By Adriana Ermter
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas, but not in the expected fir tree kind of way. Rather, we’ve curated seven scented gifts for the giving to make your holiday shopping much simpler and more fragrant. From mood setting home diffusers and perfect perfumes, to smells good enough to eat lip gloss and spa worthy candles, there’s something for every woman on your list, including you. So go ahead and indulge a little…or a lot. It’s that time of year, to spoil, to be spoiled and to smell oh-so incredible from head to toe to home.
Roses and Tobacco For: The Woman Who Has Everything
Dr. Vranjes Firenze Rosa Tabacco Home Diffuser Fragrance
($105 for 250ml, $145 for 500ml, $330 for 1250ml, $660 for 2500ml and $1,295 for 5000ml, available at Hudson’s Bay)
We think everyone’s home should smell magical, like Dr. Vranjes Firenze’s exquisite home diffuser in “Rosa Tabacco.” Crafted in Florence, Italy, this luxurious home scent is the perfect gift for the woman who has everything, needs nothing and yet, deserves the very best. (We call her mom.) Glorious and inviting, the elixir’s blend of damask roses, citrus, powder, tobacco and amber notes smell warm and lush with an intimate vibe. Captured in a classic, heavy, faceted clear glass flacon, the golden liquid hue and stone-white diffuser reeds look beautiful and add an elegant touch.
Cocoa, Jasmine, Tuberose, Almonds and Coffee For: The Well-heeled Woman
Carolina Herrera Good Girl Fantasy EDP Limited Collector Edition
($165 for 80ml, available at Nordstrom)
Three inches taller than everyone else, she’s got edge, style and a sleek strut to match her oh-so-high heels. So it makes perfect sense to present her with Carolina Herrera’s limited edition collector perfume, Good Girl Fantasy in its golden stiletto-shaped bottle. Rich and warm, the fragrance is a decadent blend of cocoa and tonka beans with heady jasmine and tuberose flowers and bold almond and coffee notes. The overall effect is elegant, mysterious and chic…just like her.
Peppermint For: Your Girl Crush
KimChi Chic Beauty Candy Lips Lip Scrub
($14, available at Shoppers Drug Mart)
Maybe you want to kiss her, maybe you don’t or perhaps you simply want her to have options under the mistletoe… Get her smooching softly, literally, courtesy of this vegan, minty-fresh-smelling lip scrub. It’s vitamin E and jojoba oil-infused formula hydrates and smooths chapped lips, while gently exfoliating dryness and flakes into oblivion. Plus, along with being cruelty-free, there’s not a paraben, phthalate, sulfate or synthetic fragrance in the mix, making it just as good for her as it could be for you…that is, if you two get caught beneath the mistletoe.
Orange and Bergamot For: Your Grinchy Gal
I Love Cosmetics Wellness Shower Burst, Body Scrub and Hand & Body Lotion in “Energy”
($15.99, $16.99 and $16.99 each, respectively, available at Shoppers Drug Mart)
She’s just not that into…the holidays and no amount of Festivus is going to change her mind. A gift of “Energy” with I Love Cosmetics Wellness’ trio of smell-good do-good products will though. While all three of the body products are fuelled with pure orange and bergamot essential oils to lift the spirits and add an invigorating sense of happiness, the Shower Burst contains petitgrain oil and aloe vera extract to nourish and refresh. The Body Scrub is a combination of sea salt and jojoba, coconut and safflower oils to exfoliate and hydrate, while the Hand & Body Lotion includes ginger, aloe vera extract and vitamin E to stimulate, soften and smooth.
Fig and Sandalwood For: Your Spa Girl
Laline Fig & Sandalwood Candle
($25, available online at www.laline.ca)
This gorgeous candle is the perfect gift for the woman who likes nothing better than a spa day, especially when it’s created in the comfort of her own home. All she has to do to achieve it is dim the lights, spark a flame to this soothing and warm candle and let its scent of sweet, ripe figs with earthy sandalwood transport her to Zen mode. You’ll get gifting bonus points too when she discovers her new, cruelty-free and vegan candle is not only Canadian-made but crafted carefully and purposefully to holistically connect the body and soul.
Peach-Vanilla For: Ms Multiple Personalities
Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse Volume 5.0 Gloss Bomb Cream
($49, available at Sephora)
You never know if this woman is coming or going or coming back again. To be fair, she always looks the part and then some, especially after you gift her with Rihanna’s Glossy Posse Volume 5.0 trio of full-size, nourishing Gloss Bomb lippies. Loaded with the addictive peach-vanilla Fenty Beauty scent, this trio of colour is highly scent-sational. And yes, we mean that. With three flattering shades—Universal Lip Luminizer in “Fuchsia Flex,” Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper in “Fenty Glow” and Cream Color Drip Cream in “Cupcakin’”—she can pick and choose or mix and match hues to her heart’s desire.
Black Pepper, Chocolate and Magnolia For: The Woman Who Loves Life
La Maison Valmont Collezione Privata Jazzy Twist
($380 for 100ml, available online at www.lamaisonvalmont.com)
Effervescent and bold best describes both this eau de parfum and the woman you’re giving it to. She’s the type who can’t be held back and why should she be. Her love of life is as big as her presence and she deserves the scent to match it. Jazzy Twist, a wondrous mix of spicy black pepper with light-hearted chocolate chips and sweet magnolia blooms does the trick. Mix-mastered in Switzerland, La Maison Valmont ‘s perfume not only smell beautiful, the brand is renowned for its impeccable quality, dedication to art and beauty and bountiful joie de vivre.