Monday, December 24, 2007

Holiday Sweets

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter matter which holiday you celebrate (or holidays--I celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, for instance), what brings us all together but our love of food, and provided we have enough of that to go around, dessert? Here are some of my favorite Gourmand picks, and even if you are living a sugar-free life these days, these fragrances are all the eye-and-olfactory candy you can dream of feasting on. Happy Holidays!

Thierry Mugler Angel: I've read somewhere that Angel was inspired by childhood memories of Christmas in Alsace. Angel is the new classic, a bestseller around the world and the one that put Gourmand, a sub-category of the Oriental fragrance family, on the map. There are many different presentations of this fragrance--I've even seen miniatures that come in the shape of a cross.

Aquolina Pink Sugar: This is the star of the new generation of Gourmand fragrances following Angel. Like Angel, Pink Sugar is based on patchouli and features hypersweet sugary notes such as caramel, vanilla, cotton candy and licorice.

Chopard Wish: I know it's a little late but next year, Wish would make the perfect gift. The beautiful faceted heavy glass bottle even looks like a dreidel. Have we had enough Hanukkah gelt chocolates? You can never have enough chocolate, one of the key notes in Wish.

Kwanzaa means "first fruits" in Swahili. To celebrate in hues of red, black and green, I would recommend these beauties: my favorite, Nina by Nina Ricci which smells like sugared apple and comes in a lovely apple-motif red bottle, Lolita Lempicka which also comes in an apple bottle but features amarena (black cherry) accompanied by a deep licorice note, and L'Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier, a Fruity classic based on fig leaves and a touch of coconut milk.