Words: Amber Ascroft
Struggling to know what to gift a loved one? These unapologetically swish scents are just what you’re looking for…
PACO RABANNE LADY MILLION EMPIRE FOR HER
It doesn’t get much plusher than this bottle, which is modelled on the biggest diamond in the world. It was inspired by the Regent, a super-sized gemstone housed at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and it’s not just the packaging that epitomises posh. Inside, there’s a blend of magnolia, orange blossom, patchouli and cognac, lending a sophisticated woody aroma that’s just made for after dark.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER LA BELLE FOR HER
Don’t be fooled by the simple trio of notes in this new Jean Paul Gaultier scent. An oriental blend that oozes opulence, it’s anything but basic. Vanilla takes centre stage for a comforting opening, which is soon followed by pear and vetiver, transforming it into something sweet and seductive but not cloying. The bottle, embellished with golden roses, is a surefire winner, too. It’ll add a touch of luxury to any dressing table.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER LE BEAU FOR HIM
If you want to treat him to a slice of the luxe life, this woody aromatic scent is the way to go. It’s brimming with fail-safe coconut but there are also hints of captivating tonka bean and zingy bergamot, evoking somewhere a whole lot more exotic. The lasting power is impressive, too. Just a few spritzes will see him through to midnight and beyond. This is one of our top gifts for men at the moment.
CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL GLORIOUS GOLD COLLECTOR FOR HER
Looking for the perfect gift for her? Even those with the heftiest fragrance collection will thank you for a limited edition. For 2019’s take on this popular scent, the iconic shoe-shaped bottle has been adorned with a layer of glittering gold. The name might hint at all things angelic, but the scent inside is far from it. We’re talking jasmine, sandalwood, tuberose and vanilla – the Good Girl Glorious Gold officially has some of the sexiest notes around.
PACO RABANNE 1 MILLION FOR HIM
It’s no wonder this fragrance – designed to look like a bar of gold – is one of most popular of all time. Few will be able to resist its swanky charm, which is just perfect for a man who dreams of decadence. At the heart is rose absolute and cinnamon, with invigorating top notes of peppermint and mandarin. Then, later, it unfurls to reveal a mesmerising amber and leather accord. In short? It’s the scent of success.
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