Holiday Fragrance Preview
When it comes to getting the best value for your designer fragrance budget, the holiday season offers the best sets and editions.
This is the time of year that fragrance houses launch three and even four-piece gift sets that contain travel sprays, body lotions and shower gels. For slightly more than the cost of a large spray, you get two or three pieces for free. Many scent enthusiasts stock up on their favourites for this very reason. We’ve picked some of the very best sets and launches for holiday 2020 that are guaranteed to surprise and delight.
100 ml EDP spray, $125
Donatella Versace celebrates the global popularity of Eros pour Homme with a NEW interpretation of the fresh, citrus-woody scent. The addition of a crisp and sweet candied apple accord gives the composition a new energy that blends nicely with the Italian lemon, vetiver, cedar, patchouli and leather notes. A hint of vanilla completes the effect.
When Eros Flame debuted, the spicy-woody scent was embraced by both men and women. In fact, approximately half the customers for the fragrance were women. It’s the perfect cold weather scent as the rosemary, black pepper and pepperwood give it a warm kick.
Versace’s global bestseller Bright Crystal is an uplifting, sparkling floral with notes of yuzu citrus, peony, lotus, magnolia, amber and musk. It’s popular with all age groups. This special Bright Crystal gift set from Italy offers the best value of the year. Not only do you get a full sized fragrance and collector miniature but you get a perfumed body lotion and shower gel. The yellow and pink print on the box was taken from the Versace fashion archives – it was used in a ready-to-wear outfit during Milan Fashion Week.
SNEAK Peek: Versace women’s luxury bag GWP
Purchase a large size Versace fragrance at Hudson’s Bay or thebay.com and receive this sleek black bag for free. (arrives late Nov)
You are getting the first look at the holiday collector Versace fragrance Gift-With-Purchase bag for 2020. This designer bag with shoulder strap and silver detailing was created in the Versace Accessories Atelier in Milan where the fashion collections are produced.
Versace Men’s Overnight Bag GWP
Purchase a large size Versace men’s fragrance at Hudson’s Bay or thebay.com and receive this Versace overnight bag. (arrives late Nov)
And here is the Versace collector bag for holiday 2020. It’s a roomy duffle bag that will fit everything you need for a weekend away.
$285 at Holt Renfrew
Atkinsons’ magical Gold in Mayfair fragrance returns this season due to popular demand. The rich floriental for him or her comes housed in one of the most decadent bottles wrapped in an antique gold patina that is hand applied in a studio new Florence. Perfumer Phillippine Courtiere blends nutmeg, cacao, absinthe, sage, iris and vetiver to beautiful effect.
$135 at Hudson’s Bay
Bvlgari’s Wood Essence for him is a truly modern woody fragrance for him. Perfumer Alberto Morillas adds a freshness with lemon zest and coriander which enlivens the cypress, cedar and vetiver. He uses all aspects of wood: wood barks, resins and essences to create a layered scent that has a nice depth and character to it. This set offers great value.
$108 at Hudson’s Bay
For anyone who likes light, fresh scents, Bvlgari’s Omnia Crystalline is a must-try. It’s classified as an aquatic-floral with notes of bamboo, pear, lotus, tea, cassia, musk, guaiac wood and oakmoss. The bottle is shaped after one of the Roman jeweller’s fine jewellery designs. The deep raspberry velvet cosmetics pouch with gold detailing adds to the elegance.
This is one of the best men’s fragrance launches of 2020. It’s a citrus-aromatic that is light and fresh thanks to a healthy dose of Italian citrus and mandarin. Sea notes blend seamlessly with clary sage, lavender, rosemary, vanilla orchid, oakmoss and Haitian vetiver. You’ll notice the cap boasts Missoni’s signature zig-zag print.
All of the above are available at select Shoppers Drug Mart and Hudson’s Bay stores and online.