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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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The smell of wealth, Guerlain Iris Ganache

Guerlain Iris Ganache is a fragrance belonging to the exclusive collection of scents known as L’Art et la Matiere. It was created by Thierry Wasser in 2007 and since then it became one of the most iconic fragrances among Guerlain exclusives. Sadly this perfume is being discontinued so if you spot it somewhere and like it – bear in mind that this might be your last chance to get a bottle. Iris Ganache is an oriental woody fragrance dedicated mainly to women. That’s how wealth smells like.

Iris, a lot of powdery, voluptuous iris with a sheer, almost transparent rooty/woody feeling. That’s how Iris Ganache smells in the opening. The aroma is intoxicating, reacting with all the senses. It’s rich but after few seconds some floral notes come to play. They’re not very strong and it’s still definitely iris but from the angle of it’s purple petals. Floral of elegance. There’s something in the opening of Iris Ganache that makes me think it’s a truly mature creation, not something a cheeky girl or self-confident 20 year-old would wear.

One of the greatest stars in Guerlain Iris Ganache is white chocolate. How many perfume with white chocolate you know? Exactly, not many! This white chocolate is huge and erotic as hell. It’s smell is vibrating and evolving from something that brings the feeling of creamy to something that could be associated with delicious pastry custard. To me the best word to describe white chocolate here is buttery. There really is something buttery, a little bit oily. Like a real butter infused with precious essences of iris. The way it smells make an unforgettable impression. It’s like no other.

After this luscious buttery chocolate a vanilla appears that makes Iris Ganache even more into gourmand style. Its sweet smell is calm, toned down so that the fragrance is not sugary. It is sugary to the acceptable point but no sugar overdose here, no toothache. Musk in the base of Guerlain make the fragrance long lasting and it provides a velvety finish. Notes list suggest there’s also cinnamon in here but couldn’t smell it. My nose didn’t notice any spice vibe coming from it.

Ambery notes also create a drydown of Iris Ganache. I don’t doubt it is here but the sweet notes are so smooth, so melted together into delicious unity that it’s hard to pick a creamy amber there, so as far as I’m concerned I trust Guerlain that Thierry Wasser put some amber into it. Bergamot is also supposed to be here which is more doubtful since I couldn’t smell it at all. Maybe it adds some lightness to the scent in its late drydown, its not there to entice us with its juicy smell. Notes at Fragrantica also indicate patchouli – also not noticeable in Iris Ganache. Will I go too far if I say that it probably plays a role of fragrance fixative? The last note listed is for this Guerlain is cedar.

Guerlain Iris Ganache seems to be one of the most luxurious smelling fragrances known. It has a rich, complex smell that I highly associate with, lets call it financial status. It’s the smell of wealth. Who I imagine smelling Iris Ganache? Probably a refined women in her early or middle forties. She’s wearing tailored black dress made of silk, on her wrist and neck some white gold jewellery shines. She’s on a ball under crystal chandeliers, drawing attention of everyone around.

Iris Ganache was created as eau de parfum and is available in 75 ml bottle.

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