Season of scents
Picking out a smell for your sweetie probably seems more overwhelming than the air around the fragrance counter. But this holiday season, it's easier than ever to find his or her favorite scent - in a different form.
"There's so many areas to go," Julianne De'Chaump, Nordstrom's Midwest beauty and fragrance director, said of the growing options that go beyond traditional perfumes. "You don't have to just wear the fragrance."
One of her favorite scent "accessories" is Flower Bomb's Bombalicious, a popular Viktor & Rolf fragrance that's now available as a hair mist.
Este Lauder's solid-scent "pencils" give the wearer complete control. And Donna Karan's Cashmere perfume comes as a deodorant that makes you want to sweat so you can smell it, De'Chaump said.
If you're interested in picking out a new perfume or cologne as a gift, ponder the following points. Then let a certified fragrance sales specialist figure out your most promising options.
Current scent of choice: This is the best starting point.
Personality: Is he more of a lighter, fresher fragrance guy? Is she a contemporary romantic?
Lifestyle: Does she need a portable perfume because she travels often? Does he want to avoid bringing an overwhelming scent into the room?
For sporty women
Inner Grace by Philosophy, $50 (2 oz.)
Julianne De'Chaump's advice: "Just a little more subtle. If you go to yoga and want a mist before, this is great."
For a woman's everyday use
Infusion d'Iris by Prada, $70 (1.7 oz.)
Julianne De'Chaump's advice: "It's very clean. It almost reminds me of wearing a fresh, clean cashmere sweater, and the scent sticks in it."
For the traditional man
L'homme by Y'ves Saint Lauren, $53 (2 oz.)
Julianne De'Chaump's advice: "I could see a father wearing it and I could see a grandfather wearing it, but I could also see a 25-year-old trendsetter wearing it. That's very hard to do in fragrance."