Editors' Picks: 15 Perfumes for Your Christmas Wish List

Amy Lawrenson

It’s little surprise that searches for perfume on the internet skyrocket at this time of year. It’s highly likely, if you’re reading this, that you’re on the lookout for a new scent, whether to add to your holiday wish list or to gift a loved one, come December 25. But with perfume being such a personal thing, where do you start? It’s hard enough finding a fragrance for yourself, let alone someone else.

Master perfumer Alberto Morillas suggests narrowing down your search: “Do you prefer fresh, spicy, floral, or warm? Choosing one of these categories will help edit your search.” Not sure what you love? Fragrance expert Nick Gilbert of Love to Smell recommends you “think of a perfume you love already, and then find out what its base notes are on BaseNotes.net’s fragrance directory. This will give you notes for the fragrance you like and things you should be sniffing.” This same tactic will help you when shopping for a present too, you find out what their current favourite perfume is and use that as your starting point.

If you’re trying to decide on a new scent, when you’re out shopping, spritz some onto your skin. “Apply the fragrance to your wrist, which is one of your pulse points,” Morillas says. “The heat from this point of your body helps to develop the fragrance. You should let fragrances develop for 30 minutes on your skin, so you can smell all levels of the fragrance—top note, heart of the fragrance, and dry-down.”

Of course, you can’t do this for your recipient, so consider buying them a discovery set. Plenty of brands do them, and that way they can have fun trying the different perfumes to find their favourite. Now that you know how to shop for new fragrances, you need to know the best scents around.

Keep scrolling for our round-up of the best new, classic and cult scents that anyone would want to find under their tree this Christmas.

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