Last minute Christmas Gift Guide... perfume
There are few nicer treats than discovering a new bottle of a gorgeous scent under the Christmas tree so we've rounded up 10 of our favourite fragrances.
Jo Malone London: Pomegranate Noir cologne in 100ml (€105 at Brown Thomas)
Popegranate noir is Jo Malone's best-selling fragrance. Bold, succulent and as warm and welcoming as a hot whiskey, it's hard to go wrong with this one. Throw in a matching candle and you're in the good books for the rest of the year... or until January at least.
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum in 50ml (€71 at Boots)
Lancôme’s latest addition to the La Vie Est Belle range is described as “an exuberant composition around two accords: tuberose and hazelnut” - we've tried it and found it to be quite a fresh and feminine scent with lingering notes of vanilla. A good, safe bet.
Amouage Interlude Woman Eau de Parfum in 50ml (€205 at Parfumarija, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2)
This is one of the most expensive fragrances on the list so save it for someone really special. The top notes are soft and sweet with some grapefruit bitterness, there are also hints of rose, frankincense and sandalwood mixed with nut, coffee and honey. The French brand is renowned for creating some of the world's most finely crafted and exotic fragrances.
Armani Prive Les Eaux Vetiver Babylone Eau de Toilette in 100ml (€115 at Brown Thomas)
The product description claims that the fragrance uses vetiver of java, "a raw material which reflects the miracle of the garden of Babylon" which sounds a tad far fetched, either way this is a sexy, musky and exotic scent with some fresh, light, leafy notes to break it up.
Molton Brown: Londinium Unisex cologne (€100 at Boots)
The brand describe this as the scent of London with its blend of crisp berries, hearty oakmoss and deep incense. It's a sophisticated scent that's ideal for nights spent in dimly-lit bars, sipping gin.
Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge Eau de Parfum in 100ml (€116 at Debenhams)
Kendall Jenner front the campaign for Estee Lauder's new fragrance. It offers a provocative "floral oriental" scent marked by a richness of rose coloured by juicy fruits (cassis and raspberry), herbal exotica (pink pepper and saffron) and the seductive velvets of vetiver, patchouli and jasmine.
Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta Eau de Cologne in 180ml (€126 at Arnott's)
This unisex fragrance has become somewhat of a cult classic in recent years. Both Victoria and David Beckham claim to share a bottle of the popular Italian fragrance. It opens with a snappy citrus bite but then mellows out into a dusty, floral undertone. Perfect for a bar night.
Prada Infusion d'Irish Eau de Parfum in 50ml (€82.50 at Arnotts)
This is the go-to scent for most brides on their big day. It’s dusty and powdery, but with a hard edge that stops it being flimsy and too girly. It has serious lasting power too which means that one 50ml bottle will go a long way. Also the bottle is really pretty so it will feature nicely on any beauty stand.
Aerin 'Evening Rose' (€118 at Brown Thomas)
Rose is always a popular scent but this cult favourite from Estee Lauder's granddaughter, Aerin Lauder, offers a muskier take on the classic rose fragrance by adding a heady mix of cognac.
Clinique Aromatics in Black Eau de Parfum in 50ml (€74 at Boots)
A fruity take on the classic Aromatics Elixir, this would make a perfect gift for any lover of the original who might appreciate something a little more full-bodied. Strong hints of blackberries and lychees, plus a dash of festive myrrh.