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6 Perfume Ideas for Christmas Festivities

tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock goes the clock, counting down the days until Christmas. There are only 9 days of Advent before the festive time is here, so if you haven’t yet met Santa to tell him what presents your family and relatives would like to find under the tree, this is almost your last chance to do it before it’s too late. As for myself I already completed my Santa quest and together with my Dad we’ve found a perfect spruce on Saturday. We plan to dress it in lights & ornaments next weekend probably. I don’t feel the atmosphere of Christmas yet but it will come to me eventually. It has to.

Christmas time is always filled with positive feelings, with good smiles and kindness. Everyone and everything seems to have that inner shine that we often don’t have on a day-to-day basis. Things look a bit prettier and even strangers seem more friendly. For me this is also the time to unwind and relax. For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day you probably put on some special clothes to be dressed more festive & elegant. And since for us perfume is an essential element of our outfit, you probably already started deliberating what perfume to wear on that special occasion.

Here are a few ideas of fragrances that I would wear to celebrate Christmas festivities.


Guerlain Iris Ganache – For me iris is not only a favorite note but in my opinion it is also one of the most elegant smells in perfumery, which makes it suitable for many different celebrations. In case of Iris Ganache you have a richness of a white chocolate served in a mousse-light form. It it surrounded by a buttery texture of iris that goes more powdery later on. Topped with a bit of zest and sprinkled with cinnamon for a delicious feeling on your skin. This perfume melts with your body, leaving a transparent vanillic-ambery veil to enjoy on that special evening. It’s a very smart gourmand.

Tauer Phi Une Rose de Kandahar – A list like this wouldn’t feel complete if there wasn’t at least one rose perfume among my suggestions. Fruity opening with a gorgeous apricot accord leads to the heart where roses, geranium and bitter almond meet. The result is an incredibly rich, yet not overpowering fragrant blend. Phi feels plush, velvety and uber luxurious and the smell of tobacco leaf makes this perfume stand out even more in the crowd. As hours pass tonka, vanilla and musk form a silky cocoon around your body. With Phi you’ll be the best smelling one at midnight mass.

Aedes Cierge de Lune – Chrismas is the time that brings more light to our life, so why not decide on a perfume that can light up the night. Starting with a shimmering crystal accord that has a slightly mineral scent, after a couple of minutes this perfume starts to reveal a very unusual and intriguing vanilla like I’ve never smelled before. It’s oriental but airy, not sweet but delicious. Surrounded by black and pink pepper, ylang, ambroxan and musk, among others, this perfume is sure to make you feel glamorous and special when you’re with your family, enjoying those days together.

Diptyque Oud Palao – I think that during Christmas there’s no need to hide behind a perfume or limit oneself. Why not go all out? Oud Palao definitely isn’t a quiet fragrance. It’s there to make a statement. With a bold smell of Laotian oud that has a strong, resinous sillage you surely will be noticed. Patchouli, cypriol and labdanum add more personality to the scent with their dark vibe. When frankincense makes Oud Palao slightly smoky, vanilla and rose smooth all the sharp edges making this a super enjoyable fragrance. I especially love it when it’s colder outside.

Atelier des Ors Cuir Sacre – Even though leathery notes can pack a serious punch there are also ways to tone them down and bring up their softness & elegance. To me Cuir Sacre from Atelier des Ors is like that. Initially it’s really powerful, with metallic juniper, spicy cardamom and oily green elements of cypress. Leather with backnote of incense and vetiver is really potent but thanks to saffron it becomes more mellow and eventually it becomes more fuzzy, like a suede. This perfume would be highly recommended to any stylish men who wants to make a good impression.

Puredistance Gold – Complex oriental composition that evokes luxury and refinement is an ideal candidate to put on for a Christmas Eve. Puredistance Gold is a beauty in many ways. Spicy at the beginning with accentuated clove, gradually becoming more balmy and mysterious. Cinnamon gives it a nice twist of a tingly sensation. Myrrh, benzoin and styrax create warmth on the skin. Tonka and vanilla give Gold more depth and they improve its roundness as a whole. Despite many potent essences this perfume is charming and supple. You won’t be disappointed to wear it for Christmas.

If you already decided what perfume are you going to wear for Christmas I’d be delighter to hear about your choices and why did you pick that scent in particular. I’m sure you’ll smell fabulous.

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Serene Tide, Atelier des Ors Pomelo Riviera

When it comes to European summer holiday destinations I have a feeling that French Riviera is among those places everyone would like to visit at least once. Almost like a mythical land that offers wide beaches, soft & golden sand as well as azure blue water. It’s expensive, usually quite crowded with (rich) tourists but we still would like to be a part of that summer glamour. That said it’s not a surprise that fragrance brands take Cote d’Azur as a place to inspire their ‘parfum d’ete’. So did Atelier des Ors by introducing a trio of easy-going compositions –  Collection Riviera.

Pomelo Riviera is like a promise of a lazy day spent on reading an interesting book as you gently swing in a hammock. The compositions opens with a refreshing bitterness of pomelo, or of a grapefruit in general. Unlike many citric notes that tend to punch you in the face as molecules begin to evaporate, this new Atelier des Ors fragrance has more peaceful start and the smell of pomelo grows stronger over the next couple of minutes. Following this mouth-watering start, bergamot arrives shortly after – introducing a zesty and tangy facet fillet with juiciness & playfullness.

If perfume can get you as close to the impression of biting into a real citrus fruit then Pomelo Riviera is one of the perfume that can do it. After a while grapefruit and bergamot become milder, softer and kind of pillow-y. Like a soft perfumed cloud that is slightly powdery. Laziness and relaxing feeling slowly take over your body as you smell it. From this citrusy delicacy a floral accord emerges and blooms on the skin as the most ethereal jasmine you can imagine. Its airy, feathery – more like a breeze that carries the scent from the nearby garden rather than smelling the flower directly.


In this supple accord Atelier Cologne Pomelo Riviera is reminiscent of other summery florals, such as Van Cleef & Arpels California Reverie or more recently reviewed Chanel Paris – Riviera. Part of their DNA responsible for a dreamy, gentle note of jasmine is the same. Further into fragrance development we meet orange blossom. It re-introduces citrusy tones to the flowery phase. Additionally rose adds a pastel pink hue to the perfume. It’s like a chiffon veil and in this particular case it smells to my nose like some sort of a tea note. Maybe a refreshing rose infusion?

As if there wasn’t enough leisure in Pomelo Riviera, later parts of the perfume have a warm character with a delicate whiff of saltiness floating nearby. If you can envision taking a quick dive in the water to cool down a bit and then go back to your hammock – that’s how it smells. Like the skin kissed by the sun with a slightly salty taste of the Mediterranean sea. It’s sensual and undoubtedly summery. Cedarwood absorbs part of that saltiness and floral tones and slowly exudes these along some more substantive woody nuances that make the perfume last for a nice period of time.

What can I say? Pomelo Riviera from Atelier des Ors is a perfume that shall bring pleasure to anyone wearing it. This summery, almost cologne-like scent wears effortlessly and suits many different occasions – drive along the coastline, lazy stroll at the beach, night party? It will smell amazing during all of these activities. Since this new collection is inspired by Cote d’Azur the bottles have been beautifully tinted blue to evoke color of the water. Pomelo Riviera was developed by perfumer Marie Salamagne, it’s available in eau de parfum concentration and in 100 ml flacons.

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