Holiday fragrance gifts 2013, part 2

Our 2013 series of holiday gift posts continues — today we’ve got travel sizes and coffrets, plus perfume subscription plans for sample-fiend perfumistas. If you missed it, check out Part 1: scented body products. Up next: home fragrance, probably on Thursday, then men’s fragrance gifts coming up this weekend.

More holiday shopping ideas: check out Bois de Jasmin’s Holiday Gifts Ideas from French Magazines.

Aedes de Venustas purse sprays

From Aedes de Venustas, a purse spray in the brand’s signature fragrance or the newer Iris Nazarena. $195, includes three 10 ml refills, at Aedes

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Up for grabs: Aedes Iris Nazarena

Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena

What is it: A brand spanking new 100 ml bottle of Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena.

How do I get it: For a chance to win, leave a comment on the website telling us that you live in the US. Also tell us a) your favorite Aedes fragrance or b) your favorite Ralf Schwieger fragrance or c) your favorite iris fragrance. Or go ahead and tell us all three.

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Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena ~ fragrance review and a quick poll


West Village niche perfume boutique Aedes de Venustas has launched their second fragrance, Iris Nazarena, or their third, if you count the earlier Aedes scent for L’Artisan Parfumeur. Iris Nazarena follows last year’s Aedes de Venustas Signature, and I think we can now safely say a few things about the Aedes aesthetic: they like assertive perfumes — hey, meek and wearable are already adequately covered elsewhere, right? — and they like incense, and they seem to know what they’re doing when it comes to perfume development.

Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour did the Aedes Signature and the L’Artisan, but for the Iris Nazarena, they’ve gone with Ralf Schwieger, and I’ll repeat some of the press release:

The perfumer Ralf Schwieger, who had long wanted to offer a contemporary interpretation of iris, was a perfect fit for the project. With Iris Nazarena, he explains he had to confront two major challenges. First, “I had to find a point of difference with Chanel N°19,” the benchmark of iris-based scents and an unsurpassed template since its launch in 1971. Then, “to incorporate transparency” into the somber iris and incense accord that would express the mystical beauty of the Iris Nazarena. [...]

Of course, Chanel No. 19 might be the benchmark, but it’s not really my benchmark…

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