Deborah’s editor picks for December

Deborah’s editor picks for December

By Deborah Fulsang

December is shopping season, and in sniffing out the new and newsworthy this month, I’ve shortlisted this trio of terrifically scented things that would be both good to get and give:

1. Why don’t you…channel Diana Vreeland with your fragrance?
Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of Vogue, adored fragrance. She burned candles and incense, decorated her surroundings with pot-pourri and perfumed her furniture with perfume. It was integral to her being. “You gotta have style,” she said. “It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it you’re nothing.”
No wonder Vreeland’s grandson, Alexander, took it upon himself to launch a line of perfumes in homage to his iconoclastic, high-style granny.
The quintet of scents named for her celebrate the fashion editor’s love of perfume, words and colour. And opinion — for these spritzes are bold and opinionated and we love them for it.

There’s Extravagance Russe, a rich resinous and spicy oriental.

Then Absolutely Vital, a woody-rose perfume that’s smooth and elegant: Think cashmere with fur.

Perfectly Marvelous is a wallop of jasmine with warm wood that gets ever sultrier with its drydown.

Outrageously Vibrant lives somewhere between a floral, chypre and oriental with its patchouli, rose and cassis notes — it’s femme fatale personified.

And then Simply Divine, a fragrance that takes the noble tuberose as raison d’être and delivers punch and beauty instantly.

Of course each of these Vreeland perfumes comes in its own gorgeously hued flask — the range of colours in the lineup skirt the icon’s scarlet-red favourite, from luminous amber-red to a red that is more violet than crimson. The renowned creative director Fabien Baron, designed the packaging, and capped the timeless bottle with a quintessentially Vreeland flourish — a tassel.

So go ahead. Why don’t you pick one of these perfumes for the most stylish woman in your life this holiday season? She’ll most definitely think it — and you — more fabulous for doing so.

$210 (50 ml), www.dianavreeland.com/beauty, at Holt Renfrew, Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus stores, as well as Selfridges, Colette and Corso Como.

 

2. A Sultry Massage
We look to The Body Shop for great holiday gift packs and stocking stuffers and this year, we’re enamoured with the Argan Oil Massage Soap, $6. This generously sized bar, with its very cool bumps and lumps, allows you to cleanse but also pummel achy muscles — even better if you’re enjoying a shower for two and your partner can work this baby into your tired shoulders and back. The formula is also nourishing: it uses Fair Trade argan oil from a cooperative in Morocco which helps provide the local women of the Berber tribe a means to better their living standards and independence. But of course it’s the smell that captivates us. Spicy, warm but not too heavy, consider it the makings of a DIY spa; simply add jazzy music and your favourite scented candle.
If you, like us, enjoy the scent, there’s a full bath and body range too, from scrub to lip balm, plus a Radiant Oil, which can be used head to toe. www.thebodyshop.ca

 

3. Get silky, great-smelling hair
We love a great hair oil for its ability to smooth out crazy tangles and add silky sheen. Of course their lush scents have made us devoteés. And we’ve found a new one worthy of mentioning. And at a great price — $20.

Matrix Oil Wonders comes in three perfumed versions, but the Amazonian Murumuru is our choice. The oil, which takes its name from its key moisturizing ingredient which is harvested from the murumuru palm of the Brazilian rain forest, has terrific moisturizing properties. It has a rich scent too, but it’s not too perfumey. The result is locks that are tamed, softened and smell deliciously clean too. At select salons. www.matrixcanada.ca

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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.