While we love color palettes and lip kits, and brush sets and cosmetic pouches are always a plus, when it comes to what beauty lovers really want for the holidays, it’s all about fragrance. Between the beautiful bottles, dreamy scents, and limited-release giftable add-ons (like hair and body mists and dusting powders), we can’t get enough. Which is why we’ve made our list and checked it twice — as far as our new favorites are concerned. Check out our top fragrance picks below, then get ready to spray away.
Cartier Carat Eau de Parfum
Cartier’s much-buzzed-about new scent is what every glamour-obsessed girl wants in her stocking this year. For starters, the bottle shape (and scent) is inspired by the world’s most beautiful gemstone — the diamond — and the luxe factor doesn’t stop there. The faceted art deco vial shines bright (in the form of the seven colors of the rainbow to be exact!) and the clean, pure aroma is an alluring concoction of floral notes you won’t be able to stop spritzing.
Shop it here, $72.
Narcisco Eau De Parfum Rouge
Red hot is how we’d describe Narcisco’s latest eau de parfum. The lacquered rouge bottle (that’s modeled after a Chinese snuff container no less) holds an intoxicating blend of Bulgarian rose (a tempting aphrodisiac that’s proven to entice) and musk, a note Narcisco himself describes as “the sexiest scent a woman can wear,” and leaves anyone who enters its path leaning in for another whiff.
Shop it here, $115.
Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler
Can’t narrow down all the festive fragrance options to just one? Why should you, when there’s Sephora’s mega sampler to take advantage of. Stuffed with tiny testers of Clean Reserve Acqua Neroli, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Ellis Brooklyn Myth, Giorgio Armani Sí Passione, Miu Miu L’eau Rosee, Tory Burch Nuit Azur, and Tocca Giulietta, this gift box is a perfume aficionado’s dream come true. But the best part is, you can redeem the included scent certificate for a travel-size of your #1 at no extra cost. That’s why Sephora = Santa.
Shop it here, $25.
Chloé Absolu de Parfum
Who can resist a woody floral in a pretty little package wrapped in a bow? Cholé’s limited-edition Absolu de Parfum is back and leaving a delicious trail of vanilla, patchouli, and Damascena and Centifolia rose notes everywhere it goes. Romantic and effortless, this is what you want to apply on date night. Plus that 24K gold bottle is #vanitygoals.
Shop it here, $145.
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Gucci Bloom For Her Rollerball Collection Set
Rollerballs are definitely the greatest thing to ever happen to perfume. Who doesn’t love a cute mini stick that rolls on with ease and absorbs into the skin instantly? And Gucci’s pretty in pink trio is high on our list of wants right now. Blooming with citrusy-meets-mossy flavors reminiscent of a flourishing garden, it has just the right amount of powdery floral layers without coming off as prissy.
Shop it here, $68
KAYALI Collection | O1
Okay, we know we’re slightly biased, but we’re IN LOVE with the KAYALI fragrance collection, which boasts four gorgeous fragrances that work alone or layered together to create your own completely unique scent. Choose from: The ultra-addictive ELIXIR | 11, with notes of rose petal, red apple and jasmine sambac, VANILLA | 28, an intoxicating sexy sweet vanilla and jasmine scent, MUSK | 12, a seductive blend of lotus flower, freesia, jasmine, and musk, and CITRUS | 08, a tantalizing scent with notes of pink grapefruit, rhubarb, pink pepper, and rose.
Shop them here, $118
Alexander McQueen MCQUEEN Collection
True queens can always appreciate McQueen, especially when the British haute couture house comes out with not one, but eight seriously sweet treats for the nose. Inspired by the mysterious beauty of nature, these lush liquids (in jewel-toned gorg bottles) contain only the most highly sought-after ingredients such as: exotic fuchsia orchid, orris root, the leaves of Lapsang Souchong tea, juicy blackcurrant buds, and the flowers of the Osmanthus tree. So it’s no wonder these one-of-a-kind perfumes are on the pricey side, but when worn on the special occasions they call for, they’ll last you way past the holidays.
Shop them here, $245 each.
Bottega Veneta L’Absolu Eau de Parfum
Bottega fans are going to be pretty pumped since they just released a more intense version of their iconic leather chypre fragrance with L’Absolu Eau de Parfum. If you’re a fan of complex, woody, amber-imbued accords, this will be right up your alley. Warm and inviting, with an Arabian jasmine and grey amber finish, it’s the must-have sensual scent of the season.
Shop it here, $133
What’s your fave perfume? Let us know in the comments below.