Our series of holiday gift posts is nearly done; today, the focus is luxury, by which we mostly mean spendy, and we've listed them in order from cheapest to no-you-can't-afford-it. Our final post, which is coming up soon, is budget items, and not surprisingly it was the hardest of them all to complete.
If you missed them, here are links to part 1 (scented body products), part 2 (travel sizes & coffrets), part 3 (more travel sizes & coffrets), part 4 (home fragrance), part 5 (men's fragrance) and part 6 (solid perfumes).
From Thierry Mugler, the Angel by Thierry Mugler Extrait de Parfum Signature Brooch: "The art of refined perfume meets the delights of feminine indulgences when the Angel Extrait de Parfum comes to life, adorned with a signature couture brooch designed by Thierry Mugler to adorn your décolleté! Made of zamak, the brooch is punctuated by a dramatic spike and embossed with the Thierry Mugler signature. The heavenly and delicious notes of Angel are concentrated into a rare and exclusive formula: the extrait de parfum, dedicated to fulfill extreme desires. Produced in a small quantity by Brosse in France, each Angel Extrait de Parfum bottle is engraved with a unique number, showcased in a luxurious box and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity." A bargain at $198 for 10 ml at Nordstrom.
From Bond no. 9, the Perfumista's Perfect 10: "A wardrobe of ten such flacons—each containing a different best-selling eau de parfum. An exquisite dream-gift that will turn any fashionista into a devout perfumista. The scents: Andy Warhol Union Square, Bleecker Street, Bond No. 9 Signature , Chelsea Flowers, Chinatown, Eau de New York , Hamptons, Nuits de Noho, The Scent of Peace and Wall Street." Ten 5 ml bottles, $250, at Bond no. 9.
From Viktor & Rolf, Flowerbomb Extrait de Parfum: "The new Extrait de Parfum, a bewitching and long-lasting concentrate, is presented in a luxurious jewelry box to reveal the delicately hand-packaged diamond-shaped bottle inside." 20 ml for $350 at Bloomingdales.
From By Kilian, one of the limited edition Joyaux de nuit flacons (there are 3 or 4 designs), available in any of the L'Oeuvre Noire fragrances. $425 at Apothia / Ron Robinson.
From Nina Ricci, the classic Fille d'Eve in a crystal bottle by Lalique. 15 ml Extrait de Parfum, €344 (around 450 smackeroos) at Sephora in France.
From Tom Ford, the Neroli Portofino Spa set: "The NEROLI PORTOFINO collection from TOM FORD is a contemporary reinvention of a classic eau de cologne blended with aromatic Tunisian neroli, Italian bergamot and zesty Sicilian lemon. Each product in the exclusive NEROLI PORTOFINO SPA COLLECTION is infused with the vibrant citrus oils, floral notes and amber undertones of the NEROLI PORTOFINO fragrance." With 50 and 250 ml Eau de Parfum, Body Moisturizer, Body Scrub, Body Oil, Bath Soap, Shower Gel and an atomizer. £580 (around 900 simoleons) at Harrods.
From Acqua di Parma, the Colonias Luxury Leather Box: "Acqua di Parma presents a unique and highly sophisticated luxurious leather set, which has been hand-made using carefully selected superior quality calfskin. Offered in an exquisite and beautifully finished black leather case, each one takes a full day to produce by skilled Italian craftsmen. Fitted with a lock and key serigraphed with the Acqua di Parma logo, the fragrance tray can be removed to create a jewellery box for you to treasure your most precious items. Inside, it contains three Colonia 180ml spray bottles: Colonia, Colonia Intensa and Colonia Assoluta." £1000 (around 1500 clams, give or take a few clams), also at Harrods.
From Chanel, a vat (900 ml) of Gardénia in Parfum: "The lush, gardenia-infused fragrance Coco Chanel created in 1924, presented in its rarest, most collectible form. With a very limited quantity available, the grand flaçon of GARDÉNIA is a treasure for the parfum connoisseur and fragrance collector alike. An ode to Mademoiselle’s beloved camellia flower, its storied heritage and voluptuous bouquet are further elevated by this grand presentation — the classic faceted bottle, secured by means of baudruchage, a masterful sealing technique perfected by CHANEL. A hand-assembled case protects and encloses the precious, floral scent. LES GRANDS EXTRAITS may be dabbed onto the skin using the jewel-cut stopper or displayed among a woman’s most cherished keepsakes." $3800 at Chanel USA, also available in No. 5 ($1800) or Coco Mademoiselle ($1800).