A signature fragrance is the most underrated accessory. You can get dressed up in layers of designer labels, throw on swaths of glittering jewellery, and do your hair in the most elaborate style, but no outfit feels complete without a spritz of the perfect fragrance. That’s why, with the holiday season approaching, we’ve compiled a list of scents you won’t be able to resist spraying onto every look. Make sure to add one of these to your Christmas list.
Pleasing Bright, Hot – £107.72 / $135.00
Pleasing isn’t only the beauty brand born out of Harry Styles’ vivid imagination; it’s also the label behind three all-new and already iconic fragrances. I’ve picked my personal favourite from the trio: Bright, Hot, a unisex eau de parfum designed to evoke the sensation of falling asleep under the hot sun and escaping into a dreamlike reality. Filling your nostrils with the heady woody scent of amber, Bright, Hot has top notes of plum and tobacco leaves, blended with orris butter and dry cedarwood, tonka bean, and vanilla.
Bleu Nour Neon Violette – £36.00 / $45.12
Bleu Nour‘s perfume oils are particularly unique in that they’re each inspired by the brand’s founder’s synesthesia, which turns scent into colour. My favourite from the collection is an intense scent called Neon Violette. It’s a genderless, roll-on perfume packaged in a hypnotic blend of lime green, sharp violet, and earthy orange-brown hues, which translate into citrus notes of mandarin and mock orange with spiced black pepper, parma violet and fig. For the person looking to explore fragrance on another level.
Altra Altra Skin – £168.00 / $209.29
Altra Skin’s slogan is “the scent of your skin, but better” and that much is evident from your first spray of the product. The eau de parfum is designed with layering in mind as it’s the perfect transformational veil, simultaneously elevating and inhabiting your skin. Blending the scents of the first vegan white musk with botanical base notes, Altra Skin is natural, wearable, and sensual. It’s like wearing a sheer cloth of fragrance.
Byredo Animalique – £140.00 / $175.45
Byredo is known for its hypnotic range of fragrances, but our favourite is Animalique. Tapping into the primal nature of dancing under disco lights, Animalique combines notes of sharp lemon, sweet violet, and warm mimosa with the tobacco leaf, deep amber, and sensual hints of suede. It’s a scent that’s reverberating with attraction, weaving between masculine and feminine energies to a place far beyond euphoria. Perfect for a night out where you’re open to whatever may happen.
Selahatin Eau de Extrait – £27.84 / $34.89
Smelling good on the outside might be one thing, but smelling good on the “inside” too makes the complete package. You might be asking: how, though? Well, a spritz of Selahatin‘s Eau d’Extrait Oral spray in Blue Forever is a lifesaver for those days when the taste of coffee just won’t vacate your mouth. It’s an oral spray scented (and flavoured) with notes of citrus, lime, liquorice, salt, and peppermint that’s designed to transport your palette to the Mediterranean.
CELINE Black Tie – £215.00 / $269.44
CELINE is a luxury brand known for its suave and sophisticated clothing designs, but what’s the use in dressing exceptionally without the fragrance to match. Introducing the brand’s very own Black Tie Eau de Parfum, a fragrance designed with the precision, composure, and eloquence of a tailored suit and tie in mind. Its androgynous composition blends creamy notes of orris butter and vanilla with the earthiness of cedarwood and tree moss, plus a touch of musk for a sensual undertone. One spritz of this is as crisp and understated as tightening a lacquered satin black tie.
Aēsop Tacit – £90.00 / $112.79
For the person looking to finish their fit with only the cleanest fragrance, I’d recommend Aēsop‘s Tacit, an eau de parfum spray with crisp, green, and citrus notes. Like biting into a ripe fruit, Tacit has notes of sweet yuzu, fragrant basil, and vetiver heart, all blending to create a scent that’s sharp, juicy, and fresh. Aēsop describes the scent as perfect for “all genders; revivalists, aesthetes, sunseekers.”
& Other Stories Act 1 Scene 3 – £29.00 / $36.34
& Other Stories’ latest fragrance in its ever-growing collection is Ace 1, Scene 3, an eau de toilette inspired by the nature of a true drama. Think Shakespearean romance, with the scents of sweet pomegranate and black current filling the stage as notes of rose, leather and orris fusion wait behind the scenes. It’s juicy, mysterious, and sharply feminine, with base notes of patchouli and sandalwood. One spray evokes the sensations you get at the start of a dramatically breathtaking play.
Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace – £99.00 / $124.07
Maison Margiela‘s Replica Perfume Collection is a range of fragrances each designed to transport you to a particular space, sensation, or moment in time. Given that the temperature’s dropping and the holiday season is fast approaching, I’d suggest By The Fireplace is the perfume scent to keep you warm this winter. Fusing warm notes of cashmere and orange flower with crisp pink pepper and clove, By The Fireplace immediately takes you to the interior of a cosy cabin beside a crackling, smokey fire.
STORA SKUGGAN THUMBSUCKER – £120.00 / $150.39
STORA SKUGGAN is a Stockholm-based perfumer not only known for its niche scents, but also for its stunning bottles. THUMBSUCKER, in particular, blends notes of sticky honey and sharp cherry with butter almond, Himalayan cedar, and styrax balsam to create an eau de parfum that’s as attractive as its bottle. The bottle itself is glass with a round ball lid reminiscent of a gemstone or planet. Not only is THUMBSUCKER an irresistible scent, but it sits perfectly on any desk or bathroom counter as a stunning centrepiece.
Earl of East Smoke & Musk Soy Wax Candle – £35.00 / $43.86
Finally, spraying yourself with the scent of an eau de parfum is one thing, but filling your home with transportive fragrances is another. That’s why no fragrance collection is complete without a candle to burn whilst you’re cooking dinner or curled up on the sofa, and Earl of East‘s Smoke & Musk scented candle is the perfect scent for filling your home this winter. Blending green balsam fir with wood smoke and musky patchouli, Smoke & Musk will transport you to a warm cabin in the woods in an instant.
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