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Friday, November 25, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide 2011- The Stocking Stuffers

Welcome to Part I of my 2011 Holiday Gift Guide! First I'm going to list several beautifully scented or scent-related items on the smaller side that would make amazing stocking stuffers or host/hostess gifts, with all different price points represented.

The Little Book of Perfume: the Hundred Classics, by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez- $12.24 at Amazon.com
Here is the much-anticipated follow up to Turin & Sanchez' Perfumes: The Guide. This time around, the focus is on their 100 favorite perfumes from The Guide, and some reviews even have updates. There is an excellent new short piece by Luca Turin on The Osmotheque in France along with his take on a few long-gone classics and an all-new foreword by Tania Sanchez (which in my opinion makes The Little Book worth the price of admission alone). This petite, chic volume would interest anyone who loves fragrance- from beginner to seasoned Fragonerd, and easily slips into a handbag so there's a handy reference when shopping for perfume.

Aftelier Perfumes Resurrection limited edition candle (3oz)- $50 at Aftelier.com
There are only 25 of these pure beeswax luxury candles for sale at Aftelier.com (there are other limited edition candles as well) and they will surely sell out soon, so hurry if you plan on grabbing one. Resurrection has essences of frankincense, vetiver, clary sage, geranium, bitter orange, fir needle and lime. I adore the beautiful beading on the outside of these glass votives. If there is someone on your gift list who is very stylish and perhaps a little hard to please, look no further.

Aroma M Geisha Amber Rouge roll-on perfume oil (8ml)- $55 at AromaM.com
The newly launched Geisha Amber Rouge is one of my little darlings as of late, and would make a perfect gift for the sexy siren in your life. This warm Oriental fragrance has notes of Moroccan amber, deep wood resins, cinnamon, clove and star anise.

Juniper Ridge Cedar incense- $10 for 40 sticks at JuniperRidge.com
Juniper Ridge's incense blends are perfect for those who wish they had wood-burning fireplaces but don't. Burning a stick of Cedar incense quickly fills your space with the essence of cedarwood-- an easy way to create a calm and balanced atmosphere during the hectic holiday season.

NEST Holiday boxed votive- $14 at CandlesOffMain.com
A classic. This lovely gold-toned votive in its red velvet embellished box will make every person with a heartbeat squeal with delight. Notes of mandarin orange, pine, cinnamon and eucalyptus create an instant festive mood.

L'Artisan Parfumeur Amber Ball (small)- $90 at Luckyscent.com. Medium and Large sizes also available, crystal refills are $75
L'Artisan's very sophisticated and rustic method of scenting the home comes in the form of these terracotta balls, carved and chiseled by a potter. Inside the ball are seductively scented amber crystals that release their scent slowly over time. Refills are available for purchase as well.

Opus Oils Jitterbug Perfume Parlour Absinthe Tea- $20 for a 3oz tin at OpusOils.com
Absinthe is my very favorite tea from Opus Oils' stellar lineup of loose teas. It's a black tea with notes of pear, violet, vanilla and anise. Intoxicatingly delicious and very refreshing.

Atelier Cologne Oolang Infini Petite Cologne Absolue- 30ml for $55 at AtelierCologne.com
With notes of blue tea, bergamot, smoke and leather, Oolang Infini is guaranteed to please both women and men. It's distinctive, classic and cozy.

[Holiday Gift Guide 2011 Part II still to come, so stay tuned!]


  1. Yum.

    I wish I could give perfume gifts, but nobody in my life likes perfume! What's with that?

  2. *prints off post, gives to husband* LOL

    Great choices, Carrie! I would love to have it all, but I'd settle for the Juniper Ridge incense. I was going to order from them but the shipping rate to Canada is very expensive. They have douglas fir tip tea that I am dying to try. The Opus Oils tea also sounds delicious, but I can no longer drink caffeine (doctor's orders. boo hiss)

    Looking forward to part II of your gift guide. Will you make a list of what you want for xmas too?

  3. Carrie, I’m honored and surprised - you found the candles before I even announced them! Thank you so much, I love being included in your wonderful guide. Xo Mandy

  4. ChickenFreak- some people you know must love candles, surely??

  5. Joanne- I gotcha covered on the Juniper Ridge, don't give it a second thought.

    And yeah, maybe I will post some kind of little xmas wish list. :)

  6. Mandy- I am stealth in ways that have never been documented by human eyes, ears or nose. Sneaky ninja Holiday Gift Guides? Yep, that's me. ;)

  7. LOVE this post! hope to see more like it.

  8. Thank you Alyssa! Part 2 of my gift guide is coming up very soon.

  9. Nice list, Carrie! AromaM is on my to-try list for 2012 - too many people have been saying too many good things! I also really need to try some of those Opus teas...

  10. Thanks Tama! I hope you do try and enjoy Aroma M and Opus Oils teas!