Part three in our eight-part series on fragrance related holiday gifts features scented items for men, although there are plenty of “unisex” ideas in the other articles, and as always there are probably a few things here that women might like. Do add any of your own recommendations in the comments!
From DS & Durga, Bowmakers in a pocket perfume oil roll-on: "Amongst the transcendental woods of the 1800s, craftsmen from the Massachusetts Bay Colony built violin bows in the tiny towns of the Pioneer Valley. The shops were filled with old growth mahogany, burled maple shavings, amber pine rosin, aged walnut and the craftsmen’s unique, secret varnishes. An androgynous, full bodied scent, Bowmaker’s ether reek is subdued by supple leather and a variety of woods." $72 for 10 ml at Twisted Lily.
From Shinola Detroit, the Canfield candle (made by Joya): "Hand poured in Brooklyn, New York, this sophisticated artisanal candle is scented with pleasingly masculine notes of smoke, leather and shoe polish." 200g for $48 at Nordstrom.
From Atelier Cologne, the Oud Saphir bar soap: "These soaps are hard-milled, vegetable-based and enriched with aloe vera and shea butter. Citrus oils offer a clean, refreshing and invigorating experience with a skin-softening, frothy lather." 200g bar for $20 at Beautyhabit.
From Prospector Co, Peary & Henson Aftershave Splash: "This aftershave splash takes its roots from old maritime travels. The arctic blue color and the chilling smell of bay leaf and coriander brings to mind the voyage of Robert E. Peary and Matthew Henson who were the first explorers to reach the North Pole." 118 ml for $18 at Barneys.
From Aedes, the Cellarius gift box: "This Aedes Holiday gift box includes the rare Cellarius candle by perfumer Olivia Giacometti [sic] along with the Cellarius art work on a printed post card & matches with a star constellation motif, all gift wrapped in our black signature box." With spices, papyrus, rosewood and cedar; $85.
From Molton Brown, the Iconic Washes Gift Set For Him, with 300 ml bottles of Bushukan Body Wash, Black Peppercorn Body Wash and Tobacco Absolute Bath & Shower Gel. $75 at Neiman Marcus.
Etro's classic unisex Patchouly, updated with a spiffy new bottle and reportedly with a "more intense" juice: "From first spritz, bold beams of citrus awaken the nuances of deep dark woods, sparking the interest of the mysterious sandalwood facet. Glowing from the top down, dominant patchouli petals power up the intoxicating notes of labdanum and tonka bean as creamy vanilla and tolu balsam sweeten up the provocative dry down, revealing a fascinating signature for both men and women." In 100 ml Eau de Toilette, £106 at Escentual in the UK.
From Korres, a Vetiver Root Green Tea Cedarwood gift set, with 50 ml Eau de Toilette and 125 ml Aftershave Balm for $38. You can find the matching shower gel ("Scented with aromatic vetiver, energizing green tea, and warm, woody cedarwood, it is a perfect complement to the Vetiver Root Aftershave Balm") at Sephora, 250 for $18.
From Parfums de Marly, a Pegasus gift set, with 125 ml Eau de Parfum and a matching candle: "Pegasus is an elegant fougere fragrance inspired by the winning stallion of the 18th century and the mythological creature of its namesake." $300 at Nordstrom.
From Tom Ford, the Tuscan Leather All Over Body Spray: "This ultra-sexy interpretation of leather captures its primal, animalistic scent and smooth, voluptuous qualities. The addition of olibanum, night blooming jasmine, and black suede gives it a distinctive, modern spin that is raw yet refined, sensual yet sophisticated." $67 for 150 ml at Sephora.