As Christmas approaches, it’s time to start wracking your brains for gift ideas. If you’re stuck, perfume is a great choice – it’s a real treat, and something that the recipient can enjoy every day.
But if someone doesn’t have a favourite perfume, how do you pick one for them? Luckily, House of Fraser has created a list of the top 10 perfumes for women for 2016 – pick any of these and you’re sure to raise a smile on Christmas morning.
Hugo Boss BOSS The Scent For Her is all about getting closer. Created to make women feel alluring and seductive, freesia and honeyed peach combine with the oriental flower osmanthus to give an irresistible scent. Roasted cocoa makes the base notes of the fragrance to add an even richer quality.
Armani Diamonds perfume unites the past and the present in a traditional-yet-modern fragrance. The scent’s base notes are vetiver, amber and vanilla, giving a sexy earthiness. The aroma of fruits and flowers sit on top, with heart notes of rose, lily of the valley, freesia and patchouli, with top notes of lychee and raspberry. The result is juicy and irresistible.
A scent for the femme-fatale in your life, Lady Million by Paco Rabanne is made for strong, confident women. The woody floral-style fragrance begins with a base note of patchouli honey – sweet, earthy and natural – with a heart note of orange flower, jasmine and sambac. The top notes of the perfume are neroli, bitter orange and fruity raspberry.
This Jimmy Choo perfume is the newest in the range. Illicit Flower is graceful, elegant and just a little bit playful. The scent’s base notes contain sensual notes cashmeran and sandalwood. Layered on top, the perfume’s heart is made of grapefruit flower, jasmine and rose, giving floral notes that are delicate but punchy. The top notes of the scent are apricot, mandarin and freesia; hints of fruitiness that add fun to the fragrance.
This fragrance shows a fruity scent can be just as sensual as a floral perfume. Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone London combines the juicy scents of pomegranate, raspberry and plum at its heart to give an enigmatic base, with stronger hits of pink pepper, Casablanca lily and spicy woods running through.
A classic for a number of years, Alien by MUGLER is still as popular now as it was when it launched in 2009. The fragrance brings femininity to the forefront. In its base notes, there’s earthy white amber and cashmeran wood to give the fragrance depth, with a heart of Moroccan Jasmine and top notes of mandarin essence. The whole fragrance comes together to give a final fragrance that’s out of this world.
Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent is both feminine and mysterious. The fragrance has unusual base notes of vanilla, patchouli and cedarwood, which give a combined sweet and earthy base. The heart of the fragrance is black coffee – delicious, sumptuous and addictive – and jasmine to add some feminine essence. The top notes of pink pepper and orange blossom give a spicy but sweet hit.
One of the most desired perfumes of this year’s Christmas season, Flowerbomb explodes with a creation of fragrance. As you may have guessed from its name, Flowerbomb is an overall floral fragrance. At the base is sweet centiflora rose and patchouli, giving light base, and heart notes of jasmine, freesia and orchid give a floral punch. Top notes of bergamot and tea complete the perfume.
The timeless classic is still as popular as ever, with classic femininity at its heart – and is the perfect gift for any woman this Christmas. CHANEL N°5 has a floral bouquet: the top notes of neroli are the first to hit you, followed by the May rose and jasmine from Grasse, and aldehydes to give an airy finish.