Spoil someone special with a gorgeous new scent

Fragrance gifts

‘Tis the season of giving, but when it comes to fragrance it can be tricky to get gifting on point.

To make sure the scent you choose is a hit not a miss, follow these simple rules from Danny Ventura, international communications manager for perfume house Beauté Prestige International.

Think of the person…
Not the product and don’t be swayed by pretty packaging. Follow your nose – when you smell the scent does it remind you of her? Have you smelled something similar on her before?

Take lifestyle into consideration
If she’s a working woman, perhaps a more niche fragrance is appropriate. If she’s a stay-at-home mum, a scent that’s more practical might do the trick.

Consider the pieces in her wardrobe
Does she have dramatic accessories, scarves, belts, shoes and jewellery? Then perhaps a bolder scent is her perfect new accoutrement. If she prefers a more conservative approach to clothes such as neutral colours and pared-down accessories then a softer, more discreet scent will do nicely.

Get sneaky
Plan a shopping trip and stop by the fragrance counters. Take note of what she likes and what stands out for her. She’ll never know what you’re up to, until she unwraps the gift!

Fragrance gifts

1. Chloe Eau de Toilette 30ml, $89. 2. Givenchy Dahlia Divin 30ml EDT, $79. 3. Elie Saab Le Parfum EDP L’Edition Argent, $220. 4. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium 50ml EDT, $140. 5. Elizabeth Arden Untold Luxe Parfum 50ml EDT, $140. 6. Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge 30ml EDP, $112. 7. Stella McCartney 50ml EDP, $115. 8. Montblanc Lady Emblem EDP 50ml, $105. 9. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche SkinScent 100ml, $143. 10. Agonist No 10 White Oud 50ml EDP, $299, from World Beauty. 11. Bottega Veneta Knot 50ml EDP, $185. 12. Chanel No5 Eau Premiere 35ml EDP, $140. 13. Le Galion Snob 100ml EDP, $269, from World Beauty. 14. Lancôme La Vie est Belle Intense 30ml, $120. 15. For Her L’Absolu Eau de Parfum by Narciso Rodriguez 50ml, $170. 16. J’Adore Touche de Parfum, $164. 17. Valeur Absolue Vitalite Parfum Elixir 45ml, $115.