melling good is good business, and if you want to leave a positive mark in the air, a sweet-smelling perfume caressing the nostrils of people you encounter is considered polite in most parts of the world. With the way the holidays are set up, there will be a demand on your time and, of course, physical presence. There will also be lots of events with family and loved ones, or even opportunities to meet new people. If you never took the “never to be caught unfresh” lingo seriously, now is the time to rethink, recalibrate, and acquire new scents in anticipation of a fresh holiday experience.
Scents will forever be a good investment, as they have the power to garner attention even in a crowd. If you’re looking to raise more than an eyebrow, and get compliments and some respect, you know it’s time to add a perfume or two to your charm. And because I’m a sucker for all things nice, and the holiday spirit already has me in a chokehold, a little scent splurge won’t hurt anybody.
Here are some of the best perfumes for women (and men) this holiday season…
#1. Baccarat Rouge 540 by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
While there are undoubtedly classics like Chanel Coco Noir luxury perfume that have stood the test of time, Maison Francis Kurkdjian has also carved a niche for his scents. When a perfume melts on your skin and leaves a ravishing woody savor, that’s a keeper. This explains its cult following, especially among celebrities and top influencers.
#2. Miss Dior
This little Miss Dior wrapped in a bow is indeed a perfect gift choice. It leans into the powerful concentration of the Centifolia Rose, with a mix of honeyed and peppery notes that balance sensuality with a feminine coyness. Feeling flirtatious? Miss Dior will match the energy.
#3. Floralie by Creed
This scent is like a garden of roses. The blend of roses, marigolds, and lilac set this floral fragrance apart. Its sweet smell encourages femininity and evokes an aura of confidence in everyone.
Thanks to Instagram influencers, Diptyque’s candles have been the rave, but this Paris fragrance brand has perfumes that slap. Cop the Minthé Eau Des Parfum if you fancy a tropical soft scent.
#5. Fenty Eau de parfumerie
Just like everything Rihanna, this perfume has a raw, spicy, and sweet essence. If you’re low on confidence to follow through with your events lineup, Fenty’s that extra boost. The fragrance’s pull would have you thinking you’re walking in a garden full of flowers.
#6. Tom Ford Costa Azzura
Earthy scents always come correct, and I trust Tom Ford to have a knack for excellence. This aromatic fragrance captures self-expression, freedom, and adventure. Perhaps, it’s the woody composition that lends it its sense of identity. This holiday, you want to feel strong and unrestrained. One of the best perfumes for women and men this season should allow you to take on new heights without second-guessing yourself.
#7. Lancôme Idôle Nectar Eau de Parfum
This Lancôme strong gourmand fragrance with rose, caramel popcorn, and bourbon vanilla sounds as sumptuous as it smells. The best perfumes for women have been known to be soft and sweet, with a tad bit of spice and sophisticated. This must be the reason Actress Zendaya has a soft spot for this perfume.
#8. Nishane 1.7oz Suede Et Safran
Considering that Saffron and Ambrette are the top notes of this musky fragrance, you already know it could also pass as unisex. You find equilibrium in the content of this Parfum. The blend of ingredients makes it less overwhelming, but ready to make a statement. Everyone’s set to catch a whiff of this scent.
#9. Folie À Plusieurs Ambrosia
With every Folie À Plusieurs Ambrosia parfum comes a story. Each bottle is hand-painted with unique markings and scents translating the works of artists. They are one of the best perfumes for women out there, because of the tropical choices and artistic thoughtfulness placed into each creation. If you’re going to be out all day, it’s not a worry, because they’re long-lasting.
#10. Funmi Monet Bella Aura Exalte
Sometimes, an outstanding fragrance isn’t about longevity, but a stellar collaboration with individuals who know their scents. Funmi Monet and Bella Aura created Exalté, and the fragrance needs no convincing. The scent settles in softly but surely to reveal a deeply sensual appeal.
#11. Elixir Roja
From the depths of roses, peaches, and raspberries sprung the essence of this scent. The soft and feminine appeal tallies with the mild peach aesthetic of this Elixir Roja parfums. The floral burst laced with a subtle fruity aroma makes it one of the best perfumes for women out there.
#12. Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
This vanilla fragrance has a lingering effect on first, the nostrils, then the entire senses. The mix of coriander seeds, musks, and juniper berries is another reason MFK is one of the most sought-after perfumers right now. The scent broke the rules by playing with ingredient proportions, but still creating a fragrance that’s balanced and fluid enough to pique any gender’s interest.
#13. Aesop Rōzu Eau de Parfum
When you buy a perfume, you’d want to ensure the fragrance lasts as long as possible, and this is one of the top picks. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free. Majorly made from roses, Shiso, Guaiacwood, the richness of this fragrance will have OutKast changing their whole mind about roses.
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