Holiday fragrance gifts 2013, 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, and there are probably a few things here that women might like. If you missed them, check out Part 1: scented body products, Part 2: travel sizes & coffrets and Part 3: home fragrance. Up next: fragranced teas and chocolates.

More shopping ideas: check out Persolaise's round up of holiday 2013 fragrance gifts.

Acqua di Parma candle holder and Colonia candle

From Acqua di Parma, a candle holder fashioned from wenge wood and buffalo skin: "The wood's strength and hardness, along with its black streaked dark hues, blend perfectly with the soft and compact brown buffalo skin that trims the entire edge. The leather has a discreet hot stamped logo." £140 at Harrods in the UK, Colonia candle is sold separately, £53.


Cartier Déclaration Cartier d'Amour

From Cartier, the classic Déclaration in the Cartier d'Amour limited edition collector bottle: "Featuring a silver engraving of the Place Vendôme in Paris, this fresh, spicy and woodsy cocktail smells as chic as it will look on his bureau". $100 for 100 ml Eau de Toilette at Bloomingdales.


Tom Ford bar soaps

From Tom Ford, bar soaps in Oud Wood (top) or Neroli Portofino (bottom). $35 each at Luckyscent.


Czech & Speake Vétiver Vert travel sprays

From Czech & Speake, Vétiver Vert ("a modern interpretation of a classic masculine fragrance”) travel sprays. Four 15 ml bottles, £85 at Czech & Speake.


L'Occitane Cèdre & Oranger collection

From L'Occitane, bath items from the Cèdre & Oranger collection: After Shave Balm ($30), Shower Gel ($18) and bar soap ($5), at L'Occitane USA.


Providence Perfume Co Gin & Tonic Shower Gel

From Providence Perfume Co, Gin & Tonic Shower Gel: "Our 100% natural formula is ph balanced to cleanse without drying. Gentle and non-irritating, our natural cleanser contains no harsh detergents that can strip skin of moisture. Created with organic aloe juice to soothe and hydrate, our cleanser delicately perfumes skin and shower for a fragrant bathing ritual." $24 for 270 ml at Providence Perfume Co.


Le Labo Rose 25 candle

From Le Labo, the Rose 25 candle for Opening Ceremony: "Rose 25, fashioned after Le Labo's Rose 31 fragrance, is the perfect mixture of warm, clean, and woodsy scents. Exclusive to OC, the Rose 25 candle comes in five colorful containers made just for us!" Shown in purple; also sold in yellow, pink, grey and white. $80 at Opening Ceremony.


Razor MD Essential Sandalwood shaving kit

From Razor MD, an Essential Sandalwood shaving kit: "The Essential Sandalwood travel kit features TSA-approved sizes of pre-shave oil, post-shave lotion and shaving cream. The natural shaving products, made from the finest ingredients, will afford you the perfect shave and therefore - the perfect travel experience." $36 at Nordstrom.

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  1. peter says:

    Buffalo Skin??????? Whenever I think of Italy I think…Buffalo Skin!

    • Robin says:


      But I do think it’s a darned attractive candle holder, although too spendy for me.

    • PekeFan says:

      Well, mozzarella cheese is made from buffalo milk apparently.

      • Jonas says:

        Yup. Water buffalo have been farmed in Italy for centuries. They are pretty common in the south.

  2. pyramus says:

    I never really got the idea of a boxed set (always a quartet, it seems) of travel sprays that are all the same scent. I mean, maybe if you use it a lot and you want one for the gym bag and one for the car and one for the briefcase or something, but I can’t be alone in preferring to have four different scents from the same line.

    • Robin says:

      They always play up the TSA-approved thing, so guessing it’s for frequent travelers…but I’m with you, I’d rather have a mix, or better yet, a choice.

    • juicejones says:

      I always think that one is for immediate use with three additional to misplace.

  3. Marjorie Rose says:

    Hmm. A shaving set is a nice idea! Too bad my dad is the only fella I know who uses a boar’s hair brush. Those really make for a romantic shaving image!

    • Robin says:

      Yes, they do! And lots of places still sell them so he can’t be the only one.

      • Thalia says:

        Retro shaving is becoming a thing now, actually. Lots of young guys buying safety razors and badger brushes. Apparently the safety razor is much cheaper and gives a much better shave than the cartridges!

  4. Omega says:

    I thought 140 pounds was expensive for that candle holder…then I saw that the candle was sold separately, another 53 pounds. Then I thought 200+USD is just something I could never spend on a candle and holder. Then I did the currency converter…it would be over 300 USD to get the duo. Not a chance, I don’t care if it’s buffalo skin, lemur skin scented with Madagascar vanilla, rhino or whatever..nope.

    • Robin says:

      It’s darned expensive. It could just as easily go in the “luxury gifts” post as the “men’s gifts” post.

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