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The Luxury Gift Guide: The Best in Fragrance and Beauty

luxury gift guide best in beauty and fragrance right now

Looking for the perfect gift for her? Why not gift something from the beauty aisle: a luxury scented candle, perfume, makeup, or a hair, body or face product? Something to soothe and pamper your loved one. With beauty and fragrance, you don’t have to worry about getting the right size, which is already putting you ahead of the curve. We’ve got over twenty ideas to help you get started. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated our ultimate luxury gift guide with the best in fragrance and beauty right now.

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Whether we’ve been left reeling from a bad breakup, or just successfully negotiated a raise, or  about to approach a mildly stressful, milestone birthday – our girlfriends always come through for us. The perfect text at the right time. A shoulder to cry on. An email with an inspiring quote to get us through the day. Girl power is alive and well.

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As a token of appreciation, let’s all do our sisters a favor and relieve them from wandering around Sephora, brushing and swabbing random samples on to their faces. And spare them from the horror of some “well-meaning” person in their lives committing a major faux pas by gifting them anti-aging serum (no matter how luxurious) or cellulite cream (no matter how effective.)

When it comes to beauty gifts, dear reader, it’s up to us to do right by the discerning women in our lives. From luxurious creams, makeup, fragrances, hair care and beauty tools, there are so many options that it can become quickly overwhelming.

That’s why we created this handy gift guide of over 20 of our favorites in luxury beauty and fragrance gifts. So you can spend less time shopping and more quality time with your bestie.

1. the best luxury beauty gift: products for the face

Gifting a facial product is a tricky thing. However, we think these selections not only work for all skin types, they’ll also give your gal a daily dose of luxury.

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May Lindstrom is famed for her artisanal organic beauty products sourced from a handful of farms all over the world. This Jasmine Garden Botanical facial mist ($70) is blended to to relax the mind and refresh the complexion. It adds instant hydration to the face but can also be spritzed on the body and hair.

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Another pampering facial product we love is makeup artist Jillian Dempsey’s face-smoothing 24k gold Sculpting Bar ($195). Made in Japan, it uses subtle vibrations to tone and massage the face.

I guess we have a thing for gold, because this 111 Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask ($160 for 5 pack)  is next up on the list. Using pure gold and rose extract, this nourishing mask promotes healing, moisture, removes dead skin cells and restores a natural radiance to the complexion.

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The best luxury beauty perfume and fragrance gift: Products for the Face. Courtesy Photos.


2. the best luxury beauty gift: products for bath and body

These bath and body finds encourage your gift recipient to slow down and leave them smelling great and feeling refreshed. A win all around.

Olverum is cult favorite German aromatherapy company and this sophisticated bath and body oil ($52) is infused with natural essential oils including Siberian fir needle, verbena, geranium, lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary.

If they prefer the crystal look of salt, consider Lord Jones Bath Salts ($65) infused with blooming botanicals and broad spectrum CBD oil to transform your bath into a nurturing spa experience.

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No bathtub? Gift a luxurious jar of British bespoke fragrance brand, Jo Malone’s Peony and Blush Suede Body Creme ($84) enriched with jojoba seed, cocoa seed and sweet almond and smells of peonies in voluptuous bloom.

The best luxury beauty perfume and fragrance gift: Bath and Body Products. Courtesy Photos.

3. the best luxury beauty gift: products for the hair

Good hair, don’t care. Don’t let her neglect those locks! And in the process, help her save money from all those blow-outs, so she can go on a girls trip with you.

Who needs a bed of roses when you can have a head of roses? These chic pump bottles from Sangre de Fruta ($104) hold shampoo and conditioner made with camellia seed oil, soothing calendula, and energizing ginseng root and leave the hair smelling of roses and sandalwood.

This Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($399) is a game changer: it increases smoothness by 75%, shine up to 132% and flyaways up to 61%. The gift edition also includes a beautiful red presentation case. For a more simple gift that embraces natural beauty, check out this jade crystal comb ($52), specifically designed to massage the scalp, reduce tension, and promote relaxation.

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4. the best luxury beauty gift: makeup

What’s more fun than makeup? With social media these days, it’s easier and easier to figure out how to use the latest colors and products.

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty is one of the hottest names in beauty right now. We love their message of inclusivity and flattering shades. The Galaxy Collection ($107) is a compelling kit of 9 full-sized eye and lip essentials, featuring glittery and metallic eyeshadow palette, lipsticks and eyeliners.

Beauty Blender sponges, created by makeup artist Ree Ann Silva, are key to producing seamless and airbrushed looks. This 8-piece set ($65) is super-girly and super-fun with limited edition gemstone shapes and colors of ruby, emerald and blue topaz.

For boss ladies who may not feel confident in their contouring skills, but who want something a little extra, try gifting this user-friendly bestseller, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($64). The powders can be applied individually or layered to imbue skin with a multidimensional glow, mimicking universally flattering lighting sources.

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The best luxury beauty and fragrance gifts: Make-up. Courtesy Photos.

5. the best luxury beauty gift: perfume

Perfumes are a very personal choice, which is why it can be extra special to nail a gift of fragrance for someone close to you.

What to gift the ingenue who’s sugar and spice and everything nice, but who is still your go-to for some mischief and fun? Try Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry ($335), with notes of Black Cherry, Bitter Almond, Turkish Rose, Jasmine, and Peru Balsam.

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For your good vibes goddess, consider Gucci’s ‘Winter’s Spring’ ($330) infused with notes of Mimosa, Pepper and Musk. It’s a crisp and serene scent. And the vintage pharmacy jar bottle will go perfectly next to their crystals and succulents.

For a delightfully unusual choice for the iconoclast friend, we love strangelove nyc’s gold-plated necklace strung with a dainty vial of the label’s ‘deadofnight’ perfumed oil ($260) that mixes Woody Oud base with Damask Rose, Natural Violet, Sandalwood, Amber and Musk.

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6. the best luxury beauty gift: scented candle

We don’t know about you, but we think candles are always a welcome gift– especially in colder seasons and climes. Here are some of our favorites if you decide to give the gift of a luxury scented candle.

For something simple and clean, Byredo’s Cotton Poplin ($85) is a must-have with notes of blue chamomile, linen, white cedar wood and sweet musk. Think tea on a brisk morning, linen drying in the sun, and an old book.

This gorgeous ceramic vessel that holds Fornasetti’s ‘Astronomici Bianco’ candle ($230) is printed with the signs of the zodiac and half-finished with gold foil. The sophisticated ‘Otto’ scent captures the aroma of wild Mediterranean herbs like Thyme and Lavender. They’re blended with Cedarwood, Incense and Birch.

This indulgent and luxurious candle from British label, Oskia, ($60) is scented with pure Rose de Mai oil. And it doubles as massage oil as it melts! A perfect gift for the gal who needs to slow down.

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7. the best luxury beauty gift sets

When in doubt, a generously filled, beautifully packaged gift set is the way to go. There’s sure to be something inside she’ll love.

Space NK’s advent calendar, The Beauty Anthology ($265), is the crème de la crème of beauty gift boxes. There are four themed chapters: Pre-party, Night Out, Morning After and Everyday, filled with full-size essentials and miniature editions. Brands include elite favorites like Dr. Barbara Sturm, Chantecaille, Eve Lom and Tata Harper.

Clean beauty lovers will be awed by GOOP’s Starter Kit Vol 1 ($325) filled with Gwyneth’s 10 all-time favorites. It includes beauty and bath products, as well as wellness supplements.

For the glamour vixen, Givenchy Beauty’s ‘Prestige Color Box’ ($295) is the ultimate gift. The beautiful presentation box comes with five ‘Le Vernis’ nail polishes and matching ‘Le Rouge Intense Color’ lipsticks.

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The best luxury beauty and fragrance gifts: Beauty and Makeup Gift Sets. Courtesy Photos.

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There you have it! Our luxury gift guide with the best in beauty, makeup, scented candles and fragrance right now. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but the giving the gift of beauty is in your hands! What’s at the top of your list?

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, fitness and even investigating police misconduct. Julie lives in NYC where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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