Fragrance has the power to change a mood, inspire a day and bring back memories you forgot all about—so how can we possibly pick one favorite? Here, the best options we’ll be gifting (also hoarding) all year.
Commes des Garcons Rouge ($142)
Seductive, woody and deep, Comme des Garcons Rouge utilizes the bright top notes of peppercorn and ginger and deep base notes of patchouli and amber to evoke the feeling of seductiveness. If your loved one fancies an earthy, musky fragrance, Rouge will tick all of their boxes.
Molton Brown Juniper Jazz ($120)
A limited-edition holiday scent that captures the essence of a Christmas party in the Roaring Twenties, Juniper Jazz is perfect for the festive friend who consistently reaches for a woody scent. With notes of juniper berry and guaiac wood, winter has never smelled so nostalgic.
This hair mist envelops strands in an elegant mix of gardenia, pear and white nectarine for a calming scent that heightens the senses with each whiff. Not only will the hair smell fresher than ever before, but it will also stay nourished and deeply hydrated with the inclusion of camellia oil and aloe vera in the formula.
For the minimalist in your life, Not A Perfume smells uniquely fresh and is versatile enough to be used as a fragrance booster with any other perfume. Intensify the scent by spritzing it in the creases of your knees and elbows where your body produces heat.
Perfect for the scent connoisseur, five travel-sized versions of the most coveted REPLICA scents—Beach Walk, Jazz Club, Lazy Sunday Morning, Sailing Day, and By the Fireplace—will match her every mood.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum (starting at $425)
The perfumer’s best-selling fragrance—a cocktail of intense Egyptian jasmine, saffron, almond and musky wood—is now available in 2.4 ounces for those who can’t get enough of the head-turning scent (myself included).
Airy florals and vanilla meet Tom Ford’s classic musk in this must-try fragrance for those who love moodier scents, but can’t tolerate the leather-heavy potions.
The latest iteration of the brand’s garden-inspired scent, this Velvety Orris–spiked juice (anciently used by the Greeks and Romans as an essential oil) intensifies the notes found in the original Gucci Bloom, and introduces damask rose for a more feminine spin on the newfound classic.
Diptyque Eau des Sense ($65)
Juicy orange blossom is at the heart of this refreshing, sunny and limited-edition eau de toilette that’s practically made for collecting—there are five colorful options with scents just as addictive.
Lake & Skye 11:11 ($98)
This cozy, not-too-sweet, not-too-musky fragrance is a unisex fragrance done right. Trust us.
A symbol of a blank page waiting to be written, this flat bottle—it’s about half an inch thick—symbolizes a balance of strength and femininity with its floral-meets-musk scent.
Bastide Verveine du Sud ($130)
Lemon and crisp verbena dry down to a woodier undertone in this year-round staple we’ll never part with.
Tory Burch Knock on Wood ($138)
Inspired by Tory’s superstitious nature, this floral, woody fragrance bottles the best of both fragrance worlds for the woman who won’t choose one.
One of four scents inspired by the essence of natural elements, this airy, floral juice instantly transports you to the Italian countryside with notes of citrus, jasmine bud and white gardenia.
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