Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays! We’ll be back on Friday. In the meantime, feel free to talk about whatever you like: what perfume you’re wearing today, what you’re cooking (or eating) over the holidays, anything at all.

Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…

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Perfume to Weather the Holidays

Tis the Season

Oh, I know the holidays are about “joy” and “giving” and blah blah blah. At the risk of sounding like a real Scrooge, I dread this time of year. Sure, I love dinners with friends, fires, and long, dark evenings of conversation. But I loathe the obligation to appear to have a perfect life. Thoughtfully chosen gifts, gourmet dinners, flawless outfits, relentless cheer — all are expected to be delivered with a big smile, despite a crammed schedule, scowling crowds, and “The Little Drummer Boy” blaring nonstop from every storefront.

What I really want to do is stay home all December and watch old movies, but friends won’t let me. Besides starchy food and martinis, I find comfort in tiny moments, like decorating my Christmas tree this afternoon with an imaginative six-year-old who insisted on hanging a light switch he’d found in the basement. I depend on that, and on perfume.

Here are some of the fragrance categories I seek during the holidays…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2014, part 8

As always, we have saved the luxury edition for last, and once again the items are listed in order from what-a-bargain to holy-cow-you’ve-got-to-be-kidding.

Thierry Mugler Alien Essence Absolue Crystal Collection

Starting off slow, from Thierry Mugler, Alien Essence Absolue in the Crystal Collection bottle: “Encrusted with Swarovski Crystals, the bewitching Alien nectar is captured inside an everlasting drop of gold that radiates a divine mystical energy. Alien Essence Absolue is a modern and decadent interpretation of Alien that will indulge the solar goddess in every woman.” 30 ml for $138 at Thierry Mugler

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2014, part 7

Our second-to-last holiday gift post for 2014 includes stocking stuffers and cheap thrills. Our final post, hopefully tomorrow, will be the luxury edition.

Dana Tabu, four sizes

From Dana, the classic Tabu Eau de Cologne, in a number of sizes, all affordable: 15 ml for $5.99, 35 ml for $11.50, 90 ml Violin bottle for $19.99, or 75 ml “Nostalgia” bottle for $18.50. At Dana Beauty

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