Holiday fragrance gifts 2016, part 4

Part four in our eight-part series on fragrance related holiday gifts features various and sundry coffrets and gift sets. Do add any of your own recommendations in the comments!

L’Atelier de Givenchy gift set

From Givenchy, 5 ml bottles of seven fragrances in the L’Atelier de Givenchy series (Néroli Originel, Chypre Caresse, Bois Martial, Oud Flamboyant, Ylang Austral, Ambre Tigré and Cuir Blanc). $140 at Barneys

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Galop d’Hermes ~ perfume review

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It would not really be accurate to say I was worried about what perfumer Christine Nagel would do when she took over as house perfumer at Hermès. Plenty of other things keep me up at night, but not that. But certainly I wondered if Hermès would continue to take the bulk of my perfume-spending dollars, or if I’d have to find a new BFF brand to empty my wallet every so often. What I think of as the transitional fragrance duo — Eau de Rhubarbe Écarlate and Eau de Néroli Doré — that marked the passing of the baton from perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena,1 added to the uncertainty, given that I lost interest in Nagel’s Rhubarbe Écarlate within 30 minutes but fairly quickly bought a small bottle of Ellena’s Néroli Doré (and I’m still sorely tempted by the matching body products).

But perhaps I was too quick to judge. Nagel’s first pillar outing, Galop d’Hermès, is darned good, and while it makes its own way, it also eases comfortably into the brand’s existing line up…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2016, part 10

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes collector bottles from Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent, Tory Burch and Tom Ford.

Hermès Eau des Merveilles collector 2016

From Hermès, a limited edition of Eau des Merveilles: “With its bold lines in dazzling silver, this constellation suspended at the core of the Eau des Merveilles magnifying bottle invites us to follow our own star of destiny.” $146 for 100 ml Eau de Toilette at Bloomingdales

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