Portia’s Christmas For The Boys Shopping Guide

Hello Fraught Funies,

OMG!! How is it Christmas again? I used to be a done all my Christmas Shopping by the end of the July Sales kinda person but the last few years I have put it off and put it off and then end up in a mad December scramble. I am composing a list of the things I’d like to grab for my partner Jin this year and letting you look over my shoulder as I do it. He will probably only get one from this list as I have a couple of other things in mind to add in.

Portia’s Christmas For The Boys Shopping Guide

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Caswell – Massey Sandalwood Soap 3 x 5.8oz: This is a well packaged and deliciously scented set of Sandalwood smelling soaps. They act as a great base for loads of mens fragrances and give back a little of the rich buttery sandalwood missing from so many modern incarnations. There is also a 243ml body lotion pump pack. They both come in boxes for ease of wrapping. At FragranceNet I found the pair of them after discount for under $35

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Caron, Yatagan EdT: Named after the curve bladed Turkish sabre Yatagan is a green, woodsy, leather, spice and sweat mixture that is surprising, interesting, masculine and dead sexy. Released back in 1976 Yatragan is a manly masterpiece for a super great price. FragranceNet has 125ml Edt spray for under $40

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Lorenzo Villoresi – Fragrance Collection – Sample Set: I found this stunning set and have been panting after it for myself. 16 x 1.5ml sprays showing a fabulous selection of the range for only €30 on FirstInFragrance and a little hint, if you are shopping Internationally you pay no tax so spending around 100 and the shipping will be the same as the saved tax. Woo Hoo!

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L’Artisan Parfumeur, Batucada EdT: Spicy, salty citrus tempered by flowers, flesh and sea in a lovely nod to cocktails and samba in Brazil on Ipanema Beach. Bright, bold, fresh and daring while being a completely modern masculine, and those engraved hexagonal bottles look so rich and have great heft in your hands. Parfum1 has 50ml for $100

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Penhaligon’s, Juniper Sling: Recently I was lucky enough to win a bottle of Juniper Sling from TheCandyPerfumeBoy and I can’t stop spritzing. It is a fabulously boozy cool climate forest walk that gives you a sharp slap in the face to wake you up and then warms on skin into a deliciously warm masculine clean body smell. OMG! Seriously gorgeous stuff and EssentialMall has 50ml for as little as $101. BTW The box is even more lavish looking in real life

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Maître Parfumeur et Gantier – Les Masculins – Discovery Set: Discover the universe of Maître Parfumeur et Gantier. A choice of 15 fragrances presented in 13 ml refillable atomizers, personally I think this is ridiculously good value and look at the presentation. FirstInFragrance has this gorgeous set for €119

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Slumberhouse, Pear + Olive: If you want something so completely different to anything else available, you are buying for a perfumista, want to look like you are all over the best new stuff by the coolest crews and are way ahead of the game then this is the best buy you could wish for. The juice is a surprising almost clash of sweet and savoury, is dense and light simultaneously, warm, ferocious, cool and charming and comes in a killer engraved bottle with plenty of heft that will look totally now and retro on every vanity. Get onto the Slumberhouse site where 50ml will cost $150 + $12 International Postage. this is the good shit!

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INeKE, Evening Edged In Gold: I know that you wouldn’t normally pick this as a masculine fragrance but it smells terrific on my partner Jin, a spicy, floral woodsy fragrance that sizzles on him in the most alluring way and makes me want to get really close. The bottle is a beautiful work of art too. Libertine in Australia has 75ml $160 including postage

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Amouage EdP Miniatures Men’s Gift Set: Really want to spend some money on a lavish gift? Try the six best selling Amouage Men’s Fragrances in miniatures. Each 7.5ml bottle is a perfect mini replica of the real thing. Included are: Lyric, Jubilation XXV, Reflection, Gold, Dia & Silver. Many of the world’s stores are sold out but Libertine still has some in stock for $280 including Postage

Did that help at all? It has certainly sorted some stuff out in my head. What fragrant gifts are you thinking for the men in your life?
See you tomorrow,

Portia xx

26 comments on “Portia’s Christmas For The Boys Shopping Guide

  1. sinnerman01 says:

    Dear Santa ! I have been a very good perfumeista this year , I would like the amouage miniature set please !
    Wow Portia , just reading that made me excited like I get on x mas eve , amazing selection , I thought that was you who won that bottle on smelly thoughts , well done . I love the brand as I have seen it at Harrolds at Westfield city. Very pricey there, what’s the fragrance life like ?

  2. sinnerman01 says:

    Oh and ‘Dia’ is Devine !!!! Have you smelt it ? Made for the late princess Dianna , inspired by Chanel No5 , stunning and FB worthy (next pay day maybe) !?!? I wish ,

  3. Oh so many wonderful treats! Thanks for the information Portia!

  4. Tatiana says:

    Those Caswell – Massey Sandalwood Soaps sound devine. Thanks for the tip! I must be such a tomboy as my daughter and I both wear Batucada! It’s like a relaxing holiday in a bottle. If you like tea in your scents another inexpensive idea are the The Vert (Green Tea) body care products from L’Occitane. My DH just loves these.
    Wishing you the most wonderful Christmas ever!

    • AHA! I have been looking at those L’Occitane Green Tea Body. Thanks.
      You know Tatiana, I don’t think of fragrance in gender roles till I am thinking about gifting. Batucada is right in the middle but all the men I’ve spritzed it on, 3, loved it.
      Merry Christmas to you also,
      Portia xx

  5. Undina says:

    I’m awful this year with gifts: I have absolutely no idea what to buy for my vSO 🙁 I am going to do a small perfume-related gift but he already has more perfumes than he carries to (it’s my hobby, not his after all) so I need to figure out something else – and I can’t. But for people who love perfumes your ideas are just perfect!

  6. Kafkaesque says:

    Nice post. I’m always thrilled to see some love for Caron, a woefully under-appreciated house, in my opinion! And Amouage is at the top of my list of new lines to try. I want to compare the men and women’s versions of Jubiliation XXV in particular. Dia and Gold are also intriguing. (In contrast, the Library Collection hasn’t interested me much at all.)

    • Thanks Kafkaesque,
      The Library collection have been quiewtly calling to me but I’m too scared to even go there. The one I did smell was beyond divine.
      I am a Caron ho. There are a few FB of their beautiful work here.
      Portia xx

  7. laniersmith says:

    What a wonderful Christmas list! I have Yatagan by Caron and I am mad about it. A real winner in my book. (I need to review it!)

  8. Victoria says:

    I f’n love gift guides. Yours includes some of my old favorites (Yatagan & C-M Sandalwood soap) and one of my new favorites (Pear + Olive). Great guide!

  9. Wonderful gift ideas! I personally would be very happy with the Amouage Men’s Gift Set (the Men’s fragrances seem to always agree with me more than the women’s — though the distinction men/women is so arbitrary!

  10. Julie says:

    Oooh! Two of my favorites. I’ve worn CM Sandalwood for years and those soaps are really nice. Yatagan is another I love; I’ll have to try it in the cooler weather we have now.

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