Scent of a Woman

Now that the -BER months are upon us, it's usually this time of the year when people start thinking of buying gifts for the festive season. Staple presents like their preferred box of chocolates, a book from their fave author, their choice of music and of course, their favourite scent are all safe bets.

Because a woman is only as good as her perfume, I have rounded up four different scents for different personalities that are great to give as gifts during the holidays. May it be a floral fragrance for your elegant wife, a citrus-infused eau de toilette for your adventurous sister or a woody musk perfume for your alluring bestie, there's a perfect scent for the women in your life.


1. For the classy and sophisticated lady, the original CLEAN Perfume is perfect. This fragrance is the original soapy scent that started it all― it is unpretentious, simple and clean. This makes a wonderful holiday present for women who don't want to smell like a particular note or fragrance but enjoy crisp, subtle scents. The perfume opens with a bright burst of freshness and dries down to a natural clean scent.

Top notes: orange, lime and pink grapefruit
Mid notes: passion lily, rose and geranium
Base notes: spring fresh floral and white musk

CLEAN’s name is its promise, delivering products with ingredients and packaging that are clean and simple; free of sulfates, artificial colors and dyes, animal-derived ingredients and irritants; and a very small carbon footprint in manufacturing.

Price: 30ml (Php 2,000)
60ml (Php 3,900)

2. For the romantic, girl-next-door type, CLEAN Skin is suitable. This fragrance captures the delicate scent of bare skin. Hints of dewy flower petals wrap around notes of pure creaminess and warm musk to evoke the simple scent of touchable skin. Enticing, fresh, pure, clean skin at its best.

Top notes: sheer honeydew, lotus blossom and fresh air accord
Mid notes: dewy petals, aquatic notes and blue rose
Base notes: white musks, amber wood and creamy vanilla

Not only am I obsessed with the minimalist feel of these CLEAN perfumes, I love that they also allow for personalization. If you want a bit of originality, you can bespoke and layer fragrances to create a scent that's truly unique.

Price: 30ml (Php 2,000)
60ml (Php 3,900)

3. For the strong and passionate woman, Eros Pour Femme, the ultimate in power and seduction from Versace, is apt. With its captivating scent and luxurious packaging, this is definitely a chic gift option for Christmas.

The fragrance is an alchemy of tempting, bright and feminine notes― a refined accord of lemon and jasmine, exalted by sensual and smooth woods.


And look at this gorgeous packaging! The exquisite bottle is crafted with the mythological codes of the Versace DNA― the gold Medusa and the Greek key engraved on the edge add opulence and scream luxury.

The Eau de Parfum is held in a high-quality deluxe coffret with the elegant opening of a tiroir, which is typical of fine jewelry.

Price: 30ml (Php 3,450)
50 ml (Php 4,650)
100ml (Php 6,250)

4. For the fun and playful gal, Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott's latest unisex fragrance, TOY, is befitting. Launched in March this year, it features the scents of mandarin, cardamom, and bergamot; and a heart of lavender, violet petals, and hawthorn. Its finish of sandal wood, vanilla, mountain tree moss and acacia hit the woodsy notes that nod to the bear’s forest home.

The perfume is exactly what its cheeky name suggests: a toy. And best of all, this actual toy is a real, fuzzy-faced teddy bear. Screw off its happy faced head and you magically find an atomizer built into its soft body. Spritz away and then set it back down on your vanity table, or toss him on your bed with your other furry stuffed animals.

I mean what other brand has packaging as unique as this? With other perfumes, you just throw the bottle when you're finished with it but with Moschino TOY, the perfume bottle has a secondary purpose.

Price: 50ml (Php 6,000)
From now until December, you can avail of this perfume for less than P3,000!


All fragrances are exclusively distributed by Prestige Brands Philippines and can be purchased at Rustan's and SM Department Stores.

2 comments

Mabrene Therese Togonon said...

Hi Alexa, do you happen to know if the CLEAN line of perfumes are available here in Rustan's Cebu?

Alexa Martin said...

@Mabrene: Yes, they are! :)