Best Christmas perfumes starting from just £21 – including Givenchy, Lancôme and Tiffany

Whether on the lookout for the perfect present or shopping for yourself, buying a new fragrance can be a bit of a minefield. Luckily we’ve rounded up the best perfumes to buy this Christmas – with something to suit everybody.

From glamorous gourmands and seductive flirts to sassy sex bombs and charismatic enigmas, here are the top ten hottest new signature scents to buy this festive season…

The best perfumes for Christmas 2021

Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum Rouge, £75.50 here

“Forbidden fruit” isn’t officially a fragrance note but it’s right at the heart of Givenchy’s latest, an olfactory ode to the thrill of stolen glances and hastily deleted WhatsApps. We cannot condone such behaviour, party season incoming or not, but it’s impossible to deny the heart-pounding pull of this perfume. With spicy ginger, blood orange and sandalwood, it’s smoother than a seducer’s slide into DMs.

Tiffany & Co Rose Gold Eau de Parfum, from £56 here

No evening outfit is complete without something sparkly, and Tiffany’s latest scent nails that whole “draped in diamond and gold” vibe. It’s taken the glamour of the original and thrown in a few extra carats’ worth of bling with this new edition, with notes of pink pepper and lychee that glitter like the jeweller’s gemstone cuts. Combined with Tiffany’s signature musky base, it’s a rich scent in every sense.

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum Blanche, £78 here

Like a sequinned jumper, this new Christmas incarnation of La Vie Est Belle may seem all lighthearted and twinkly to begin with, yet it has a surprising cosiness to it. The signature gourmand notes have been wrapped up in a blanket of musks, which add a cocooning, skin-like scent. The bottle’s been given a Snow Queen makeover too, with a sugar-frosted bottle and sparkly silver scarf tied elegantly around its neck.

Britney Spears Electric Fantasy, from £21 here

Ah Britney. Let’s side-step the controversy and focus on her back catalogue of bangers – like 16 years of Fantasy fragrance hits. Like the work of any smart superstar, her new launch doesn’t deviate too far from a winning format, with its signature cocktail of lively fruity notes, but there’s a nod to reinvention in the more grown-up drydown. Fans won’t be disappointed, and as for the rest? Well 2021 has proved you can always be surprised by Britney.

Kayali Invite Only Amber 23 Eau de Parfum Intense, £78 here

While Mona Kattan’s last scent was the sweet, tentative butterflies of falling in love, her latest one has moved on into full-blown, madly-in-lust infatuation. The rich, heady blend of amber, black cherry, chocolate hazelnut, patchouli and vanilla most definitely lives up to its “sexy, sexy, sexy” billing, while the name is presumably perfume speak for “get a room, guys”.

Marc Jacobs Perfect Intense Eau de Parfum, from £59.50 here

Stars, bows, shoes, a banana…if that gloriously giddy bottle cap alone doesn’t signal “living your best life” we don’t know what does. There’s just as much personality packed into the perfume itself: a fun-loving burst of pink pepper, daffodil, roasted almonds and “pamplezest” (no idea either, but it sounds a hoot). Anyone else feel like this perfume should be set in an 80s movie, with the quirky heroine dancing at the prom to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?

Juliette Has A Gun Lili Fantasy Eau de Parfum, from £85 here

Parlez-vous scandal? Juliette – the eponymous Parisian heroine of this fragrant period drama – has evidently come out of lockdown with a bang, throwing wild, palatial parties that would get her cancelled from society if someone snuck an iPhone in. Sure, this femme fatale herself may be imaginary, but the scent behind her latest chapter – all decadent white flowers, intoxicating amber and a sassy pop of bubblegum – is enough to get a party started for real.

Cochine Vanille & Tabac Noir Eau de Parfum, £110 here

Intense, sweet and smokey, this is like the figgy pudding of fragrances – not to everybody’s tastes, but if you like rich, sticky, smoky scents, you won’t be able to stop after one helping. Notes of vanilla and tobacco flower are blended with patchouli, cardamom and basil into this sensual, high-calorie perfume.

Miller Harris Oud Éclat Eau de Parfum, £160 here

Is it possible for your nose to do a double-take? We’d say so, having been taken aback by this expectation breaker of a perfume. Oud wouldn’t usually be our usual party plus-one – too weighty for a frivolous night out, right? But here, it’s been uncoupled from its traditional, heavy base note spot, reinvented it as something airy and fresher, and floated it to the top of the scent. And yet… it’s still unmistakably an oud. Our brains can’t quite compute, but our hearts are smitten.

Parfums de Marly Oriana Eau de Parfum, £210 here

A splurge, for sure, but if there was a fragrance it’s hard to say no to, it’s this. It’s pure, head-spinning temptation, not just a gourmand but a whole party dessert trolley of crisp, sticky-sweet, naughty-but-nice indulgence. Dip into the layers of chantilly cream, raspberry, blackcurrant and mandarin, and tell me you don’t have any appetite for afters.

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