Despite its modest stocking-stuffer size, there’s something profoundly intimate (and outsized) about perfume. Some say it's because your olfactory sense is tied so strongly to memory, but we say it's because our love affair with Chanel No. 5 is akin to Marilyn Monroe's.
And, even though we can blame the hoards of new celebrity releases for pushing fragrances up to the sixth spot on the top holiday gifts list (The NPD Group reports they jumped up four spots since 2010 alone), esteemed brands everywhere are breaking out the big guns with limited-edition holiday scents. This means you’ll have to get your hands on ‘em fast, because once they’re gone, they’re gone.
But obviously, not all limited-edition offerings are created equal. So we did a little research and more than a few sniff tests, and picked out the best of the best, just for you. From seasonal spins on your classic scent favorites to truly festive fragrances and flaçons, we found eight standout scents worth spritzing for the holidays and beyond.
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Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Limited Edition Holiday 2012 Eau de Parfum, $110, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Jimmy Choo Limited-Edition Eau de Parfum, $150, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Victoria’s Secret Holiday Collection Bombshell Diamonds Eau de Parfum, $55, available at Victoria’s Secret.