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With the holiday season here and winter just around the corner, I want nothing more than to be surrounded by the essence of the holiday cheer. The best way to get there is to follow my nose. Whether you’re strolling down the iconic 5th Avenue or in the comfort of your own home, these scents are sure to fill your heart with everything that makes winter feel like a wonderland.
NEST New York Holiday Scent
Perhaps nowhere in the world embodies the holiday spirit like the Christmas tree lined streets of New York’s iconic 5th Avenue. This year in collaboration with NEST New York, the Fifth Avenue Association has scented their trees with NEST’s Holiday scent. This blend of pomegranate, mandarin orange, and pine are sprinkled with cinnamon alongside a hint of vanilla, expertly capturing the scent of the holidays. If you want to take this stunning scent home with you, I highly recommend NEST’s room-filling reed diffuser of their Holiday fragrance. In addition, their collection expands to include scented candles and ornaments of various other festive scents.
Killian’s Milk & Cookies by Xyrena
I don’t think a more Santa friendly fragrance can exist than this one. I could tell you each note, but that would actually be doing a disservice to this sweet scent. This holiday ready scent is a photorealistic take on freshly baked chocolate chip cookies dipped in a cold glass of milk. That and the unique retro holiday packaging make this a must have for this time of year.
Blend No. 83 by Imaginary Authors
This limited edition surprise from Imaginary Authors in collaboration with ABSOLUT and KAHLÚA came out just in time for the winter season. Inspired by an espresso martini this stunning fragrance opens with dark chocolate layered over coffee and a subtle touch of booze. I picture an espresso martini with a chocolate swirl lining the glass and with each spray get lighlty sweetened class and sophistication.
Hypnotizing Fire Parfum by The HARMONIST
With the Eau de Parfum being a hit in the fall, the Parfum introduces a deeper and richer variation just in time for the winter. Patchouli, vanilla, and benzoin shine with their Parfum, bringing out warmth and spices that enhance the seductive and inviting charm that holds a special meaning during the winter season.
Rustica by LabHouse
Spicy apple tea and earthy tobacco are rounded out with sweet vanilla, herbs, and musky textured woods. It’s a warm and inviting reminder of the holiday season we’re in. Yet, there’s something deeper and darker happening here. Underneath the cozy atmosphere, there’s a metallic essence rumbling with apocalyptic phantasm. It’s within this juxtaposition that Rustica is hauntingly fitting for the winter. In that way, Rustica embodies the scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of the most wonderful time of the year.
Absolute Mahogany by 18.21 Man Made
If you see this scent regularly popping up in multiple seasons’ lists it’s because of the scent’s remarkable versatility. The note of mahogany stands out alongside bright bergamot and juicy mandarin. Subtle spices are layered over the mandarin to create an extra seasonal dimension to its scent profile. In the cold of winter, the woods have deeper textures and the layers enhance its overall warmth.
Sidama by Gentleman’s Nod
The coffee I drink is sweet, but coffee purists will tell me my drinks aren’t real coffee and that’s where Sidama comes in. Sidama explores a more purist view of coffee. There are subtle sweet nuances of berries and chocolates, but the coffee itself is refined. When the temperature drops, the distinct flavor of Sidama stands out.
Caramel Elixir by Hez Parfums
Indulge yourself in an enticing winter treat. Caramel Elixir is a powerfully sweet, bold, and delectable caramel-forward fragrance from top to bottom.
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