I'm Fussy, But These Cosy-Yet-Chic Perfumes Have Seriously Impressed Me

The festive season is well and truly upon us and as the month of December starts to unfold, so does a riot of parties, Christmas shopping and time-honoured traditions. But, of course, with traditions often comes some push-and-pull—presents before or after Christmas dinner, cosy pyjamas or a more dressed-up ensemble for the day itself, and how early is too early to pop the first bottle of fizz? For me, as a beauty editor, there is one conundrum that feels more pressing than it might to most—which fragrance will provide the scent soundtrack to my festive season?

I have always been obsessive about perfume and love the way that certain scents instantly transport my back to some of the most important moments in my life. I was fanatical about selecting the perfect wedding perfume to mark the big day (it was Byredo’s Bibliotheque FYI) and love nothing more than selecting a new fragrance to commemorate special occasions like big holidays, new babies, and major life milestones. 


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When it comes to Christmas, however, I’ve never given my perfume a huge amount of thought. We’re a family that dresses up for Christmas day so I usually wear one of my more luxurious fragrances that takes my mood that day, but I’ve never thought to choose a perfume specially chosen for that occasion. This year, however, that’s all about to change. I’ve made it my mission to seek out a scented companion for the festive season—something warmwintery, and cosy that will capture the joy of Christmas and remind me of these special years spent celebrating while my children are young. While my tastes may grow and change in the future, a perfume that embodies my Christmasses now will hopefully evoke feelings of warmth and merriment when I smell it in the future—even if the scent itself is no longer for me.


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Ahead, my shortlist of the very best Christmas perfumes to add an extra spritz of happiness to your seasonal celebrations.

1. Jo Loves Ebony & Cassis

2. Ellis Brooklyn Apres Eau De Parfum 

3. Aesop Ouranon Eau de Parfum

4. Maison Margiela Whispers In The Library Eau de Toilette 

5. To The Fairest Ordre Cosmique Eau de Parfum

6. Phlur Not Your Baby Eau de Parfum

7. Fenty Beauty Fenty Eau de Parfum

8. 27 87 Barcelona Elixir De Bombe Eau De Parfum

Mica Ricketts