Shopping for a fragrance may seem like the easiest task. That is, until the shopping starts proper. Suddenly, you’re faced with a squillion choices and none the wiser on the right one, whether it’s for your mother, your sister, your BFF, your mum-in-law or a business partner. After all, a scent is an extremely personal accessory. You love it, or you hate it — there’s no in-between. But if you’ve been following our fragrance stories closely, you’d have learned a thing of two about picking a scent to match one’s personality. So go on, have some fun, take on a little olfactory adventure and find that special someone a new scent to usher in a new year. As always, we’re here to help with some of our picks. With these gorgeous special edition Christmas sets, even if the scent is not quite right, surely the packaging will elicit a happy squeal or two. Also, it’s the thought that counts, right? Happy shopping!
What: Marchesa Parfum D’Extase, US$75 (S$91.50)
The Set: The exclusive limited-edition gift set contains a 30ml eau de parfum spray, 10ml eau de parfum rollerball and 50ml hair mist.
The Scent-iment: Feminine, empowering, intoxicating
Get It: Sephora
What: Escada Collector’s Edition Set, US$43
The Set: This coffret is a colourful treat of Escada’s EDT favourites — Island Kiss, Sexy Graffiti, Rockin Rio, Taj Sunset and Marine Groove in 5ml bottles.
The Scent-iment: Elegant, fun, stylish
What: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb limited edition set, US$110
The Set: Exclusive for the festive season, this pretty-in-pink package contains a bottle of perfume spray with a set of shower gel and body lotion, all in 50ml.
The Scent-iment: Exotic, feminine, classy, enchanting
Get It: Sephora
What: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Gift set, US$75
The Set: Have a merry light-blue Christmas with this irresistible trio of EDT and body créme in 50ml and a 10ml travel-sized EDT spray.
The Scent-iment: Vibrant, spontaneous, charming
What: In The City Of Sin By Kilian perfume, €195 (S$311)
The Set: Not exactly a set, but this perfume-in-a-clutch ensemble is the chicest look we’ve seen on a perfume for a while. As if the intricate and super elegant glass flacon is not enough to take our breath away, this 50ml refillable spray comes in a gold-on-white clutch. Talk about the perfect gift!
The Scent-iment: Seductive, mysterious, captivating
Get It: By Kilian e-shop
What: Gucci Women’s Coffret Set, US$50
The Set: For the Gucci Girl, here’s a set that offers the best of both scents — Flora and Guilty. It consists of four 5ml bottles of Flora By Gucci eau fraiche, Flora By Gucci EDT, Gucci Guilty EDT and Gucci Guilty Intense EDP.
The Scent-iment: Sultry, sophisticated, trendy
Get It: Exclusively online at www.sephora.com.
What: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire, S$110
The Set: Ideal for the BFF, this Guerlain gift is set to please. A pair of the brand’s new La Petite Robe Noire EDP in 50ml and an adorable 5ml mini version is lovingly packed into a whimsical box that’ll spare you the hassle of wrapping it up!
The Scent-iment: Enigmatic, exhilarating, fresh
Get it: Tangs Orchard, Takashimaya SC and also Sephora Ion Orchard.
What: D&G The One Set, US$98
The Set: One for the Golden Girl, for The One, this gift box contains a 70ml EDP spray, 90ml body lotion and a petite 5ml EDP rollerball.
The Scent-iment: Modern, glamorous, charming
Get It: Sephora