On The Nose

I promised ye a fragrance post, so goshdarnit, you’re going to get a fragrance post! As you all know by this point, I love giving colognes and perfumes as gifts. It’s a little luxury most of us love to indulge in, but often are afraid to actually shell out for during the year. Instead, scents typically end up on our holiday, birthday, or occasion wish lists, with hopes of unwrapping something to tickle our olfactory glands. This year I thought it’d be nifty to rundown the coolest fragrance gift ideas – with a twist. Everything highlighted in this post is a little off the beaten path of your typical fragrance. Read on to find out why!

Vince Camuto for Him & Her

Vince Camuto for Her & Him – $65+ @ The Bay
The Innovation: Perfume inspired by footwear?
The name Vince Camuto may not be a familiar one, but I’m betting the most famous brand he helped launch – Nine West – certainly is. Over the last decade, Camuto’s self-named fashion industry manufacturing / consulting group has worked with thousands of legendary lines including the likes of Tory Burch and Banana Republic to elevate their fashion-forwardness. This past year, he also released his first ever fragrances, both of which draw inspiration from Camuto’s own background. The women’s scent features an elegant fretwork-crest bottle design, and an extremely wearable scent with an urban mix of vanilla, rum, and leather. the men’s leather-encased bottle also draws inspiration from one of Camuto’s favourite fabrics (that would be leather), alongside other spicy masculine tones of wood, black pepper, and surprising splashes of florals like osmanthus nectar and Bulgarian white rose. Because the name isn’t quite name brand, these are great choices for the fashion insider that are both universally appealing and standalone exotic – you won’t smell this on every gal or guy walking down the street.

Halle Berry CloserCloser by Halle Berry – $35 @ Drugstores Nationwide
The Innovation:Man, I smell like a woman!
Menswear is an enduring fashion trend for women, so why not migrate it to your fragrance? Halle Berry’s latest offering does just that with this woodsy, masculine-tinged scent that’s uplifted by lush tones of fresh fern and water lily. It’s surprisingly sophisticated and unusual – I can honestly tell you I haven’t really smelt anything like this one before…except maybe after disentangling myself from a hug with the fiancee; where I can still smell my own perfume, but also catch a residue of his.

Comptoir Sud PacifiqueComptoir Sud Pacifique – $40 for 30 mL Spray @ Sephora / Euro Perfumes
The Innovation: The beach is but a spritz away…
Truth be told, this French brand has been kicking around for over 35 years, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to discover in their latest line of easy breezy singular fragrances. Instead of stacking layers upon layers of complicated fragrances, these perfumes are delightfully focused with just a few notes to create scents inspired by the tropics. If you’re looking for a day by the ocean, try out Aqua Motu, which counts ocean accord and warm sand amongst its tightly-wound layers. Want to envision sunblock and and catching some rays? Try out the Coco Extreme or Vanille De Coco. Craving a healthy bowl of fruit salad in the morning? Curb your hunger with a quick spritz of Vanille Abricot, or go for the luxe extremely focused variation of Vanille Extreme. The scents are way-affordable and so light, they can actually be worn in combination with one another. They also make for a great choice to pack in your favourite snowbird’s luggage: after all, if you’re in the sun, you may as well smell like it right?

Brilliant Star Angel

Thierry Mugler Angel ‘Brilliant Star’ 20th Anniversary Edition – $110 @ The Bay
The Innovation: Star light, star oh so bright!
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Thierry Mugler’s beloved Angel fragrance, which famously put the sweet in spritzer with its mix of cotton candy, caramel, honey, dark chocolate, and patchouli – to name just a few of the dozens of sugary notes you’ll discover with every whiff. Despite variations and evolutions of the fragrance from year-to-year, the original remains endearingly popular, so much so you can actually refill your precious star at a Thierry Mugler counter at The Bay stores nationwide, instead of shelling out for a new bottle whenever you inevitably run out. Because of the anniversary hoopla, tons of special gift sets and alternate versions of Angel have once again hit the shelves, but I’m drawn to this Swarovski-studded bottle. It houses the classic scent, but stands out as a true representation of the dreamlike euphoria you’ll have once you take smell for yourself. So pretty, and the reusable factor makes it a worthy investment (and standout vanity display piece!)

Victorias Secret PerfumeVictoria’s Secret Angel Gold & Bombshell Bling Fragrances – $45 – $59
The Innovation: From the runway to the bedroom!
One of my favourite parts about browsing the Victoria’s Secret store is the fact you can truly feel head-to-toe sexy thanks to their uber-desirable lingerie complementary line of perfumes and body care products. Channel your inner ‘angel’ with the brand’s two newest offerings, both of which are riffs on already popular VS scents. Angel Gold is booming with confidence thanks to its bright citrus notes (like orange creme and kumquat) and intoxicating florals (like gardenia and peony), all capped off with a creamy mix of base notes including musk, vanilla woods, and golden amber crystals. Not only can you spritz on the perfume, it also comes in a fun shimmer compact to give your body a healthy glow and a delicious scent. Meanwhile the brand’s other signature scent Bombshell has been given a sparkling, limited-edition holiday makeover with this rhinestone-bedecked bottle. This particular scent takes cues from an Asian inspiration, including lychee, passion fruit, and ginger lily for a hypnotizing scent. Makes a great pick for your party girl best friend!

Marc Jacobs Dot Gift SetMarc Jacobs Dot Gift Set – $85 @ The Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart and Sephora
The Innovation: Asian-inspired invasion anyone?
The newest standalone scent from Marc Jacobs’ successful line of fragrance outings is precious upon first glance: the sweet ladybug-inspired flacon with rubberized butterflies channels the loopy design of his super sweet Daisy fragrance, while the polka dots add an extra dash of girliness. But what does it smell like? Truthfully it’s got a surprisingly oriental exotic scent, with juicy red berries, speckled pitahaya fruit, and tropical coconut all fighting for dominance over a bed of clean white florals. The resulting scent feels like it’s been snatched from the school bag of a fashion-forward Harajuku girl, replete with the requisite anime-artwork design. This holiday season you can sample it for yourself with this uber-cute value set, featuring a shower gel, body lotion, and eau de perfume so you can keep the scent close all day long.

Nicki Minaj Pink Friday
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday – $59+ @ The Bay
The Innovation: Genius in a bottle.
If I’m being super honest, one of the niftiest things about Nicki Minaj’s debut perfume is the ultra-funky fembot bottle. Although Minaj joins a legion of chanteuses before her in the realm of branded perfumes, hers quite possibly wins top honours in the design department for being able to show your fan-love through self-image style. When you pop off her head, what do you smell? As you may be able to guess by the cotton candy pink ‘wig’, a big bowl full of exotic fruits – like pear, mandarin, and star fruit, all drizzled with a sugary caramel note, as though you’re having the ultimate decadent brunch.

By Killian Discovery SetBy Kilian Discovery Set – $220 @ Holt Renfrew
The Innovation: I wear my perfume at night…
Luxury perfume house Kilian released their L’Oeuvre Noir collection back in 2007 – a series of dark, dramatic perfumes inspired by late night cocktails, intoxicating love affairs, and a splash of party girl (or boy, as it were) fun – all of which are now housed in this beautiful ivory box. Ten travel-sized perfumes (some for men, I might add) allow you to sample away based on your mood or your preference. Once you’ve found a favourite, simply put it on your wish list for future gift-giving.

Chloe Bianca Solid Perfume Necklace – $75 @ Sears & Holt Renfrew
The Innovation: Better lock it in your pocket!
If your lady is pining for jewelry but you’re afraid of setting that dangerously slippery slope of a precedent, meet her halfway with this ingenious locket from Chloe. From the outside it simply looks like a glossy designer-signed necklace, complete with a delicate silver chain and a soft blush enamel case that punches up pretty much any complexion or outfit. On the inside? You’ve got yourself a gorgeous helping of Chloe’s signature rose-tinged scent in the form of a solid perfume that can be applied to wrists or the decolletage for when she’s feeling a little flirty. Elegant, timeless, and universally flattering, this is a must-have gift that’s both unexpected and multi-functional.

I really could go on, but I figure that’s enough of a snapshot of the neat and new fragrance goodies lining the shelves at your favourite department or drugstore. I’ve also got some love to share with you – I’m giving away a Chloe Bianca Solid Perfume Necklace to one of my readers. Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment by December 27th with your favourite fragrance innovation I highlighted here.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 28th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Spread the word! You can Tweet up to three times about this awesome giveaway over the contest period – just leave the links to your tweets in the comments below.

114 Responses to “On The Nose”
  1. Debbie Bashford says:

    I like the bling they added to Victoria’s Secret Bombshell bottle

  2. Debbie Bashford says:

    My Tweet # 1 @skeetersden

  3. Julie G. says:

    I’m sure the Kilian Collection would fit into my Christmas stocking very nicely. They’d be perfect for traveling.

  4. blessedta says:

    24 Faubourg

  5. janicour says:

    Thierry Mugler Angel ‘Brilliant Star’ 20th Anniversary Edition fits so well with the season. Tweeted, but unsure how to post the link.

  6. I like the Discovery Set by Killian the most.

  7. Brenda Penton says:

  8. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Is so cool, I have never seen anything like this lol sure to be a collectors item!!

  9. Dreena says:

    The Comptoir Sud Pacifique would be my favourite for its light scents. Cheers.

  10. Victoria Ess says:

    I always love Thierry Mugler Angel, so I’m enamoured with their ‘Brilliant Star’ 20th Anniversary Edition.

  11. Jennifer Deol says:

    Thierry Mugler Angel Star sounds like it smells delicious.

  12. Natalie says:

    I like the idea of the Kilian set – I always have trouble finding my perfumes!

  13. natvana says:

    I love the idea of the Discovery set by Kilian – I always have trouble finding my scents!

  14. Grace F says:

    I think the Chloe Solid Perfume Necklace is about the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time! Also easily accessible for that occasional redab of that lovely rose scent.

  15. Gina says:

    ooh, I’m intrigued by Halle Berry’s perfume…I love the smell of men’s cologne. I’m going to check out this for sure at the drug store today. Good luck to everyone and happy holidays!

  16. kittypride says:

    I love the Asian invasion bottle and the anime is always fun, so that is my fave innovation!

  17. Alison Braidwood says:

    I like that the Thierry Mugler Angel fragrance can be refilled.

  18. prairiebelle says:

    I like the Marc Jacobs Dot Gift Set


  19. prairiebelle says:


  20. beewbedard says:

    would love to try the Closer by Halle Berry

  21. beewbedard says:

  22. Natalie says:

    I would love to give the Killam collection as a gift.

  23. leah says:

    This time of year anything that reminds me of warmer places is tops on my list: Comptoir Sud Pacifique Sprays are a must try.

  24. Joan G says:

    My favourite is the Kilian Collection – it gives you a chance to wear different scents to find out what you like.

  25. Angela G says:

    Oooh the Chloe Bianca Solid Perfume Necklace is super cool. I love how it is a necklace and a perfume! Definitely my favourite!

  26. Anne Taylor says:

    loving the Marc Jacob Dots!


  27. Anne Taylor says:


  28. linnett says:

    The Kilian Collection would be nice to try, thanks

  29. Suzanne says:

    I would like to try Nicki Minaj Pink Friday

  30. Susan says:

    I love that Vince Camuto for her bottle and am intrigued by the description of the scent!

  31. Sean Pynaert says:

    genius in a bottle is my fave

  32. Anne Taylor says:


  33. Erin says:

    I love the Chloe Bianca Solid Perfume Necklace, tres chic!

  34. Debbie Petch says:

    I like the best Thierry Mugler Angel!

  35. madiha waseem says:

    chloe is the best

  36. I love the Thierry Mugler Angel. I have the innocent Angel perfum and love it!

  37. Debbie Lemaire says:

    Comptoir Sud Pacifique is for me!! dream away…la di da la la la la

  38. Louise says:

    TChloe Bianca Solid Perfume Necklace is a cool idea. and hierry Mugler Angel Star sounds like it smells delicious

  39. Louise says:

    I tweeted-twitter name wildcardacehigh

  40. Betty says:

    The Kilian Discovery set looks amazing!

  41. Rose says:

    I like the Thierry Mugler Angel ‘Brilliant Star’ 20th Anniversary Edition

  42. Rose says:

    I tweeted using @cdngiftguide so I hope you see it. My name is @BCholly

  43. Kelly P says:

    I love the VS Bombshell Bling bottle! Anything in a bottle that pretty has to smell fabulous!

  44. Mandy Rogasky says:

    Thierry Mugler Angel ‘Brilliant Star’ 20th Anniversary Edition – $110 @ The Bay
    The Innovation: Star light, star oh so bright!

  45. Vicky D says:

    Some very cool ideas! I like the Kilian Discovery Set best though. A lot of the others have very unique packaging but the set is a great way to try many different scents and change it up daily

  46. Patricia says:

    Thierry Mugler Angel ‘Brilliant Star’ 20th Anniversary Edition – sounds perfect

  47. Taps says:

    i have never had a solid perfume so would loev to try Chloe Bianca Solid Perfume Necklace.

  48. Debbie Bashford says:

    Tweet #2

  49. intensev5 says:

    I would love to try the Thierry Mugler Angel ‘Brilliant Star’ 20th Anniversary Edition

  50. debra says:

    thierry mugler angel brilliant star 20th anniversary addition is my choice

  51. Kilian Discovery Set sounds perfect. I love that they have different scents for different moods. I find I like to have differents scents at certain times of the day.

  52. Linda crawford says:

    I love Chloe perfume, and having a granddaughter with the same name, would absolutely love to win it! It’s beautiful!

  53. Lisa says:

    I like the Better lock it in your pocket invention.

  54. Amy Heffernan says:

    Honestly I have never tried any of these but if i had the choice it would be the Marc Jacobs. 😀 TY!

  55. darlene boyle says:


  56. Holly Sproule says:

    Kilian Collection!

  57. alison k says:

    My favourite fragrance innovation you highlighted above is the “By Kilian Discovery Set – $220 @ Holt Renfrew” ‘cos I enjoy trying new samples out. Maybe it’s a commitment thing 😉 At least this one, I can share with my lover & we can travel with them thanks to their sample size. It’s a win-win situation if I ever saw one.

    Bonus Entry:
    Dec10 (#1) : https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/278303502550323200

    Thank you

  58. Adina H. says:

    I like the Thierry Mugler Angel ‘Brilliant Star’ 20th Anniversary Edition.

  59. Brook says:

    Comptoir Sud Pacifique is like that holiday and getaway we desperately need….

  60. Leah M says:

    I like the Thierry Mugler angel brilliant star

  61. prairiebelle says:

    tweet 2

  62. Debbie Bashford says:

    tweet # 3

  63. Lee says:

    If I can’t be at the beach, I want to smell like it!! Comptor Sud Pacifique for me

  64. Margaret Imecs says:

    I love the By Killian Discovery Set

  65. Margaret Imecs says:

  66. krista maksymchuk says:

    Thierry Mugler Angel ‘Brilliant Star’ 20th Anniversary Edition looks neat

  67. kathy wilson says:


  68. Heather Lodder says:

    I love the Victoria’s Secret Angel Gold & Bombshell Bling Fragrances!!! Soooo nice!!

  69. Donnas says:

    Definitely Thierry Mugler Angel Brilliant Star.

  70. sandy says:

    I like the Angel perfume; I have loved it since it was launched years ago.

  71. Tricia R says:

    Love the Chloe necklace. So cute

  72. lucy says:

    I love the Angel perfume.

  73. darci says:

    Marc Jacob!

  74. Andrea says:

    Marc Jacobs Dot Gift Set and the Chloe necklace- very pretty.

  75. Burcu says:

    Thierry Mugler Angel ‘Brilliant Star’ 20th Anniversary Edition looks great

  76. darringleannedleanne says:

    i like the Victoria’s Secret Angel Gold & Bombshell Bling Fragrances
    that would be awesome

  77. Brenda lacourciere says:

    Chloe Bianca Solid Perfume Necklace – $75 @ Sears & Holt Renfrew is my favorite.

  78. Chris Wah says:

    Chloe Bianca Perfume necklace is definite the most innovative idea this season. Combining accessory with fragrance. I expect this kind of ideas will bloom into different accessories; brooch perhaps?

  79. Heidi says:

    The Kilian Discovery Set is definitely my favourite.

  80. meggers41 says:

    Angel is my favourite fragrance ever!

  81. angela mitchell says:

    The Chloe Bianca Solid Perfume Necklace is really cool:)

  82. I am really impressed with the Thierry Mugler Angel ‘Brilliant Star’ 20th Anniversary Edition, the packaging is nice, and can be a nice trinket on my dresser. Also, I know that Mugler’s perfumes smell divine !! Love it !

  83. JENNIFER HART says:


  84. Karen Morine says:

    I love the Chloe necklace!

  85. gladys m says:

    my fav’s gotta be the chloe necklace

  86. MissT says:

    I like Marc Jacobs Dot Gift Set

  87. lisa bolduc says:

    i would try the Kilian Discovery Set

  88. Juliee F says:

    The Kilian Collection

  89. Last tweet

  90. Barbara99 says:

    I would love the Kilian Collection, as it would be great to try them all and discover which one I would like the best!

  91. Sophia says:

    I just adore the Chloe Bianca Solid Perfume Necklace! Love that it’s a perfume and a fashion accessory!

  92. My Favorite is By Kilian Discovery Set – $220 @ Holt Renfrew –> My niece would love this.

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  94. Brittany Doll says:

    I absolutely ADORE Lady Gaga’s outfits therefore I am a HUGE fan of Thierry Mugler Brilliant Star 20th Anniversary Edition. A genius in so many ways.

    Happy Boxing Day, shop your little hearts out, I know I will.

  95. stacey h says:

    The Comptoir Sud Pacifique is my favorite – i like the lightness

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