Holiday fragrance gifts 2014, part 6

Our series of holiday gift posts continues with more travel sizes and coffrets. Two more posts to go: budget and luxury.

Hermès Tailor-Made Nomad

From Hermès, the Tailor-Made Nomad set: $118 for the four 15 ml perfumes of your choice. The selection in France is a bit better than the selection in the US at the moment, but hopefully we’ll get more choices eventually. At Hermès, where they also have the similar Hermessence quartet for $156. At Nordstrom, you can find a miniatures set with 7.5 ml bottles of Jour d’Hermès Absolu, Eau des Merveilles, Voyage d’Hermès and Un Jardin sur le Nil for $60…

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Scented advent calendars 2014

We won’t start our “official” series of holiday gift posts until Black Friday, but for early birds here is a collection of advent calendars. I’ve mostly included calendars with at least one fragrance-related item, be it perfume, scented body products or home fragrance, but I’ve thrown in one tea calendar and two chocolate calendars for good measure. (Please note that some of these calendars are not available in the US, and a few have already sold out — I will start earlier next year! — and are included here in case you’d like to plan ahead for 2015).

Warning: if you’re thinking of buying one for yourself, there are spoilers below.

Liberty Print Beauty Advent calendar

From Liberty of London, the Liberty Print Beauty Advent calendar — do note that Diptyque candle! £149…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2014, part 26

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 items from Jo Malone, Estee Lauder, Victoria’s Secret, Yves Rocher and The Body Shop.

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Holiday 2014

From Jo Malone, a holiday edition of Pomegranate Noir: “The bottle celebrates the frosted fantasy of the season. Swirling patterns of winter frost embellish the glass, juxtaposed with an opulent cherry-red cap and ribbon.” £86 at Selfridges in the UK…

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Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt ~ fragrance review

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt

Wood Sage & Sea Salt, the latest release from Jo Malone, has just begun to appear in stores. It’s a fragrance inspired by the salt air, sea grasses and rocky cliffs of the English coast, developed by perfumer Christine Nagel; its official notes include ambrette seeds, sea salt, sage, grapefruit and red algae. In a recent interview about this fragrance, Nagel also mentioned buchu leaves, plum, dried fruits, driftwood and musk as compositional elements.

Jo Malone has been hit-or-miss for me over the past year or two; I liked Peony & Blush Suede, but I wasn’t crazy about Silk Blossom, and I found the London Rain trio too dull even to think much about, much less review. Still, Wood Sage & Sea Salt sounded appealing, so I gratefully took the sample that was offered to me at a Malone counter in a department store. It turns out to be one of the recent releases that I enjoy, and it feels just right for the final weeks of summer…

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