Il n’y a pas d’élégance possible sans parfum

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a fabulous bottle of French perfume.

Once again, proving how incredibly reasonable I am, I’ll just steer Santa in the right direction and let him make the ultimate decision. Flowers have been cultivated in the south of France for their essential oils since the 14th century. Perfumes are classified according to the percentage of essential oils they contain. The most common are Eau de Parfum (10 – 20%) and Eau de Cologne (3 – 8%). The more essential oils, the more they cost, but the longer they last. (Santa, there will be a quiz. Are you paying close attention?)

Santa, you can’t go wrong with these three goodies:

Rive_Gauche_Yves_Saint_LaurentYSL Rive Gauche: According to the web site, Rive Gauche is “inspired by the French avant-garde, the classic fragrance of Rive Gauche was designed by Yves Saint Laurent to show in scent the independent and unpredictable spirit of YSL Rive Gauche Prêt-à-Porter. First, rose with bright bergamot highlights calls freshness to mind, but this floral can’t hide its capriciousness. An unexpected middle arises: oakmoss, vetiver and musk quickly take over, setting up the deeply quixotic finish. In the iconic column-inspired flacon of cobalt blue glass and metal.” This is a sentimental favorite of mine. My sister gave me a Rive Gauche gift set when I was a teen and I felt very grown up. It’s only available as eau de toilette.

_5798179Annick Goutal Gardénia Passion:  The web site says “the seduction of blossoming gardenias blends with the freshness of a garden after a spring shower. The heady trail of scent that is left by a woman one will never forget.” I love the warm, rich embrace of this fragrance and the bottle on my dresser is almost empty. It’s available in eau de parfum, eau de toilette, shower gel, body cream, and a scented candle, so you never need to be away from this wonderful fragrance.

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My final contestant for a great gift is Mademoiselle Coco, by Chanel. According to the web site, it’s “feminine and sexy, young and exciting.” Definitely sounds like me, right Santa? This is available in an enormous range of fragranced products, from perfume to powder.

Coco Chanel said, “Il n’y a pas d’élégance possible sans parfum. C’est l’invisible, ultime et inoubliable accessoire.” (eel knee ah pah del-ay-ganse poss-ee-bluh sahn parfuh / seh lan-viz-ee-bluh ool-teem ay in-oo-blee-ah-bluh ak-sess-wahr) This means “There is no elegance possible without perfume. It’s the invisible, ultimate, and unforgettable accessory.” I think she also meant to say that it’s the perfect Christmas gift.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram at "Onequalitythefinest."
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