Scents with stories: fragrances to buy yourself | Fashion

These are fragrances to buy yourself this Christmas. For one thing, most of them are, shall we say, “dear”? No aunt can be expected to shell out £300 on perfume, even if it will change your life. For another, they’re unusual. They have stories. Feather Supreme by Jusbox Perfumes is inspired by Aretha Franklin. And Art Meets Art fragrances gained the rights to five classic songs and asked perfumiers to capture the “essence” of the song in a bottle – from Sexual Healing to Bésame Mucho. Could this be the first perfume you can dance to?

Get the look

Memo Paris Marfa Spices £390 harveynichols.com
Glossier You £45 glossier.com
Orange Bitters Cologne £94 jomalone.co.uk
Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Amber Collection £200 harrods.com
Jusbox Perfumes Feather Supreme £140 selfridges.com
DS & Durga Burning Barbershop £139 libertylondon.com
Sexual Healing £63 artmeetsart.com

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