The last post of our eight-part series on fragrance related holiday gifts is the crazy expensive luxury edition. Items are listed in order from holy-cow-you’ve-got-to-be-kidding to maybe-I-could-sell-a-body-part. Do add any of your own recommendations in the comments!
From House of Sillage, the Vêtu De Grandeur Parfum Limited Edition Snow Globe: "Vêtu De Grandeur by House of Sillage imparts a light but oh-so-memorable moment with notes of addictive Neroli Petals, delectable, rich Orange Blossom and fresh Haitian Vetivert. Be dressed in grandeur for the most magical time of the year." $895 at Bloomingdales.
From Rouge Bunny Rouge, the new Arcane solid perfume: "The first PROVENANCE TALES masterpiece to be launched as Concrète de Parfum in pure perfume concentration, 'Arcane' is presented in a luxuriant crystal bottle... To extract the desired amount of Concrète de Parfum, a delicate crystal wand is enclosed, creating a very special fragrant ritual just for you." Notes for the woody oriental include saffron, spices, vanilla, incense, cistus, amber, sandalwood, cedar, patchouli and musk. $950.
From Memo, the Italian Leather Orient Express gift set: ("Italy is a place for stargazers, and Memo is a fragrance where you can keep your dreams alive"), with 75 ml Italian Leather Eau De Parfum, a pack of postcards, a leather and 24 carat purse spray plus 10 ml travel refills in Irish Leather, Italian Leather, French Leather, African Leather and Russian Leather. $1080.
From Giorgio Armani, a limited edition gift set with Nacre and Nuances: "This set includes two rare Prive fragrances, Nacre and Nuances. Nacre, a blend of musky notes with wood, has a unique mother-of-pearl plate sign bearing the fragrance's name. Nuances, a vision of nature, is inspired by the juxtapositions of color and light." $1200 at Neiman Marcus.
From Maison Francis Kurkdjian, À la rose in 70 ml Extrait de Parfum: "The Extrait de parfum is the most precious type of olfactory composition and the richest in natural extracts. In this new creation, À la rose features four thousand roses from Grasse and Bulgaria, iris absolute from Florence and a whisper of eastern red cedar. The Extrait de parfum is hosted in a precious box-set showcasing all the art of handmade, and some of the rarest and finest French craftsmanship. The bottle is engraved by hand with a beautiful gold decor and enhanced with a delicate silk thread." $1500 at Bergdorf Goodman.
From Lalique, the 2017 crystal edition of Lalique de Lalique, inspired by the brand's Bacchantes vase from 1927. 100 ml Parfum for $1800.
From Viktor Rolf, the 2016 Flowerbomb + Swarovski crystal extravaganza: "Indulge in the addictive scent of Flowerbomb, an explosion of the most luxurious and alluring flowers. Encrusted with exquisite Swarovski® crystals, this limited edition bottle sparkles as magnificently as the fragrance captured inside. Only 25 pieces exist in the world". $2,500 for 50 ml at Neiman Marcus.
From Bond no. 9, the Dubai Treasure Chest, "a sumptuous three-tier midnight blue velvet jewel box, fitted with each of the 9 Dubai eaux de parfum". In 100 ml each, $4500.
From Christian Dior, J'Adore in an Exceptional Edition created by Victoire de Castellane, Creative Director of Dior Joaillerie: "Set with diamonds, it lightly and delicately caresses the flacon’s neck, heightening its sensuality and femininity. “When one sees a bow, one imagines a physical act. Untying a bow is like undressing. And appropriating the object the bow was fastening,” the designer explains. The Baccarat crystal flacon, with its curves and transparency, melds perfume and metal in a play of color and light. Victoire de Castellane adds: “In my work you always find this idea of eternity that comes from capturing movement when it's at its most beautiful”. As a result, the J’adore amphora becomes a rare and precious jewel, with only five in existence in the entire world." Cost: they're not saying.
From Guerlain, the Four Seasons: "Guerlain presents a collection of four eaux de parfum inspired by the four seasons. Created by Master Perfumer Thierry Wasser and embellished by textile designer and fabric artisan Janaïna Milheiro, each fragrance encapsulates one of the seasons. A limited edition of just 20 signed and numbered bottles has been crafted for each season." They are reportedly €16,000 each for 490 ml (about $16,700). (Before you decide, you might want to read the review at Monsieur Guerlain.)