Hey there A Bottled Rose, It’s a Mood Scent 4 week. WOO HOO! This month the crew are looking at Gifting 2020. The end of the year signals all kinds of gifting. Loads of the major religions have giving events, work places, sporting groups and friend groups all join in and it can become a bloody expensive and time consuming nightmare. This year has been a tough slog for a lot of us (me included, especially financially) and within my friend circle it’s been proposed that we keep the gifting to an absolute minimum. COOL! So I have been scouring the web and stores for some excellent deals, discounted beauties and a couple of lavish, over the top bits and bobs.
Can’t wait to read about your favourite Gifting 2020 in the comments too.
Mood Scent 4: Gifting 2020
As this year has been the year of hand washing because soap is known to break down the C19 virus I thought it a perfect gift this year. Who doesn’t love to wash with something luxurious? It’s also a very reasonably priced gift and you can always break a gift pack into separate parts and gift singly, especially good if they are individually wrapped!
Mysore Sandal Soap
Most perfumistas know of this legendary soap already but we forget it’s a perfect gift. Costs next to nothing and is perfect because so many perfumes have sandalwood as a base note so it will never clash with what perfume your gift receiver is wearing. At this price I think there’s probably only a pinprick of the real deal Mysore Sandalwood (if that) but still it smells excellent and comes from far off India.
Nesti Dante Soap Gift Set 6 x 150g
I love these excellent Nesti Dante gift sets and buy them regularly to split apart as gifts. They sell the bars singly as well so no one will know you went the cheaper route. Italian soaps! So glam, right? The sets come in a huge range. The soliflors shown are nice and the cities of Italy are another good lot. Jin and Anna Maria get Venice soaps almost every year because we had such a wonderful time together there and it’s a little reminder.
This year I’ve bought the Oriza Legrand Rose du Roy eight pack to split and give for the first time. I’ve not tried them but my previous experience with the brands soaps leads me to believe they will be as rich and sudsy as the rest of their soapy offerings. I love their packaging too. It always looks so lavish and olde worldy. The price is pretty good too. PLUS Oriza does FREE WORLD SHIPPING if you spend 100€, grab their sample set for yourself while you’re at it eh?
Here are some other ideas than soap. Fragrance and candles have long been a staple in my gift giving arsenal. While many of my friends are perfumistas, most are not. They love me giving them interesting and unusual (for them) fragrance choices. they can then brag that their perfume crazy blogger buddy chose this for them. Obviously scent is extremely personal for a lot of people but there are also a huge number who are extremely happy to have the drama of the department store fragrance hall removed from their lives.
Sira des Indes by Jean Patou
The perfume world has been rocked by the shutting down of all Jean Patou fragrance manufacture in 2020. So I’m gifting a few friends the now historic Sira des Indes. It’s a creamy spiced floral with lovely banana overtones. Sweet enough to be youthful, warm and spicy enough to be sophisticated and weird enough to at least give the perfumistas a smile. All very low key village wise so no one will be skunked or tormented. Currently at the discounters the 30ml EdP and 200ml Shower Gel are very reasonable. They both come beautifully boxed and I’ve bought about 6 sets. Historic and lovely.
Adam Levine For Her
OK, you can put your snob away right now. I don’t care what you think about him, his music or anything. This fragrance is killer! I have never had so many unsolicited compliments about a perfume before, EVER! Spicy white floral sandalwood with a vanilla heavy amber. Regularly compared to EL Sensuous and TF Santal Blush but I can’t really comment on them because while nice they didn’t have the same impact on me or for the people around me. The bottle is fabulous too and it costs NOTHING! Seriously, they are basically giving it away. Pair this with a Mysore Santal Soap.
Lastly, what would a gifting post be without a luxury candle or SIX?
Abd El Kader Petite Candle by Cire Trudon
This is a big ticket item but the petite size is still in budget. Your receiver won’t even have to burn it, the fragrance is so gorgeous and fills the room effortlessly on opening with the fragrance of Moroccan Mint Tea. Anyone who knows candles will be blown away by this generous and thoughtful gift. Their home will smell amazing and they will get hours of burning pleasure.
The blurb runs: A gust of freedom blowing from the Mascara coast and the mountains picks up on its way the green scents of fresh mint, the rashness of fights, ginger’s hot and peppered air and the perfume of tea and tobacco from the Ouled Nail tribe
OK, I’m going to brag. My friends Nick, Pia and Thomas have created these flamboyant luxury candles. They are heavy duty perfumistas in their own right and Pia is becoming quite a famous perfumer. They were only released last week and I’ve not yet held or smelled them but everyone we know is going fully bat shit crazy for them. The packaging is a happy marriage of lux and fun, the names are punny and apparently the scents are TO DIE FOR! I’m so excited for them that I bought a complete set of the big ones to give to my buddies for Xmas. They are mid priced and if you buy the lot you get free shipping to the world! WOO HOO!
Here;s a link. GO SHOPPING! Boujee Bougies
So what are you Gifting 2020 ideas, will you be using some of mine?