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November 30, 2016

The art of choosing the perfect fragrance

Your Uniprix Boutique Beauté has a great lineup of men’s and women’s fragrances, each boasting a delightful harmony of head, heart and bottom notes. Here’s a sample of our wide selection.

Tips on choosing a perfume as a gift

Perfume makes for a great gift on any occasion. But picking the right fragrance for someone else is anything but easy. Here are a few tips to make the process a little less daunting.

Gather information

Start by identifying the person’s favourite scents and the olfactive family of fragrances to which these belong. With a bit of detective work, you can also find out the name of their current fragrance. Are they a die-hard fan of the status quo? Or do they enjoy trying new scents? Armed with this information, you can now proceed in one of two ways.  

If you’re shopping for a loyal fan of a specific fragrance, your job is easy. Just purchase the eau de toilette or matching body veil, body cream or shower gel. This special little luxury is bound to please. 

If, on the other hand, you are buying for someone who loves wearing a different perfume for every occasion, then set your sights on fragrances of the same olfactive family as their regular brands and favourite bouquets. Still not sure? Why not buy a trial size and a gift card? That way, they can try the scent before buying it.

 Know your recipient

A perfume often reflects the wearer’s personality. Active, exuberant, energetic women generally gravitate toward the hesperida family. 

The sensitive and romantic types usually have a soft spot for florals. Sensual, mysterious vixens tend to prefer oriental scents, while women with a strong personality often fall for chypres. 

On the male front, men who are trendy, dynamic and athletic usually go for fragrances from the aromatic (“fougère”) family. Woody scents are a great match for virile, adventurous, decisive guys. The spontaneous, energetic types are often drawn to hesperidia scents, while a lady’s man is usually partial to fragrances of the oriental family. Lastly, the not-so-common leather scents are generally well suited to introverted and artistic personalities.

Women’s fragrances to discover (or rediscover) 

Nina Ricci – L’Air du Temps

The floral fragrance that brought fame to the Nina Ricci house embodies femininity and eternal youth. A timeless elixir that won’t disappoint!  

Head notes: carnation, peach, neroli, bergamot, rose, Brazilian rosewood and aldehydes 
Heart notes: rosemary, carnation, gardenia, violet, orchid, cloves, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose
Bottom notes: spices, iris, amber, sandalwood, musk, benzoin, oak moss, vetiver and cedar  

Parfum de Grès – Cabotine

As exuberant as a burst of laughter, Cabotine is the perfect fit for playful, energetic and spirited women. The fragrance will convey their delightful zest for life.

Head notes: coriander, blackcurrant, plum, cassia, peach, tangerine and orange blossom
Heart notes: carnation, tuberose, iris, violet, freesia, ginger, jasmine, hyacinth, heliotrope, ylang-ylang and rose 
Bottom notes: sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, civet, vanilla, vetiver, cedar and blackcurrant 

Guess – Guess for Women

Guess for Women is a floral and fruity blend. The easy-to-wear fragrance will thrill sensual women who love to stay ahead of the trends. 

Head notes: green apple, bergamot, strawberry and tangerine 
Heart notes: peony, magnolia, freesia, peach, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley and red berries Bottom notes: amber, musk, oak moss and cedar 
Bottom notes: amber, musk, oak moss and cedar

Lise Watier – Neiges

Neiges by Lise Watier has been around for over 20 years! The light, fresh floral scent suits to a tee the more reserved and sensible women.  

Head notes: hyacinth, lily-of-the-valley, jasmine and rose 
Herat notes: magnolia and orange blossom
Bottom notes: sandalwood and musk

Mahée – Angélique

Romantic and captivating, the Angélique eau de parfum evokes the softness of a sweet dream. The blend is concocted to give its wearer an extra dose of self-assurance.

Head notes: grapefruit, lychee, blueberry and turquoise lily 
Heart notes: Anjou pear, jasmine, peony, boysenberry 
Bottom notes: coconut, sandalwood, musk and amber 

Unisex fragrance

Calvin Klein, CK2

CK2 by Calvin Klein is a unisex fragrance made for Generation Y. This urban scent celebrates the infinite number of ways two people can connect. Hurray for liberty, optimism and the here and now! 

Head notes: wasabi, mandarin and violet 
Heart notes: wet cobblestone, rose and iris
Bottom notes: vetiver, sandalwood and incense

Unforgettable fragrances for men

Davidoff – Cool Water

Cool Water is for the man of action. The enticing scent is inspired by the essence of the ocean and the power of its waves!  

Head notes: sea water, mint, green notes, lavender, coriander, rosemary and calone 
Heart notes: sandalwood, jasmine, neroli and geranium 
Bottom notes: musk, oak moss, cedar, tobacco and amber 

Guess – Man 

Guess Man was made with the bold, modern and classy gent in mind. This irresistible fragrance gives off an air of unabashed masculinity.

Head notes: wormwood
Heart notes: nutmeg, white pepper, ginger and lavender 
Bottom notes: sandalwood, Peru balsam, fir, amber, musk and suede 

Azzaro – Chrome 

Fresh and invigorating, Azzaro Chrome boasts zesty citrus notes that combine perfectly with the manliness of musk and wood notes. It’s a wave of freedom in a bottle!

Head notes: rosemary, pineapple, neroli, bergamot and lemon
Heart notes: cyclamen, coriander, jasmine and oak moss 
Bottom notes: sandalwood, tonka bean, musk, oak moss, cedar, Brazilian rosewood and cardamom 

Montblanc – Legend 

Montblanc is an intensely masculine fragrance with timeless appeal. Legendary, unmistakable and sophisticated!     

Head notes: lavender, bergamot, lemon verbena and pineapple
Heart notes: coumarin, oak moss, geranium, rose, red apple and dried fruit 
Bottom notes: sandalwood, tonka bean

Lacoste – L.12.12

L.12.12 by Lacoste is a pure and energizing fragrance that is sure to appeal to the sports-loving gentleman. 

Head notes: grapefruit, rosemary, cardamom and cedar needles 
Heart notes: ylang-ylang and tuberose
Bottom notes: Virginian cedar, leather, suede and vetiver 

And more!

Uniprix offers a whole host of fragrances, each more captivating than the next. Eternity now by Calvin Klein, Héloïse de V, Boss Ma vie – Jour – Nuit, Mad Potion by Katy Perry, Michael by Michael Kors, L’Extase by Nina Ricci, Eau de cèdre  by Armani, The Brilliant Game by Davidoff and Drakkar Essence… 

To explore our extensive selection, visit your favourite Boutique Beauté and discuss the tastes and preferences of your gift recipient (or your own) with your beauty consultant. If you need a little inspiration, take a look at our articles, Perfume trends to thrill your senses and Our gift ideas to pamper dad

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Would you like to test different fragrances? Call on your Uniprix beauty consultant. She’ll be more than happy to help! 

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