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The best iconic perfumes to give this Christmas 2017

According to perfume retailers, this Christmas is going to smell a lot like the nineties

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Charlize Theron in the Dior J'adore 2015 campaign
Charlize Theron in the Dior J'adore 2015 campaign
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15 November 2017
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hen it comes to gift-giving at Christmas, perfumes are a traditional and welcome choice for the lady in your life that could lead to her finding her signature scent.

While this year has seen some impressive new fragrance launches, retailers have predicted that the top five best sellers over the holiday period will be retro scents of the nineties and noughties.

Some of the perfumes making a comeback are more than 20 years old, including Angel by Thierry Mugler (1994) and Calvin Klien’s Obsession (1985).

According to research by online beauty retailer Escentual, fragrances that date as far back as the 1950s, such as Youth Dew by Estee Lauder – which was first released as a bath oil in 1953, are also set to be huge this Christmas.

At just ten years old, the ever-popular Daisy by Marc Jacobs (2007) is the most contemporary scent among the top five.

If you think your favourite lady will be impressed with a scent of yesteryear in her stocking, here’s a list of fragrant classics that will help you come out smelling like roses.

Angel by Thierry Mugler (1994)

A combination of woody, musky and floral aromas, this cult fragrance provides a sweet and warm smell and is designer Thierry Mugler's debut scent. Top notes of melon, coconut and jasmine are balanced with musks, vanilla and caramel. Housed in a luminous gem-shaped star, it will no doubt look a treat on your dresser.

£45.90 for 25ml, Escentual, Buy it now

L’eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake (1991)

L'Eau d'Issey is a fresh and sensual fragrance that combines delicate notes of lotus, freesia and rose water with warm musk, sandalwood and cedarwood. It’s woody and floral, yet light and sophisticated – making it an ideal scent for everyday wear.

£41 for 50ml, John Lewis, Buy it now

Daisy by Marc Jacobs (2007)

According to Marc Jacobs, “A daisy is a friendly flower, not precious, not exotic, but it evokes a spirit in a lot of women.” This charmingly simple scent features top notes of succulent wild berries and soft white violet and a heart of velvety jasmine. Its handbag-shaped bottle is also a treat for the eyes.

£49.50 for 200ml, Boots, Buy it now


Alien by Thierry Mugler (2005)

A lighter version of the original Alien fragrance, this sweet citrus and jasmine scent features soft notes of white amber and exotic cashmeran wood. Described as radiant, dazzling and mysterious, it’s fittingly presented in a purple-hued glass bottle.

£33.15 for 30ml, Escentual, Buy it now

Obsession by Calvin Klein (1985)

Often referred to as ‘the 80s in a bottle’, Calvin Klein’s oriental spicy Obsession perfumer reflects the French designer’s own obsessions. It combines mandarin, bergamot and green notes with jasmine, orange blossom and spices. A base of amber, musk and incense adds depth to the aroma.

£35 for 30ml, Debenhams, Buy it now

J’adore by Dior (2006)

This fruity floral bouquet is a tribute to Christian Dior’s love for flowers. The alluring combination of fresh bergamot and a vibrant armful of roses leads to a delicate dry down of jasmine. It also features Ylang Ylang from Comoros as a top note and Damask rose at its heart. The curvaceous design of the bottle is almost as iconic as the fragrance itself.

£52 for 30ml, John Lewis, Buy it now

Chanel No 5 (1921)

The world’s most iconic fragrance, Chanel No 5 is supposedly inspired by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s lost love Arthur Chapel. A powdery bouquet centred on May Rose and Jasmine is brightened by sparkling orange blossom and green notes of ylang-ylang.

£74 for 50ml, John Lewis, Buy it now

Lady Million by Paco Rabanne (2010)

Lady Million was launched after the huge success of 1 Million for him. Top notes of orange and raspberry lead to a heart of neroli, orange flower and Arabian jasmine. The base notes are honey and patchouli, which add depth to an already rich aroma.

£36.95 for 30ml, Escentual, Buy it now

Si by Georgio Armani (2013)

Georgio Armani said that Si is his “tribute to modern femininity, an irresistible combination of grace, strength and independent spirit." Opening with notes of Sicilian bergamot, mandarin oil and liquer de cassis, the intense scent has warm undertones and vanilla base notes.

£43.45, Feel Unique, Buy it now

Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

A modern re-make of the popular 1977 fragrance, with a base of black coffee, a heart of feminine white flowers of jasmine sambac and top notes of sweet vanilla and pink pepper.

£50.50 for 30ml, Debenhams, Buy it now