Where most people have regular wardrobes, I’ve cleared my closet to make more room for my perfume collection. This is to say, my love for fragrance knows no bounds and cutting this list down to an acceptable length was not easy. Rest assured that everything on here has earned its spot, from big-name launches to niche luxury brands. The common denominator is that they’ll all make you smell fantastic. This season, I’d suggest gifting fragrances that bring some warmth and fun to the colder months. Below, the bottles everyone on your list will enjoy spritzing with abandon well into 2021.
Acqua di Parma Colonia Special Edition ($550): Some fragrances turn heads with a single spritz, and Acqua di Parma’s latest launch is one of them. Colonia Futura is a classic study in olfactory seduction with its notes of citrus, pink pepper, sage, lavender and vetiver. The holiday edition is available in a limited launch of 300 numbered bottles, each engraved with floating stars.
Krigler Abrakaadabra 221 ($515): Founder Ben Krigler dreamed up this perfume in the spirit of hope and healing, capping it off a name that invokes a magical incantation. I love the way it floats around me in a warm, golden cloud of floral aldehydes that never fails to brighten my mood. Notes include bergamot, Indian pepper, lily of the valley, Scottish hawthorn, sandalwood, vanilla and musk.
Tom Ford Bitter Peach ($350): Tom Ford’s delightfully edible concoction is pure pleasure for the senses. Peach, blood orange, cardamom and heliotrope mingle with boozy notes, jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, labdanum and benzoin. There’s a lot going on, but it all works to deliver the type of gourmand you’ll reach for over and over again.
Christian Louboutin Beauty Loubirouge ($300): If someone on your list loves Louboutins, they’re sure to be delighted by this bottle, topped off which the house’s signature shoe. Happily, the scent inside holds the same brand of distinctive glamour. Perfumer Marie Salamagne is behind the enchanting blend of cardamom, iris and vanilla. While I’m especially charmed by this one, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you to also check out the other scents that make up the Loubiworld fragrance launch.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian L’Homme À la Rose ($275): I’ve been wearing this crisp blend long before its launch, and can confidently report that it fares just as well in warm weather as it does in the cooler months. Francis Kurkdjian creates many of the fragrances on my all-time favorites list, and his most recent launch has scored a spot as well. Crisp, bright and never boring, I can’t get enough of this composition featuring grapefruit, damascena rose, ambery wood, sage, centifolia rose and cistus labdanum.
Chloè Atelier Des Fleurs Tuberosa 1974 ($250): Chloé’s Atelier des Fleurs collection features a series of love letters to perfumers’ favorite florals, designed to be layered together as varying bouquets. For the holidays, I’m singling out Tuberosa 1974, a reimagining of Chloé’s first fragrance. The contemporary version radiates the fresh, slightly spicy facets of the flower. It’s beautiful worn as a soliflore if that’s your speed, but indeed wears well with its accompanying bottles.
Escentric Molecules Escentric 05 ($150): Escentric Molecules always delights with its imaginative compositions. Not a single note is out of place in Escentric 05, which centers around cashmeran, a radiant compound that gives the impression of warm woods and pine resin. Even in the middle of the holidays, it conjures up the impression of sun-baked trees and blazing sunshine. Notes of bergamot, orange, laurel, rosemary, juniper, cistus labdanum and mastic complete the tempting illusion.
Gucci Bloom Profumo di Fiori ($130): Master perfumer Alberto Morillas mixed up this garden of dreams for Gucci, a bright twist on the classic Gucci Bloom accord that feels every bit as sunny as the eye-catching bottle. Tuberose mingles with heady blooms of jasmine, enriched by ylang ylang, sandalwood, orris, benzoin and soft musky notes.
Cartier Heure Promise Les Heures de Parfum Eau de Toilette ($350): Cartier’s Les Heures de Parfum collection presents six scents inspired by the spectrum of human emotions, played out in precious materials and captivating scents. A lofty inspiration, perhaps, but it’s one that works well in the talented hands of in-house perfumer Mathilde Laurent. The chic red display box provides the perfect backdrop—if anyone’s wondering what to gift me this year, please take note.