Weekly beauty gift guide: fragrances for him and her


The big holiday rush is drawing closer -- to make Christmas shopping a bit easier this year, here is a first selection of special beauty editions hitting stores at the end of this month.

For Her

Lancôme's holiday editions center around the French label's perfumes, ranging from Hypnôse to Trésor, Miracle, Ô and Magnifique, including the respective eau de parfum, body milk and a mascara (sets priced from €51 to €75).

Site: lancome.com

Cacharel's gift sets are slightly less expensive, with their Scarlett edition including the scent as well as two body creams and retailing at €49. The beauty label will also launch sets around their Amor Amor, Noa, Loulou and Anaïs Anaïs fragrances (none of them selling above €58). So-called 'miniature editions,' featuring just the respective perfume and retailing at €35 each, will also be introduced.

Site: cacharel.com

Viktor & Rolf have launched their new fragrance, Eau Mega, this month but their Christmas edition will still feature their best-selling Flower Bomb, probably a safer bet to drive holiday sales. The set, retailing at €87, will also include the Bomblicious shower gel and body milk.

Site: viktor-rolf.com

Finally, Armani's holiday edition is maybe the most glamorous of the bunch. Under the motto 'Red Carpet,' translating into a festive, red-themed packaging, Armani Code and the new Idole fragrance will be put on the market. Both come with shower gels and body mils and cost just under €67.

Site: giorgioarmanibeauty.com

For Him

The Italian brand will also cater for men this Christmas (or for women this Christmas shopping season): the classics Aqua di Gio, Eau pour Homme, and Armani Code will be re-issued in holiday sets. Prices range from €66 to €78,90.

Site: giorgioarmanibeauty.com

Lancôme has also launched a men's gift set, which will feature the Hypnôse Homme fragrance as well as a deodorant and a shoe bag (set priced at €63).

Site: lancome.com

Ralph Lauren has introduced its Polo package, including the eau de parfum and the corresponding aftershave (set selling at €89).

Site: ralphlauren.com

A more budget-conscious proposal comes from Diesel: the denim brand offers its Only for the Brave and Fuel for Life fragrances in sets of three with their corresponding aftershaves and shower gels for €53 and €59.

Site: diesel.com

All products go on sale internationally at the end of October.

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