets an opulent update in a handcrafted ceramic enamelled with an exceptional gold alloy finish. But remember to light the candle for at least two hours for the first time to ensure the wick lasts and burns evenly. Diptyque Giant Feu De Bois Candle SGD $730

 

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