Christmas Gift Guide: Fragrance Sample Sets

Although I am not doing gift guides this year, I still wanted to share a last minute idea of what to get. I can’t think of anyone who would not be happy to receive a fragrance sample set. It’s always great to discover new scents and, maybe, get a full size in the future.

I have, in fact, bought perfume samples many times, both as gifts, and for myself. Moreover, I may have asked for a set this Christmas!

Discovery collections would usually cost you about £20-£30, even when it comes to luxury brands. But please keep in mind the price of a full bottle. Not everyone would want to (or would have the budget to) spend £250 on a bottle of perfume (Hello, Portrait of a Lady). That is if they did love a specific scent enough to do that…

So, here we are, the sets I have chosen. Something for everyone: from a budget option and a niche company to well-known and established luxury perfume power houses.

Malin + Goetz Fragrance Discovery Kit (£22 from here)

While I have not tried their perfume just yet, M&G make some of my favourite candles, hence I am sure their fragrances are also top quality! You get 6 different eau de parfum samples to play with: bergamot, cannabis, dark rum, leather, stem and vetiver. There is also a discount code when buying the set via the website to be used towards a full sized bottle.

Maja Njie Discovery Set, (£30 from here)

I encourage you to read more about Maja Njie everything about the brand is just beautiful. And this is the set I would definitely want to try myself in the future. Included are 5 scents to try and a

New Fragrances: Illamasqua And Maison Martin Margiela

Today I want to tell you about two fragrance launches that really caught my attention.

Freak by Illamasqua is one of my favourite fragrances, so I am very excited about the newest  variation – Freak Scarab.

Illamasqua-Freak-Scarab-Perfume-promo

  • Top Notes: Blood Orange, Neroli Absolute and Ylang Ylang awaken and entice the senses.
  •  Heart Notes: Davana Oil entwines with Egyptian Jasmine, Honeysuckle and Queen of the Night to form a sensual heart.
  • Base Notes: The warmth of Stewed Plum creates a distant depth, leading to the rich ancient accord of Mousse de Sax – Geranium, Anise, Moss and Leather.

The price is £85 for 75 ml, and I can’t wait to try it.

As for Maison Martin Margiela, the brand brought out  a fragrance line Replica which

Fall 2013 New Fragrance Launches: Rouge Bunny Rouge and Jo Loves

I already shared my impression about the original Rouge Bunny Rouge Fragrances but I am actually even more excited about their new collection –  Provenance Tales.

There are three fragrances which come in beautiful dark glassed bottles and are marketed as unisex.  That is right up my street!

Rouge Bunny Rouge Provenance Tales Fragrance Collection

Silvan

“Born from the joy of preternatural harmonies and infused with the forest’s mantle of wisdom and calm, Silvan blissfully simmers on the skin, being smoothly melded and beautifully refined. ”

Notes: aromatic juniper berries, sparkling grapefruit,  guaiac wood, smoky incense,  vibrant black pepper, patchouli, cedarwood.

 Cynefin

“Flooding throughout the fragrance with the fizz and hiss of escaping vapour, Cynefin unexpectedly draws back the veil of the everyday to bestow an overwhelming sense of joy. ”

Rouge Bunny Rouge  Provenance Tales Fragrances Silvan, Embers, Cynefin

Notes: Davana’s

Want It: Paco Rabanne Black XS L’Aphrodisiaque

Regular readers  probably know that my favourite mainstream scent is Paco Rabanne Black XS, I even got my brother a matching one  for his Birthday.

And, although I don’t wear it that much any more, as  these days  I am interested in different (more niche) brands, this fragrance awakes a lot of beautiful memories and I still like it.

Black XS Pacco Rabane for Him and Her

This is why I am actually excited about the new Black XS L’Aphrodisiaque release for women and men.

The design is right up my street and  the promo photos make me curious.  I will definitely take a look at both when I get a chance and, hopefully, they won’t disappoint.

Paco Rabanne Black XS L'Aphrodisiaque for women and men

Black XS L’Aphrodisiaque for Women

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M.Micallef Art Collection ROUGE N°1 and ROUGE N°2

Take a look a this year’s  M.Micallef limited edition perfume  ART COLLECTION which refceclts the brand’s “ART & PERFUME” concept.

This time the bottles are very Art Deco with  geometrical figures, cubic cap and bottle, adorned with circular shaped Swarovski Crystal Rocks.

M.Micallef Art Collection ROUGE N°1 and ROUGE N°2

ROUGE N°1

Floral-fruity eau de parfum, Rouge n°1 combines delicious yellow fruits and a generous bunch of flowers heart, warmed by the vanilla and white musk base.

  • Head note: peach, tangerine
  • Heart