Holiday fragrance gifts 2013, 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, and there are probably a few things here that women might like. If you missed them, check out Part 1: scented body products, Part 2: travel sizes & coffrets and Part 3: home fragrance. Up next: fragranced teas and chocolates.

More shopping ideas: check out Persolaise’s round up of holiday 2013 fragrance gifts.

Acqua di Parma candle holder and Colonia candle

From Acqua di Parma, a candle holder fashioned from wenge wood and buffalo skin: “The wood’s strength and hardness, along with its black streaked dark hues, blend perfectly with the soft and compact brown buffalo skin that trims the entire edge. The leather has a discreet hot stamped logo.” £140 at Harrods in the UK, Colonia candle is sold separately, £53…

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Luckyscent Parfums Raffy

Le Labo Limette 37 ~ fragrance review

Early this year, Le Labo launched Limette 37, one of its city-exclusive fragrances; this time, the city that inspired the perfume, and the only place you can buy it, is San Francisco.1 I live close enough to San Francisco (in “air miles/minutes”) that I don’t need much of an excuse to fly down, even for a day. Mostly, I travel to San Francisco for art; soon I’ll be visiting to see two exhibits: David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition at the de Young and (also at the de Young) Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George. As luck (the dates of these exhibits) would have it, that means I’ll have to go to San Francisco TWICE before spring! Woo-Hoo!

If Le Labo Limette 37 is really good, I can always grab a bottle at the Le Labo boutique on Fillmore Street…

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You might as well have fun doing it

We like to work with perfumers who have a creative style that corresponds to our vision and who are fun to work with simply because we spend so much time developing scents that you might as well have fun doing it and that means not approaching it as a project but approaching it as an emotion that you’re trying to put in a bottle. What makes a good perfumer is his or her talent to associate their creativity with something that is very technical, which is the mastery of chemical ingredients, it’s something very technical, very precise, that needs to be servicing the role of a creative story or an emotion and a good perfumer is someone who is able to fill in that gap.

— From An interview with Edouard Roschi, Co-Founder, Le Labo, at True To Me Too.