Holiday fragrance gifts 2013, part 3

Our series of holiday gift posts continues with home fragrance of all kinds, from candles to sachets. If you missed them, check out Part 1: scented body products and Part 2: travel sizes & coffrets.

More shopping ideas: check out Perfume Posse's recommendations for indie fragrance gifts.

2013 Diptyque holiday candles

To repeat what I said last year, maybe some year, Diptyque’s holiday candles will look so dull that we’ll leave them out, but that year has (still) not yet arrived. This year's limited editions include Pine Bark ("A clean, woody, smoky fragrance that combines pine and cedar with hinoki, the Japanese cypress."), Orange Chai ("A mellow but not sweet accord of orange, quince and a mixture of Indian spices.") and Indian Incense ("A mysterious, deep fragrance, dark and floral. Rose and carnation are balanced with incense and myrrh."), with designs by Tsé & Tsé. $68 each (190g), or $32 for a mini candle (70g), at Diptyque.


Fornasetti Flora room sprayCaldrea Mandarin Vetiver room spray

At left, from Fornasetti, Flora room spray: "Fill your home with the beautifully luxurious Flora fragrance room spray by Fornasetti. The elegant white floral bouquet scent is inspired by the lush flora that fills the gardens that envelope the Fornasetti house in Milan, and by the floral imagery created by Piero Fornasetti. This room spray is presented in an elegantly decorated ceramic vessel that will look beautiful in any setting." $135 for 100 ml at Luckyscent. At right, a budget alternative from Caldrea: Mandarin Vetiver Linen and Room Spray, $9 for 473 ml at Caldrea.


Lafco diffusers

From Lafco, diffusers in Fresh Cut Gardenia ("Fresh and floral with a touch of green; gardenia blossoms with the scent of the green leaves") or Fleurs de Baies ("This dramatically fruity floral is a combination of bayberry leaves, wild roses, black currants and a touch of raspberry") $95 each at Lafco.


Nest Elton John candle, 3 wick

From Nest, the Elton John 3-wick Holiday candle: "A blend of evergreen and balsam fir needles combined with rich woods and a sparkling citrus accord. 20% of the net proceeds from the sales of Sir Elton John's Holiday candles will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation." $64 at Saks Fifth Avenue.


Santa Maria Novella Rose Wax Tablets

From Santa Maria Novella, Rose Wax Tablets for closets or drawers: "Too beautiful to be hidden, tablets can be placed in drawers, hung in closets (ribbon is already attached) or simply left out in the open on a tray to freshen and scent the surrounding space." Two 2x4 inch tablets with removable ribbons, $34 at Santa Maria Novella.


Frédéric Malle Joyeux Noël candle

From Frédéric Malle, the limited edition Joyeux Noël candle by perfumer Dominique Ropion: "The Smell of Christmas: an hyperrealistic rendition of the scent of a pine tree mixed with cinnamon, amber and clove." $95 for 225g at Barneys.


Maison Francis Kurkdjian holiday candle trio

From Maison Francis Kurkdjian, a holiday candle trio: "A sparkling holidays celebration with a new set of three mini glass candles for a warm cheer at home. Decorated in gold, they feature a festive and warm blend of iris, gingerbread and cedar wood." $90 at Neiman Marcus.


Hôtel Costes, room sprays

From Hôtel Costes, room sprays developed by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti. Purple has notes of frangipani, green mango, teak wood and coriander seeds; Orange has notes of burned coffee, clove, cardamom, cedar wood and crytallized orange; Brown has notes of rum, black musk, bitter orange skin, mahogany and paprika. White, not shown, features lily, ginger and musk notes. $79 each at Bigelow Chemists.

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  1. TheSnailsPajamas says:

    I can vouch for those Pine Bark candles. They are fabulous. The hinoki scent just makes it out of this world.

    • Zazie says:

      Good to know! i already wanted to check them out!

      I’m also very much drawn to the Fornasetti, as usual… sigh…
      And should I mention the frederic malle candle? double sigh…

      • Robin says:

        I want that Malle candle too. Actually, want nearly everything on this particular list. Would LOVE to have a Costes room spray, they all sound great to me.

        • galbanumgal says:

          that Ropion candle sounds perfect. I was just at Barneys last week, darn it. Though I certainly didn’t need to lug one more thing in my carryon….

          • Robin says:

            Hope there was something equally good in that carryon…

          • galbanumgal says:

            indeed…picked up the SL ISM travel atomizer that comes with a refill!

          • Robin says:

            *weeps with jealousy*

    • Robin says:

      I am almost sorry to hear that. Might have to buy one.

  2. Abyss says:

    I was too slow to grab Indian Incense, but I did get Orange Chai for a fairly good price, although I’m going to wait another week or two before opening it. I also bought Perdigone (Christmas edition from 2011) on sale this summer so I guess my place will smell pretty fruity this Christmas.

    • Robin says:

      Oh, lucky you!!! Orange Chai sounds fabulous.

  3. Merlin says:

    I don’t spend big money on candles, but I have to say, the whole Fornasetti range, candles, and all, is gorgeous!

    • Robin says:

      They really have done an incredible job w/ packaging. Some of the incense boxes are VERY tempting.

      • Merlin says:

        They are may favorites too:)

        Slaps hand.

        • Merlin says:

          The one that has picked it up – of course:)

  4. kindcrow says:

    The Indian Incense and Orange Chai candles sound great! The Hôtel Costes room sprays sound good, except for the “burned coffee” note. Perhaps something was lost in translation?

    • Robin says:

      LOL…even that sounded good to me! It smells better than it tastes?

  5. hajusuuri says:

    The MFK ones sounds the most intriguing to me, but alas, I don’t burn candles at home or any place, really. I read somewhere that some people actually bring a favorite candle when they travel to remind them of home!

    • Robin says:

      There are tons of travel candles these days, so maybe they really do…

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