As the main events of the festivities approach, the senses are increasingly assaulted (if one can be so pleasantly assailed) by more of the smells of Christmas.
Chief among these are a slew of spices that seem to carry the very essence of celebration at their heart.
They aim to whet all types of appetites!
Here follow five perfumes that represent these precious flavourings perfectly…
Poivre by Caron
Hot. Deluxe. Deranged.
In perfume carnations are often conjured through the connivance of peppers, cloves, vanilla and florals.
Here, Caron‘s mixers let the spice carry the day and created a scent with punch, presence and a deliciously vulgar pizazz.
This is a fashionable but certainly not a stuffed shirt party.
Kick off your heels and down hot toddies to ward of chills before dancing through till dawn.
Musc Ravageur by Maurice Roucel for Frederic Malle
Let’s put the children and olfactory myths to bed.
‘Cinnamon is innocence and apple pie’.
The Dandy doesn’t think so.
Here musk makes this home-spun scent pure animal and sets the spices sexily free.
This time we’re bordering on a swingers party.
Epices by LT Piver
A return to polite society.
Amiable, wearable, gentle and genteel.
A soft hearted-strain of masculine good manners.
Quietly spoken urbanity.
Voyage d’Hermes by Hermes
In parfum this goes like ‘une boum’.
Cardamom with a kaleidoscope of other spices washed down by citrus tea.
Green. Bright. Revitalising.
A tonic in fragrant shape quite on form for both the big night and the morning after.
Envy For Men by Gucci
Ginger and then the whole kitchen sink.
Sandalwood, amber, tobacco, leather, florals, cedar and smoke.
A dancefloor queen of a male perfume to be worn by anyone whose aim is to turn partying into a performance.
Do enjoy the weekend before Christmas… and try to keep in one piece!
The Perfumed Dandy.