Stocking fillers – mini scented sets!

Stocking fillers used to be novelty gifts, somewhat lacklustre confectionery goods and perhaps a satsuma – lovely to open as a child, of course, but now we’re finding adults are massively in to the nostalgia of exchanging Christmas stockings. And we require the fillers to be a little more… fabulous, let’s say.

Because let’s face it, the stocking presents were the highlight of Christmas – encapsulating the excitement of waking up and ripping off the wrapping paper with wild abandon. You may wish to rise at a rather more dignified hour, now, and perhaps begin the day with a cup of tea (or a long glass of Mimosa – well it is Christmas!)

But why not consider putting together a stocking stuffed with lovely little gifts to give a partner – or send a friend you can’t be with this year, and face time them as they open it?!

Here’s some mini sets and exciting fragrant finds we’d love to find in our stockings this year… Give them the whole box, break up a set to gift several friends (or keep some for yourself? We won’t tell…)

 

Banana Republic ICON Discovery Set £8 for four fragrances
This pocket-friendly set showcases four of the Banana Republic fragrances – scents that have fast gained a cult status among fragrance afficionados, who were wowed by their originality, longevity and and diversity. From sun-soaked orange blossom to smoky rose, a cashmere soft hug to vibrant forest-y freshness – you’ll definitely know someone who’d adore exploring these.

Sous Le Manteau Collection: £19 for five fragrances
Olivia Bransbourg discovered a 19th Century book of actual French love potions in a Parisian flea market. Fascinated by the centuries-old recipes and with the help of perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer, these potions were reincarnated into FIVE divine fragrances, in a dinky parcel that fits in the palm of your hand. You’ll be enraptured by honeyed sensuality, wrapped in a cloud, grounded in the moment, embraced by powdery kisses and tempted by feverish naughtiness…

 

Maison Matine Discovery Set £15 for six fragrances
This quirky French niche house urges everyone, no matter our ages, to be ‘a bit more daring every day.’ With free-spirited, immediately uplifting fragrances, each one has been created by emerging ‘noses’ and possesses its own unique charm. They believe – as we do – that perfume has the power to help you overthrow a bad morning and actively choose to change your day. Tropical odysseys, calming cocoons, zesty adventures and the whole world awaits!

 

Rook Perfumes Discovery Set £15 for three fragrances
Here’s a perfume house with infinite layers – rule-breaking and innovative as well as beautiful. Described as ‘a diplomat dressed as a punk rocker’, Rook was created by founder, Nadeem Crowe, as his signature scent, while Forest conjures damp earth, wet moss and cedar and Undergrowth exactly evokes ‘pulling fresh garden mint from the earth.’ Crowe happens to be an NHS frontline doctor AND actor (yes, really!) and uses the power of perfume to transport himself. Where, we wonder, will his creations transport you…?

 

L’Orchestre Parfum Mix Tape Vol.1 £25 for six fragrances
A mix tape? It genuinely is – you simply scan the QR code to listen to tracks inspired by the fragrances (which are, in turn, inspired by musical instruments). And oh, the fragrances are stunning: carnal florals to soothing sandalwood; a fizz of electro-pop to the smoky rose throbbing with deep vibrations of a trombone. There’s something for everyone to fall for, here (particularly great for music lovers!) and we’re sure a number will strike a chord with you.

 

Experimental Perfume Club Discovery Set £25 for six fragrances
This fun set features fragrances to layer, explore and learn with – a brilliant gift for those wanting to become a perfumer, or hungry to explore their sense of smell. Each eau de parfum is either a TOP LAYER, MID LAYER or BASE LAYER. Wear alone, or mix them up – cards within each box offer inspirations to start to your scented experiments. Dive into the fun of discovering your own favourite combination – a unique fragrant blend that’s as close to bespoke as you can get!

By Suzy Nightingale

7 scented stocking fillers & mini gifts!

We go by the theory that absolutely nobody can resist a miniature size of something lovely, so whether you’re looking for Secret Santa presents, smaller gifts to give fussy family members or to fill up the stockings of scent-loving people in your life – look no further for a round-up of favourites…

What to buy the fragrance fanatic in your life who pretty much has it all? How about this stunning silver perfume bottle charm necklace – exclusive to us! It’s a limited edition piece from one of the rising stars of British jewellery, and will let them wear their passion with pride. It’s also small enough (and securely packed) to pop in a Christmas card to save on bulky postage!
Estella Bartlett Perfume Bottle Necklace £20

Also known as ‘spills’, our blotters are created from a special form of absorbent paper created to ensure that when it’s sprayed or dipped, it gives as accurate as possible a sense of what that fragrance smells like. Invaluable during a scent-shopping trip for eliminating ‘no-nos’ and helping you edit down to a selection of scents you might want to try on the body. Utterly indispensible for perfumistas on-the-go!
2 x Perfume Society Scent Blotter Packs £5

While these next three might be too bulky to fit into a stocking, we think they’re just perfect to split into several gifts (for the same person or different family members), to put inside home-made crackers or give as table/tree gifts – making them absolute bargains!

The opulent and extravagant perfumes in this box include offerings from some of the most interesting names in perfumery – including the most stunning mini bottle of Vince Camuto‘s Amore, the cult Philosophy Purity Cleanser, and a FULL SIZE huge bar of Green & Black’s Velvet Collection Orange & Almond Dark Chocolate. (We won’t tell if you keep that for yourself…)
The Velvet Collection Discovery Box (was £19 – now £12 when added to your basket!)

For intrepid travellers and anyone dreaming of sunnier days, with scents from Atelier Cologne to Moschino (in THE dinkiest mini you have to see) via Issey MiyakeÉtat Libre d’OrangeAnnick Goutal and more. The travel-friendly ‘extras’ this time are Molton Brown’s brand new (shareable) Coastal Cypress and Sea Fennel Bath & Shower Gel, plus Philosophy’s Exfoliating Facial Wash.
The Travel Edition Discovery Box (was £19 – now £12 when added to your basket!)

 

Curated with a masculine focus, here’s a whopping 13 fantastic fragrances like Creed Viking (winner of The Fragrance Foundation‘s Best Male Fragrance 2018), niche offerings from Nejma, Floris, Jack (Richard E. Grant’s fragrance line) and Shay & Blue King’s Wood. Plus, a FULL SIZE luxury shower gel from the niche house of Escentric Molecules worth £20 on its own!
The New Man Discovery Box £19 (£15 for VIPs)

 

Featuring eight of Molton Brown‘s best-selling eaux de toilette – each one beautifully showcases rare ingredients gathered from all around the world. From the iconic Black Pepper, Heavenly Gingerlily and Orange and Bergamot, to newer incarnations of Mesmerising Oud Accord and Gold plus so much more – there’s truly something for every taste, and this gift is certain to be highly appreciated.
Molton Brown Art of Fragrance Box £12.50

 

Perfect for travellers or those who want to carry fragrance in a handbag without lugging bulky botttles, each stylish, refillable Travalo spray enables you to carry up to 5ml of your favourite scent with you, wherever you go. Both the sleek metal Travalo Classic HD (£12.49) and chic leather Milano Elegance (£28) collections are approved for hand luggage and glass-free, to avoid risk of breakage. PLUS! Each Travalo comes with FREE postage!
Travalo Travel Sprays £12.49 – £28 FREE P&P

Written by Suzy Nightingale

Miniature perfumes – because sometimes, the best things do come in small (scented) packages…

Glossily packaged and adorable pocket sized perfumes, with Viva La Juicy Parfum, Viva La Juicy Noir Eau de Parfum, I AM JUICY COUTURE Eau de Parfum and I Love Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum. Just perfect for bright young things exploring their perfume personality…
juicy_couture_house_of_juicy_couture_deluxe_minis_gift_set_1477999348House of Juicy Couture Deluxe Miniatures £31 for
Buy it at Debenhams
Who could resist the petite charms of some of Penhaligon’s perennial best-sellers? Artemisia, Vaara, Empressa, Iris Prima and Halfeti are the women’s selection, but there’s an equally tempting masculine set of tiny treats for the chaps.
minihersetPenhaligon’s Christmas Collection £41 for 5 x 5ml
Buy it at Penhaligon’s
Effervescent, stylish and effortlessly chic, the Armani Miniatures Set contains the cutest curation of greatest hits: Si, Acqua Di Gioia, Diamonds Rose & Armani Code pour femme cannot fail to enchant the more sophisticated gals about town. We foresee twirling silk dresses in moonlight.
armani-miniatures-gift-set-for-her-5027246054333-armani-miniatures-1Armani Miniatures Set £24.99 for 4 x
Buy it at The Perfume Shop
Miniature fragrances to match his moods, they say: active, rebellious, inspired and refined? John Varvatos have it covered, with generous 15ml bijou bottles of John Varvatos, John Varvatos Vintage, John Varvatos Artisan and John Varvatos Artisan Acqua.
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John Varvatos Delectable Minis £41 for 4 x 15ml
Buy it at Debenhams
The dinkiest versions of Versace you’ll ever see, modern fashion icons can strut their stuff or indulge their inner goddess with this women’s coffret of contemporary olfactive delights, including Crystal Noir, Bright Crystal, Eros Pour Femme, and Eros Pour Femme.
img_1015-copyVersace Women’s Coffret £27.50 for 4 x 5ml
Exclusively at Boots
A luxurious duo of their multi-award winning Bath & Shower Oils, Revive Morning and Deep Relax are best sellers with good reason: they deliver what they promise! This duo helps to energise and deeply relax mind and body, making an ideal gift for anyone you care about.
img_1016-copyAromatherapy Associates Perfect Partners £19 for 2 x 15ml
Buy it Aromatherapy Associates
Written by Suzy Nightingale