The Five Days of Festivities: The Scents



December 2018

The Best Perfumes For Christmas
Jo Malone (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Sugar and spice and all things nice

One of the best things about the festive season is the smells that come with it. Whether you’re looking for a fragrance to gift that someone special or you’re on the hunt for a new signature scent for yourself, here’s our roundup of perfumes for every personality and preference this holiday season.

Clive Christian

Clive Christian Private Collection C,

Clive Christian’s C fragrance is the ultimate winter scent. Inspired by the natural beauty of the Scottish wilderness – the Atlantic coasts, thundery skies and dark lochs – it combines sensual woody leather with intense Oudh and amber.


Aerin Linen Rose Eau de Cologne,

If you prefer your fragrances on the lighter side, Linen Rose Eau de Cologne was inspired by Aerin Lauder’s lush East Hampton garden. Opening with orange flower and lemon leaves, it develops into a fresh heart of white Bulgarian rose, ylang ylang, coconut water and rose bouton.

Bella Freud

Bella Freud Close To My Heart Eau de Parfum,

Having made her name as a fashion icon, Bella Freud’s fragrances are as quirky and covetable as her signature sweaters. Close To My Heart is an uplifting oriental scent with a sensual heart of tuberose absolute and whispers of neroli, rose de mai and jasmine. It’s the perfect scent for daytime and nights out with friends.

Jo Malone London

Jo Malone London Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne Intense,

Described as “magnetic,” this Velvet Rose & Oud Intense Cologne opens with notes of velvety Damask Rose wrapped in smokey wood accords before unrolling into a decadent blend of clove and praline. It’s basically Christmas in a bottle.

Cire Trudon

Cire Trudon Olim Eau de Parfum,

Founded in the 17th century, Cire Trudon is one of the oldest fragrance companies in the world. The genderless Olim Eau de Parfum is a decadent and opulent fragrance, opening with spicy notes of bergamot and anise and anchored with patchouli, benzoin, myrrh and musk for a rich, heady effect.

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