The holidays are nigh, and high on the list of “gifts that stink” is perfume. Perfume has, in recent years, developed an inaccurate reputation as a bad gift to give. Sure, shopping for a fragrance is a personal experience (and one that’s quite tricky!). But hear us out: A perfume, even if you’re allergic to it, is still considerate. What other present says “I smelled this and thought of you?”
While the margin of error might seem too great to throw down $60 or more for a purchase that has the potential of being re-gifted, the fragrances below will help better your odds. Here’s 7 perfumes that smell like winners.
Tiffany & Co. “Holiday Limited Edition”
It smells like New York – but don’t write that off as a bad thing. This limited-edition fragrance captures the “luxury, glamour, and romance” of the city with notes of vert de mandarine, noble iris, patchouli, and musk.
Fruity and musky, this has all the makings of a Great Fragrance. Plus, it can be personalized with engraved initials on a gold charm around the bottle’s neck. See what we mean by perfume = thoughtful?
Calvin Klein “Women”
Launched by Raf Simons earlier this year, “Women” is Calvin Klein’s first flagship fragrance in years. But with hints of orange flower petals and Alaskan cedar wood, it’s bound to become a classic.
Sick of cold weather yet? Gucci’s “Bloom” fragrance can fix that.
Alexander McQueen “MCQUEEN” Collection
With eight different perfumes to choose from, the Alexander McQueen collection of fragrances is bound to be more hit than miss. The “Celtic Rose,” which is somehow both “gentle” and “spicy,” is one of our favorites.
Chloé Absolu de Parfum
Chloé’s limited-edition parfum is BACK. With notes of patchouli, vanilla, and rose, it’s worth buying before it disappears again.
CK “ONE PLATINUM”
Another limited-edition reprise, Calvin Klein’s classic CK ONE unisex fragrance has been revived with contrasting notes of cardamom, lavender, and Granny Smith apple. It’s hard to resist.