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10 Best-Smelling Perfumes That Will Get You in a Festive Mood for the Holiday Season

10 Best-Smelling Perfumes That Will Get You in a Festive Mood for the Holiday Season
ILLUSTRATOR Bacs Arcebal
Get into the holiday spirit with these festive fragrances!

There are a couple of things to consider when choosing your signature scent. First, it has to fit your overall personality and vibe. Second, you also have to consider the weather. ICYDK, perfume diffuses differently depending on the temperature—both yours and your surroundings. You’ll find that certain notes smell better during cooler months, and that your usual go-to may not be as potent when it gets chillier.

Below, we’ve curated 10 perfumes that are perfect for the holidays. Not only do these fragrances evoke the yuletide spirit, they're meant to linger better this season, too! These make the perfect Christmas gift for yourself or your loved ones, so add to cart, stat!

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 1. Jo Malone Orange Bitters 

If one could put Christmas in a bottle, this would be it. This scent has become a classic holiday favorite and can be used by both men and women. It has a spicy, sweet, and citrusy scent that's enjoyable and easy to wear. Unlike most citrus fragrances that can be sharp and piercing, this particular perfume has a depth to it that makes it ideal for day to night use.

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Orange Bitters Cologne 100ml, P9300, JO MALONE, jomalone.com.ph

2. Versace Bright Crystal 

Encased in a chic and girly bottle, the Versace Bright Crystal smells exactly how you'd expect it to. At first spray, you'll whiff vibrant floral notes of magnolia and peony. Albeit not minty, it has an iciness to it that seams effortlessly with the cooler weather. Spritz it on for holiday cocktails with the girls!

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Bright Crystal 90ml, P5800, VERSACE, rustans.com 

 3. Narciso Rodriguez For Her Musc Noir

Musc Noir is a very clean musky perfume with notes of plum and leather suede. If we can describe the woman that would wear this scent, it would be someone who's confident but not intimidating, mature yet youthful, and all-around enigmatic. It’s the type of scent you would imagine yourself wearing at a fancy dinner date beside the fireplace. 

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For Her Musc Noir 100ml, P7050, NARCISO RODRIGUEZ, rustans.com

4. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture 

Viva La Juicy Gold Couture smells so good that it almost feels edible. It is a sweet and fruity fragrance with key notes of berries and honeysuckle, with golden amber and vanilla that balances the saccharine scent. What's more, it turns into a delicious gourmand fragrance the longer it sits on your skin.

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Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Eau de Parfum 100ml, P5600, JUICY COUTURE, rustans.com

5. Dior Hypnotic Poison

Wearing this scent is like wearing a cashmere scarf around your neck. It's a silky smooth and seductive fragrance with top notes of apricot, plum, and coconut. In a way, it has a comforting creaminess to it that makes you want to cuddle up in bed. 

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Hypnotic Poison Eau De Toilette Spray 100ml, P7698, CHRISTIAN DIOR, Zalora

6. Armani Si 

Say yes to Si, an ageless and versatile scent for the modern sophisticated woman. This sweet and subtle perfume is a crowd-pleaser, even to those who aren’t particularly fond of wearing perfume. The warmth from the patchouli and the base note of vanilla will remind you of how red wine is enjoyed on a cozy December night. You’re sure to fall in love with this scent at first spray!

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Sì Eau de Parfum 100ml, P9250, GIORGIO ARMANI, rustans.com

7. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

From the nose behind the best-selling Jean Paul Gaultier perfume Le Mâl, Baccarat Rouge 540 is another iconic scent by Francis Kurkdjian. When sprayed you’re coated by a molecule fragrance that can only be described as a mysterious, clean, and silky smooth. The DNA is unique and complex yet well-blended that it's not too overpowering.

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Baccarat Rouge 540 35ml, P8750, MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN, rustans.com

8. Elie Saab Girl of Now

This scent is best described as sweet and flirty. The nutty top notes really come through, reminiscent of pistachio ice cream or sweetened almond milk, with a subtle hint of spiciness for an alluring sexy vibe. Think of it as a dessert that you and everyone around you will want to keep coming back for more. 

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Girl of Now 90ml, P5489, ELIE SAAB, Rustan's Department Store

9. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

Coffee lovers are bound to fall for this scent. This is a bold amber vanilla fragrance with middle notes of coffee and black licorice, making it the perfect night time scent. Wear it on date nights or to Christmas parties, and you're sure to be turning heads.

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Black Opium, P7851, YVES SAINT LAURENT, Zalora

10. Viktor & Rolf Bonbon

If you love candy, then you’ll love this Viktor & Rolf concoction. Just as its name suggests, Bonbon is a sweet perfume that will leave your mouth watering. It has delicious key notes of mandarin oil, orange, jasmine accord, and caramel that makes it the perfect Christmas treat.

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Bonbon Eau de Parfum 90ml, P8288, VIKTOR & ROLF, rustans.com

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