The 12 Days of Christmas, day five

The 12 Days of Christmas, day five

“On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…five golden rings.”

She would also like a bottle of Dior J’adore, thank you very much.

This elegant perfume, launched by the house of Dior back in 1999, is a floral fruity perfume that makes a great gift for the floral perfume fan on your holiday wish list.

For this 12 Days of Christmas series, we were inspired by the gilded stack of rings sitting atop the perfume’s teardrop-shaped glass bottle.

A little creative licence on that lyric, “five golden rings…”

With top notes of mandarin, ivy and Champaca blooms (more recognizably called ylang-ylang); heart notes of orchid, Damask rose and Sambac jasmine; and a base of lush plum, amaranth wood and blackberry musk—this is one sweet luminous floral for lovers of feminine spritzes. One might even call it a modern-day classic.

J’adore’s bottle also boasts couture roots—those gold rings are reportedly inspired by John Galliano’s famous Masaai collection of spring 1997 and its fantastical and exaggerated neckpieces. Your giftee might also love that geeky bit of perfume insight. Or the bit about its muse being the angelic, supermodel-esque thespian Charlize Theron; she simply adds to the reasons of why this fragrance makes a thoughtful gift for lovers of perfume, fashion and style.

ICYMI, read about day four—four calling birds—here, in our 12 Days of Christmas fragrance buying guide series.

Christian Dior J’adore, $150 (100 ml),

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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.