When it comes to giving and receiving grooming and beauty gifts at Christmas, there’s a fine line between lethargy and luxury. Choose poorly – for instance, from the dusty bottom shelf of your local supermarket in a Christmas Eve dash – and the recipient will almost certainly feel that they were the very bottom of your list.
Choose wisely – with an opulent gift set from one of the most classic British brands in the world, say – and your thoughtful touch of luxury will bring them a warm glow, festive joy and perhaps even a splash of envy into 2019 and beyond.
Naturally, we looked to iconic perfumers Floris for their Christmas offering this year. The brand of choice for both James Bond and Ian Fleming have been a titan of the grooming world since Juan Famenias Floris and his wife Elizabeth first began selling scents and shaving products in Mayfair in 1730.
Almost three centuries later and they continue to surprise and delight the highly esteemed clientele who visit their 89 Jermyn Street store, both with the wide array of beloved, classic products that helped garner their stirling reputation and the introduction of new and exciting services like bespoke perfume design.
Their Christmas collection this year includes a number of exquisite gift sets, all of which come in a signature blue and gold gift box with a limited edition World of Wishes print. Our favourite is The Perfumer’s Wardrobe, which contains 9 travel size eau de parfum bottles from Floris’ exclusive Private Collection, their most prestigious range.
There are also travel gift sets for him and her, a collection of luxury soaps, shaving sets and warming winter candles. We’ve also got our eye on their leather wash bag, made exclusively by Ettinger – not that we’re wishing to drop any hints…
The Perfumer's Wardrobe
Leather Wash Bag
Luxury Miniature Winter Candle Trio
If you’re looking to gift a single scent to a special someone this Christmas, we recommend both the Leather Oud and the Honey Oud from The Private Collection.
Not only are these complex, woody scents developed using oud oil – one of the world’s rarest and most prestigious ingredients – but they’re also androgynous scents that can be worn by anyone, making them an ideal choice for even the most hard to buy for.
And of course, you could never go wrong with gifting Floris’ No.89 fragrance – the scent of choice for Fleming and named after the number of the Jermyn Street flagship store.
This iconic scent for the quintessential English gentleman, which contains notes of bergamot and lavender, is truly a piece of history. You can buy it individually or as part of Floris’ Travel Collection For Him, which also includes 14ml bottles of Santal, Elite and JF.
Christmas at Floris