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.