Monday, December 23, 2013

Fab Five: Fragrances

Halloween. Check. American Thanksgiving. Check. That means the countdown to Christmas has begun. Giving a fragrance as a gift can be challenging unless it’s a repeat performance or a request. We take the guess work out of five new fragrances that are a fit for a range of budgets.

All is golden

A beguiling scent that’s at once assertive and luxuriously soft and rounded. Fleur d’Or & Acacia is slightly musky but with a sparkle of floral notes. You just don’t want to stop drinking in the scent — in other words, rather intoxicating.

75 mL, $75 | L’Occitane

Baked goods

With a hint of sweetened coconut and a base of sweet vanilla, this limited-edition fragrance from the Demeter Fragrance Library is as good as any sweet holiday treat — minus the calories and regret.

$20 | Real Canadian Superstore

Happy Heart

Fresh and subtle, this crisp fragrance from Clinique smells so much sweeter thanks to its philanthropic attachment to the company’s Happy Hearts Fund that sees $10 from the sale of each fragrance go directly to the non-profit foundation. The charity is dedicated to rebuilding schools and restoring communities after natural disasters.

$42 for 30 mL | Hudson’s Bay

Flash of fashion

This sexy scent by shoe-design king Jimmy Choo boasts bold undertones of pink pepper, exotic white flowers and powdery woods to create a powerful and provocative fragrance that is the perfect partner in crime for a little black dress.

$73 for 50 mL| Hudson’s Bay

Sexy secret

At first sniff this sparkling perfume is all refreshing fruit, but the base notes of Madagascar Vanilla mixed with the dessert-like scents of caramel and crème brûlée added a surprisingly mature element to this light pink elixir. The overall effect is a fun fragrance that is enjoyable — and appropriate — at any age.

$78 for 100 mL | Victoria’s Secret

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