PER­FECT SCENTS

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS - JES­SICA CHIA and AMELIA JEAN JONES

We’ve sniffed out the fra­grances that’ll make the ideal Christ­mas gifts

Eau-so-clue­less about what to buy for some­one spe­cial? Sniff out the per­fect fra­grance with our guide

Scent. It’s per­sonal. What makes you snort for more could leave some­one else retch­ing. There’s noth­ing worse than be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of a scented gift so sac­cha­rine it makes your teeth itch, or so laven­der-heavy it whiffs of old ladies and in­con­ti­nence pads. In fact, it’s pretty easy to hit the wrong note. ‘Se­lect­ing a fra­grance for some­one can be chal­leng­ing,’ says lead­ing per­fumer Frédéric Malle. ‘It’s an in­ti­mate gift.’ Yet, 20% of fra­grance sales are made in the 10 days be­fore Christ­mas*. Think it’s just for­get­ful hus­bands and er­rant sons? Wrong. A re­port* found that one in four women will give per­fume this sea­son. Hop­ing to get it right? Our crack team of per­fumers and psy­chol­o­gists find your trick­i­est near­est and dear­est a fra­grance not to be sniffed at.

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