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Holiday fragrance gifts 2014, part 2

Our 2014 series of holiday gift posts continues — today we’ve got travel sizes, rollerballs and coffrets. More coming up on Friday!

For more gift ideas, see Bois de Jasmin’s list of Perfume Discovery Sets or EauMG’s Holiday Gift Guide for Natural Beauties.

Bottega Veneta Knot coffret

From Bottega Veneta, a Knot gift set with a 75 ml Eau de Parfum, a 100 ml Body Lotion plus a deluxe miniature of the Eau de Parfum. $165 at Nordstrom

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Top 10 Summer Fragrances 2014

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For some reason, I’m easily irritated by the question, “What are your plans for the summer?” As my husband keeps reminding me, it’s just a harmless conversation-opener, but somehow it never fails to set my teeth on edge — more so than ever this year, when my “plans” involve nothing more than unemployment and job-hunting. Maybe we’ll do some day-trips, but it’s hard for me to feel as though I’m on holiday when I don’t know what comes next.

In that cheerful spirit (with apologies to Robin, who assigned this post to me without knowing my current frame of mind!), here is a list of ten fragrances I plan to wear regularly this summer, as I try to enjoy myself. I won’t be shopping for perfume much over the coming months, so I’m relying on my current collection and stash of samples to raise my spirits.

I’ve worn Diptyque L’Ombre dans L’Eau every summer for the past decade…

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