Your party perfumes

Friday, 7 December 2012

Got a hot invite this festive season? Accessorise with a statement perfume that’ll take you late into the night.

Your party perfumes

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP, R715 for 50ml EDP

One of our all-time favourite party fragrances; after all who can resist a scent with the slogan ‘Are you on the list?’ If you’re invited somewhere exclusively cool this season, spray this on and don’t be afraid to flaunt it. It’s a glamorous scent with an interesting mix of notes; think rum and passion fruit in the top notes, musk and gardenia in the heart and a base of classic warm notes like tonka bean and creamy vanilla. Yum!

Gucci Premiere, R1,085 for 75ml EDP

The annoyingly gorgeous Blake Lively fronts the ad campaign looking perfectly red-carpet-ready. This newbie from Gucci was actually inspired by awards show couture, celebrating the Gucci Premiere couture collection shown at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Need anymore convincing that this is one of the ultimate ‘big event’ fragrances? We reckon it’s on the up-and-up to becoming a future classic because ‘the juice’ is a mix of sexy, feminine and sophisticated. We love the mix of zesty top notes (think orange blossom and bergamot) with white flowers and musk at the heart and leather and wood in the base. Too delicious for words!

Boss Nuit Pour Femme, R965 for 75ml EDP

If your party fashion staple is a little black dress, this fragrance accessory is a no-brainer. Inspired by the essential LBD, this is great scent for a special festive season date or cocktails and canapés as the sun sets. Built around a heart of white flowers, jasmine and violet, when you first spritz the scent you’ll smell sparkling notes of aldehydes and peach. The base is an elegant mix of crystalline moss and creamy sandalwood. A big thumbs up from us!

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme, R1,110 for 100ml EDP

Pack this sweet and delicious fragrance in your travel bag if you’re heading somewhere hot and wear it every evening (and morning too for that matter). It’s like a cocktail of sunshine with notes of neroli, raspberry and tangerine leading to a heart of jasmine and orange blossom, over the base of marshmallow, vanilla, sandalwood and heliotrope. Pssst… if you’re still looking for a special festive gift idea for your sister or bestie, add this perfume to your shopping list.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne, R1,050 for 100ml

Every girl needs a no-fail classic scent that gives her a lift in the summer heat. If you’re off to a beach party or alfresco do this party season, wearing something refreshing will help you keep your cool. Our outdoor party pick is this classic scent by Jo Malone, an ode to zesty lime and mandarin with a splash of peppery basil. And your guy can wear it too, and we love a hard-working his-and-hers scent!

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Julia Hunter is a freelance lifestyle writer, editor and stylist with a special interest in beauty. She’s written for Marie Claire, Women’s Health, and Fresh Living magazines. When not writing about lipstick, she can be found tweeting about other very important topics such as which nail polishes really live up to their long-wear claims! She lives in Cape Town with her husband and far too many beauty products.

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  1. Nickay Heyman

    Dolce & Gabbana has definitely made a name for itself when it comes to perfume and the smell of the perfume lasts very long. Great investment for if you are not sure on what perfume to get.

    2 years ago •

  1. Nickay Heyman

    So I decided to change my perfume from the normal smell I would usually go for and try something totally new. Then I saw the Carolina Herrera 212 VIP first I thought the price was a little too much for the perfume up until I got to smell it. It smells absolutely amazing. And the packaging it comes in is super sexy and very convenient as it has 2 mini perfume bottles on each side that you just twist open. Think it’s safe to say I have found a new smell for myself. Worth the price!!

    2 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Anything from Carolina Herrera and Hugo Boss please! Just love them! So different!

    4 years ago •

  1. Lah

    My boyfriend uses the VIP for men, AMAZING!

    5 years ago •

  1. Nonhlanhla

    carolina herrera smells nice just bought some today m loving it

    5 years ago •

  1. Lah

    LOOOOOVE the Gucci Premiere, but I have too many perfumes open at the moment :( have to wait until my birthday!

    5 years ago •

  1. Zah

    I’d love to try Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme.

    5 years ago •

  1. GoldenShimmeringCloud

    I don’t really wear designer perfumes (I only wear perfume oils, I generally like them way better then any others), but the Herrera perfume attracts me! Creamy vanilla especially did it for me :).

    5 years ago •

  1. Ras

    These are some really great fragrances. Pity they are so expensive.

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    CH 212, all the scents are amazing, and VIP is just the same

    5 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    The Gucci and the Dolce & Gabbana look like they would suit me, I must go and try them put ASAP!

    5 years ago •

  1. Carvalho

    Will have to try the Jo Malone sometime. Quite different from my usual.

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love CH 212 VIp!

    CH 212 never disappoints

    5 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    My fav would have to be Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    D&G is on top of the list to try. I always love their perfumes.

    5 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    Gucci Priemere hands down!!!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Noma

    Jo Malone – never owned one but I love the smell!!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Would like to get my hands on a bottle of Jo Malone!…..

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme – Got a sample in my Rubybox, smells divine!

    5 years ago •

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