If Christmas Films Were Fragrances…

Monday, November 26th 2018 0

Capturing the spirit of our most loved Christmas characters

Azzi Glasser, one of my favourite perfumers, once told me to match scent to personality before anything else. Pondering this thought, I found myself today wondering which fragrance I would attribute to the characters in my favourite Christmas films. And thus, olfactory journey began...

Home Alone

Bon Bon by Viktor and Rolf

Enjoying a kitchen full of sweets and chocolates to himself, for me the sugary Bon Bon is the perfect reimagining of Kevin’s adventures in the Home Alone films. Though the key storyline involves battling two intruders with a series of mouse traps, Kevin uses the time to himself to enjoy endless sugary treats without consequence. Bon Bon, reinvented with a limited Christmas bottle every year, merges notes like caramel and fruity peach and mandarin to create a sweet, playful fragrance.

Home Alone Kevin

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Love, Actually

Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone London

The ultimate Christmas movie would be reimagined as the classic Christmas fragrance, Pomegranate Noir from Jo Malone London. This deep, heady fragrance is one I can see lots of the characters wearing well. The Prime Minister, his heart broken sister, seductive Mia in the office, Liam Neeson as the grieving father… there is a strength in Pomegranate Noir that would perfectly marry with all of these people and their varying journeys, all united in their strength.

hugh grant love actually

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Sunny Side Up by Juliette Has a Gun

What could match the world’s most optimistic person more-so than a fragrance designed to inspire optimism and joy? Sunny Side Up, a creamy, sweet scent from Juliette Has a Gun, is as happy in spirit as Buddy the Elf. Though notes such as coconut milk and amyris work beautifully to give this a sunny quality, the musks layered into it will make it just as wonderful at Christmas time.

Elf Will Ferrell

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Edward Scissorhands

Freak by Illamasqua

The delicate and strange Edward Scissorhands is mirrored beautifully in my favourite fragrance of all time, Illamasqua’s Freak. Freak is made entirely of white flowers, all of which bloom in the night, attracting their prey with their scent and not their appearance. This reminded me of Edward’s good heart which enables everyone to see beyond his scary exterior and fall in love with him.

Edward Scissorhands

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Princess by Killian

Not strictly a Christmas film, but one that always has a presence at Christmas, I couldn’t exclude the allure of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. One of my favourite new discoveries this year was Kilian’s incredibly sweet Princess. Princess is sickly sweet but with strange zing from ginger; much like Willy Wonka and the zany but delicious world he creates.

Willy Wonka

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The Holiday

Musc Imperial by Atlier Cologne and Yvresse by YSL

Juxtaposing the tales of two women at Christmastime, it seems only appropriate to bestow two contrasting fragrances to this romantic Christmas film. For the snowy British countryside, the comforting Musc Imperiale from Atelier Cologne is the obvious choice. One spray makes the warmest of jumpers all the more cosy, and this is exactly the kind of scent Cameron Diaz’s perfectionist character would have lent towards as she started to thaw. And for Kate Winslet’s heroine, who runs to the sunshine of LA and experiences an entire life epiphany, the uplifting YSL Yvresse is a beautiful partner. Though different in the moods they evoke – one for slumber, one for go-getting – both are creamy and soft, like the romantic souls that would wear them.

The Holiday

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A Christmas Carol

Kensington Amber by Penhaligons

In order to mellow Ebeneezer Scrooge, the coldest of Christmas hearts, a warming fragrance is essential. Kensington Amber from Penhaligons has been one of my most worn scents this winter. Gorgeously suited to this time of year, it merges spicy cinnamon and vanilla to create an elegant, understated blend that smells all the more delicious on warm skin. In the way that the miraculous fate of Tiny Tim warms every heart, this scent will bring instant festive cheer to those who wear it.

Tiny Tim

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A note on finding the perfect Christmas fragrance for a loved one this Christmas…

Have you ever visited the Burlington Arcade in central London? The warm, almost otherworldly arcade of shops is quintessentially British in every way and home to an array of wonderful fragrance boutiques. Killian, Penhaligons, Roja Dove and Chanel to name a few all have glorious spaces in here.

The experts in these boutiques are total fragrance fanatics, and given that they are tucked away in a Diagon Alley-esque walkway, you can enjoy an immersive fragrance experience away from crowds and chaos this Christmas.

Another of my favourite London hot spots is the Atelier Cologne boutique in Covent Garden, allowing for a personal touch with embossed leather accessories for each fragrance taken home. And if you’re outside of London, I’d recommend a visit to Scotty in the fragrance department of Selfridges Birmingham, and Teresa in their Jo Malone London boutique.

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