For the (wealthy) Andy Warhol fanatic, Bond no. 9's "Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue Shoe Extravaganza....A larger-than-life-size limited-edition shoe, containing three bottles of Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue – the latest in Bond No. 9’s series of Warhol perfumes". Artist Joseph Pastor has created a 3D replica of a drawing from Warhol's A La Recherche du Shoe Perdu, and Bond added the bottles. $1300 at Bond no. 9 or Saks Fifth Avenue.
Easier to fit into the average budget, Sula's mix 'n match Roll-on Perfume Collection, with the Vanilla Blossom, Stiletto Musk, Sun-Kissed Citrus, Butterfly Kiss, Lily Lotus and Champagne Sugar fragrances. $36 at Ulta.
For the niche enthusiast, Diptyque's popular Tam Dao fragrance ("a bewitching and sensuous scent dedicated to sandalwood") in a body lotion featuring the line's brand new (and gorgeous!) packaging. 6.8 oz for $56 at Aedes.
From Juniper Ridge, an incense gift set: "I always say that our incense is for people who don’t like incense but enjoy sitting around a campfire—it’s made with real ground wood and pitch with no perfumey stuff. Think about this as a gift for friends who like camping or have a mountain cabin, because it will transport anyone who uses it to that most cherished and sacred of all camping rituals, the backwoods campfire." Includes the line's White Sage, Sweetgrass, Piñon and Cedar incense, plus a Juniper Ridge matchbook and a clay incense burner made by Jered Nelson. $54 at Juniper Ridge.
And the stocking stuffers: at left, niche favorite Costes Eau de Toilette in a 15 ml mini flask, $15 at Beautyhabit. At right, the now-sadly-discontinued B*Men from Thierry Mugler in a 2 ml rubber flask spray, $13.99 at Scentiments.
See also: Holiday fragrance gifts 2008 part 1
I used to be so into Andy Warhol, but I'm over him and everyone associated with him
I still do want to try the Warhol Bond no. 9s though
and I still need to try Tam Dao. I'm going to the big fancy mall tomorrow, are there any department stores that usually have Diptyque?
My mom loves incense and camp fires but I can't really afford to spend $50, and my debit card if full of my mom's money anyway.
I never quite get sets that have multiple bottles of the same stuff. I get gift sets with a lotion, perfume, and powder or whatever, but not 3 bottles of the same perfume. I was momentarily excited because I thought maybe it was a fancy Warhol collection of all the scents, which I think would be cool.
Neiman Marcus used to have Diptyque in some of their stores, but I don't know if they do anymore or not — my local store never had them. If you've got a CO Bigelow chain store in your mall, you might check that too, but my local store seems to be cutting back the space they devote to fragrance.
Not much help, sorry!
That one seems geared more towards a Warhol collector than a perfumista. I'd love to have that purple bottle though!
I'll check Neiman Marcus…
and I can get like 2 kinds of those Juniper Ridge incense packs for $16 instead of the big gift pack for $54
lol – I just want the SHOE.
My sisters favorite scent is peony, are lily and lotus similar?
How about ylang-ylang? Champaca?
I don't know anything about flowers.
There's a store by my house that sells incense and I think I'm going to buy my sisters incense varieties.
I can look for scents like bamboo and green tea, too.
See — you buy the shoe, sell me the purple bottle
Peony is much lighter and cleaner than lily or ylang ylang or champaca. Lotus is also very light and clean. Not sure how else to explain it.
The Andy Warhol shoe is so cool! Of course I won't buy it, but it so pretty to look at:))
Sula set would be perfect for another one of my friends, in a cute box, 6 different scents so she mix & match… All of the names sound like something she'll like: simple, sweet-girly, flirty.
I love the little bottle of Costes! I'd get it for my own stocking! I also adore that Thierry Mugler little spray.
I definatley wouldn't mind having the little bottle of Costes…I had mixed feelings about the scent itself- but it's been almost a year since I've tried it, so I'll revisit- however, I would sort of like to have just a small bottle. It's really a very clean, lovely scent. Smells a bit like deoderant to me, but in a good way.
But that Andy Warhol shoe…well, what can I even say about that thing?I can't decide if it's really intersting or just really….creepy.
The packaging on the Sula bottles is very cute! And I want that Costes too, and the B*Men. Happily, when I do these posts usually what I want most is the stocking stuffers.
I don't totally adore Costes either — like the similar Eau Egyptienne much better — but that's such a cute little bottle.
Hmm, I just had to start poking around looking at that B*Men, since 2ml sounded awfully small. Found out Scentiments has a 50ml tester for only $4 more ($17.99)… now I'm sitting here having one of those “10:30pm, index finger hovering over the mouse, ready to click buy, unsniffed” moments (and thinking… “rhubarb… sequoia… those both sound good to me…”). I'm blaming you if I end up with a bottle of this in my mailbox this week, Robin! LOL
The Tam Dao black-and-white print packaging is stunning.
BTW, is the B*Men size meant to be 20ml or is it really 2ml only?
Wow, that's a deal, esp. for something discontinued — you ought to thank me, not blame me
The packaging on the body creams is lovely too — they really did a nice job.
Nope, 2 ml, but see the comment above — you can get a 50 ml tester for not much more.
Haha. I'm safe for now… did not click “Buy.” I may change my mind if I hear somewhere that B*Men is the nectar of the gods and not to be missed. I just figure it's not worth buying unsniffed. Oh well.
That is a serious ripoff: when I bought my bottle of A*Men Pure Coffee, I got, along with a whole slew of other samples, a 2-mL rubber spray bottle of A*Men. For nothing. (They also used to sell it as a set with 10 little refill spray vials: the bottom pops off and the vial slides out.) I can't believe someone is charging $14 for the same thing.
It's nice, but not nectar of the gods…
That's true of all minis, basically — the mainstream brands don't charge for them, but if you want one because you didn't get it as a freebie, you've got to pay for it.