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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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Monday Quick Sniffs, part 52


Fara by Antonio Alessandria is a perfume that was introduced during last Pitti Fragranze. The perfume opens with ultra zesty lemon and aromatic bergamot, making it very refreshing and mouth-watering. These citrus molecules also go deep inside your nose providing a gentle tinge of bitterness. Lime, which appears after a couple of minutes makes Fara more sour and still very delicious. Not much later peppermint joins the composition and when it does, the perfume mimics a just served glass of mojito. Fresh, sparkling and energetic. Heart of Fara is the unexpected blend. First there is a silky-floral magnolia note which is followed by cumin. The latter one provides a bit of dirtiness and some bodily odour impressions – but to me those were quite inoffensive. In the drydown the perfume effuses a cold scent of frankincense which smells as if it was taken straight from a church. It’s combined with cedarwood which provides more structure and which is a bit warmer than incense. Finally we have musky tones which makes the drydown more carnal. A truly unusual transformation.


J.U.S Parfums is a new brand which had its debut in 2018. The concept for the brand is to release fragrances that were once submitted for clients consideration but were discarded in the evaluation process. J.U.S wanted to give a chance to perfumers to launch their favorite creation that never saw the light of the day. Sopoudrage, by Fabrice Pellegrin is a scent dedicated to iris. It begins with a scent reminiscent of wet concrete – which comes from cashmeran. After a couple of minutes the earthy and rooty facets of iris appear in the lead but they are not very strong & actually they evolve into more of an ashy smell – quite austere and “distant” when you smell it. It has that feeling of vast empty space. There is also a hint of rose accompanied by a solar hedione which brings a light jasmine aroma into play. The perfume features also a couple more aromachemicals, such as Iralia, Muscenone and Iso E Super. It’s a pleasant take on iris theme and since quite a few synthetics are involved I think of it as a modern “experiment”. The whole brand seems fun and their pop-art inspired packaging sure attracts attention. Would you try this scent?


Le Frenchy from Guerlain starts with exhilarating lemon and bergamot. These two create a juicy and delightful twist of sour & bitter tones. Verbena adds mouth-watering sweetness to the scent, making the fragrance smell almost like lemon candy (think Nimm2). Presence of petitgrain adds some leafy verdancy that puts a shade of green between the joyful citrus tonalties. In the drydown Le Frenchy becomes more delicate, floral and slightly soapy thanks to neroli. That note is followed by lavender which, with its floral yet herbaceous aspect, makes the perfume to start veering slightly more masculine. My feeling is then confirmed when sage joins the composition. The latter one adds an aromatic, slightly camphorous facet that after a while turns quite sweaty and dirty. When this impression kicks in, I find Le Frenchy a bit too hard to stand. After a couple of hours the base reveals a woody vetiver, creamy-aromatic tonka and balmy ambergris. But so what if a sweaty odour of sage is that I smell the most? If it wasn’t for such unfortunate change I would probably quite enjoy this Guerlain offering but now that it smells like someone who didn’t wash for a while – I’ll pass.

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