True life: I’m addicted to fragrance. Perfumes, to me, have personalities of their own — ones that I can try on for the evening that will fade away after-hours. That being said, it’s no surprise that my detailed sense of smell and desire for alter egos make an appearance on my holiday wish list every year. Ahead, find the 2017 luxe perfume picks you or your perfume-loving BFF would love to find in a stocking — new personalities included.
For the Risk-Taker
French-girl perfumes dominate a good amount of the aroma industry — that’s why Maison Margiela’s new holiday scent in Wicked Love is on the top of my list. This scent carries notes of green pepper, basil, hyacinth and Egyptian jasmine — excellent for the unconventional perfume lover who is unafraid to take risks.
For the Girl Who Loves to Get Lost
Byredo Velvet Haze
This cozy Byredo fragrance will totally hypnotize anyone who comes into contact with you while wearing it. Notes of ambrette, coconut water and powerful patchouli leaves make this aroma irresistible — and it smells just as good as it looks on your Instagram.
For the Girl Who Wants to Leave Her Glass Slipper at the Ball
I’ll be totally honest, I’m not sure what exact perfume Cinderella wore the night of her ball with the Prince, but Nuit Confidences definitely comes pretty close to what I imagine. This Parisian inspired perfume — with hints of Vanilla and musk — will make you feel like you’re on top of the Eiffel Tower on Christmas. Careful though, you might lose a glass slipper.
For the Happy-Go-Lucky Babe
La Vie Est Belle translates to “life is beautiful” for a reason: This universal yet personal perfume embodies everything that is the Lancôme lady with a feminine combination of sparkling iris, patchouli, spun sugar and vanilla.
For the Timeless Holiday Lover
You simply can’t go wrong this holiday season with a classic, timeless perfume like Flowerbomb. Complete with a holiday edition silver flower, this scent is chock full of mandarin, jasmine, freesia, rose, amber and woody notes.
For the Extravagant Enthusiast
This Mon Paris set by YSL is complete with a full size and travel size perfume, as well as a matching lotion. The warm floral scents are complemented with notes of strawberry, raspberry, white musk and orange flower — excellent for the fragrance aficionado who likes all things sophisticated.
For the Classic Holiday Persona
If you’re a classic perfume lover, look no further than the Ralph Lauren Romance Holiday Edition to fulfill your fragrance needs — while still feeling festive. Bonus: The silver-dusted bottle and bow are pretty enough you won’t even have to gift wrap.