We don’t get to splurge on luxury beauty products every day, so on the occasion that you do, you have to make it worthwhile. Treat a loved one (or yourself!) to one of our picks of the best luxe beauty gifts of 2019:
Optiphi Adagio Eau De Toilette 50ml, R787.00 (available at selected Optiphi stockists)
A unique mix of rich woods and luxurious florals, Adagio is feminine and smooth. The combination of pink pepper and bergamot at the top, rose and patchouli at the heart and musk and sandalwood at the base result in a perfect balance of wood, spice and sweet. We love this scent because it is so easy to wear: It’s the kind of fragrance you can spritz before work and again on your way to drinks or a dinner date.
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle En Rose 100ml, R1990.00 (available at Edgars and Woolworths stores)
A new, fruity floriental fragrance joins the La Vie Est Belle family, and just in time for festive season shopping. La Vie Est Belle is an ode to happiness, and the renowned new variant offers a rosy touch to the classic favourite. It is composed of zesty top notes coloured with red fruits, and has a floral heart of iris infused with peony and roses. La Vie Este Belle En Rose paints your world in pink hues, allowing you to see everything through rose-tinted glasses. The scent is happy and uplifting, and let’s not forget, utterly romantic. It is fresh, it is floral and it is luminous. Everything we want in a summer scent.
Azzaro Wanted Girl EDP 80ml, R1720.00 (available at Edgars and Woolworths stores, and Edgars online)
In 2016 we were introduced to Azzaro Wanted, a fragrance inspired by Loris Azzaro’s radiant charm which was fuelled by elegance and flamboyance. Wanted Girl is the accomplice to the hero. A lovely rebel with a disarming elegance, she is bold and adventurous. This captivating scent opens with notes of pomegranate, orange blossom absolute and ginger flower. Before long you’ll detect notes of intoxicating datura flower before base notes of Haitian vetiver and vanilla tonka bean powder come to the fore. The beautiful unique bottle makes this gift a real talking point!
CHANEL Gift Set + Mini Twist And Spray N°5 Eau De Parfum, R 2 775 (available at Edgars stores)
CHANEL N°5 has been an iconic Christmas gift for decades, and this year is no different. To keep a note of N°5 close at hand, this gift set features an iconic CHANEL bottle (100ml) to be cherished at home and a travel-friendly mini Twist and Spray (7ml). The minimalist lines, understated black and white design and theatre-style opening combine to create a desirable and elegant gift box. It is also available in N°5 L’EAU.
ghd Royal Dynasty Collection Deluxe Gift Set, R4950.00 (available from the finest salons and ghdhair.com)
This Christmas is all about glistening rose gold at ghd, and frankly, we love it! Fit for a queen, this limited edition gift set features a beautiful rose gold platinum+ smart styler and professional air hairdryer, both housed in a gorgeous luxury burgundy vanity case. These items are also available for purchase separately (R3400 for the styler in a luxury case and R2300 for the air hairdryer), and if slightly out of your budget, you may want to consider the gold styler (also housed in a luxury vanity case) for R2800.
Elie Saab Le Parfum 90ml Gift Set, R 2080 (available at Edgars and Woolworths stores)
Like Elie Saab’s breath-taking haute couture dresses, Le Parfum celebrates a glowing femininity. This chypre and floral fragrance comprises radiant orange blossom, jasmine bouquet, honey rose, patchouli and a woody accord base. Those who love this scent will adore the three piece gift consisting of a 90ml and 10ml fragrance and a 75ml body lotion. And who could resist this packaging?!
Narciso Rodriguez Rouge EDP 50ml Gift Set, R 1565 (available at Edgars and Woolworths stores)
Fiery and sensuous, Narciso Rouge is no stranger to Christmas wish lists. Described as “intense” and “warm,” its signature heart of musk is animated by a bouquet of Bulgarian rose and iris, while vivid amber woody notes (tonka vetiver, black and white cedar) add a heightened intensity at the base. The 50ml eau de parfum, shower gel and body lotion gift set is housed in an eye-catching red gift box.
Berdoues Collection Grands Crus Somei Yoshino 100ml, R1595.00 (available at select Foschini stores and online at www.foschini4beauty.co.za)
Inspired by the world’s most fragrant destinations, Collection Grands Crus is new to SA, and will have you smitten. Our favourite is the highly-recommended Somei Yoshino, which is inspired by the delicate cherry blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees in Japan. The scent is delicate yet captivating, and if ever you wanted pretty packaging for a gift, this is it! The blend consists of Japanese shiso, jasmine sambac from India and patchouli from Indonesia. Need we say more?
Which gift do you have your eye on?