Nothing oozes opulence in the same way as the most luxurious perfumes.
However, choosing a new frangrance – especially for someone else – can be super overwhelming, but we’ve done the blotting, spritzing, and wafting for you, so scent your Christmas with DDW’s guide to some of our favourite perfumes.
Zafferano by Storie Veneziane
This new distinctive spicy floral perfume has an outstanding blend of precious, spicy saffron, delicately sweet orange blossom, and enticing earthiness of agarwood and cedar.
Priced at £451 ($540) for 100ml.
Le Gemme Empyr Eau de Parfum by Bulgari
This truly luxurious smell, infused with rich notes of sandalwood and a ginger heart essence, is the ultimate joy for the scent-obsessed man in your life.
Priced at £268 ($332) for 100ml.
No2 by Stories
The Bulgarian Rose opens the mix, which is flavoured with ginger, cardamom, and green tea. At the heart of this woody scent, Honey Tobacco tones complement Cedarwood. The full-bodied perfume is enhanced with opoponax, Tonka Bean, and Patchouli, while amber and musk make it distinctive.
Being one for the more conscious spritzer, Stories’ perfume bottles are created entirely of recyclable materials and contain only natural and skin-friendly components.
Priced at £150 ($198) for 100ml.
Musc Koublai Khan by Serge Lutens
This ode to China, with echoes of gold, lacquer work, and Khanbaliq smoking dens, unfolds its silky upper layer in a number of distinct stages, evoking China and its grandeur during the reign of the renowned Kublai Khan.
Priced at £260 ($375) for 100ml.
Bohemian Lime by Goldfield and Banks
Bohemian Lime is a fresh citrus scent with an abundant supply of warm, more sensual notes like coriander, vetiver, cedarwood, and sandalwood from the wholly original Australian brand, which only uses ingredients indigenous to the region, some of which have never been used in perfumes before, such as finger lime. Exquisite!
Priced at £135 ($156) for 100ml.
Impression Cashmeran Velvet by Ostens
Cashmeran Velvet is the perfect winter scent with cedarwood, vanilla, patchouli heart, and musk. Each perfume from Ostens is accompanied with a supplementary scented oil, created in collaboration with master perfumers to create high-quality aromas inspired by a single ingredient in elegant packaging at an incredible price.
Priced at £105 ($139.29) for 50ml.
Salt by Perfumer H
Salt is a delicate and nuanced fragrance, with undertones of wood, herbs, and a hint of citrus.
Priced at £140 ($185.73) for 50ml.
Patchouli 1969 by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier
This deep incense-like scent by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier aims to recall the hippy sixties with notes of cardamom, patchouli, petit grain bigarade a heart of patchouli, jasmine, rose, elemi and base of sandalwood, musks and vanilla.
Priced at £142 ($186.11) for 100ml.
Debaser by D. S. & Durga
This aroma, which smells delightfully like crushed up fresh fig leaves, was inspired by the Pixies’ song Debaser. Natural inspiration comes from notes of bergamot, green leaf, pear stem and a heart of fig, coconut milk, iris blond woods with Tonka bean and moss at the base.
Priced at £220 ($260) for 100ml.
Peony Couture by Vilhelm Parfumerie
Peony Couture is a homage to the bloom and a lush and languid delight from Vilhelm Parfumerie, a stylish Swedish-by-way-of-New-York brand created in cooperation with Liberty London. Black pepper, aniseed, French peony, Turkish rose absolute incense, and wild cedarwood make up this scent.
Priced at £185 ($255)for 100ml.
Love Mimosa by Amouage
Love Mimosa is a new fragrance from Amouage’s Secret Garden collection, which was designed as a “homage to female empowerment.” It features cascalone, mimosa, orris, heliotrope pear, and ylang ylang accents and is delicate but with a kick.
Priced at £290 ($330) for 100ml.