By Livia Scarcella
When you go Christmas shopping, do you ever buy a present for someone but you really want to keep it for yourself? Maybe it’s just us… but that’s how we at Rescu. feel about these fragrance gift sets!
Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela’s first fragranced is named, funnily enough, (untitled). A green scent with earthy accents, the unisex scent features notes of galbanum, green boxwood, bitter orange, lentiscus (mastic), jasmine, cedarwood, incense and musk. Great for anyone who enjoys the freshness of the great outdoors!
Available from Myer Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and David Jones Bourke Street, Elizabeth Street and Queens Plaza (50ml EDP, a 50ml shower gel and a 50ml body lotion – $145).
Here is a miniatures set with a difference! Benefit’s Crescent Row range of fragrances is designed for you to meet the different ladies living in the Crescent Row apartment block. Each scent represents a different girl and the box opens up to show you her apartment! This fun set includes four deluxe minis of the scents Laugh With Me Lee Lee (classically feminine floral – notes of cassis, melon, citrus, black violet, lily, jasmine, sandalwood, blonde wood and amber), My Place or Yours Gina (seductive woody oriental – notes of pink pepper, bergamot, tangerine, peony, wild raspberry, white lily, patchouli, tonka bean and vanilla bean), Garden of Good & Eva (vibrant and fresh – notes of pear, watermelon, ozone accord, muguet, rosebud, jasmine petals, green violet leaves, freesia, cedarwood, sandalwood and musk) and Ring My Bella (sweet and flirty fruity-floral – notes of rose, lily, daisy, jasmine, peony, patchouli, vanilla and musk).
Available from Myer city stores and the Benefit Boutique in Sydney (4x 10ml deluxe minis – $79).
Fashion model-turned-interior designer India Hicks collaborated with Crabtree & Evelyn to create the India Hicks Island Living range. This gift set features her first scent from this collection, a fresh fragrance with notes of spider lily, palm and orange blossom, and comes in three forms – a 30ml EDT, a 50ml shower gel and 50g body cream. All of these are housed in a sweet little toiletry bag designed by Ms. Hicks herself.
Available from Crabtree & Evelyn stores – check their website for locations (4 piece gift set – $49.95).
This gorgeous set contains 4 stunning ladies’ fragrances in miniature form! The scents are Pure White Linen (clean floral scent – notes include grapefruit, Granny Smith apple, white freesia, jasmine, tuberose, cedarwood and patchouli), Pleasures (rich floral – notes include white lilies, violet leaves, jasmine, peony, rose and sandalwood), Beautiful (the ‘bouquet of a thousand flowers’ – includes notes of mandarin, rose, tuberose, ylang ylang and vetiver) and Sensuous (woody oriental featuring magnolia, jasmine, amber, black pepper and honey). Perfect for women constantly on-the-go… they can carry these in their handbag, so there’s no excuse for not wearing fragrance!
Available from Myer, David Jones and EsteeLauder.com.au (4 x mini EDP sprays – $59).
If luxury is what you’re looking for this Christmas, Burberry’s newest fragrance (and its gift set) is just the thing! Burberry Body is a sensual skin scent; featuring green absinthe, peach, freesia, rose, iris, sandalwood, cashmeran, vanilla, amber and musk, it’s oh-so-feminine and simply stunning! Pair it with the creamy body milk to experience the scent in all its glory!
Available from Myer and David Jones (85ml EDP and 85ml body milk – $175).
Italian fashion and beauty brand Tocca have released a miniatures gift set to introduce us to three of their stunning scents – Stella (sensual and with plenty of attitude – notes include blood orange, freesia, spicy lily and sandalwood), Florence (modern with an old-world feel – notes include bergamot, pear, gardenia and soft woods) and Cleopatra (a fragrance fit for a queen – notes include grapefruit, jasmine, tuberose and rich vanilla musk). The Viaggio (Italian for ‘voyage’) set is a great way to get to know each of these beautiful fragrances, without buying a full-size bottle straight away!
Available exclusively from Mecca Cosmetica (3x 15ml EDP – $65).
Wanting to buy a nice gift without breaking the bank? Australian company MOR has a gorgeous little set that’s great for lovers of fruity fragrances! Their Lychee Flower perfume oil, part of MOR’s ‘Little Luxuries’ range, contains grape seed, sunflower, almond, sesame seed, avocado and rosehip oils, plus the delicious scent of lychee flowers and berries with floral, green and woody notes. The gift pack also includes a lip nectar (gloss) in the same scent that can be worn either over lipstick or by itself. And what’s more, both products are full-size!
Available from David Jones and selected retailers (9ml perfume oil and 10ml lip nectar – $29.95).