Holiday fragrance gifts 2015, part 1

It’s Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day — but either way, we’re kicking off our annual string of holiday gift posts. Today: scent-related Christmas Crackers. As with advent calendars, they’re more popular in the UK than the US, but there are plenty to be found everywhere this year. More gift suggestions to come over the next few weeks!

Jo Malone 2015 Christmas Cracker

Jo Malone’s 2015 Christmas Cracker: “Delight dinner guests with our Christmas Cracker, full of scented surprises. Tart-juicy Blackberry & Bay Cologne. Reviving Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash. Opulent Peony & Blush Suede Body Crème. Tied with mistletoe green ribbon to set the table with style.” $45 at Bergdorf Goodman

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2015, part 25

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 editions from Jo Malone, Victoria’s Secret and Viktor & Rolf; plus a new Parfum concentration of Elizabeth Arden Untold.

Jo Malone Incense & Cedrat

From Jo Malone, a limited edition of Incense & Cedrat. £120 for 100 ml at Jo Malone in the UK…

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Scented advent calendars 2015, part 1

We won’t start our “official” series of holiday gift posts until Black Friday, but since advent calendars tend to sell out quickly, we’re posting those early this year. (Please note that many of these calendars are not available in the US. Clearly they like Advent calendars in the UK more than in the US).

Lush 12 Days of Christmas 2015

From Lush, the 12 Days of Christmas: “Draw the curtains and build up the fire, allowing a wintry tale to unfold. Between these pages, an Avobath offers uplifting clarity of thought, a creamy Butterbear waits to offer softening cuddles and Cinders warms herself by a crackling cinnamon leaf fire. Snow Angel melts on high, revealing fruity cassie and gorgeous rose absolute. Santa dashes through the snow, whereas Holly Golightly likes to Celebrate with a warming dose of Yog Nog. Don’t confine these festive characters to your page, bring them to life for 12 magical days.” £50 at Lush UK. (Last year this did launch in the US…)

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Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom ~ fragrance review

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Jo Malone recently launched Mimosa & Cardamom, a new fragrance for women. It was developed by perfumer Marie Salamagne and its notes include honey, mimosa, heliotrope, rose, cardamom, sandalwood and tonka bean. Its tagline is “A new bohemia awaits.”

This list of notes made my mouth water, so to speak — lots of my favorites in there! And the visuals for Mimosa & Cardamom are fantastic, with that wavy-haired brunette model in Eastern-inspired wear, looking like some kind of contemporary Matisse odalisque as she lounges amongst decorative porcelain and big bunches of mimosa blooms. So, how is the fragrance? Well, it does feel like a Jo Malone, which could be either praise or a warning, depending on your point of view…

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