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How to find the best festive fragrances for perfumistas

When Chanel and Dior won't cut it, these under the radar perfumes will hit the spot this Christmas

By Katie Wright

Perfume is a very personal thing and some people prefer to stick to one signature scent at all times. Others change their fragrance on a daily basis, assembling a whole wardrobe of bottles so they can spritz on a different juice whenever the mood takes them.

For these connoisseurs, a new addition to their collection is always a delight, but with encyclopedic knowledge and exacting standards, the latest offering from a major fashion house just won't do.

That's where independent brands come into their own, especially at Christmas if you're looking for a gift to please a self-confessed scent snob - you just need to have a bit of an idea of their perfume preferences.

We've selected the best new releases from a range of indie labels, rounding up the niche scents that will impress even the pickiest perfumista.

1. If she likes... green, woody scents with a tropical flavour

Berdoues Selva Do Brazil Eau De Parfum, £67 for 100ml, Harvey Nichols

2. If she likes... floral fragrances rounded out with amber and musk

Atelier Bloem Nieuw Amsterdam, £160 for 100ml, Liberty

3. If she likes... a cloud of heady, creamy floral notes anchored by a woody base

Initio Psychedelic Love, £190 for 90ml, Harrods

4. If she likes... the oriental spiciness of pepper and bergamot with a smoky frankincense tail

Annick Goutal Nuit et Confidences, £85 for 50ml, John Lewis

5. If she likes... rich white florals with a subtle sweetness

Atelier Cologne Cafe Tuberosa Cologne Absolue, £110 for 100ml, House of Fraser

6. If she likes... rose, bolstered by fruity notes and a hint of spice

Parfums de Marly Delina Exclusif, £175 for 75ml, Selfridges

7. If she likes... oriental scents rounded out with buttery wood and musk accords

Eisenberg Paris Secret IV Rituel D'Orient, around £88 for 30ml, eisenberg.com

8. If she likes... boozy unisex scents that are heavy on the vetiver and woody to the core

Tom Daxon Riven Oak, £155 for 100ml, tomdaxon.com

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