What is a better gift to give to someone than perfume? It’s luxurious, personal and special, but it’s definitely not the easiest option. If you already know someone’s favorite perfume or the type of perfume they like, it won’t be hard. But if you want to give something new it can be a bit overwhelming by the amount that is available in the stores. Today I can help you with this holiday gift guide -> perfume edition, which is all about the best perfumes of 2017! I have tried to list as many perfumes from different categories, some of them are already available for a longer time and the others are just out on the market!
Burberry Beauty – My Burberry Blush – Eau de Parfum – 90 ml – € 124,00
Top notes: lemon, pomegranate
Heart notes: green apple, rose petals, geranium
Base notes: jasmine, wisteria
Can we first take a look how beautiful the bottle of My Burberry Blush is?! It smells exactly how it looks: girly, soft, creamy and rosy. It has a very clean rose scent mixed with some fruity notes. It could be a very good fragrance for every day since it’s not too heavy and not too sweet. That’s why it also makes a perfect gift for the holiday season! If you love the My Burberry fragrances and you prefer something a bit lighter, then this is also a perfect opportunity to treat yourself with the Blush version!
Calvin Klein – Obsessed Women – Eau de Parfum – 50 ml – € 69,00
Category: oriental aromatic green / lavender
Top notes: citrus, neroli essence, elemi
Heart notes: violet leaf, white lavander, purple sage
Base notes: musk, ambrette
If you are into a fresh and clean fragrance with a bit of sweetness then I definitely recommend the new OBSESSED by Calvin Klein. It’s a very soft perfume that you can wear during any time of the day. It smells like lavander with a hint of citrus, but is still musky. The packaging is also very clean and minimal, which I like a lot. For a soft perfume I have to admit that it also wears quite long. It makes it a perfect safe gift for someone during the holiday seasons, you can’t go wrong with it!
CHANEL – Gabrielle Chanel – Eau de Parfum – 50 ml – € 103,00
Category: floral, woody, musk
Top notes: mandarin orange, grapefruit, black currant
Heart notes: tuberose, ylang-ylang , jasmine, orange blossom
Base notes: sandelwood, musk
Gabrielle Chanel has to be my one of my favorite perfume launches of 2017 and my favorite CHANEL perfume so far! It’s chic, it’s classy and sophisticated. When I wore this perfume on my Paris trip last week I got so many compliments about it. It’s a perfume that is easy to like and perfect to wear for any occassion since it’s not too heavy. It smells like grapefruit, orange blossom combined with jasmine and will also last a long time on the skin! The most perfect holiday gift for a very classy woman!
Dolce&Gabbana – The One – Eau de Toilette – 100 ml – € 101,00
Category: floral, woody, musk
Top notes: Italian bergamot blossom, mandarin, litchi, white peach
Heart notes: madonna lily, jasmine, lily of the valley, ylang-ylang, orange blossomm broom
Base notes: vetiver, musk, amber, vanilla, moss
A few months ago Dolce&Gabbana released an Eau de Toilette version from The One perfume. I already review this perfume before in this article. The One has been my signature perfume for over 5 years and I couldn’t wait to try the new version. When you first spray it, you will recognize the original notes of The One EdP straight away, such as vanilla amber and peach. A bit later the fragrance gets a lot lighter and more floral. If you feel like the EdP version is a bit too heavy, than this is the ideal option! The One EdT is amazing to wear during the day and at night I like to switch it up. I received many messages from other women who adore the fragrance and I definitely think this is a good perfume as a gift for someone else.
Elie Saab – Girl of Now – Eau de Parfum – 50 ml – € 79,00
Category: oriental floral
Top notes: pistachio, pear, mandarin orange
Heart notes: almond, magnolia, orange blossom
Base notes: cashmeran, almond milk, tonka bean and patchouli
Girl of Now is something completly different than Elie Saab has released so far and that’s why I was really curious to try it! It is a very sweet and heavy fragrance, so a bit more tricky to give but amazing to receive if you are into creamy perfumes! Girl of Now has a very warm almond scent with a hint of pistachio and pear. The longevity and the sillage of the perfume is absolutely amazing! I sprayed it on my scarf and after a few days I could still smell it. Definitely a fragrance that I will be wearing all winter, since I don’t have anything quite like it!
Emporio Armani – Because It’s You – Eau de Parfum – 50 ml – € 75,00
Category: floral fruity
Top notes: raspberry, neroli
Heart notes: rose
Base notes: vanilla, musk
When I first saw the packaging of Because it’s you without reading the notes, I definitely expected something very warm and oriental. But I was completly suprised! This new fragrance from Emporio Armani is sweet, especially the notes raspberry and vanilla stand out the most for me. There is also definitely a hint of rose and musk which makes the fragrance a bit softer. It’s a very long lasting fragrance with a great sillage. You can’t ever go wrong with an Armani perfume, and definitely if it’s for someone who’s into sweet fragrances!
Givenchy – Live Irrésistible – Eau de Parfum Délicieuse – 75 ml – € 114
Category: floral fruity gourmand
Top notes: cherry, french pastries
Heart notes: rose, orange blossom
Base notes: bitter almond, vanilla, caramel, orris root
As I mentioned before I just came back from a press trip to Paris and whenever I smell this perfume it always reminds me of the French pâtisseries. Since I received this perfume I have been wearing it on a daily basis, because I like it a lot. I didn’t even realize it until I saw in my perfume drawer that I stopped using my other perfumes. It smells like actual cherries, pastries and almonds, which makes it very sweet but also powdery. What I like the most about this perfume is that it’s not too sticky sweet or too overwhelming. The perfume bottle is also absolutely beautiful and will definitely stand out on your beauty table. Usually sweet perfumes are a hit or miss with me, and this one is definitely a hit and worth checking out in the stores if you are buying a gift for someone who loves sweet fragrances!
Guerlain – Mon Guerlain – Eau de Parfum – 50 ml – € 92,00
Category: oriental woody
Top notes: lavander, bergamot
Heart notes: jasmine, iris, rose
Base notes: vanilla, sandalwood, coumarin
Another perfume that you can’t miss this holiday is the Mon Guerlain by Guerlain. My first ‘real’ perfume was La Petite Robe Noire from Guerlain and since then I always had a big love for their fragrances. This fragrance was advertised all over in Paris and with a big reason, since it’s a perfume musthave! Mon Guerlain is a very powdery vanilla fragrance combined with lavender! I usually don’t like lavender at all, but combined with the other notes it blends in perfectly. It’s a chic, elegant and sophisticated fragrance, definitely approved for day time and even for work. Also the bottle and the color of it is absolutely adorable, a true beauty! Since it’s so soft and wearable, it makes it a perfect holiday gift!
Kenzo World Intense – Eau de Parfum – 50 ml – € 90
Category: floral fruity gourmand
Top notes: plum
Heart notes: peony, jasmine
Base notes: vanilla
Kenzo World Intense is another fragrance that has surprised me in a very positve way! I really like how cool and unique the bottle is, something completly different than all the other perfums, but still very Kenzo! It smells straight up like a very sweet plum combined with vanilla with a hint of jasmine and peony. Since I received it, this has been my go-to perfume for whenever I go for a night out. It’s definitely not as heavy as the bottle looks like, but it might even be a good fragrance for day time as well! Overall Kenzo World Intense has a good sillage ánd is very long lasting. A perfect sweet fragrance for the fall/winter period and to give as a holiday gift!
LANCÔME – La Nuit Trésor – Eau de Parfum – 50 ml – €98,00
Category: oriental vanilla
Top notes: pear, bergamot, tangerine
Heart notes: vanilla orchid, black rose, strawberry, passionfruit
Base notes: patchouli, caramel, vanilla, licorice, praline, litchi
La Nuit Trésor has been my favorite ‘night’ perfume for years and my favorite perfume ever from Lancôme! It is a heavy and sweet scent and it last for a véry long time. On every fancy occassion where I were this perfume I always get compliments about it (in combination with the La Nuit Tresor bodylotion). It smells like praline combined with litchi and caramel, a very unique combination, but one of the best I have tried. It’s mysterious, sweet, dark and sexy at the same time. The sillage is also excellent, just like the longevity.
Michael Kors – Sexy Ruby – Eau de Parfum – 100 ml – € 107
Category: chypre fruity
Top notes: raspberry, apricot
Heart notes: rose petals, jasmine
Base notes: cashmere wood
Michael Kors also launched a completly new perfume in 2017 called Sexy Ruby in a very gorgeous red gemstone bottle! It’s a very sensual and fruity fragrance, first raspberry stands out the most and a bit later it switches straight to cashmere wood with a hint of rose. The sillage and longevity of this fragrance is moderate, since it’s a lot softer then I expected! This makes it perfectly appropiate for daytime!
Mugler – Aura Mugler – Eau de Parfum – 50 ml – € 91
Category: woody aromatic
Fragrance notes: rhubarb leaf, tiger liana, orange blossom, bourbon vanilla and wolfwood
Mugler has launched a complete new perfume this year called Aura. The perfume bottle is absolutely beautiful and nothing like the rest we have seen so far! I really like how the Mugler perfumes are refillable and so is this one! Aura is a very sweet, green minty perfume, just like vanilla menthol candy. Not only the bottle but the scent as well really stand out amongst other fragrances. If you want to give someone an unique and completly different perfume than the rest, this is it! Aura is also extremly long wearing with an excellent sillage!
Zadig & Voltair
Zadig & Voltaire – Just ROCK! – Eau de Parfum – 100 ml – €94,00
Category: oriental floral
Top note: jasmine
Heart note: vanilla
Base note: white patchouli
When I was living in Madrid last year, I only took one fullsize perfume with me and that was Zadig & Voltaire – This is her! Now whenever I smell the fragrance it brings back so many memories. This year Zadig & Voltaire launched a new fragrance, which made me very excited: Just ROCK! I can really recommend this perfume as a gift since it’s appropriate for all year and also for work, which makes it easy to reach for. It smells, warm, soft and creamy, a very ‘comfortable’ scent. The vanilla and woody notes definitely stand out the most and are not overpowering at all. I notice that when I want to go for a safe perfume option, I always grab for Zadig & Voltaire!
4711 – Acqua Colonia – Blood Orange & Basilicum – 170 ml – €29,00
Fragrance notes: blood orange, basil
When you first take a look at the bottle, you would never expect that this would be a super fresh citrus fragrance! I expected something warmer and a lot heavier, but I was very surprised in a positive way. The name already spoils it a bit, but the perfume only contains 2 fragrance notes: blood orange and basil. It’s extremly fresh and dries down very sweet, it smells like summer in a bottle!