The holidays typically smell like crackling fireplaces, fresh cookies, and tons of cinnamon, but that doesn’t mean you need to smell like a walking gingerbread house with your perfumes.
Instead, think more of the darker, mysterious vibe of the festive season for your fragrance, which should ideally last past the holidays by the way.
Ahead, nine warm and sensual perfumes that you can get your hands on for the holidays – we simply love these for packing enough of a long-wearing punch that they linger on your favourite Christmas outfit.
Christian Louboutin Loubirouge
Christian Louboutin Beauty recently launched Loubiworld, a line of seven unisex fragrances that live in bright, Louboutin-red bottles topped with ornate caps and if you’re after one that makes for the perfect partner to your pair of red-bottoms, it’s got to be the oriental spicy Loubirouge.
On paper, the scent is described as smelling like “a cabaret and a sensual wake of cardamom, iris and vanilla leading you into glamorous Paris” but if that hardly conjures up anything in your mind, Christian Louboutin himself tells British Vogue that Loubirouge essentially smells like “the scent of a Parisian woman who doesn’t want to reveal the fragrance she’s wearing.”
Intrigued? Then be sure not to miss the festive edition where the fragrance comes decked in a glittering red and pink gift case created exclusively for the holidays.
Christian Louboutin Loubirouge EDP retails for S$440 (90ml) at TANGS.
Tom Ford Soleil Neige
Like taking a walk in the snow on a sunny winter morning, this creamy vanilla-jasmine-musk potion is bound to become your next signature scent – just be prepared for all the compliments it will get you!
Jo Malone Midnight Musk & Amber
Musk can often pull too heavy, but not this latest take by Jo Malone. Amber, juniper, and a dash of mandarin turn this classic perfume ingredient on its head to make a sensual yet aromatic scent.
Jo Malone Midnight Musk & Amber Cologne retails for S$225 (100ml) at all Jo Malone boutiques.
Chloé Atelier Des Fleurs Jasminum Sambac
Got a thing for jasmine? Then this new Chloé Atelier des Fleurs perfume is a well-rounded white floral dream that smells sensual, rich, and gorgeous all at once.
Chloé Atelier Des Fleurs Jasminum Sambac EDP retails for S$175 (50ml) at Takashimaya and selected Sephora stores, as well as online at Sephora.sg. There’s also a 150ml version available exclusively at Takashimaya for S$330.
Sana Jardin Jaipur Chant
Let seduction take centre stage with this tuberose scent that you’ll fall in love with if you naturally gravitate towards florals, but want something deeper and more complex for the festive season.
Sana Jardin Jaipur Chant EDP retails for approx. S$193 (US$145) for 50ml on Net-a-Porter.
Heretic Dirty Rose
Rose is probably the top ingredient of classic perfumery but in this version where Rose de Mai and Damask Rose are starring in, the usually fresh and sweet bloom is spun in a new way that feels decidedly intoxicating and decadent with citrusy bergamot, spicy pink pepper, and juicy apricot.
Heretic Parfum Dirty Rose EDP retails for S$225 at Siri House, but it’s currently on sale for S$202.50 at the time of writing.
Here’s another one for non-conventional rose perfume lovers: this nuanced bouquet of rose and shiso accented by bergamot, pink pepper, guaiac wood, vetiver, sandalwood, and patchouli.
Aesop Rōzu EDP retails for S$235 (50ml) at all Aesop boutiques and online.
This champagne-hued scent is one of the holiday staples for many and it’s easy to see why it’s so well-loved. The blend of white flowers – magnolia, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, tuberose, and freesia – sounds like a heavy mix but when spritzed onto the skin, it is not at all cloying to the nose.
For the holidays, snag the set which comes with a bottle of EDP and a travel spray that you’d love to have in your tote for Sunday brunches and weekend dates.
Dior J’adore J’adore Fragrance Set – EDP and Travel Spray retails for S$261 at all Dior boutiques and counters as well as Sephora stores.
Bvlgari Rose Goldea
For a sophisticated cocktail of rose and musks, look no further than Bvlgari’s Rose Goldea. And this holiday, you can gift your special someone with this fragrance set that comes with a bottle of EDP alongside Rose Goldea shower gel and body lotion in an exclusive velvet pouch.