With the dawning of the festive period comes a longing for rich, soothing, and tantalisingly luxurious perfumes. While even a normal day will see hundreds of wonderful fragrances lining boutique shelves, Christmas is a little different.
December is the time when extravagant niche market perfumes make their grand entrance into the lovingly prepared festive arena, with each scent expertly coaxed into its fullest expression.
A mouthwatering look at the year’s niche perfumes is always a joy, and is sure to bring out the luxurious side of us all. Celebrities now give their names to the highest bidder, meaning that classic and truly unique perfumes are being lost, drowned out by obvious and mediocre scents.
Here we profile some of the world’s most luxurious and timeless perfumes just in time for Christmas. Each is lavished with moving stories and rooted in passionate craftsmanship.
The evocative aromas emitted by the Parfum D’Orsay represent, rather stunningly, the epitome of passion and undying love. Having fallen deeply in love with the already married Marguerite de Blessington and unable to ever truly be with her, a young man by the name of Comte d’Orsay channelled his agony into creating a fragrance befitting her beauty. Bergamot, smooth vanilla, and blooming orange flowers all give this scent an emotionally unique feel.
The Ann Gérard Parfum is 60ml of elegance, luxury, and intriguingly rare aromas. Its warm, yet invigorating fusion of Bulgarian rose, lily of the valley, and musk seeks to inspire every one of its hosts to reach for more – to set awe-inspiring aspirations.
Boasting sandalwood characteristics, the Cuir Blanc Perfume is an exquisite example of the image inducing power possessed by fragrances. This delicately poised arrangement of earthy and rich scents is synonymous with relaxation: hints of nutmeg conjure up images of soaring trees, with gushing waterfall-like patchouli adding perfectly to the arrangement, all topped off with luxurious, fresh amber.
The Imaginary Authors Bull’s Blood Fragrance is an expression of the desires and wants which represent the very foundations of life. Laced with intense and thrillingly dark aromas, this fragrance literally tells a story through its carefully engineered arrangement. The contradictory aromas of cut rose and black musk blend together with intriguing simplicity to simultaneously deliver the sensation of carnal pleasure and the dark sacrifices needed to achieve it.
It seems as though noses have wandered in strange directions recently. Painfully average scents are being glamorised by the familiar faces of celebrities. “Mais les parfums seront toujours gagner.” Their stories are too invigorating, their complexity too alluring, and their aromas are intoxicating creations that will live forever.