Monday, 28 October 2013

Escentual Christmas Gift Ideas

We're dangerously close to Christmas already.  This is the time of year that the shops start to display Christmas presents, Christmas decorations and even Christmas food.  You tell yourself that it's far too early to be thinking about Christmas and then BAMM Christmas is tomorrow and you haven't finished (or possibly even started) your Christmas shopping.

OK, so maybe you are a little more organised than me, but surely we've all experienced that Christmas panic that sets in when you have to buy a gift for somebody and you just don't know what to do.  Should you buy  a film? Perhaps a book? Vouchers are always a good one. You can let your friend/sister/mum/dad/boyfriend/etc choose their own gift but I always feel like I'm taking the easy way out, and being just a little bit boring by going down the voucher avenue (unless of course the receiver has specified in advance that this is really all they want).

The gift that I've always appreciated, hugely, and would most certainly list as one of my favourite presents is perfume.  Now many people think that the perfume route is also a bit of a cop out and maybe a bit predictable but how many of us can afford to buy ourselves lovely perfumes these days?  I think those of us who rely on Christmas and birthdays for our yearly perfume supply are now in the majority so don't be afraid to go for something traditional, treat your favourite people to their favourite scents.

For a little inspiration (and a glimpse at my Christmas wish list) take note of these divine fragrances and really spoil your loved ones this year.

1. Givenchy Dahlia Noir

Now this is my current favourite perfume.  This original fragrance has base notes of sandalwood, vanilla and tonka bean, and very distinct middle notes of rose, iris and patchouli.  This is a fragrance that screams sexy and mixes fruit, floral and musk fragrances in way that I have not come across before.  For those people who really want a distinct fragrance, Dahlia Noir is the one.

2. Honey by Marc Jacobs

Although Honey does have base notes of honey, as well as vanilla and woods, the perfume itself does not smell overly sweet or like honey. This is a good thing. Instead the fruity notes of green pear, fruit punch, mandarin, orange blossom and peach nectar really shine through and are perfectly complimented by the warmth and sweetness of honeysuckle.  This is a beautiful frangrance that is beautifully presented. 

3. Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel

Coco Mademoiselle is a Chypre Floral fragrance. It was launched in 2001 and is still one of the most beautiful and distinct fragrances I've come across. Top notes are orange, mandarin orange, orange blossom and bergamot; middle notes are mimose, jasmine, Turkish rose and ylang-ylang; base notes are tonka bean, patchouli, opoponax, vanilla, vetiver and white musk. A beautifully feminine fragrance, this perfume is just perfect for those of us who like to have a signature scent. 

4. Especially Escada

Now this is a luxurious scent with a soft, feminine feel.  Inspired by the sparkling scent of morning dew on a rose, this soft, floral perfume is complimented with hints of pear and Ylang Ylang.  I love a musky frangrance and Especially Escada  has the perfect balance of floral notes and a soft, heady musk. Simply beautiful.

5. Giorgio Armani Si

Si is another Chypre scent and is relatively new to the market.  Opening with exuberant notes of Sicilian bergamot, mandarin oil and liquer de cassis this perfume is sultry, chic and intense. The sensuous mix of rose de mai, neroli, Egyptian jasmine and patchouli oil is truely hypnotic. This is another original perfume that would make for a beautiful signature scent.

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