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Scent is the strongest of the five senses that evokes memories, yet you don’t want a fragrance that is overpowering and people running to get away from you. It should be a good memory not a bad one, subtle and yet memorable.  Here are some of my choices for holiday fragrance giving.

Not to be confused with the Miss Dior Eau de Parfum, this Miss Dior Le Parfum is the newest addition to the Miss Dior line and I’m hooked. It’s much warmer and concentrated than the other Miss Dior fragrances. It’s a floral that is more oriental toned with amber, patchouli, vanilla and warm mandarin. $82


Naked Princess has a few fragrances that are multi-purpose a spray that can be used on body, home and even in your lingerie drawers. This is the Body and Boudoir Candle that is scented with Moroccan Vanilla, Sweet Almond & exotic Tonquin Bean. But the wax can also be used as a massage oil that is infused with Vitamin E, Organic Shea, Jojoba & Soy butters leaving the skin soft and sensual.  $58

A luxury gift of scent is this 3 Coffret set by Frederic Malle. 12 years ago Frederic Malle asked the most gifted perfumers to create their dream perfume – which the results are  in this coffret. There is the Complete Collection, a Women’s Collection and a Men’s Collection – ranging in prices from $180 – $320.

I picked this Molton Brown Ambrusca Cleansing Shower Oil a few years ago and have replenished it whenever it’s gone. It has a uni-sex scent – not too masculine and not too feminine, but in addition to the wonderful scent, it leaves the skin amazingly soft. While in the shower put the oil on your body and it emulsifies and gets a slight lather to it. My skin is so soft after using this that I can skip body lotion afterwards. $34

For a decade Sisley has brought us limited edition Eau Du Soir Parfum and this year’s bottle is cherry red and gold. The fragrance is divine and notes include Mandarin and grapefruit, rose absolute and Jasmine leading to notes of mock orange and ylang-ylang with final notes of amber and patchouli.  Only 8000 pieces world wide are available in this limited version. $299