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Fragrant gift sets for that last minute christmas shopping

December 22, 2017

The holiday gift-giving season is upon us. So if you’re wondering what to get that fragrance/candle-lover in your life and feeling a bit unsure about picking one particular scent lest they detest it, a fragrant gift set is a perfect solution. They will get a little bit of everything so they are sure to like something.  I’ve made a list of some of my favorite fragrance and candle brands that have great gift sets worth smelling.  (Unlike my usual posts, the descriptions in this post are from the companies themselves as I haven’t had time to smell and review all the scents myself.)  I’ve also included the prices so you can easily find something in your budget! $$$  (disclaimer: this is totally my Christmas list to Santa ;) )

 

 

1. Skandinavisk – Jul Mini Gift Set

 

Set contains 4 x 55 g candles in the following scents:

 

Flamma - Fireside Glow. The magnetic pull of the hearth, the smokey notes of burning logs, of golden resin oozing from the pine, and the glow of faces mesmerised by the flames.

Jul - Rituals, Myth & Magic. A richly spiced scent for the home with bold notes of baked gingerbread, melted honey, cloves, and warm gløgg.

Skog - Norwegian/Swedish for ‘forest’. Boreal forests cover half of Scandinavia stretching unbroken from the far south to the Arctic Circle. With impressions of pine and fir, aged leather and woodland lily of the valley.

Hygge - Danish DNA. a reflection of the Scandinavian art of creating intimacy, fellowship and cosiness in the smallest everyday moments. With echoes of tea and baked strawberry cake, rose petals and wild mint.

 

£55

Buy it:

UK: Liberty (in store)

US: Find a Skandinavisk retailer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Cire Trudon  Odeurs -d'Hiver Christmas Candle Set

 

Set contains 3 x 100g candles in the following scents:

 

Étoile - Sandalwood and Rose

Lumière - Amber and Patchouli

Ciel - Cashmere Wood and Musk

 

£125 / $210.00

Buy it:

UK: Liberty

US: Cire Trudon (online)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Tom Dixon gift sets

 

 

Eclectic Mini-Candle Gift Set

 

Set contains 3 x 125g candles in the following scents:

 

London - The smell of red brick and London parks with crocuses and nettles, and the salty smell of the Thames at Dagenham. Contained within a copper vessel.

Royalty - A reminiscence of tea time with a pot of Earl Grey, scones with strawberry jam and the drive home in a ‘52 Bentley with tatty leather seats. Contained within a nickel vessel.

Orientalist - The faint memory of an Indian wedding with rose petal garlands- giant cinnamon sticks on the beach stalls and the musky smells of the Chinese herbal market. Contained within a brass vessel.

 

£80 (Currently on sale for £64) / $110

Buy it:

UK: John Lewis
US: Barneys

 

Materialism Candle Gift Set

 

Set contains 4 x 120g candles in the following scents:

 

Alloy - Ambrette and cedar

Oil - tar, cedar, styrax oils

Quartz - rose ambrette, cypress oils

Stone - bergamot, sandalwood

 

£130 / $230

Buy it:

UK: Liberty

US: Net-a-porter.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Diptyque gift sets

 

LIMITED EDITION: Set of 3 Holiday candles

 

Set of 3 x 190g or 3x 70g candles in the following scents:

 

The Unicorn - Frosted Forest. The constellation of the unicorn contains a nebula located at 2600 light-years called the Christmas Tree, the birthplace of sparkling stars. Combined with the green color, embodying harmony and beauty, the unicorn inspired a candle reminiscent of the invigorating scents of the majestic conifers. 
Fir needles, Hinoki wood and mint mix intimately to compose the rare aromas of lush frosted forests. 

The Dragon - Fiery Orange. It is said that in a fight, the goddess Athena grabbed a dragon by the tail, swung it around her head, and then cast it into the heavens among the stars. Guardian of the garden of the Hesperides, the dragon evokes the color red and the warmth of a fire. Blood orange from Italy, smokey wood and cloves crackling joyfully in a burning fire. 

The Phoenix - Incense Tears. The enigmatic Phoenix who is reborn from his ashes inspired the blue candle, the color of immortality. Residing in a fragrant nest covered with leaves and laurels, with bits of cinnamon and Myrrh, beautifully compared to the tears of poets. This mythical creature inspired a perfume of incense and Myrrh enhanced by a warm, burning cinnamon. 

 

190g : £144 / $210

Buy it:

UK: Diptyque (online)

US: Diptyque (online)

 

 

70g : £82 / $105

Buy it:

UK: Diptyque (online)

US: Diptyque (online)

 

Christmas Candles set

 

Set of 5 x 35g candles in the following scents:

 

Feu De Bois Mini Candle - rare woods, wood fire.

Opoponax Mini Candle - opoponax, balsamic, vanilla.

Amber Mini Candle - wood, vetiver, patchouli, aniseed, insolent spices, incense, cistus, tonka bean.

Pomander Mini Candle - orange peels, cloves, cinnamon.

Benzoin Mini Candle - benzoin resin, patchouli, Indian cypriol.

 

£60/$78

Buy it:

UK: Selfridges

US: Barneys

 

 

Custom Candle Set Builder

 

Pick your own scents!

 

standard: (100g)

2 Candles: £90.00 / $128

6 Candles:  £270 / $384

 

Mini: (70g)

2 Candles: £48 / $68

3 Candles: £72 / $102

 

Buy it:

UK: Diptyque (online)

US: Diptyque (online)

 

Eau de Parfum Holiday Set

 

Set of 5 x 7.5ml fragrances in the following scents:

 

Do Son - Mysterious tuberose on a seductive bed of berries and flowers. The fresh sweetness of a sea breeze; a pagoda on the edge of the Gulf of Tonkin.

L'Ombre dans L'Eau - A walk in an English garden filled with Bulgarian rose petals and blackcurrant bush leaves. The scent of sap freshens this idyllic and rural escapade.

Philosykos - An ode to the entire fig tree: the green, pungent freshness of the leaves, the wood warmed in the sun, the milky flavour of the figs.

Tam Dao - Sandalwood from Mysore is at the forefront of this fragrance, cooled by vibrant cypress and myrtle.

Vetyverio - Vetyverio goes beyond gender; like inlaid wood, vetiver reveals unexpected facets, sometimes fresh, other times smoky or even subtly floral.

 

£78 / $115

Buy it:

UK: Liberty

US: Barneys

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Malin + Goetz gift sets

 

Votive Set

 

Set of 3 x 67g candles in the following scents:

 

Dark Rum - Bergamot and plum; rum and leather; amber, patchouli and milk

Tobacco - Basil and rye; chestnut honey and ylang ylang; tobacco leaves, cuaiacwood, bourbon and vanilla.

Vetiver - Effervescent bergamot; spicy clove; cedarwood and vetiver.

 

£39 / $46

Buy it:

UK: Liberty

US: Barneys

 

 

 

Perfume Oil Set

 

Set of 3 x 9ml fragrances in the following scents:

 

Dark Rum - Top notes ofbergamot and plum, middle notes of rum and leather, base notes of amber, patchouli and milk

Cannabis - Top notes of fig and pepper, middle notes of orange and lemon, base notes of sandalwood and patchouli

Petitgrain - Top notes of bergamot and petitgrain, middle notes of lavender, base notes of quaiacwood and tonka bean

 

£105 / $140

Buy it:

UK: Liberty

US: Barneys

 

 

 

 

 

6. Boy Smells votive sets

 

Ash, Gardner, and Cedar Stack votive set

 

Set of 3 x 85g candles in the following scents:

 

Ash - firewood, smoke, charcoal, palo santo, and hay

Gardner - tomato, petitgrain, white tea, and honeysuckle

Cedar Stack - cedar, labdanum, juniper berry, sawdust, and white musk

 

 

 

Kush, Ash, Cedar Stack votive set

 

Set of 3 x 85g candles in the following scents:

 

Kush - cannabis, suede, white musk, tulip, and amber

Ash - firewood, smoke, charcoal, palo santo, and hay

Cedar Stack - cedar, labdanum, juniper berry, sawdust, and white musk

 

 

Redwood, Cedar Stack, St. Al votive set

 

Set of 3 x 85g candles in the following scents:

 

Redwood - Indonesian teak, purple sandalwood, char, cedar, and cinnamon

Cedar Stack - cedar, labdanum, juniper berry, sawdust, and white musk

St. Al - sandalwood, clay, clove flower, oud, and ylang-ylang

 

All £45 / $42

Buy it:

UK: Osmology.co

US: boysmells.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Commodity gift sets

 

Storybook fragrance gift set

 

Set of 15 x 1.5ml fragrances in the following scents:

 

Chapter 1: Platinum Collection - Rich, Indulgent, Luxurious. Orris, Vetiver, Bergamot, Tonka, Leather. 
Chapter 2: Black Collection - Dark, Complex, Mysterious. Book, Whiskey, Moss, Gin, Wool. 
Chapter 3: White Collection - Bright, Fresh, Uplifting. Gold, Rain, Mimosa, Tea, Magnolia
Chapter 4: Your Collection - Adventurous, Unique, Personal.

Wear each on its own, or create your own layered composition. This is your story -- there are no rules.

 

£28 / $30

Buy it:

UK: Commodity

US: Sephora

 

 

 

Commodity 3x3 Candle/Fragrance Exploration Set

 

 This exploration set contains 3 x 5ml eau de parfums, and 3 x 2.5 oz candles.  (70g)

Set of 3 x 5ml fragrances and 3 x 70g candles in the following scents:

 

Commodity Orris is a contrasting duality between sparkling freshness and warm sensuality. Exquisite spices like pink pepper, coriander, and carrot seed are combined with the elegant tonality of orris to reveal a beautiful, fresh floralcy. 

 

Inspired by the great novels of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Commodity Book is an exciting mixture of spicy cucumber and sandalwood with many unexpected twists and pleasantries. Book is a fresh and woodsy scent that is loved by both men and women. 

 

Commodity Oolong and Commodity Tea are infused with honey, and rich soothing blends of gourmand tea notes. Asian inspired Oolong tea, Egyptian basil and warm tobacco notes convey a comforting, relaxing afternoon tea experience.  

 

$38

Buy it:

UK: not available in the UK at the moment

US: Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  Maison Margiela’s Fragrance Discovery Set

 

Set of 3 x 10ml fragrances in the following scents:

 

Jazz Club - Top notes: pink pepper, primofiore lemon, neroli oil. Middle notes: rum absolute, clary sage oil, java vetiver oil. Base notes: tobacco leaf absolute, vanilla bean, styrax resin.

By The Fireplace - Top notes: pink pepper, orange flower petals, clove oil. Middle notes: chestnut accord, Gaïac wood oil, cade oil. Base notes: vanilla accord, Peru balsam, cashmeran.

At The Barber's - Top notes: bigarade essence, basil accord, black pepper. Middle notes: geranium, lavender, rosemary. Base notes: tonka bean, everynyl , white musks.

 

 

$65

Buy it:

UK: Selfridges

US: Barneys

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fragrance Collection

 

Set of 10 x 7.5ml fragrances in the following scents:

 

Silent St. - notes of pure accord, floral accord and white musk.

Looking Glass - notes of spontaneous accord, floral accord, Chinese magnolia and tonka bean.

Hi Fi - notes of velvet accord, floral accord, narcissus and peony.

Drunk on Youth - notes of sophisticated accord, floral accord, honeysuckle and apple.

Afloat - notes of sunshine accord, floral accord, iris and mimosa.

Rain Day - notes of enchanting accord, floral accord, neroli, oriental accord and vetiver.

Something Wild - notes of wild accord, oriental accord, cedarwood and vanilla.

Ellipsis - notes of addictive accord, jasmine, oriental accord and sandalwood.

Blackout - notes of complex accord, osmanthus chai, oriental accord and chai tea.

2AM Kiss - notes of passionate accord, oriental accord, woody accord, amber, salt crystal and caramel.

 

$95

Buy it:

UK: Nordstrom
US: Nordstrom

 

 

 

 

 

10.  Atelier Cologne Perfume Wardrobe

 

Set of 8 x 4ml fragrances in the following scents:

 

Cèdre Atlas is a woody and citrus fragrance with notes of atlas cedarwood from Moroccan rif, lemon from Sicily, and white amber. The clean citrus top gives way to an earthy depth reminiscent of snowy woods and clear skies. 
Clémentine California, new for 2017, is a sunny composition built around Clementine from California—fruity, green, and sweet. 
In Vanille Insensée, an electrical current runs through the subtle sweetness of vanilla, jasmine, and fresh lime to bond with rich oak moss, woods, and spicy coriander. 
Bergamote Soleil is effervescent and lively with a soft hint of floral in the background. This unisex fragrance offers a sunny composition built around the freshness of bergamot from Calabria.
Orange Sanguine, a zesty and energizing burst of crushed ripe fruit, plays off sweet blood orange juice against bitter orange peel and sensual notes of geranium.
Mandarine Glaciale is a citrus, fresh fragrance with notes of mandarin from Calabria, ginger from China, and heart of vetiver from Haiti. The delectable scent casts a spell with cool notes over a juicy cocktail of balanced citrus notes.
Pomélo Paradis is a new and unexpected fragrance experience. Fresh and sparkling pomelo from Florida floats over rich notes of blackcurrant bud and the complexity of Haitian vetiver.
Sud Magnolia is a floral and fresh fragrance with notes of magnolia from Louisiana, bitter orange from Seville, and atlas cedarwood from Morocco. 
 

 

$45

Buy it:

UK: This gift set is not available in the UK but you can find some other great Atelier Cologne gift sets at their Covent Garden store in London

US: Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

11. Rag and Bone sampler

 

Set of 8 x 3.5ml fragrances in the following scents:

 

Cypress features a woody background balanced against a Mediterranean floralcy. woody cypress and vetiver are blended seamlessly with efflorescent geranium.
Amber is inspired by the concept of a scent you could drink. Seductive amber and oud mingle with a hint of spicy vanilla and aged liquor for a long-lasting scent that is opulent and smoky.
Encens is composed of a novel combination of incense, myrrh, and black pepper over confident woods.
Oud entices with ancient woods enveloped in exotic spices and smooth leather.
Oddity is the darkest scent in the collection and is all about bold contrasts. Smooth, sweet vanilla bean and amber intertwine with the spice of black pepper and vetiver. 
The "thorns" of the rustic yet edgy Rose are created through the addition of peppery and spicy notes. Modern rose essence and tea buds are wrapped in white musks.
Neroli centers around timeless orange flower and neroli mixed with a hint of pink pepper.
Bergamot contrasts vibrant Italian bergamot with warm woods and amber for a scent that is bright and refreshing, airy but with a bracing edge that is neither masculine nor feminine.
 

£80 / $99

Buy it:

UK: Rag-bone.com

US: Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

12. Juliette Has A Gun Discovery Kit

 

Set of 1 x 4ml Not A Perfume and 7 x 1.7ml fragrances in the following scents:

 

Sunny Side Up envelops and comforts in the same way the midday sun warms the skin. Top notes of amyris sandalwood and lactones are lengthened on a sandalwood cream accord as the heart note. The impression concludes with ambrette and vanilla absolute as the base notes.
A lightly sparkling floral, Anyway, goes right back to basics with just 15 of the best ingredients. The blend of musks, woods, and citrus notes come together for a bright, subtle, and persistent trail. Far from an anonymous scent, the fragrance is a brand signature, ready to unite with the feminine as much as the masculine.
Gentlewoman is an eau de cologne composed around the traditional notes of neroli and bergamot, but twisted with almond essence to bring a deliciously addictive feminine edge.

Audacious and scandalous, Mad Madame is a green chypre fragrance that revolves around metallic notes of rose oxyde, blackcurrant bud absolute, and woody, modern ambroxan. Fusing explosive and feminine traits, it leaves no doubt about its intentions.
MMMM… mixes distilled neroli, jasmine sambac, and iris butter. Caramel, fresh raspberries, sandalwood and a dash of patchouli, create a delicious fragrance experience.
Lady Vengeance brings a rich and sophisticated trail with the expression of undeniable femininity. The achingly elegant but thorny Bulgarian rose marries dark patchouli and succulent vanilla to draw a fine line of elegance, contemporary and inevitable.
Another Oud evokes all the modernity, exuberance, and grandeur of the Middle East. The fragrance is a deep woody composition built around an ultramodern interpretation of the famous ingredient.
 

Not a Perfume is a minimalist, fresh, and clean fragrance that is hypoallergenic and ideal for those who don’t normally wear perfume. It is composed of a single note, called cetalox, which is usually used in perfumery as a base note. Here it plays the lead role for a fragrance that will easily satisfy the most difficult tastes, and particularly those preferring discretion over complexity.

 

€15 / $18

Buy it:

UK: Juliettehasagun.com

US: Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Etat Libre d’Orange Discovery Set

 

Set of 7 x 1.8ml fragrances in the following scents:

 

Dangerous Complicity unveils the passionate pact between fruit, flower, and flesh. The warm sweetness of coconut and rum gives in to the seduction of ylang ylang and the spicy embrace of sandalwood.
Fat Electrician is a unique take on the classic note of vetiver. Classic vetiver notes are contrasted with light, metallic nuances of olive leaves and a creamy touch of vanilla. Opoponax and myrrh form the intriguing base notes.
Remarkable People is a salute to those who defy convention and challenge the status quo to change the world around them. Bright citrus top notes forge ahead leading a warm heart of spicy florals laid over a grounding base of soft woods.
Like This evokes feelings of home, comfort, and tenderness with soft, spicy notes of ginger, the earthy wholeness of pumpkin, and embracing green notes of vetiver.
Inspired by era of the grand studios, Jasmine et Cigarette is a tribute to the woman who ruled the silver screen—seductive and elusive in hazy black and white. She passes through the night leaving behind a trail of smoke and jasmine.
Putain des Palaces speaks to sheer, sensuous fantasy. Under the bittersweet touch of almond comes a hint of supple leather. 
The adaptable Cologne showers your body with a fresh joy. It’s an easy pleasure, a scent for everyone to splash on and wear everywhere, filled with pure, joyful, and refreshing simplicity.

 

$19

UK: Not currently sold in the UK

US: Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

14. Clean Layering Collection

 

Set of 6 x 5ml fragrances in the following scents:

 

Reserve Sueded Oud is a fresh and creamy approach to a traditional oud fragrance. It is a discovery of natural textures and an exploration of the fluid movement between the brighter and darker facets of fragrance. 
Reserve Blonde Rose is not an ordinary floral fragrance, it is for anyone who loves to be feminine with an edge. A sophisticated blend of rose, jasmine, and peony, it reminds of the classic, yet modern femininity that’s fresh and sexy. Men can wear it too, especially when paired with Sueded Oud. 
Reserve Blend Rain captures the energy of a rainforest and the moment after a fresh rainfall when the air is so pure and fresh, you can actually smell life. The fragrance is created from an unexpected combination of a fruity floral notes blended with fresh patchouli vetiver and musks.
Reserve Blend Warm Cotton is for those who currently love Warm Cotton, or anyone who prefers to smell quintessentially clean. The fragrance envelops you in pure freshness that’s bright and comfortable. Its essence lies in the irresistible freshness of translucent florals and the soft feel of skin-loving musks for the ultimate feeling of luxurious comfort. 
Reserve Citron Fig is inspired by a spirited confidence that awakens when you realize your true potential. The warm sweetness of fig blends with zesty ginger and the tang of lemon. The heart introduces juicy mandarin highlighting an intriguing combination of cardamom and mint over a soft base of sandalwood, cedarwood, and musk. 
Inspired by an unwavering dedication to beauty, boldness, and inner-strength, Reserve Sel Santal blends crisp mandarin leaves with bright bergamot over a heart of rich salted fig and hazelnut cream. In the base, decadent amber and opulent sandalwood round out the scent. 

 

$48

Buy it:

UK: Nordstrom.com

US: Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

 15. Penhaligon’s Fragrance Gift Set

 

Set of 5 x 5ml fragrances in the following scents:

Halfeti - The beginning of this story is fresh and vigorous. It evolves with gusto thanks to jasmine and spiced rose.
As Sawira - Only the rarest and the most precious notes – saffron and bergamaot alongside bitter herbal notes of absinthe and davana, jasmine and rose.
Oud de Nil - A crisp morning breeze carries the scent of luminous grapefruit, steeped in solar jasmine inside this watery Oud. Sweet orange blossom entwines with rose.
Empressa - Shimmering with bright pink pepper, succulent blood orange, dewberry and peach.
Lothair - From a fresh opening like a Captain’s tipple of gin-grapefruit tonic, it settles into a fig and black-tea signature.

 

£32 / $48

Buy it:

UK: Penhaligon’s

US: luckyscent.com

 

 

 

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Perfume Pervert is run by Michelle von Mandel.  Michelle is an Olfactory Artist currently living and working in London.  She has a BA from New York University in Art and Acting and an MA from Central Saint Martins in Art & Science.  Michelle has a great appreciation of all things smelly and a continued interest in making work that explores different aspects of the sense of smell.

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