5th Annual Beauty Guide: Fragrance & Cologne

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gift ideas holiday 2016 fragrance review

Gift Ideas for Fragrance Lovers

Each year we highlight fabulous fragrances and fragrance gift sets and each year you guys love them! While I may be a super picky nose person, I really appreciate when someone buys me a fragrance they know I'll love. I've also found that giving fragrance gifts to people I'm close to or as gift swap presents has always earned fabulous responses. We've assembled a handful of fragrances for men and women with different price points, so there's something for everyone!

1. Paco Robanna Olympea Eau De Parfum 3-Piece Gift Set - Retail: $100 (Value: $127)

 I love fragrance gift sets and not only does this Paco Robanna Olympea gift set have a beautiful presentation, but it includes a full-size fragrance, body lotion and purse-size mini. It's a beautiful scent and if working in the beauty retail industry (many) years ago taught me anything it's that layering really does make your scent last longer!

  • Top: mandarin, ginger, jasmine
  • Middle: salted vanilla
  • Base: sandalwood, cashmere, ambergris

Where to Buy - Macy's/

gift ideas holiday 2016 fragrance review paco robanna olympea

2. Valentino Uomo Cologne - Retail: $78-122 

An amazing scent for him (or deeper scents for her), Valentino Uomo is absolutely fabulous! The hubs is moderately picky when it comes to scents, but this quintessentially Italian fragrance (as the brand puts it) caught his attention and he's been smitten with it since receiving it. It isn't so potent that it's overwhelming, but it it's strong enough that multiple people have complimented him on it many hours after first applying it. I quite like it on him as well!

  • Top: Italian bergamot, myrtle liquor
  • Middle: crema di gianduia
  • Base: leather, cedarwood

Where to Buy - Nordstrom/

gift ideas holiday 2016 fragrance review vanentino uomo

3. Valentina Donna Fragrance Felt Special Collector's Edition - Retail: $95-130

If there's one scent that I tried this year that I fell head-over-heels for it was "Donna" by Valentina. It is so beautiful and has caused me absolutely no headaches (which is something I struggle with when it comes to many perfumes). It's floral, but well-balanced with bergamot, vanilla and patchouli (which I normally hate on its own, but love when mixed with citrus and florals). This is going to sound odd, but if you love Lord of Misrule by LUSH, you will absolutely adore this scent. That's one of my favorite LUSH bath bombs and this reminds me a great deal of it, but super wearable! This special collector's edition bottle comes in a heavy felt box that makes quite an impression as does its textured bottle. Valentina makes one of my other favorite scents in the whole world ("Valentina"), so I'm not surprised I enjoyed this one so much!

You need this scent in your life!

  • Top: bergamot
  • Middle: iris, rose
  • Base: leather, patchouli, benzoin, vanilla

Where to Buy - Nordstrom/

gift ideas holiday 2016 fragrance review valentina donna

4. Scentbird for Him or Her - Subscriptions & Gift Sets: Varies

If you've followed me for some time you're probably already familiar with Scenbird, a fragrance subscription service that allows you to sample fragrances based on your fragrance preference profile or specific requests. Scentbird has a side for men and a side for women and both the hubs and I have been fans and frequent Scentbirders for years! Each year Scenbird releases special holiday sets, which include 3 fragrances plus a voucher for  a 1-month subscription (you just pay shipping). You can also gift subscriptions to people, which I think is fabulous!

Where to Buy/Subscribe:

gift ideas holiday 2016 fragrance review scentbird subscription service

5. Prada La Femme Eau de Parfum - Retail: $95-130

Another beautiful scent for her, Prada La Femme is definitely worth checking out. It's a more mature scent and definitely one for someone that appreciates a lovely floral perfume, but equally nice! This may sound odd, but I prefer deeper scents for the evening and this is perfect (to me) for date night. Keep in mind, it is very floral, so make sure you know the individual for whom you are buying before choosing.

  •  Top: frangipani, ylang-ylang
  • Middle: vanilla, tuberose absolute
  • Base: vetiver

Where to Buy - Nordstrom/  Neiman Marcus/ 

gift ideas holiday 2016 fragrance review prada la femme

6. Prada L'Homme Prada Eau De Toilette - Retail: $78-98

Another fabulous cologne option, Prada L'Homme was a big hit with the hubs who loves a good amber scent. I found it was actually quite lovely on him and unique enough that it smells nothing like anything else he owns. I can see quite a few men enjoying this scent!

  • Top: iris, amber
  • Middle: neroli
  • Base: geranium, patchouli

Where to Buy - Nordstrom/ 

gift ideas holiday 2016 fragrance review prada l'homme

There you have it, guys! A few fragrance gift ideas from us to you for anyone on your list that enjoys a good perfume or cologne. Stay tuned for more gift guides to come and don't forget to check out our previous gift guides!

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brands. All opinions are our own based on our personal experiences.


  1. I need to try the Valentino Donna fragrance. I don't like a heavy fragrance or a real sweet smelling one. This one sounds like a winner to me.

  2. Oooh. Olympea sounds like a great fragrance. I love the breakdown you gave us on the notes that all of these have. Thanks.

  3. I have my go-to perfume, but always love trying out some new ones. These fragrances are really great, thanks for explaining them to me! It makes it a lot easier to know what else I should try.

  4. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to give someone. I love the idea of fragrance because it's sure to fit! These are great fragrance options.

  5. I never know what are good fragrance ideas. These look like just what I need. So I'm taking this list to the store with me.

  6. Believe I would go more for the salted vanilla and the Irish Rose fragrance. All sound wonderful and would make great gifts anytime.

  7. This is a great gift guide. I love the packaging for Scentbird products. IT is so sleek and classy and minimalist.

  8. Some of these fragrances have beautiful bottles! I always get the best perfumes from my sister for Christmas- can't wait to see what this year brings.

  9. I want to try a new perfume, i wear the same kind everyday!!

  10. Valentino and Prada are both my favorite brands! I love trying new scents, my favorite? Floral!

  11. I love Prada perfumes. I have a few bottles and absolutely love how they smell. Those are great gift ideas too!

  12. These are all great fragrance gift ideas. I am going to have to check out the Paco Robanna Olympea gift set which sounds amazing. My sisters would love this as a gift idea too. Thanks for sharing the gift ideas.

  13. These sound lovely. I so wish I could find a great perfume that's not too strong. My husband is so sensitive, I don't wear anything lately.

  14. These all sound like great perfumes and colognes. I am a Viva la Juicy girl myself!!

  15. The valentino bottles look so beautiful. I tend to shop by the way the bottle looks and then I smell it to see if I will like it.

  16. These fragrances look great. I wish I could smell them - I am going to have to look for them in-store. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I'm not much into make up but I love a good perfume or cologne. Your post is perfect, I am looking for a new one to buy, I'll check these out.


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