Scent isn't like all the other beauty products. Unlike a lipstick or a tube of mascara, a fragrance becomes part of your essence and identity. Whether you like it or not, scents evoke a certain time and place, and are inextricably linked to memory and emotion. Some of us change our scent depending on our mood, others only opt for perfume on a special occasion. Whatever your relationship with scent is, one thing is for sure: You'll want the right one, one that works for you, and these perfume gift sets are a smart way to try before you really buy. Ahead, our eight favorite sright now.
The idea with this eight-piece set is that each scent would fit a different mood, from peppy orange to heady vanilla, and earthy Neroli. And as anyone familiar with the brand knows, Atelier Cologne specializes in intoxicating scents that never feel too gendered.
Five three-ounce options in the very best Jo Malone colognes: Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne, Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne, English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne, Wild Bluebell Cologne, and Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne. What's even better? The scents are meant to be layered one atop the other for even headier blends.
Since this cult perfumerie came on the scene in 2006, cool girls coast to coast have been deeply smitten. But the scents aren't cheap and they aren't created equal, so investing in this sampler set can help you decide before splurging on your full-size favorite.
Three of Byredo's most iconic scents in handy 12mL vials. May we suggest Gypsy Water Mondays, Blanche mid-week, and Saturday night with Bal D'Afrique?
One Eau de Parfum for your dresser, one mini for your desk, and a body lotion for your bathroom. You're welcome.
Arancia di Capri is a mystical blend of zippy orange, warm vanilla, and evocative caramel. Here, you'll get a body lotion, eau de toilette, and shower gel in a box designed by artist Clym Evernden, who is kind of like the British Drawbertson.
The Maison Margiela Replica range is targeted to evoke very specific scent memories for the designers—ones that might have an archetypal resonance for the wearer, too. Here you have Beach Walk (bergamot, pink pepper, coconut milk), Lazy Sunday Morning (iris, white musk), and Jazz Club (tobacco, vetiver). Prepare to be transported.
If you've never had the distinct pleasure of a Tom Ford fragrance, some might say you haven't lived. Here, six 12 mL vials of the best from his scent portfolio: Neroli Portofino, Soleil Blanc, Tuscan Leather, White Suede, Tobacco Vanille, and Oud Wood.