Throughout the year, many of us have occasions where we might be looking to buy a gift for a couple. The most obvious time would be Christmas but you might also be looking for a gift for other occasions that are significant such as an engagement, wedding, new home or even a new baby. You might even be looking for something to buy your own partner that is linked to something that you've got for yourself.
Fragrances are a great option and although they're quite an obvious choice when it comes to Christmas and birthdays, they're a little less thought of for other occasions in life. However, for me, scent is so powerful as it can evoke so many memories which actually makes it a really good present idea when you're buying a gift for a couple at a significant time of their life as when they smell that fragrance in years to come, it'll remind them of that special time.
Many brands, especially designer ones, make separate fragrances for men and women that compliment one another; think of them as a duo with similar notes or a similar feel to them. These perfumes make an ideal gift for a couple as you can purchase the fragrances alone or as gift sets to take advantage of even more fabulous savings with the complimentry products in the box.
I wrote about his and hers fragrance gifting last year and my top tips for finding out the fragrance that someone you know will love in a post where I also review Dolce & Gabbana The One For Him and Her; so do check back to that for more information.
D&G The One is definitely one of my favourite his and hers fragrances but this year in particular, I've discovered so many more; lets take a look at them...
For The Modern Day, Classic Couple
For the classic couple who never go out of style, I'd recommend the Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Essence (check it out in my Christmas Gifts For Men post) and the ladies Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Essence (you can find out more about this scent in my Luxe Christmas Gift Guide). Any perfume lover will recognise these iconic fragrances but they've been given a little nip and tuck to bring them bang up to date in 2016.
The torso of Le Male is a little broader on the shoulders and more nipped in at the waist whereas the silhouette of Classique is smaller on the bust and curvier on the hips and bottom a la Kim K. Both bottles are crystal clear now rather than frosted and the metal packaging is all copper which I LOVE. This duo will look absolutely stunning on a his and hers vanity!
The scents have been given an upgrade too. They're still very reminiscent of the original, classic fragrances but they have added notes to them. Le Male Essence has more citrus notes which gives the fragrance a lighter, more sophisticated scent and Classique Essence combines contrasting notes of spicy whipped cream, jasmine and woods. Both are stunning and perfect for the modern day, classic couple!
SHOP Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Essence & Classique Essence
For The Glamorous Couple
For the uber glamorous couple, I'd highly recommend the new releases from Paco Rabanne; 1 Million Privé and Lady Million Privé. Similar to the Jean Paul Gaultier Essence perfumes, these fragrances smell similar to their originals but even better.
Fans of the original 1 Million will love the new Paco Rabanne 1 Million Privé (also featured in my Mens Christmas Gift Guide) because it does smell very similar to the original 1 Million with its blood mandarin and cinnamon notes but it has been given an oriental, woody twist. While still smelling similar to the original, the new Paco Rabanne Lady Million Privé perfume has been given a serious upgrade. The new fragrance is far deeper and more sensual than the original, plus it smells the same on the skin as it does when first spritzed out of the bottle and it lasts for far longer.
This duo is perfect for the glamorous couple who love to look their best. The fragrances are instantly recognisable and are attention grabbing. They have a luxe feel to them right down to the beautiful brown and amber packaging which is another luxe upgrade!
So many brands bring out new editions of their top fragrances and these ones are a great option if you're buying for a same sex couple as you could buy one person the original and one the new edition.
SHOP Paco Rabanne 1 Million Privé and Lady Million Privé
For the Rock Star Duo
For the rock star couple, the Zadig & Voltaire This Is Him! and Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her! fragrances would be my top pick. I reviewed them earlier this autumn in this post and in all honesty, I've worn both of them so much since that I'll be needing to repurchase them soon.
Zadig & Voltaire are Parisian fashion designers and that fun, edgy vibe really comes across in these fragrances, right down to the artsy bottles that look as though they've been carved out of rock; feminine white for This Is Her! and masculine black for This Is Him!. These are ideal for the couple who are independent, yet very in tune with one another as the bottles fit together and I actually find that the fragrances themselves can be worn on either sex. This Is Him! on a woman more so than This Is Her! on a man although personal preference would prevail.
This Is Him! is an oriental, woody fragrance with top notes of peppery grapefruit, a soft vanilla and incense heart and a sandalwood base which combine together to make the most alluring, incredible scent that I can't get enough of. This Is Her is a gourmand woody, floral fragrance which combines spicy notes with floral ones. You'll find top notes of jasmine and pink pepper, a heart of chestnut and an intense sandalwood base. As you can see by their notes, these fragrances are very in tune with one another.
SHOP Zadig and Voltaire This Is Him! and This Is Her!
My final recommendation has to be for the stylish, couture duo and that is Spicebomb and Flowerbomb. Created by Viktor & Rolf, these two fragrances really epitomise male and female scents; spicy notes are synonymous with masculine fragrances in just the same way as floral notes are to feminine perfumes.
For the gents, we have Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb which is actually the fragrance that my husband wore on our wedding day. It is an incredible oriental, woody, spicy perfume with a quite a lengthy list of fragrance notes. The result is alluring and addictive. For the ladies, the oriental Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is this ultimate girlie fragrance. This is an intensely feminine perfume that is packed full of floral notes, a warming hint of powder and a musk base. You may have read my review of Flowerbomb on my blog earlier this year and my thoughts on it are pretty much the same; this is a timeless beauty!
SHOP Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb and Flowerbomb
Which mens and womens fragrances do you love? Have you smelled any of these ones?