NYLON’s Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2021: Fragrances & Home Scents

Smell good, and have your home smelling divine too. Floral, fruity, woody, radiant, Christmas-inspired, and everything in between, keen noses will definitely appreciate these fragrances and scented candles. Many of these come in holiday sets, or beautifully-crafted,  limited-edition designs that truly please all our senses.

L – R — CHANEL Beauty N°5 EDP 2021 Limited Edition, $266 (100ml); N°5 L’Eau EDT, $266 (100ml) | YSL Beauty Libre EDP Holiday 2021, $179 (50ml) | Dolce & Gabbana Beauty The One Gold EDP, $164 (50ml) | Tiffany & Co. Rose Gold EDP, $170 (50ml). 

Some of the most luxurious-looking fragrances include the 100th anniversary version of the CHANEL N°5, iconic as ever with the lucky number 5 inscribed in gold on the label, and with high-end recycled glass incorporated into the bottle design.

Both YSL Beauty and Dolce&Gabbana go for gold, where the former sees YSL’s first floral lavender scent housed in a bottle speckled with a gold leaf design, while D&G wraps its scent’s fruity notes of  mandarin, plum and pink pepper in an exquisite gold.

Tiffany & Co.’s latest launch is every bit as sophisticated as their jewellery; the Rose Gold EDP sees a blush-tinted faceted glass flacon inspired by the house’s diamond cuts, with the radiant scent’s fragrance notes etched into the bottle design.

L – R — Jo Malone London Starlit Mandarin & Honey Cologne, $228 (100ml) | Cartier Les Nécessaires à Parfum, from $830 for the case and $144 for the scent (2 x 30ml) | Tom Ford Beauty Private Blend Bitter Peach EDP Set, $539 (50ml) | Louis Vuitton Miniature Set, $510 (10ml x 7). 

Jo Malone London’s fragrances are highly coveted any time of the year — but even more so during the festive season because they always go the extra mile. Here, an elegant citrus fougère scent shines bright with a star-studded pattern etched onto the glass bottle.

If you’re going all out for your gifts though, consider Cartier’s Les Nécessaires à Parfum series that bring back an old-school tradition of vanity cases for our perfumes, with modern cases that store the maison’s fragrances in 30ml glass refills.

No doubt, the fragrance sets from Tom Ford Beauty and Louis Vuitton are just as worthy of mention; Tom Ford’s voluptuous scent “evokes nectar-filled flesh at its most ripe”, and comes with a mini Atomizer by its side, while the Louis Vuitton Miniature Set is big on delivering seven of their best creations, in a minimalist presentation case that’s definitely a keeper.

L – R — Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita EDT Christmas Set, $128 (75ml) | Burberry Beauty Her London Dream  Gift Set, $223 (100ml) | Gucci Beauty Bloom EDP with Rouge à Lèvres Mat, $227 (50ml) | Anna Sui Fantasia EDT, $129 (75ml). 

Here are more fragrance sets to indulge in. Guerlain’s citrus-fruity Aqua Allergoria Pera Granita is light on the nose and extra delightful when accompanied with a body lotion, miniature, and beautifully-designed gift box. Burberry Her’s London Dream iteration, on the other hand, whisks us away to the heart of the city with its radiant, vibrant notes of lemon, ginger, rose and peony, housed in a monogrammed box no less.

For Gucci Beauty, it’s truly the best of both worlds when we get the Gucci Bloom, a floral scent of jasmine bud, tuberose and rangoon creeper, paired with one of their Rouge à Lèvres Mat lipsticks. Making an enchanting entrance is also the Fantasia EDT, with a gleaming unicorn tipped dipped in glossy gold, and a woody-floral fragrance that’s both feminine and mysterious.

L – R — Hermès Twilly d’Hermès EDP Gift Set, $235 (85ml) | Chloé Nomade Eau De Parfum Mini Set, $202 (75ml) | Acqua di Parma x Emilio Pucci Colonia Futura Gift Set, $253 (100ml) | Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste EDT Set, $159 (65ml). 

For those with discerning tastes, you can’t go wrong with this Twilly d’Hermès gift set, which pairs the youthful and irreverent ginger-laced scent by the luxury house with a mini EDP and moisturising body lotion — we have to say, that decorated box alone is already highly enticing. One for wanderlust, the Chloé Nomade is beloved for good reason, and here, you’ll be getting a 75ml bottle, mini 10ml and a body lotion that all take after the original fragrance bottle.

Acqua di Parma’s holiday sets are usually sought-after for their limited-edition designs, and this one features the Vortici print, of sophisticated city architecture reinterpreted in a flowy form to accompany the Colonia Futura’s luminous notes of grapefruit, lavender, clary sage and vetiver. If you want to go even more iconic though, Bvlgari’s distinct fragrance bottle is unmissable, as this holiday set features the iris-and-rose Omnia Amethyste scent.

L – R — Dior 30 Montaigne Candle Set, $194 | diptyque Scented Candles in Pine Tree, Snowflake, and Holiday Pastry, $115 (190g) | Le Labo Santal 26 Classic Candle, €52.89 (245g) | Loewe Home Scents Floral Candle Gift Set, $225 | Penhaligon’s The Nose Twitchers Gift Set, £38 | Maison Francis Kurkdjian 1,2,3, Noël! Trio of Scented Candles, $168.

The festive season calls for the most cosy home set-up, so we’re definitely not forgetting these lovely candles. Dior’s certainly mesmerises since the candle container is all dressed up with this season’s Atelier of Dreams floral motifs.  You know we can always rely on diptyque as well, and this year, they’re presenting a limited edition trio of scented candles that evoke winter classics,, with artistic paint flecks of gold on their glass vessels. Elsewhere, only the most refined candles make our cut, which includes Le Labo’s iconic Santal 26, as well as duos and trios from Loewe, Penhaligon’s and Maison Francis Kurkdjian.