Yes, you can give perfume as a gift.
Choosing a fragrance as a gift can be tricky. But when you pull it off, the risk is worth the reward. Forty Five Ten fragrance consultant, Shasa Mitcham, shares a few of his ideas for wrapping up the perfect present.
Go with a sure-fire win.
“This season, I recommend a classic from the house of Le Labo. The popular Santal 33—with notes of ambrox, leather, iris and violet—will take your loved one to a place of olfactive nirvana. I love Le Labo’s personal touch and attention to detail. Each batch of perfume is handcrafted and filled by a Le Labo Specialist. The finishing touch is a special message from you that will be printed on the bottle’s label and box. Short on time? Each order is delivered to you at Forty Five Ten in only 10 minutes!” (50 ml, $180; 100 ml $265)
Help them discover their new favorite.
“For many, the task of gifting a perfume can be challenging. I say instead of just selecting one perfume, give them the gift of variety! Eric Buterbaugh’s Discovery Kit features eight of its most coveted perfumes, giving your loved one the luxury experience of exploring the collection.” ($315)
Surprise them with something a little cheeky.
“This new Scandalwood Candle from the house of Heretic Parfums was done in collaboration with Dita Von Teese. As the candle burns, the mesmerizing burlesque dancer on the glass performs a sultry strip tease. Her little black dress reappears when you go to blow out the flame.” ($68)
Don’t underestimate little luxuries.
“Pamper your loved ones daily with the scented indulgence of Byredo’s Suede Hand Wash and Lotion. I find that body care products are a fun and easy approach to giving someone the gift of scent.” (Lotion, $60; Wash, $63. Also available in Vetyver and Rose.)
Spoil them with a luxe, winter fragrance.
“One of my favorite perfumes from the house of Serge Lutens, Santal Majuscle, is perfectly unisex and a stunning choice for the cooler months. Notes of sandalwood, bitter cacao, and damask rose come together to create a scent that is enveloping and unexpected.” ($150)
The Details: Let Shasa help find the perfect gift at Forty Five Ten, 1615 Main Street. Complimentary valet. fortyfiveten.com