Glossy Christmas Gift Guide: Party Perfumes

An everyday perfume might be a light cologne, or uplifting floral, but a seductive, intense perfume for the evening, presented in a beautiful bottle, can be an ATTENTION-GRABBING PRESENT. Here’s what to spritz when you’re going OUT out …

1. The Kilian Discovery Set includes eight mini refill vials and a neat black twist-up travel beauty spray, so that you can change scents according to your mood or the occasion. These scents are strong, sultry and not for the fainthearted … €185 at Brown Thomas.

2. Not for your granny, perhaps, but Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous eau de parfum and lip set is, as it says on the bottle, heady and hard-hitting, with bucketloads of leather, tonka bean and bitter almond oil. It’s been spotted on Joan Collins’ dressing table – need we say more. At €294, this is blow-the-budget stuff; more accessible is the Body Spray version at €70 for 150ml.

3. For something foolproof, to please everyone, head for Frederic Malle. There are now 30ml versions of the bestsellers, and I have never met anyone who didn’t adore Portrait of a Lady (€150). Another clever way to get a hit of this gorgeous rich rose scent is the Hair Mist (€135 for 100ml, instead of €250 for the same size perfume). The little red travel spray makes a great, rather less lavish, gift, too (€30).


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