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 1

It’s Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day — but either way, window shopping never hurts. We’re kicking off our annual string of holiday gift posts with scented bath & body products. More to come over the next few weeks!

Dries Van Noten Par Frédéric Malle Body Butter

From Frédéric Malle, Dries Van Noten Par Frédéric Malle Body Butter: “This unique perfume of natural sandalwood, saffron, vanilla, Peruvian balm, and patchouli heart lends itself well to the form of an extra rich body cream, rich in shea butter and beeswax. This extraordinary comfort and silk like richness encapsulates the vision of Dries Van Noten’s world.” At Barneys, $185…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2014, part 27

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 Kate Spade, Robert Piguet, Burberry and Bond no. 9.

Kate Spade Live Colorfully limited edition

From Kate Spade, a special edition of Live Colorfully: “To truly make a night of it, kate spade new york has thoughtfully re-imagined the beloved rainbow-hued prism that normally houses its iconic live colorfully scent into a limited-edition inky, moody blue bottle that captures the endless possibilities above us. The sky’s the limit this season.” $95 at Nordstrom

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Robert Piguet Gardenia ~ perfume review

Robert Piguet Gardenia

I have not been a huge fan of the modern Robert Piguet line. I haven’t tried even close to all of them, and perhaps I’ve skipped over the best, but those few I’ve tested (Douglas Hannant de Robert Piguet, Mademoiselle Piguet, Petit Fracas)1 have not bowled me over. For that matter, I’ll come clean and admit that much of the resurrected classic line (Baghari, Visa & Cravache, etc.) doesn’t really bowl me over either. I’m a Fracas girl, with a secondary respect and admiration for Bandit, and while I admire the care they’ve taken in keeping the Piguet brand alive and relevant, I’m pretty happy sticking with those two.

The newish Gardénia de Robert Piguet, though, is really pretty. I wasn’t quite bowled over, but I was impressed, and I’m sorry to have to give away the bottle I was sent for review (it’s already taken, sorry). Like most (all?) of the modern Piguet line, it was developed by perfumer Aurelien Guichard, and the composition walks a very fine line between what a hardcore perfumista might accept as a “gardenia” and what a modern consumer might be willing to wear to work…

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