Holiday fragrance gifts 2012, part 4

Our series of holiday gift posts continues with gift ideas for the men in your life, although there are plenty of "unisex" ideas in the other articles already. If you missed them, check out part 1 (scented body products), part 2 (travel sizes & coffrets) and part 3 (home fragrance).

Cartier Déclaration in red leatherCartier Déclaration in red leatherCartier Déclaration in red leather

From Cartier, "Cartier's iconic masculine fragrance, Déclaration, is wrapped in a genuine piece of leather for a limited edition holiday experience." $100 for 100 ml at Nordstrom.


John Varvatos coffret

From John Varvatos, a coffret with 15 ml bottles of John Varvatos, Vintage, Artisan and Artisan Black; all in Eau de Toilette. $49.50 at Sephora.


Byredo travel set, Sunday Cologne

From Byredo, Sunday Cologne ("Citrusy and crisp, fleeting in its solidity, the ageless cologne the way you used to know it has been fitted with a new suit, baring its ankles. A tad spavaldo perhaps, but forever faithful, like a Sunday.") in a travel spray set — $110 for three 12 ml spray refills, $120 for the leather case, available in a variety of colors. Cheaper options include Sunday Cologne Body Lotion (225 ml for $65) or Sunday Cologne Body Wash (225 ml for $50).


MCMC Fragrances candle, Dude No. 1

From MCMC Fragrances, a candle in the Dude No. 1 scent: "Dude No. 1 is inspired by the man in my life. With notes of Virginia cedarwood, sandalwood, coriander and pink peppercorn. This candle is hand-poured in Brooklyn, with a blend of soy, vegetable and beeswax, and a 100% cotton wick. Approximate burn time of 50 hours." $48.


Hermès Eau d'orange verte body lotionHermès Eau d'orange verte moisturizing balm

From Hermès, body lotion (left, $55) and alcohol-free moisturizing balm (right, $65), both in the Eau d'orange verte fragrance. At Bloomingdales.


Tabac Original shave creamBay Rum aftershaveMusgo Real shower gel

At left, Tabac Original Shave cream ("The spicy, masculine fragrance of Tabac has been covering the body care needs of the active man since 1938."; $15). At center, Dominica Bay Rum Aftershave ("Dominica Bay Rum aftershave is a naturally pure organic fragrance with no artificial dyes, fragrances, or synthetic enhancers of any kind. The art of making authentic quality bay rum lies in the masterful blending of the purest of alcohol and the leaf oil extract from the Caribbean bay tree."; $12).  At right, Claus Porto's Musgo Real Shampoo/Shower Gel ("Enriched with wheat proteins and coconut extracts, this no fuss shampoo/shower gel is easy to use, thoroughly cleanses your skin, and leaves hair soft and manageable...Just lather, rinse and go."; $20). All from Smallflower.


NY Yankees bath set

For the more youthful gentleman on your list, a Yankees "Game Ready" gift set, with bubble bath and 2 in 1 shampoo (both apple scented) plus a Yankees rubber ducky. (There's a pink set for girls, too, scented with strawberry.) $10 at NY Yankees Fragrance.

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  1. lucasai says:

    I like the idea of mini sizes from John Varvatos and I like the Sunday Cologne travel spray. It made me want to try this particular fragrance from Byredo line.

    • Robin says:

      I like those leather cases, too — spendy though.

  2. Veronika says:

    Hermes products look wonderful! Have to grab some of those for my dearest and nearest)

    • Robin says:

      I usually like their lotions, too, although they’re light.

  3. moore says:

    I want this Déclaration bottle, despite I would preffer the Roadster watch.

    • Robin says:

      That would be a few more dollars :-)

      • moore says:

        Yeah, just the price of a car here! lol.

  4. Omega says:

    Nothing I want here.

  5. eminere says:

    I want that John Varvatos coffret so bad.

  6. djron91 says:

    I looked it up – spavaldo means bold or arrogant :)

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