A salty escape
This luxe unisex scent from the Hermessence collection is warm and aromatic
with notes of hazelnut, cinnamon, bergamot, vetiver and oakmoss. Designed by
Hermès nose Jean-Claude Ellena, it’s a fragrance that is meant to evoke the sea.
So if the idea of spending the holidays in a chic beach house is more appealing
than dealing with airport crowds, this is the juice for you. Hermès Hermessence
Épice Marine, 250 for 100 ml at Hermès boutiques across Canada (visit www.hermes.com for locations).
The high-glycemic hit
Thierry Mugler’s best-selling fragrance is back for the holidays, this time
in the form of a pursesized star-shaped bottle adorned with Swarovski crystals.
Though it may bear new wrapping, the gourmand scent is as sugary as ever, with
notes of honey, red berries, vanilla and caramel. Thierry Mugler Angel Limited
Edition Refillable Black Brilliant Star, $98 for 25 ml at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora
(www.sephora.ca) and Shoppers Drug
Mart locations across Canada.
A splashy spritz
This sweet floral from Versace is as flashy as a cocktail dress designed by
Donatella (the scent is reportedly based on the chief designer’s favourite
floral accords). Capitalizing on the popularity of the first Bright Crystal
release, Absolu is a more intense version, composed of fruity top notes, a
peony-andmagnolia heart and a musk-andamber base. Versace Bright Crystal Absolu
Eau de Parfum Spray, $129 for 90 ml at Hudson’s Bay (www.thebay.com).
A natural fit
Inspired by the scent of water on a woman’s skin, this serene aquatic floral
built around lotus, freesia, rose and lily never overpowers, thanks to an
understated woody base. Hints of musk and amberseed warm the fragrance up ever
so slightly, but it still retains its lightness. Issey Miyake Ode to Nature
Limited Edition L’Eau d’Issey Lotus Eau de Toilette Spray, $116 for 90 ml at
A dynamic duo
Blending the effortless style of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nirvana White
and Nirvana Black, the duo’s debut fragrances, fuse uptown sophistication with
downtown edge. Nirvana Black is the darker, more complex scent; borrowing from
traditional men’s notes, the blend is heavy on sandalwood. The brighter Nirvana
White has a fresh, peony-heavy bouquet. The catch is choosing between them (or
splurging on both). Elizabeth and James Nirvana White and Nirvana Black, $90 for
50 ml each at Sephora.