Our 2014 series of holiday gift posts continues with home fragrance items.
For more gift ideas, check out The Scented Hound’s Holiday Gift Guide.
From Acqua di Parma, the limited edition hand-blown Murano glass candle collection, with Tonka Spice (above left; "Inspired by the major role Venice played in the world spice exchange. It is a soft enveloping scent with accents of ginger, cloves, tonka bean and vanilla."), Linden (above center; "Inspired by the secret garden of Venice an exquisite bright floral scent reminiscent of linden flowers during the springtime.") and Mahogany (above right; "The wood used to create the world famous Venetian Gondolas. It has deep warm elegant and enveloping fragrance."), at Bergdorf Goodman, $167 each.
From Jo Malone, the Frosted Cherry & Clove Scented Ornament. £32 at Selfridges in the UK.
From Cire Trudon, the Odeurs d'Hiver gift set, with votives in Bethléem (blue; "In a warm, amber manger, his eyes open wide to take in the silver night. He takes his first breath, inhaling exotic gifts of spices from distant travelers who have come to celebrate his arrival."), Gabriel (green; "Gabriel introduces welcomed warmth to chilly Winter afternoons. With notes of leather, cashmere wood, and candied chestnuts, the fragrance weaves happy, cozy memories.") and Nazareth (red; "Under a unique star, the red fire of clove, cinnamon and orange dances in the silent sacred night. From Orient to Occident, a pinch of olibanum secretly enlightens the soul."). $210 at Aedes, individual full-sized candles are $105 each.
From Astier de Villatte, the Encensoir Chat Setsuko (cat incense censer). €187, incense sold separately, at Astier de Villatte in France.
From Guerlain, candles in Bois des Indes ("A spellbinding journey through the sacred history of India. Clouds of smoky woods and wafts of offerings intertwine. The sweetness of sandalwood swirls together with the scents of dried bark and spice-laden soil. Along the river, a feeling of peace settles in.") and Hiver en Russie ("A return to the dream of the sparkling palaces and sumptuousness of Holy Russia. The scalding-hot scented tea of a samovar blends with the smell of smoldering wood. Precious ashes of frankincense enriched with myrrh illustrate the mystical splendor of churches with golden domes.") $
48 86 each at Neiman Marcus.
From Annick Goutal, the Noël candle: "Find the magic of Christmas in Annick Goutal's elegant candle; a truly decorative object presented in a clear glass streaked with gold. Their diffusion is optimized by a compact perfumed wax made with natural essences. The Noël candle fragrance is fresh and full-bodied, spicy and fruity. The flavour of citrus fruits, orange and Brazilian mandarin; the slightly acid bark of Siberian pine; the heaviness of an unforgettable scent of resin. A scent with the clarity of snow and the warmth of a house filled with impatient, excited children on Christmas Eve." £58 at Harvey Nichols in the UK.
From Esteban, Perfumed Good Luck Charm Air Fresheners, in Sous Les Feuilles (green citrus scent with grapefruit, mandarin, lemon, tomato leaves, cyclamen, white peach, dry wood and moss) or Jathikai (spicy-woody scent with bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, chili pepper, vetiver, cedar and patchouli), to hang in closet or car. Several more fragrances are available; $15 each at BeautyEncounter.
From Lorenzo Villoresi, Alamut Scented Crystals: "A mysterious vegetable resin, transparent and clear, with bright reflections and warm shades of gold like a precious stone, combines wonderfully with Alamut fragrance to create an oriental, exotic and dreamy atmosphere in every room." Also available in Teint de Neige and Aura Maris, 400 g for €48 at Lorenzo Villoresi.
From Jardins d'Ecrivains, Shaman White Sage Leaves: "Inspired by The Beat generation’s attachment to nature and shamanism, the Shamans used white sage from the California deserts for fumigation. The herb is thought to be a superb purifier of negative energies and ill humor. This is truly a one of a kind addition to your home or so hip it hurts giftable to a loved one." £55 at Suite Hazen in the UK or $72 at Twisted Lily in the US.
From Juniper Ridge, Cabin Spray in Christmas Fir: "Christmas Tree in a bottle! All that's in here is wild harvested Nortthwest Fir, Cedar, Pine. The forests of Mt Hood on a crystal clear winter night with deep sparkling moonlight snow on the ground." $30 for 60 ml at Juniper Ridge.
I have one bottle of the Juniper Ridge Cabin Spray to give away...I've tested it a few times but it's nearly full. First person with a US address to comment and ask for it...it's yours!