🎄Christmas Decorations in Amsterdam🎄

It’s only a few days to Christmas! I love to visit florist Menno Kroon in Amsterdam this time of year. He is a posh florist with absolutely stunning Christmas decorations. This year he decorated his flower shop mostly in red.

I liked the idea of red mushroom Christmas balls and loved the 3 metres high artificial Christmas trees (see photographs) As I have a cat, I don’t do Christmas trees anymore. This year I bought new plastic red and silver Christmas balls at the discount store Kruidvat to replace the glass ones.  You can see the new decorations on Instagram if you follow me on there.

The artificial 3 metres high Christmas trees at florist Menno Kroon and their decorarions were absolutely magnificent. I wonder how cats would react to a tree like this one? My ginger cat Rubio would probably try to climb in this tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question: What do you think? Do you like these decorations? Have you decorated your home for the holidays? Did you change the colours this year?

 

Photographs made at Menno Kroon, Amsterdam by Esperessence 2018

 

 

Holiday Giving For Him 2018

 

Holiday Giving for HIM. Here are 3 great gift ideas which look fabulous and all are under 40 euro. They are: Bentley Intense For Men, Guerlain Habit Rouge L’Eau and Zara Home Nordic Leather Fragrance Cards. 

Holiday Giving: Bentley Intense For MEN

Don’t let the rather flashy bottle put you off. Honestly I had some second thoughts when it arrived.  BUT this fragrance is absolutely amazing for its price. Some perfume lovers (or perfumista’s) say it smells like the niche fragrance Lubin Idole. Bentley Intense For Him was created by perfumer Nathalie Lorson in 2013. It’s notes are black pepper, incense, geranium, clary sage, labdanum, leather, cedar wood, patchouli and sandalwood.

Longevity is fabulous. You can still smell a boozy vanillic dry down after 12 hours! A very festive gift for a loved one 🎄 I gave one to my partner earlier this year and he wears it daily at the moment. As a few sprays are enough. This bottle will last him a long very time. Available at the moment online for 30 euro for a 100 ml bottle. Smaller 50 ml bottles are sold as well which might be a good choice as it lasts such a long time and is a rather heavy bottle. 

Holiday Giving: Guerlain Habit Rouge L’eau

Guerlain Habit Rouge L’Eau is a great gift for someone looking for an uncomplicated and office friendly fragrance. It is a very good introduction to more complex Guerlain fragrances like the original Shalimar or Habit Rouge. 

Notes are jasmine, patchouli, vanille, bitter orange, hazelnut and green notes. You can find Habit Rouge L’Eau easily online for very reasonable prices. I found a bottle this week for 40 euro for a 100 ml bottle. You might find it cheaper in old packaging. 

 

 Holiday Giving: Zara Home Nordic Leather Fragrance Cards

Nordic Leather is a very warming woody fragrance with sandalwood, incense and spices. This is not a perfume but a home fragrance with additional fragrance cards which make your clothes smell as if you are wearing a perfume. The cards can be overwhelming at first so it’s best to keep them in a close cupboard in the beginning. These cards work like a modern version of lavender sachets and are made of plastic impregnated with fragrance.

The cards are available online and at Zara Home shops. They cost 12 euro for 3 and last about 6 months. The sachets are available in other home fragrances as well like Sicilian fig, Cedar wood and White jasmine. I have Sicilian Fig as well but don’t like it as much for clothes as Nordic Leather. 

Bottom line: Bentley Intense For Him, Guerlain Habit Rouge L’Eau and Zara Home Nordic Fragrance Cards are fabulous affordable gifts for the upcoming holidays for him. All are available online. 

Have you tried any of the fragrances or the Zara fragrance cards? What do you think of them? Or Bentley Intense For Him? 

Link to my previous post:  Guerlain Habit Rouge L’Eau , 

Disclosure: all products were bought by me, all photographs made by Esperessence