The season of eggnog, Christmas carols and bright store fronts is upon us. It is a season like no other, which fills our hearts with cozy warmth and joy as we bustle through the crowd to grab the last pair of discounted leather gloves. Here are five things that inspire us this holiday season and 10 fragrances that make every moment special.
1. Starbucks Peppermint Latte
We love the Starbucks lattes anytime of the year but they are particularly hard to resist when you can see your breath, wading through sparkling white snow. Okay, the snow in the city may not be sparkling white but a peppermint latte still feels right. When we sip on this, we can’t stop but reach for Arquiste’s Anima Dulcis. Bitter Mexican cocoa and spicy red peppers juxtapose the sweet vanilla, which is perfectly synchronized with a cinnamon note. Give this a try for some and your pumpkin-spice latte just might taste a little better.
2. The Shopping Frenzy on Christmas Eve
The shopping frenzy on Christmas eve is something we hate to do but at the same time we love in retrospect. There is some appeal to the hectic atmosphere of rummaging through piles of clothes.
We could think of only one fragrance that would match the smell of luxurious leather, fresh lipstick, cool iris and warm cocoa and amber. This fragrance is Dior Homme. One of the things we love about it is that it opens with the smell of a makeup bag – probably something you would end up buying anyway. Dior Homme is sweet without getting overpowering under heat. The lavender and vetiver note give the fragrance a sense of warm sophistication, which would probably be your only saving grace when you dive into the clearance pile. Give it a try on a moderately cold weather – it won’t disappoint even when other fragrances in this genre may become a little too much.
3. Fireplaces and Brandy
The holiday season wouldn’t be the same without hanging out with family and friends in front of the fireplace sipping on a 15-year aged cognac. Cereus No. 14 can definitely enhance the mood in a chilly night by the fireplace and even recreate it if a cozy cottage in Davos is out of reach. The amber and cognac notes ooze mature sophistication, without smelling old.
4. December 22 and 23 in the Office
Oddly enough, work can put us in a festive mood too. We love the two days in the office before the holiday season. Everyone is more laid back, the urgent presentations are not so urgent any more and boxes of chocolate and sweet appear on every corner.
We have the perfect scent for you that will keep your crisply professional and still suggest that you are a human being and enjoy the season too. Hermes’s Vetiver Tonka is a delicate combination of pralines and vetiver. The perfume opens with a caramel-hazelnut combo to match your festive spirit and then evolves into a crispy vetiver, which keeps you leveled and says you mean business.
5. Cozy Coffeeshops
Coffee shops are great any time of the year. They are the best, however, on a snowy day during the holiday season. Cuddle up in a chair by the fireplace while reading The Idiot and you may feel blissfully happy. Smoky incense with coffee undertones and myrrh will put you in a meditative mood and bring your spirits higher. Kyoto by Comme des Garcons is known to create this effect. Mark Buxton created Kyoto as a fragrant representation of Buddhism. Soft incense and velvety Iso E Super will make you feel cozy, while the coffee note will keep your mind alert.
This is what inspire us and puts us in a festive mood. We’d love to hear what’s your favourite fragrances for the holiday season. Just fill out the comment field and share with us.