Top 5 New Perfume Discovery Sets – Handpicked Holiday Gift Ideas –
Perfume discovery sets are an excellent way to try new fragrances and great gifts for the holidays. It is a very convenient way to store perfume samples as well. I love to give discovery sets for the holidays. Some new sets were introduced recently. The sets which caught my eye are sold by Nicolai Parfums, Parfums Viktoria Minya, Heeley Parfums, Atelier Cologne and Sultan Pasha Attars.
1. Nicolai Parfums
This set with fragrances made by French perfumer Patricia de Nicolai can only be bought online. It includes the following 6 scents in 1,5 ml sprays:
Patchouli Intense, Ambre Cashmere Intense, Musc Intense, New-York Intense, Fig-Tea, L’eau miXte
Price: 29 euro for 6 samples/1,5 ml online via their website
2. Parfums Viktoria Minya
Two discovery sets are available. An interesting and elegant looking travel set with 5 sprays containing 15 mls of the whole range. A cheaper way to discover the perfume house is the sample set with 1,75 mls dab samples. I find this smaller set a very good way smell each fragrance, get to know them and compare them to each other. The only draw back are the dab vials instead of sprays. Included in the set are: Hedonist, Hedonist Rose, Hedonist Iris, Hedonist Cassis and Eau de Hongrie, Viktoria Minya’s ode to Tokaji Wine.
Price: 19 euro for 5 samples/1,75 mls or 159 euro for 5 sprays/15 mls – online via their website
3. Heeley Parfums
A new set was introduced by the perfume house Heeley Parfums including 5 fragrances: Sel Marin, Hippie Rose, Cardinal, Oranges and Lemons say the Bell’s of St Clement’s and Menthe Fraiche. Heeley is a perfume house I really like, I own a bottle of St Clement’s but this set is very tempting.
Price: 135 euro for 5 small/15 ml spray miniature bottles
4. Atelier Cologne
I read about this marvelous set on Undina’s website and am considering buying this new set. It is not only excellent value for money as a set but a 30 euro gift voucher is included as well. The set includes the extensive Atelier Cologne line of 30 fragrances.
Price: 30 euro for 30/2mls – free shipping for the sample set
5. Sultan Pasha Attars
Ultra niche perfumer Sultan Pasha recently introduced a sample set on ebay including Thebes Grade 1 and Grade 2 which he made after scenting the original and famed Guerlain Djedi. These intriguing two different versions of one scent are well worth buying the whole sample set for. If only to smell their compelling difference.
Price: 66 euro (55 pounds) for 25 small (2 drops) sample attars via eBay
Have a bought perfume discovery sets as a gift? Or are you planning too? Did you like one of these sets?
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All photographs were taken from the official websites except the first photograph. The first photograph was made at florist Menno Kroon in Amsterdam by Esperessence.
Parfums Viktoria Minya
December 14, 2016 @ 07:42
Thank you for the link! 🙂
In the past I gave Ineke’s discovery sets as gifts (those also include a coupon to take off the future full bottle purchase) – I do not know though if the recipients ever went ahead with the perfume purchase.
I wish more of these sets were available when I was starting the exploration of niche perfumery: I’d spent much more money on individual samples from decanters than it would have cost me to buy full sets. Unfortunately, by now for most of the brands, about which I care, I tried many of their perfumes, so buying a set to test 1-2 scents new to me doesn’t make much sense. And for new brands I’m not ready to go for 5-7 perfumes since I usually do not like most of them anyway. But I keep being tempted by nicely-sized bottles. Once brands start allowing to mix and match their smaller sizes (or sell them individually) – that’ll be the end of my perfume budget and shelf space withing a couple of months 🙂
December 14, 2016 @ 11:23
You’re welcome, Undina. Loved your idea for this set and many of the Atelier Cologne fragrances are new to me as there are so many now. I agree with you, I wish many niche brands had these sets years ago. Bought Ineke’s set back then and still have it. Lovely gift. I like the library one as well. Last years I gave many L’Artisan Parfumeur discovery sets as they came in all kinds of sizes. Andy Tauer has a set you can choose your own scents, just ordered one. But you probably know this. Shelf space, do not get me started 😊
The Scented Hound
December 14, 2016 @ 12:10
I love these gift and sample sets which allow you to discover what fits you best. Thanks for passing these along. Curious..have you tried any of the Sultan Pacha perfumes? I hear lots of raves, but not sure they are for me as they seem more middle eastern and heavy.
December 14, 2016 @ 12:43
I tried several perfumes made by Sultan Pasha. Not sure if they are for you but some of them might, the more floral ones. To me some of them are more classic. They could be on the heavy side but I have not tried all of his range so he could have some which are not. On their own they are really worth a try if not as they are very well made. Kafkaesque has many reviews on them, you might be familiar with them already. Nice you stopped by 😊