“Christmas isn’t a season, it’s a feeling,” said the American novelist Edna Ferber, and we have all the feels for matching our beauty regime to the magical, indulgent and shimmering festive season ahead. Decadent eye-shadow cream, buttery cleansing balm and nectar-rich facial oil are all part of this sublime sensorial extravaganza. And to complete the festive beauty graze-table? May we suggest a seasonally-sumptuous perfume, laced with glimmering, exhilarating and cashmere-snug notes. Here are five that spark true joy, which radiate a candlelit glow wherever you go and create the scented equivalent of a velvet ribbon tied around the gift of fabulousness that is YOU.
Speaking of velvet, let’s begin with this master class in super soft textural perfume. Creamy coconut, rich cocoa and earthy patchouli create an addictively sweet and nutty swirl, like biting into a sinful-but-sublime truffle. Once the sticky notes smooth away, a dreamy “cotton musk” takes over and blurs your senses into a happy, hazy, soft-focus bliss– hence the spot-on name.
It’s a little literal to smell like a tree at Christmas but, in this instance, it’s totally called for. This classic scent from Diptyque is fresh and green smelling with a hint of something more intense and earthy. It’s the olfactory equivalent of a winter walk through a dense forest. We can guarantee that if you wear this you will be asked for its name by strangers.
This absolutely intoxicating scent has been crafted with both men and women in mind. It takes its inspiration from traditional bay rum and brings in sharp bergamot, intense rum and warming leather and amber. It’s unlike anything else you either own or are likely to smell on anyone else.
Warming woody notes are completely at home in the winter months and, particularly, during the festive season. This cocooning oil containing notes of palo santo and sandalwood is the perfect partner to cashmere and biting temperatures. It also contains CBD which is known to help soothe the senses. Roll a little over your pulse points throughout the day.
While this isn’t a personal scent to wear on oneself, this home fragrance – with its notes of wood and pine – is so breathtakingly beautiful it is worthy of a place on your mantelpiece so you can treat your living space as lovingly as you would your skin.