Stacey Banfield

Christchurch Based Makeup Artist & Blogger

5 Fragrances that make the perfect stocking filler – For Her

Fragrance is such a personal thing it often makes for a hard gift to choose, unless of course you know what takes the fancy of who your buying for. To make life simpler majority of the brands offer small sized gift sets at this time of year or 30ml sizing which is perfect in case it’s not something that’s up their alley. Every year new fragrances are launched and every year I seem to have a longer list of newbies to try.

Fortunately for me I am extremely lucky and have been able to try an array of stunning fragrances the past couple of months, and it just so happens that I am now in love with all of these..- go figure this is why I am forever poor and cannot control my shopping addictions, so here we go without further ado…my gift to you.

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1.YSL Black Opium EDP ( My MUST HAVE)- This scent is the way to a Women’s heart, there is no doubt about the beauty that sits within this bottle that is for sure, especially if it’s for a female who likes to stand out from the crowd. When the electrifying energy of black coffee meets the assertive femininity of white flowers. A vibrant, sensual and addictive contrast of light and dark comes together to delight your senses and leave you smelling delicious all day long. YSL products although more on the high end of the scale, are worth every cent and will not disappoint.   Available in two sizes starting from $165 NZD

2.  YSL Black Opium EDT – The latest version to join the Black Opium family the EDT version is a great option if you want something that packs a punch, yet has a softer touch than the original EDP. Dressed in the same bottle with a slight hint of pink, the Bouquet is an addictive gourmand floral with notes of adrenaline-pumping black coffee, seductive white florals and sweet vanilla. I am telling you now you cannot go wrong, this is bound to keep you in her good books.. until it runs out at least. Available in Department Stores Nationwide in two sizes 30ml & 50ml priced from $95 NZD

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3. I Am Juicy Couture – This is one of my all time favourites, dressed in a luxe bottle that portrays elegance and glam this fragrance is beautiful.A glamorous rebel with an individual spirit and style that makes a statement to the world.  I AM JUICY COUTURE combines ripe, juicy fruits to open this bold and alluring scent before blending a seductive mixture of Gardenia and Cashmere Woods.


4. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream – A hit for the Summer time Daisy Dream is as dreamy as it sounds. A fruity floral fragrance with a light and airy touch. Inspired by the boundless spirit of daisies and blue skies, Daisy Dream reflects Marc Jacobs’s irresistible mix of intricate details, elegance and femininity for a fresh interpretation of the iconic Daisy motif. This is a great one for every day wear, or for someone who prefers a more delicate scent.  Available at


5. Jimmy Choo Illicit – I may not ever be able to afford my very own pair of Jimmy Choo heels but there is no way I am ever missing out on their fragrances again. Illicit is an alluring scent that really pulls on those heart strings from the first spirtz. Best descibed for a women who lives in the moment and knows how to bend the rules without having to break them. Modern notes of ginger flirt with feminine rose and sophisticated jasmine, effortlessly melting into the skin with a tempting trail of honey-amber. Both edgy and elegant, Jimmy Choo Illicit Eau de Parfum is truly divine. Available in 40ml, 60ml and 100ml prices from $87 at


It was so hard breaking it down to 5 Fragrances as I could sit here for days telling you about all of those I love, but I feel like these 5 really give you a good place to start. They are all from fantastic brands, of a high quality and presented beautifully – which makes it even better when it comes to gift giving. A lot of these brands will now have their gift sets out so make sure you pop into Farmers or your local department store and take a look around – the savings can be amazing!!!





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