10 hottest scents of 2021 that are perfect for gifting

Whether it’s a gift for your bestie or spouse or family, nothing screams personalised attention as much as a bottle of perfume. You can’t gift someone perfume without thinking of their personality and what kind of perfume will make them happy. One-whiff will not fit all, as some might like it floral, some might prefer woody, while others might want to keep it earthy and aquatic. You don’t need to be a pro to understand that perfume will never disappoint. You need to just match the mood of the fragrance to the vibe you want to evoke, and you have a winning gift.Here’s our edit of the season’s hottest perfumes.

1) Carolina Herrera 212 Heroes For Man EDT

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If you need more reasons than that skateboard-shaped bottle, know that 212 Heroes smells refreshing new and comfortingly familiar at the same time. It’s not your typical masculine intense oriental, woody fragrance so you can be sure, that it won’t be a repetition of what they already have. At the same time, it smells so uplifting with unique top notes of pear and ginger, heightened by lemon cannabis that it appeals to a very wide palate of perfume lovers. Though meant for men, this fruity-fougere fragrance which has geranium at the heart resting on a base of leather and woods, will be a great gift for women as well.

2) BVLGARI Omnia by Mary Katrantzou EDP

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In one of the hottest collaborations of the season, Bulgari Parfums got fashion designer Mary Katrantzou onboard to reinterpret the cult Omnia bottle. In sync with her maximalist and opulent style the bottle is a kaleidoscope of colours and notes. Crafted by master perfumer to match her vibrant and uplifting aesthetics, the fragrance composition is like a luxurious bouquet of flowers accentuated with top notes of fig leaf and mandarin orange, leading to heart notes of gardenia and orange blossom. Musk and white woods give this eau de parfum a lasting sillage.

3) Chloé Nomade Absolu de Parfum EDP

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If you like your florals with a woody and green twist, chances are that you are already in love with classic Chloe Eau de Parfum. One of the latest offerings by the brand, Nomade Absolu de Parfum is a modern take on the mossy, woody, earthy-chypre note. Plum in the top notes along with oak-moss, musk and sandalwood makes it an intimate, sensual fragrance what will be appreciated by someone who is connected to nature. If your friend plans for treks and glamorous events in the same breath, she is going to fall for this one.

4) Salvatore Ferragamo Amo Ferragamo Per Lei EDP

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Described as a sophisticated, woody, floral-musky blend, the latest addition to Amo Ferragamo family is a tribute to harmony and mindfulness. Wondering on how can a fragrance can invite a mindful mindset? Per Lei is created by young perfumer Marie Salamagne along with master perfumer Oliver Crisp and it’s happy, feel-good floral fragrance not necessarily one which conforms to standard ‘floral romantic’ category. There is opulence of white flowers, osmanthus and magnolia along with depth of cedar wood, musk and sandalwood. The combination leaves a soft aromatic veil on the skin. This is a fragrance you wear, not to impress or express, but just be comfortable in your skin. Fresh top notes of pear and raspberry along with radiance of white flowers makes this fragrance a mood-lifting WFH scent that works for all times, all occasions.

5) Chopard Black Incense Malaki EDP

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Here’s a unisex fragrance featuring leading notes—frankincense and leather. If you are enamoured by the history of royal-incense burning rituals, then Chopard Black Incense can’t be missed. It’s not your light feel-good floral or oriental leathery fragrance, rather it is a sophisticated middle ground between mystical and easy. Definitely for the discerning noses and intimate occasions, this makes a wonderful gift for a couple who don’t mind sharing the finer things in life!

6) Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Orange Soleia EDT

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Orange Soleia, the newest addition to the Aqua Allegoria collection by Guerlain, takes you on a sunny Italian holiday, from where some of the finest quality bergamot is sourced. Staying in sync with the fresh cologne character of the Aqua Allegoria series, this channels the freshness of the bergamot and blends it with mint, pink peppercorn, woods and tonka bean. As compared to eau de toilette as a category, this one checks the boxes for being wildly fresh and long lasting at the same time. Its inherently fresh character works for both men and women. A fragrance which you can carry from day to evening with casual ease.

7) Issey Miyake Igo L’eau d’Issey EDP

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Those who have been fans for the classic floral aquatic L’eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake, will take to its latest avatar with ease. The two-in-one series allows you to enjoy two styles of the fragrance. The hero of the fragrance is the design of cap that makes it easy to take wherever you go. The feminine version is a meeting of lotus blooms and white flowers—subtle, elegant and understated. The masculine version features the yuzu citrus, warm woods and energising spices. For someone who loves innovation, will flip for this one! Gift wrap it right away.

 8) Narciso Rodriguez Fleur Musc For Her EDT

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Can there be a Narciso fragrance which doesn’t reference the musk note? Did you know Narciso shot to fame as it was one of the only brands at that time which used musk a standard base note into the heart of a feminine fragrance. For Narciso Rodriguez Fleur Musc Eau De Toilette Florale, the nose is the innovative Sonia Constant. Top notes are pink pepper and bergamot; middle notes are rose and musk; base notes are woody, patchouli and amber. For someone who likes adventure, who likes nature and is not afraid to take the road less travelled wearing a couture gown, Musc Florale is the best gift.

9) My Burberry Blush EDP

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Whether you are looking for a gift for your mom, or a female co worker or that special someone, you simply can’t go wrong with My Burberry Blush. It has a distinctive UK touch as perfumers Francis Kurkdjian and Christopher Bailey decide to keep sharp pomegranate fused with vibrant lemon as the top notes. Delicate rose petal notes are lifted with crisp apple along a base of jasmine and wisteria. It’s classic, it’s elegant and its unapologetically feminine. The hand-tied gabardine knot around the neck of the bottle is a whimsical touch.

10) AND Ethereal Dreamer Fruity Woody EDP

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Crafted by Ajmal Fragrances, the Ethereal Dreamer, featuring notes of bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, along with iris, patchouli and vetiver is a warm citrusy, floral fragrance that makes the childhood dream of suspended in the clouds a reality with its subtle and elegant notes. For a girl who believes in magic and doesn’t mind a talisman to take her to that state, Ethereal Dreamer is the one!

This article first appeared in Vogue


  • Aparrna Gupta

    Transitioning from crafting stories for The Asian Age and Bombay Times to setting beauty trends in Verve, Aparrna Gupta’s journey has always revolved around resonant storytelling. Her prowess in content creation is unparalleled, with articles featured in renowned publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel India, Lifestyle Asia, Elle, and Femina. She also excels in content ideation, trend identification, mood board creation, and product styling. Her expertise has proven invaluable to homegrown brands, enabling them to authentically connect with their audience.

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