PoP: Holiday Party Fragrance Tips

Mimi ON Dec 24, 2010 AT 12:23 pm

Katie Puckrik

Katie Puckrik: Photographer Martin Shaw

by Katie Puckrik

When it comes to parties, perfume is always my plus-one. It’s the perfect opportunity to wear your biggest, funnest scents — those larger-than-life characters that can really dazzle a crowd.

Frédéric Malle Une Rose is one of my favorite high-heels fragrances, as is Chanel Coromandel. Agent Provocateur puts me in a minxy mood when I’m all foxed up for festivities, and Comme des Garçons Daphne is a real whoop-de-doo party gal.

And after smelling Malle’s glorious Carnal Flower on Juicy Couture co-founder Gela Nash-Taylor at Solange Azagury-Partridge’s recent Beverly Hills jewelry shop bash, I’m now enlightened. I used to think Carnal Flower was too overwhelming for me to pull off, but I loved how it sang right off Gela’s skin into a floral puff of joy that delighted everyone around her. I’m back on board the Carnal Flower love train.

Carnal Flower’s fresh vibrancy is the perfect optimistic perfume to ring in the New Year, and that’s what I’ll be smelling like when the clock strikes midnight.

What will you be wearing?

Don't bother wrapping it, Solange - I'll just wear it home.

Don't bother wrapping it, Solange - I'll just wear it home.

While you’re pondering, here are my holiday party picks:


Agent Provocateur Diamond Dust – this mossy saffron rose has already started fooling around without you. Hurry up and get in there!
Starting at $40 for 1 oz from Amazon.com, FragranceNet.com and AgentProvocateur.com

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 – cedar-ish and sandalwood-ish magic potion.
Starting at $135 for 3.5 oz from LuckyScent.com


Guerlain Shalimar Ode à la Vanille – a lighter-hearted version of the original, scaling back the leather and bumping up the vanilla.
$150 for 1.7 oz from Amazon.com and the Guerlain Boutique at the Shoppes at the Palazzo, (702) 732-7008

Fresh Cannabis Santal – quietly yummy patchouli, chocolate, plums, musk.
Starting at $32 for 1 oz from Sephora.com and Amazon.com


Frédéric Malle Carnal Flower – lavish and joyful tuberose.
Starting at $200 for 1.7 oz from Barneys.com, LesSenteurs.com and EditionsdeParfums.com

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris – sweet, leathery amber.
$115 for 4.2 oz from LuckyScent.com

Watch Katie talk holiday party fragrance tips with Erica Fox on Fox 5 San Diego below:

For more perfume rants and rambles, visit Katie Puckrik Smells at www.katiepuckriksmells.com

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