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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.

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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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Queen of the night, Aedes de Venustas Cierge de Lune

It happened in the middle of the night. He was walking down an empty street, with his sight on his feet. Then in the empty silence he noticed the sound of heels clicking on the pavement, someone was coming from afar. At some point their ways crossed. His curious eyes were observing the silhouette. It was a woman. It was too dark for him to see all the details but he just knew it was a woman of immense beauty. He might not know her name, or her face but he’ll never forget the fragrance trail she left behind. She could’ve been a queen of the night.

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American niche perfumery Aedes de Venustas has recently introduced a 6th creation in their much-loved collection. Any time I would go to Milan for Esxence I would make a list of fragrances that I definitely must try during my visit. Cierge de Lune was one of my top priorities this year – I managed to try it on the first day of the show and I instantly fell in love with it. The perfume inspired by Selenicereus grandiflorus, a night-blooming cereus – a flower that would only reveal its true beauty in the darkness of the night and wilt at the sunrise, so that only chosen once could admire its rarity. This was bound to smell magical, mesmerizing and unique – just like the story it tells. The way this perfume evolves on the skin is brilliant, and the feeling it gives to the wearer is regal. Personally I’d say this is one of the best 2016 launches by far.

Aedes de Venustas Cierge de Lune opens with an abstract crystalline accord. I don’t know exactly what creators meant by “crystalline” and how this could smell like but to me the opening provides a smell of impeccable clarity. Of something that is really light and transparent – like a prism. But this transparency and feeling of lightweight are only a premonition of something darker and much more complex that will follow just a few minutes later.

This perfume is meant to unveil a dark side of vanilla. And what it says is what it does. 5 of maybe even less minutes after applying Cierge de Lune on my wrist the composition starts to bloom beautifully. With every breath I inhale a waft of aromatic vanilla. My initial impression is that it bears some elements of rum because at first it smells a bit alcoholic to me and I could detect a smell similar to molasses used in rum production. This never too sweet vanilla evolves really quick.

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After a while a new perfume from Aedes becomes a uber sensual being. Vanilla starts to veer towards more musky direction. It becomes incredibly warm and even though it’s not officially mentioned anywhere, I seem to detect a slight hint of cinnamon. Sensual charm cast by vanilla is becoming more and more appealing as its style becomes darker. It’s like we’re making a move from a milky color of vanilla flowers to a black color of vanilla pod. It’s the same vanilla but from different point of view. Instead of pudding like sweetness you can experience more balsamic side.

The darkness of vanilla accord in Cierge de Lune has been highlighted with the use of suede. There is some characteristic fuzziness to this suede tone but more importantly it introduces the leathery feel to the composition. It’s milder than if just a normal leather accord was used as suede is gradually melting together with the entire blend. It’s the next level of sensuality when you smell new Aedes de Venustas after 1-2 hours. Perfumer and creators also decided to use a generous dose of ambroxan to add that sensual, balmy feel to the perfume. It kind of wraps it all together and ensures integrity of the blend. At some point you can also spot piquancy of black and pink pepper.

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As the time goes by, Cierge de Lune would become more floral with a creamy ylang-ylang accord that perfectly fits in the vanillic background of this perfume. And there is also a smoky aspect behind the vanilla when incense accord joins the composition. It has appeared in a very tactful way, not distracting my attention from vanilla which is obviously a main star of this fragrance. After a couple of hours when the scent has progressed all the way to base notes I could smell a lovely, powdery drydown. It smelled like a very refined and expensive cosmetic, face powder or a blush I would say.

Cierge de Lune by Aedes de Venustas is a charm of a beautiful perfume. Among many perfumes centered around vanilla, this one definitely deserves to be somewhere at the top, as something worth knowing. I definitely enjoy every time I wear this perfume. It feels special to me. Perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin did an amazing job together with Aedes founders. A second name that I gave to this perfume is “quiet seducer” because it’s sillage intensity is not enormous, it’s more quet and intimate – still the perfume posesses the power to allure. And I’m not going to oppose its charm.

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