This time of the year, you can hear Christmas music playing everywhere and all the shopping malls decorated with Christmas trees, snowmen, reindeers and Santa Claus etc. After a long wait, it’s finally our favourite month of the year! I’m so looking forward to celebrating Christmas day!
Christmas to me is a special holiday that you spend with your loved ones. Families gather together and catch up with each other’s stories over dinner. Parents get a day off from work to do some holiday shopping with the children. The kids love this day the most, for they’re ready to be showered with boxes and boxes of wrapped gifts!
Not just the kids, but everyone deserves a present during this festive season!
Christmas shopping can be enjoyable but also rather challenging for most of us. What to get for whom? What if he or she doesn’t like it?
To help you narrow down the field a bit, surveys have shown that many think fragrances are the most thoughtful gift. But how do you pick ‘The One’ out of the hundreds of fragrances available in stores?
Well our friends at P&G Prestige have compiled some useful tips (below) to help you and make your Christmas shopping something enjoyable!
Life’s little luxuries
Spritzing on a fragrance and inhaling a scent which you love can be a real sensorial treat. Up the ante and make the entire experience even more luxurious by including complimentary scented toiletries such as a matching fragranced bath gel and body lotion to complete the ritual. You’re giving more than just a scent – a fragrance gift set becomes an indulgent, pampering experience that the person can enjoy over and over again!
After smelling too many different fragrances in the beauty hall, and it gets difficult to tell the difference between each fragrance, sniff the unperfumed skin on your arm. This helps to recalibrate your nose, and is a technique used by perfumers themselves. Try not to wear fragrance if you know that you will be going perfume shopping as well since that will affect your sense of smell.
Smells like a holiday
Since every day can’t be a holiday (for most of us), the ability to relive the holiday mood in our cubicles at work is priceless - remembering these special times can turn around even the worst of days.
Travelling someplace is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Months after returning, we can still remember the beautiful memories of the adventures we enjoyed, pampering we treated ourselves to and indulgent meals we ate. Bring these memories back to life with scent. Your sense of smell is the only sense that is directly linked to your emotions because olfactory (sense of smell) experiences are stored in our subconscious mind. By using a new fragrance when you are away on holiday, all the happy memories and good emotions that you have during your holiday will be linked to this new smell in your subconscious. So this fragrance will give you a feel-good effect each time you catch a whiff of it as it brings back that same holiday spirit. We’ve got recommendations for every dream destination below.
Pina coladas, snoozing on a soft sandy beach, eating fresh seafood with a side of sea breeze...there can be nothing more relaxing than a beach holiday. Whether you’re in a hut or a fancy villa, there’s that same relaxed vibe. Using an aquatic fragrance during such a holiday will tie up all the fun times in your subconscious to this scent. Each time you catch a whiff of this oceanic scent, it will transport you to those carefree moments spent in the sun and sea. The aquatic or marine family of scents have an ingredient called Calone, which is what gives them the smell of the ocean.
Exotic holiday to the tropical paradise that is South East Asia sounds like your idea of a dream holiday? Used in the top notes of fragrances since the 1990s, tropical fruit notes lend an exotic touch since they remind the wearer of the tropical paradise where they are commonly found. Notes of coconut, lychee, watermelon and mango are popular additions in fragrances; they smell delicious and add a playful dimension.
Being surrounded by the beauty of dense green forests in the mountains appeals to those who wish to leave city life behind for open space and serenity. As you breathe in the crisp, clean air, you’ll notice the smell of wood and greens. Wood notes are important in the base notes of both masculine and feminine perfumes. They linger on your skin for up to eight hours after application, adding depth and soul, and helping the scent last longer.
Two wood notes used extensively in perfumery are sandalwood and cedarwood. Sandalwood has a milky, warm and incense character, which makes a scent warmer. The green, earthy, woody cedarwood is added to give a drier effect. The green and mossy scent of forests comes from the mosses which grow on trees. Oak moss (mosses which grow on oak trees in the forest) is predominantly used in male fragrances. Used long after you have returned home from your log cabin in the mountains, these woody, mossy scents when will remind you of your back-to-nature experience.
Recapturing the good times
Scents can evoke the feelings of happiness and true relaxation on your holiday and transport you back to a faraway place. Wear the fragrance when you need to recall the good times you had, maybe on a bad day, when you’re feeling stressed or simply need a slight mood boost. Even if you didn’t wear a new fragrance on your last holiday, pick up a new scent as a treat. Choose one which reminds you of your favourite holiday – whether it’s a beachside frolic, tropical sojourn or mountain retreat. Notes in the perfume may remind you of the things you’d caught a whiff of on previous holidays and stored away in your subconscious.
Gucci Guilty 50ml EDT Spray
The scent seizes the attention with a flamboyant opening born of the natural rush that is mandarin - imbued with a modish transparency - shimmering alongside an audacious fist of pink pepper.
The middle notes are an alluring concoction of heady lilac and geranium, laced with the succulent tactility of peach - all velvet femininity with a beguiling hint of provocation.
The patchouli that is the hallmark of Gucci fragrances here conveys a message of strength, while the
voluptuousness of amber suggests deep femininity.
The effect is at once arresting and compellingly seductive. Frida Gianinni observes: ‘What we have created in Gucci Guilty is something hypnotic’.
Gucci Guilty Purse Spray
The Gucci Guilty Purse Spray is essentially Gucci Guilty in a very portable and stylish mini-spray designed for women to carry them around in their purse or handbag.
A spray that you can use when you’re out and about to give you that alluring scent when needed. The set comes with four (4) 15ml vials containing the fragrance that you can insert into the spray.
You can get Gucci Guilty at major department stores around Malaysia.
Recommended Retail Price
Gucci Guilty EDT 50ml – RM271.00
Gucci Guilty EDT Purse Spray – RM278.00
I hope that helps you a little on your gift hunting (info courtesy of P&G Prestige). Have you decided what to buy for your loved ones? Do consider Gucci Guilty EDT! I absolutely love this new fragrance not just for the scent but also the packaging! The purse spray is especially convenient to carry around. Believe me, you’ll never get tired of that alluring scent on her :)