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Holiday Fragrance Gift Guide - Him vs. Her

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Jen Lezan

Happy holidays readers! Need some last minute easy gifts you can pick up at your local mall? Well, I've got you covered. Fragrances are such a great gift to give. They are long lasting and can be thoughtful if you keep in mind the gift receivers likes. So, for this gift guide we are sharing some great fragrances for me and women.

Typically, when you think of celebrities and fragrances the combination is not always that great. Over priced and too strong are the descriptions that come to mind. Yet, every once in a while the celebs do a pretty darn good job working with a team to ensure that their product is on par. Gaga, Queen Bey and Miss Katy Perry went above and beyond on their fragrance release. I was pretty surprised when I got my hands on them and had the chance to take a whiff and didn't faint from lack of oxygen. Oh, on the contrary I sprayed the perfume all over - one at a time of course! Let's get into the features.

1. Fame from Haus Laboratories is definitely one of the most intriguingly packaged perfumes I've encountered. It comes in a beautiful egg shaped glass bottle ensconced in what looks like a gold claw. The perfume liquid itself is a dark black. It's a combination of dark, sensual and light notes. This gives it a very beautiful scent that isn't over powering. There are hints of "tears of belladonna, crushed heart of tiger orchidea with a black veil of incense, pulverized apricot and the combinative essences of saffron and honey drops. So, while the scent is seemingly dark there is a sweet twist to it. What I think Gaga did best was in the concept behind the fragrance. It was created to represent the dark or destructive effect fame can have on an individual. Gaga states on the back of the packaging that the perfume is "black, like the soul of fame". It's a unisex fragrance and perfect for anyone who doesn't like to blend in.

2. Beyonce's Rise is the go to fragrance for the power woman. It's a perfume that commands attention.The concept behind the launch is to coincide with Beyonce's girl power mantra. Beyoncé believes a woman’s power comes from within and when a woman connects with her very essence, she revels in her individuality, her strength, and her beauty. To honor this elevated and empowering attitude, Beyoncé was inspired to create her newest scent, Rise. This is the type of perfume that I would wear on special occasions. It's not an everyday scent for me. It has a rather sensual, musky undertone that leaves a lasting impression. It has a rich and intoxicating luminous floral smell combined with darker scents.It features Beyoncé’s favorite flower, the Orchid. The Gold Symphony Orchid and Golden Apricot form a beautiful combination to help ensure that the scent doesn't over power.

3. Katy Perry Royal Revolution This is by far one of my favorite scents. If you like light, floral notes it is the perfect addition to your collection. This fragrance is inspired by the beauty and strength of a precious Blue Diamond and that is quite evident in the packaging as the perfume bottle is shaped like a blue diamond. The floral scent includes top notes with Pink Freesia, Black Thorn, Pomegranate Heart Notes of Orange Flower, Sandalwood, Jasmine Petals. Base Notes of Soft Leather, Skin Musk, Vanilla Orchid. This is the type of fragrance that gets better as the day wears on the more it mixes with the persons natural scent.

4. Lacoste Eau De Lacoste Blanc is a great gift for your polo wearing guy. The iconic brand has infused its lifestyle into a fragrance that is befitting of a gentleman. It is a pure, fresh and clean scent that is masculine. The fragrance opens with a fresh, woody and herbal blend of grapefruit, rosemary, cardamom and cedar leaf. The base of the fragrance merges cedar wood and georgy wood with fresh notes of vetiver. Overall it is a timeless and  beautifully smoky fragrance that only gets better as the day wears on. Perfect for every day use.

5. Gucci Guilty Intense This fragrance is on the sensual side of the spectrum of men's cologne. This is another one of those fragrances you really want to save for special occasions. Whether it be date Night or an awesome interview, this fragrance will leave an impression. Guilty Intense is a warm yet striking oriental floral, which opens to a natural rush of mandarin shimmering alongside an audacious fist of pink pepper. The middle notes are a floral signature of the lilac flower, enriched with violet accents and hints of powdery notes, and balanced by a vibrant burst of peach. When you think of the Gucci brand, you think of striking and provocative fashion. This fragrance exemplifies the brand to a tee.

**Special Mention**
Winter by Dasein - When it comes to independent fragrances, they are far and few between, but one brand is making it a point to enchant with a small batch hand blended product. Winter by Dasein is bottled in the hills of Glassell Park and it is an ode to the old way of doing things. It's reminiscent of the gold days in the forest during the winter months up north. It has notes of blue spruce, black cardamom, forest pine and french lavender. It's light, airy and crisp - just like winter should be. This is another unisex fragrance that is great for ladies or gentlemen.

Happy shopping!
Jen Lezan - Editor in chief

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