In the UK, Boxing Day originally emerged as a working class tradition; because they typically were made to work on Christmas Day, workers were giving the following day off and exchanged presents then.
For perfumistas, however, Boxing Day is any day that includes a luscious fragrance in an elegant package.
Here are some of our favorites:
Amouage Dia Rose The distinctive bottle is made from 24% French lead crystal embellished with pink gold, and the scent is elegant and sublime.
Head: Fig, Cyclamen, Bergamot, Tarragon, Sage, Violet Leaves
Heart: Bush Peach Blossom, Rose, Orange Blossom, Peony, Iris
Base: White Musk, Frankincense, Vanilla, Heliotrope, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Lignum Vitae
Perfume: Joy, Scandal, Sin - A Cultural History of Fragrance from 1750 to the Present The most glorious coffee table book on the planet. Every photo, and word wafts....
Aftelier Perfumes Tango Created by my friend Mandy Aftel, the "Queen of Green", this 100% organic perfume is so heartbreakingly beautiful it brings me to tears. Mandy bottled my memories of my grandmother's tales of Buenos Aires.
Les Exclusifs de Chanel 31 RUE CAMBON (Jacques Polge, 2007)
The address of the House that Mademoiselle. Her style and unique contribution as a chypre perfume captured in an iconic bottle.
Guerlain Bois d'Armenie I discovered this addition to Guerlain's L'Art de la Matiere Line - created by master perfumer Annick Menardo - at Bergdorf Goodman when Jason Beers, the Guerlain manager and expert knew that its base of benzoin would create a masterpiece on my skin. The scent is based on the light smoke emanating from Papier d'Arménie, the scented paper used as incense since the 16th century. Bathe me in benzoin.... (call Jason anytime for all things Guerlain 1.800.558.1855 Ext. 2734).
The Adventurous Life of AGATHA: Fashion Designer
Perfumer and legendary fashion designer Agatha Brown's memoirs are more compelling than any work of fiction. She was a liberated woman long before woman’s lib.
Lady Vengeance One of my favorite rose fragrances, with a kick ass name, from Romano Ricci's tres avant garde perfumerie Juliette has a Gun.
Anne Pliska by Anne Pliska A man killer with notes of Bergamot, amber, patchouli, geranium, musk, vanilla...and my secret weapon.
Sorelle Handcrafted Crystal Sexy Perfume Bottle Whether you choose Lalique, Stuben, Waterford or a $29.99 'Sorelle', every perfumista NEEDS crystal flacons. I love the shape as it reminds me of a dreidl.
- Michelyn Camen, Editor at Large
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