YOU can’t go wrong with the gift of fragrance. One of the best things to do for someone who loves perfumes is to unbox a new scent.
Scents enhance a person’s life in so many ways. To me, it feels good to spritz your favorite body mist, cologne, eau de toilette, or eau de parfum after you’ve dressed up. Even better is when someone compliments you on smelling good.
How do you choose which fragrance to buy as a gift? First, determine what kind of scents the recipient likes. The different types include woody, citrus, gourmand, floral, fruity, spicy, aquatic, green, and fresh. Lately, a lot of people have been liking skin scents, which play off your skin’s natural scent.
So, here are some of our fragrance picks for the holiday season:
• All of Me by Narciso Rodriguez. This is a floral perfume that’s unique because it mixes rose centifolia with bold geranium bourbon, a note usually found only in men’s fragrances. Of course, present in All of Me is Narciso Rodriguez’s signature musc accord by Narciso Rodriguez. If I smell this accord, I usually think of the brand and I’m almost never wrong.
For All of Me, Narciso Rodriguez made a cocktail of six music notes to make a base note that’s just perfectly sweet. I already love rose fragrances and All of Me by Narciso Rodriguez is something new that I am sure those who go for unique florals will appreciate.
You can find Narciso Rodriguez fragrances in Rustan’s, department stores, and in their Lazada Flagship Store.
• BVLGARI Omnia Fragrance Collection. I always say you can never go wrong with a BVLGARI OMNIA fragrance. I remember that every time I would compliment my friend Dinah Ventura on how good she smelled, she would say, “You like this so much, you should already buy it.” And I did. That perfume was BVLGARI Omnia Amethyste, which is the best-selling BVLGARI fragrance in the Philippines.
During a brunch organized by The Beauty Edit, Luxasia Philippines unveiled its new fragrances, one of which is the BVLGARI Omnia Fragrance Collection.
The BVLGARI Omnia Fragrance Collection has a redesigned flacon that is even more elegant and reminds you that BVLGARI is a jeweler. The design pays tribute to Omnia’s iconic shape with detachable rings flowing into each other. The design represents the infinity symbol, those drops of light that shine from one moment to the next.
The scents of the BVLGARI OMNIA Collection evoke three distinct gems, each aligned with a single flower. Exquisitely crafted by Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas, the fragrances are universally loved and revered.
The BVLGARI Omnia Crystalline is a luminous Eau de Toilette inspired by the aquatic transparency of the lotus flower, sublimated by the airy generosity of a white peony.
The BVLGARI Omnia Amethyste is has nuanced bouquet embodying the scents of Iris gardens dappled with morning dew. The BVLGARI Omnia Coral brings to life the incandescent energy of the red coral. The floral-fruity eau de toilette captures all the liveliness of nature through the bright aura of hibiscus notes.
• MCM Onyx Eau de Parfum. German luxury brand MCM recently introduced its first-ever fragrance for men, MCM Onyx Eau de Parfum. The fragrance, which inspires energy, empowerment and strength, is a futuristic woody fougère born from the fusion of luxury craftsmanship and new-tech perfumery.
Inspired by the brand’s iconic Stark backpack, MCM
Onyx reimagined the original MCM award-winning
fragrance bottle design in a modern, yet refined colorway, clad in black and dark gray Visetos paired with gunmetal accents. If you were a fan of early era EXO like I was, you’d know why a perfume bottle shaped like the Stark backpack is so exciting.
• Montblanc Explorer Platinum. This is the latest addition to Explorer, Montblanc’s second fragrance pillar and it’s a bestseller worldwide. This is my new favorite scent and I know this is meant for men but it never got to my husband. My intention was to give it to him but I took it.
Montblanc Explorer Platinum was created by renowned perfumers Bruno Jovanovic, Nathalie Lorson and Fabrice Pellegrin. The fragrance is built around noble woods, enlivened by a breath of vibrant cypress, and airy crispy accord, “articulating a bold and refined masculinity.”
The new eau de parfum opens in the most vibrant way with sparkling and crispy green notes of grapefruit, violet leaves and clary sage essence, intensified by an airy note that delivers a crystalline freshness reminiscent of snow and ice. The intensity of cedarwood Alaska and an accord of elegant ambery notes creates a textural woodiness leaning toward the brighter side of moss combined with an accord of musky woody notes that brings richness to the fragrance.
What I love about Montblanc Explorer Platinum is its multi-faceted nature. It smells green right now but will seem peppery the next moment. And it does remind me of snow and ice.
Image credits: Narciso Rodriguez and Luxasia