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Yeah, yeah...peace on earth, good will to all men, blah blah blah. Let’s cut the horse pucky: the season of giving is really the season of getting. I’m talking presents, preferably of the perfume variety. Even eensy-teensy baby Jesus scored a haul of frankincense and myrrh off those Wise Men.
I’m not saying Rodrigo the Perfume Dog and I are wise, but we do have the goods, fume-wise. Thanks to our friends over at Perfume.com, it is our pleasure to lay some superb smells on you, our loyal fumeheads.
I’ve selected ten fragrances perfect for a Winter Wonderland. Everything you need to know to win one is in the video, so click, watch and enter here.
The Holiday Giveaway fragrances are:
Guerlain Shalimar eau de parfum
The original “bad girl” perfume: crème brûlée and smoky leather (or is it leathery smoke?) with a citrus twist. Back in the 1920’s, Shalimar was the flapper’s badge of dishonor.
Miss Dior Chérie eau de parfum
This lighthearted perfume practically giggles when you spray it: strawberry and patchouli do a happy dance on your skin.
Bulgari Jasmin Noir eau de parfum
Darkly sensual jasmine and patchouli: spiced-up florals for romantic nights.
Burberry for Women (aka Burberry Classic) eau de parfum
Succulent blackcurrant and peach, lush jasmine, and creamy sandalwood and vanilla equals a grown-up fruity-floral. Niche-bunnies take note: this one isn’t a million miles away from By Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses.
Estée Lauder Youth Dew Amber Nude eau de parfum
Update of Youth Dew, the bold mid-century classic. Amber Nude keeps the rich amber, spices, and patchouli, and throws in dark chocolate and some unexpectedly fresh notes.
Molinard Habanita eau de toilette
Spicy amber, leather, and vetiver in a powdery cloud of tobacco.
Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L'Homme eau de toilette
An easy-wearing, low-cal gourmand for men: warm, sweet woods.
Bulgari Black eau de toilette
Tricky to pin down: both warm and cool, it works for both men and women. This smoky, inedible vanilla with its fleeting rubber effect is a space-age oriental that smells nuzzly and natural on the skin.
Christian Dior Homme eau de toilette
So elegant! Dry, woody iris with a shimmer of fruit sends the message that the wearer is one classy dude.
Hermès Terre D'Hermès eau de toilette
Tart grapefruit, rosy geranium and peppery cedar wood smell clean without being soapy. Refined ruggedness.
Click on the name of each fragrance to find out more, including the official list of ingredients.
Good luck, and good smellin’! Oh...and peace on earth and good will to all men. Of course.