Holiday Fragrance Gift Guide 2011 — Including One By Snooki!

Perfume is a classic holiday gift.  Below are some new fragrances that would make great gifts.  From scents that smell like the holidays from Demeter, to a fun Harajuku Lovers perfume ornament to an actual perfume by Snooki (which is very sweet, but smells pretty good), you can find something perfect for the perfume lover on your list!

Snooki by Nicole Polizzi ($45 USD) Inspired by her favorite treats (no, not pickles) comes the namesake fragrance by Nicole Polizzi, Snooki. This premiere fragrance embodies the essence of Snooki from head to toe (all 4 ft 9’inches of her). The perfume formula is playful, flirty, sweet and sexy, created with delicious notes reminiscent of sweet cotton candy from the boardwalk.  Categorized in the fragrance world as a “fruity gourmand,” to Snooki, it is simply “the kind of fragrance that makes gorilla juice heads want to cuddle up next to you.” Launching November 10th on HSN and available November 25th in Perfumania stores and on Perfumania.com

As the days get shorter and we prepare for the winter months, the smells of the holidays come to mind. Shopping for the perfect stocking stuffers that won’tbreak the bank is a must!  You can now get the aromas of the season and the perfect holiday gifts for under $20 dollars from the Demeter Fragrance Library ($20 for 1 oz)!

The sweet spicy scent of Gingerbread wafting from the oven, the fruity aroma of a warm Mulled Cider, and the crisp cold smell of the freshly fallen Snow meld together to create the warm, holiday ambiance. It’s the wonderful bouquet of holiday smells that remind us most of those cherished memories from years past, and with these fabulous stocking stuffers, you won’thave to miss them! Demeter’s Fragrance Library includes an array of holiday scents sure to satisfy, including: Apple Pie, Cranberry, Egg Nog, Christmas Tree, Fireplace, Gingerbread, Mulled Cider, Snow, and Christmas Bouquet. Watching your figure this Thanksgiving? Indulge in your favorite sweet treats completely guilt free! Visit www.demeterfragrance.com.

Harajuku Lovers Jingle G ($25 USD) Make your Holidays super kawaii with Jingle G, the newest fragrance from Harajuku Lovers. All dressed up in a supercute and sparkly “Santa” suit, Jingle G features a built-in hook making her the perfect holiday ornament and stocking stuffer! Top: tangerine, gardenia, and whitestar fruit Mid: jasmine, orange blossom, and honeysuckle Base: vanilla, cedarwood, and laosbenzion tears Availability: Sephora and www.sephora.com.

ck one on the go spray ($15 USD) Intuitive in both design and function, the 20ml ck one on-the-go bottle is slim and lightweight. the innovative format reinterprets the iconic ck one bottle into a modern,portable handheld, making the original fragrance more free-spirited than ever before. Top: bergamot, cardamom, tangerine,freesia and lavender. Mid: green tea accord, violet, rose and orange flower Base: musk combined with amber Availability: Sephora .

Chloé Signature Solid Perfume Necklace ($60 USD) This delicately engraved locket is a luxurious case holding the Chloé signature solid perfume. featuring the original, distinctive notes of rose, the necklace presents a new way to wear perfume, a new ritual. a smart and timeless gesture. Top: rose, peony Mid: lily of the valley, magnolia Base: amber, cedarwood Availability: Selected authorized Chloé retailers.

Nightfall by Susan McCray Eau de Parfum ($65 USD) is a remarkably alluring and mysterious fragrance. From the moment this hand blended, one hundred percent natural,chemical free scent touches your skin you feel transformed. Your inner beauty and confidence shine like the BELLALIQUE™ stone trimmed bottle top that adorns Nightfall’s French crystal bottle. Nightfall Eau de Parfum is a medley of the very finest ingredients, including White Jasmine, White Rose, Bergamot (a unique citrus fruit found in the coastal region of the South Italy), Blackcurrant buds (which are taken from dormant fruit buds of the blackcurrant bush) and just a drop or two of Ylang Ylang (extracted from the Cananga tree flower). The Nightfall 2 oz. spray comes beautifully cased in a stunning blue box. The packaging is hand fashioned of eco-sensitive material. Visit www.nightfallbysusanmccray.com to purchase.

Spadaro Sole Nero ($135.00, 100mL eau de parfum; $40, body lotion; and $45, candle) The Journey: Inspired by a trip to Sicily, this fragrance is rooted in the sweet and succulent citrus fruits savored each day as well as an unforgettable dinner near the heat of Mount Etna.

The Notes: Sunny Italian Grapefruit and Bergamot are imbued with a precious spice accord of White Pepper and Cumin. Enveloped by tender Musk and comforting notes of Sandalwood, Almond and Vanilla.  Available at www.spadaro.com and www.nordstrom.com.

Fun Fragrances From Gwen Stefani — Harajuku Lovers

Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers

In the 90’s, I was a huge fan of No Doubt, mostly because of the irrepressible Gwen Stefani. She was tough and cool — a completely strong, sexy woman.

She still is. Her music is pop now, not the cool alternative songs she used to sing, and so not much to my taste. But her style is original. And so are her fragrances.

I think her first fragrance L.A.M.B. is nice, but a bit understated for Gwen. her new fragrance line, Harajuku lovers, is inspired by the trendy Harajuku shopping district in Tokyo. The perfume decanters are in the shape of cute dolls and are named G, Love, Lil’, Angel, Music and Baby.

I have tried them all, except for Lil’ Angel, which wasn’t at the Ulta I visited. I really liked G, which is floral and fruity and Baby which is soft and musky. Love is very floral and Music is sweet. They are all really distinctive, and I would recommend trying them out– maybe there’s a Harajuku Lover for you!   

Here’s a short description of each:

G —  Notes: Mandarin, Coconut, Apple Skin, Jasmine Sambac, Freesia, Magnolia, Coconut Cream, White Sandalwood, and Cottonwoods
Love — Notes: Bergamot, Pink Pomelo, Peach, Bamboo Leaf, Watery Peony, Living Hydroponic Lace Rose, Jasmine Sambac, Nectarine Blossom, Creamy Paperwhites, Egyptian Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla, Musk, and Blond Wood.
Lil’ Angel —  Notes: Raspberry, Cranberry, Blackberry, Pineapple, Pear Blossom, Violet, Rose, Lollipop Accord, Hinoki Wood, and Crystal Amber.
Music —  Notes: Clementine, Pear, Jasmine Sambac, Sweet Pea, Honeysuckle, Vanilla, Skin Musk, and Sleek Woods.
Baby —  Notes: Freesia, Bergamot, White Rose, Orange Flower, Tiare, Jasmine, White Musk, Soft Woods, Heliotrope, Vanilla, and Violet.