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Ombu by ALTAIA: 12 Days of Perfume: The Best Winter Fragrances for Every Hard-to-Shop-For Friend

With the arrival of December, there’s no use tuning out the department store carols any longer: The holidays, and all their attendant shopping, are here. Fortunately, it also happens to be a fine time to explore a seasonal shift in scent, with a cache of new perfumes on offer—by turns ethereal, provocative, and downright sultry.

To spare you the lightheaded trip down the fragrance aisle (you’ll need to save your strength for the parties!), we’ve rounded up a dozen worthy scents, including Gosha Rubchinskiy’s collaboration with Comme des Garçons (for the label hound on your list), Tom Ford’s Vert des Bois (for an olfactory romp in the woods far from any Christmas tree stand), and a new MAC perfume inspired by the brand’s iconic Ruby Woo lipstick. Cue the emoji hearts from your makeup-obsessed cousin.


Argentine grasslands inspired this clean, botanical-leaning scent, which features notes of sage and cedar overlaid with crushed pink pepper. It’s the sort of thing you want lingering on a well-worn leather jacket.

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