In this Part One of our Perfume Holiday Gift Guide for 2014, we look at noteworthy special Christmas editions of classic and favorite perfumes which have been redesigned for the holidays. In other words, this guide today is dedicated to those persons that have a signature perfume and would appreciate receiving the same in a new bottle which has been redesigned to feel more festive and luxurious. The fragrances remain unchanged in this selection.
Yves Saint Laurent Opium Collector Edition - £67 for 50 ml.
This is actually a Holidays edition of Belle d'Opium judging from the list of notes. YSL seem to be phasing out the name of "Belle d'Opium" in favor of just "Opium" which is surely going to lead to some confusing moments before perfumery shelves...
Estée Lauder Modern Muse eau de parfum Limited Edition - $80 for 50 ml.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Snowflake Limited Edition - $108. Was $120.
Dolce & Gabbana The One for Her Collector Edition - £62 for 50 ml & £73 for 75 ml.
Hermès Eau des Merveilles eau de toilette Collector 2014 - 112,90€ for 100 ml.
The flacon this year comes adorned with a silvery crescent moon espousing the contour of the bottle while the galactic theme is suggested by a sprinkling of twinkling stars.
Yves Rocher Comme Un Evidence eau de parfum Collector 2014 - 37€ or 18,50€ currently for 50 ml.
This is a lovely, qualitative fresh chypre created by perfumer Annick Menardo. It's perfect for the perfumista on a shoestring budget, with standards.
Sisley Eau du Soir eau de parfum - 191€ for 100 ml.
The holidays 2014 flacon takes inspiration from both lapis lazuli and zebra fur.
Cartier Baiser Volé Rue de la Paix limited edition eau de parfum - £97 for 100 ml.
A portion of rue de la Paix with a perspective opening onto Place Vendôme. Gold on glass.
Thierry Mugler Angel Glamorama limited edition for the holidays 2014 - $108 for 50 ml. Was $120.
This collector edition is also refillable.
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir cologne for Christmas 2014 - £86
A dark, fruity scent which is dry enough to be worn by men supercilious about the masculine palette of notes.
Lancôme La Vie est Belle Coffret Luxueux - 159,70€
This coffret includes a 75 ml eau de parfum, a 200 ml body milk and a 4 ml "luxury miniature", concentration unspecified.
Brands like Chanel have opted for extraits. We'll take a look at those in the next episode of our gift guide for 2014.