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Get scented this festive season

Every single morning I face the same dilemma: what scent should I wear?  It’s a question that may seem unimportant or even superficial in such a troubled and difficult world, but the truth is that the enjoyment a scent can bring much-needed comfort and often a sense of joy that helps one get through the day.

So every morning I stand in front of many scents and ponder what to wear.  What do I want to be today, I ask myself.  Do I want to be a warrior of smoke and oud, or do I want to channel ethereal spectres in a luminous floral?  Or do I just want to be a tween for the day in a unapologetically sweet fruity floral?  Whatever I chose, my scent will be my companion for the day – my costume.

Now Christmas Day presents another scented crisis because one tends to feel that they have to wear something seasonally-appropriate or something rather special. Sure, you may be rocking your favourite onesie, but even when you’re dressed down there’s no harm in dressing up scent-wise.  Nearly every Christmas without fail I spritz on a generous helping of Kryptomint because it feels suitably opulent and comforting.  In this piece, I’ve put together a list of scents that are perfect for Christmas Day – some are inspired by the season itself whilst others take olfactory cues from the many festivities and traditions we celebrate.  All smell might good.


The Obligatory Cigar

One tradition of Christmas is the patchouli.  Let’s face it, we’d all be a little bit disappointed to wake up on the big day and not find a perky scents of patchouli in the kitchen, now wouldn’t we?  When I think of any brand that even remotely resembles that Christmas scent I think Mugler A*Men Pure Havane.

The scent is a cuddle blend of refreshing honeyed tobacco and refined Cuban cigars that pays homage to the most famous of origins. Pure Havane makes for an understated effort that shines with the sheer quality of its materials that tells the tale of a romantic Christmas encounter on a wintry balcony and the material it uses.


Breakfast Geranium

I don’t know about you but one of my Christmas traditions is Quality Street for breakfast.  Now, don’t judge me, as this never really sets out as an intentional exercise, but as one gets up early to open presents, breakfast is usually the last thing on the mind so it’s simply easier to reach for the multi-coloured foil wrappers of Christmas chocolates than it is to whip up a bowl of Pronutro.  As I said, don’t judge me…

One scent that could nicely compliment the excess of sweet treats on Christmas day is Kryptomint by Mugler.  This scent is as sweet as it gets.  It drips with peppermint and geranium, but also boasts a shimmering opening of freshly rubbed patchouli.  Sure, it’s on the excessive side (if you don’t like your scents sweet, this one is not for you) but that’s what exactly what makes Kryptomint so wonderful – its sense of reckless abandon and fun.  In short, Kryptomint is the perfect complement to the ideal Christmas breakfast.


Booze it Up

What’s your Christmas tipple?  I’m partial to a bit of whisky myself and maybe a glass (or two) of red, or even some Champagne if the mood strikes, in addition, perhaps, to a cheeky G&T.  Remember that thing I said about not judging me?   Anyway, moving on!  Christmas Day is a day for celebrating and what better way to celebrate with a dash of your favourite alcohol, in scented form, of course?  So why not spritz on a spritzer of some sort for some extra Christmas sparkle.


For those that like a much need glass of bubbly with their Christmas dinner I’d recommend a dazzling bottle of Wanted by Azzaro.  This spicy fizz of a scent is woody, light with citrus undertones, just like a tall glass of our favourite cognac cocktail with a dash of bitters for good measure.  Wanted is a delicious cocktail that is fun and juicy, but if you’re into something a bit richer and deeper, I’d recommend a slug of  Azzaro’s Pour Homme on the rocks.  Pour Homme takes the woody  signature of Wanted and warms it up with sweet, grapefruit and lavender base tones and hints of woody cedar– it’s perfect for relaxing by the fire in your favourite/dodgiest Christmas jumper.  Whichever you choose, just make sure you wear both responsibly.

Over to You!

So what’s it going to be; something satsuma-tastic, a deliciously excessive Wanted or a slug of something for the soul?  Or perhaps it’ll be something else completely!  Let me know in the comments box below and you could WIN yourself a bottle of Mugler A*MEN Pure Havane. As for me?  Well, I’ll probably end up in Kryptomint – tradition is tradition, after all!


Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.
  • Mangaliso Mzwandile

    I had this beautiful fragrance, I once remarked that it smelt like I’ve had a thousand showers. It had very fresh notes reminiscent of the ocean that conjured up the image of a surfer. I’m the type of guy who takes ages to adopt a new fragrance but I took to this one immediately. I went on holiday and when I came back it’s smell filled my medicine cabinet and had soaked into my hair clippers and my comb and other items in there. Someone cracked the bottle and for whatever reason put it back so it leaked. I know the brand name it’s a crocodile on a blue bottle but I’m not going to replace it. It’s just lovely to remember it everytime I comb my hair and catch a whiff of it.

    This time around I’d like to give Azzaro Wanted a try. It’s time for a more mature smell, I think