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GIFT GUIDE: Superb scents

You can never go wrong with a luxe fragrance gift.

A decadent rose scent, rich and textural, wrapped with smoky oud wood. Darkest Damask rose spiked with clove, decadent with praline. Top note of clove, base notes of oud and a heart of Damask rose. Jo Malone London Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne Intense, $178/50mL; jomalone.ca and Jo Malone stores, on counter in January.

For a scent with addictive decadence, give the gift of Valmont’s Storie Veneziane collection. Mica d’Oro has notes of sweet and burning rum, whipped cream and vanilla for a hypnotic scent that appeals to both masculine and feminine. Valmont Mica d’Oro from the Storie Veneziane Collection, $700/100mL; lamaisonvalmont.com/ca

Vanilla Fatale opens with spicy saffron and coriander wrapped in smoky myrrh, blended with roasted coffee absolute and narcissus, both melting into Madagascar vanilla and suede. The smokey vanilla scent is contained in the icon Tom Ford mahogany Private Blend bottle. Tom Ford Private Blend Vanille Fatale Eau de Parfum, $335/50mL, available at Nordstrom; nordstrom.ca

Cedar Violet is the new addition to Aerin’s family of warm amber fragrances, offering a parallel narrative to the bestselling Amber Musk. Base notes of Amber and Australian sandalwood, bright top notes of lush green violet leaf with and sweet muguet and a heart of Virginia cedarwood uplifted by golden gardenia.Aerin Cedar Violet eau de parfum, $155/50mL; estéelauder.ca

Two new scents from Oribe join the original fragrance inspired by their coveted haircare line. Desertland, Cote d’Azur and Valley of Flowers Eau de Parfum, $156/ each 75 mL; oribe.com and Oribe salons.

Explore the scents of Diptyque with this giftable set. Diptyque Palette of Eau de Parfum Discovery Set, $151, available at Nordstrom; nordstrom.ca

When Mrs. Estée Lauder created Youth-Dew bath oil in 1953, she revolutionized the fragrance industry. Seventy-five years later, the brand carries on her legacy with the launch of a collection of eight extraordinary fragrances that take the wearer to enchanted, undiscovered places. Estée Lauder Luxury Fragrance Collection, $238/each 100mL bottle; estéelauder.ca and select Estée Lauder counters at Hudson’s Bay.

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