My apologies for being away so long but with the holidays coming up and code freezes encroaching (which drives everyone involved with software development crazy) I’ve gotten behind in posting. Nevertheless, I’m back with what I hope will be a very helpful and inspiring post involving the touch aspect of fragrance gifting for the holidays for that special woman in your life. My fragrance recommendations for gifting the men in your life haven’t changed since my Father’s Day article.
I realize that fragrance is a very individual thing. However, my experience has been there are some fragrances within groups that hold appeal to everyone, and are not as likely to offend everyone around you. The fragrances I will recommend in this post are either owned by me, or spoken highly of by those with a nose for fragrance and passion for fashion.
Clean and Bright
Perfect for formal settings yet interesting enough to make you stand out, clean and bright fragrances inspire smiles and generate compliments. Consider these fragrances for someone who likes a fragrance that is memorable but not heavy or ‘offensive’.
For that ‘I can’t quite place it but I love that scent’ women, complex fragrances offer a wonderful lingering scent that people can’t seem to place. Be unforgettable with these scents.
For the woman who seems to have it all under control or at least gives the appearance as such, go for a fragrance as sophisticated as she is.
Sometimes a floral fragrance isn’t desired. For those women who prefer their scents more spice than floral based, try one of these lovelies.
These are great fragrances for women who aren’t big into wearing perfume. Fresh scents evoke memories of fresh fruits, therapeutic essential oils and exhilarating ‘greens’.
For teens and tweens, scents that are close to that of baked goods or simple notes such as vanilla are perfect choices and not too grown-up but are definitely not kid’s stuff. Fresh scents work as well for this age group.
Fragrances to AVOID!!!
I personally do not favor gifting anyone with Chanel No 5 because it is a very heavy and very rich fragrance that doesn’t smell good on everyone (including myself). Dior’s Poison is another heavy fragrance that unless you know for sure the woman you are shopping for wants it, please do not consider buying it.
As a public service I must warn you that no matter how slick the advertising, how pretty the pictures or how big of a fan you/your mom/your daughter/your mother -in-law is, please, do NOT purchase any ‘celebrity’ fragrance. These include such scents as the infamous Lady Gaga’s Fame, Niki Minaj’s Pink Friday and any fragrance with Beyonce or Kim Kardashian’s name on it.
So dear readers, are there any other fragrances I haven’t metioned that you think are great gifts? Any to add to the ‘avoid at all costs’ list? Please do drop a line and let me know.
Surprisingly…..Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck is decent. It’s made by Elizabeth Arden, which might be why, but I’d put it under the Teens/Tweens category. It’s a mix of sweet and fresh, I think.