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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

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2007, part 3

Today is Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season in the United States and one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Of course, it’s also Buy Nothing Day. Choose your poison…

Clinique Wrappings gift set

A holiday favorite (not least because it’s hard to find the rest of the year): Clinique Wrappings. The gift set includes 25 ml Perfume Spray and 100 ml Body Smoother, $35 at Clinique

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Home fragrance report: Claus Porto Alface (Almond Oil) Scented Candle

Claus Porto Alface almond candle

“While traveling the Silk Road between Asia and the Mediterranean, explorers ate almonds to maintain health. Thought to promote fertility, the Romans showered the bride and groom after a wedding with almonds.” (from the Claus Porto description of the Alface candle)

The almond tree (prunus dulcis) and its blossoms and fruit have had symbolic meaning for cultures in Asia (the tree’s native habitat), the Middle East and Europe. The long-lived tree represents endurance and the wish for a long life. The abundant, fragrant almond blossoms of late winter convey the promise of coming spring and proclaim the ability of the earth to renew itself. In China, white almond blossoms symbolize feminine beauty…

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