Fragrancing Festive Films

24th December, 2014

Presents! Mulled wine! Mince pies! What a time to be alive.

Now, Christmas and perfume go together like Beyonce and Hova, like Kim and Kanye, like Jennifer Aniston and her many millions and successful career and she doesn’t need a husband to be happy thank you very much.

And what would Christmas be without the films that we all love so much, despite only being able to stand watching them for one month of the year? Ah, we love a Christmas film.

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So, in the name of commercialism and Jesus, I present my list of perfumes for your favourite Christmas films!

So here we go:

MISS PIGGY – Muppet's Christmas Carol

Miss Piggy is nothing short of iconic. For decades she has maintained her effortless glamour while also building various successful careers, ruling an island and generally having no time for scrubs.

I imagine Miss Piggy in a huge cloud of Chanel No5 – grand, classic and super-feminine.



One of the most joyful films ever made. Buddy is sugar and spice and all things nice, the epitome of Christmas cheer. There’s nothing sexual about Buddy, he has a hell of a sweet tooth and is lacking any real… maturity, so how to scent him?

I recommend layering together several scents from Demeter Fragrance Library (aka Library of Fragrance). There are a lot to choose from, but I think that Gingerbread, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Brownie, Bubblegum, Hot Fudge Sundae, Lemon Meringue, Raspberry Jam, Sugar Cookie, Candy Cane Truffle, Vanilla Cookie Dough, Angel Food and Birthday Cake should just about do it.


ACTUAL SANTA CLAUS – Miracle on 34th Street (1994 re-orchestrated version)

For a certain generation, Santa Claus will always be Richard Attenborough (RIP you wonderful chap). He exuded warmth in the role and was perfectly believable as an immortal toy maker who flies with reindeer, which is quite a feat.

Santa is not a particularly ostentatious man (despite the RED SUIT and SLEIGH PULLED BY LITERAL FLYING REINDEER WITH BELLS ON) so for him I’ve chosen a classic – Blenheim Bouquet from Penhaligons; Crisp and traditional with enough warmth to keep him going in the North Pole.

HOWARD LANGSTON – Jingle All The Way

This is absolutely one of the best Christmas films ever. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays an all-American dad just trying to connect with his son following the separation from his wife. The role he was born to play, according to this critic.

I could write an entire article on this film alone (Seriously, Basenotes, I could write that article) but this isn’t the time. For now, I’ll just choose Howard’s perfume, and I’m going for Knize Ten. It’s a classic masculine leather with just the tiniest hint of softness – perfect for a Terminator-turned-Turboman. (And we just can’t ignore the Austrian accent, sorry Arnie.)

THE HAYNES SISTERS – White Christmas

Possibly the quintessential Christmas film – the songs, the costume, Bing ‘Christmas’ Crosby.

Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney starred as the two sisters who team up with two ex-soldiers to sing and dance their way to saving a friend’s business. I can see them both wearing 4160 Tuesday’s Doe in the Snow (Which is one of my favourite perfume names of 2014, and totally appropriate). It’s brilliantly frosty, modern but with a definite nod to the classic chypres of the 70s. Originally made for a January wedding


GREMLINS – Gremlins

A sometimes-forgotten Christmas classic. Slightly more anarchic than your usual festive fare, but no less seasonal for it. We all know the rules when it comes to Mogwai – don’t feed them after midnight and don’t get them wet.

So long as you obey the above, then you’re alright: you have Gizmo. He’s all fluffy and cute and looks good in a Santa hat and probably smells soft, clean and a little bit animalic. Kiehl’s Original Musk would probably be about right.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide what a gremlin would smell like after the change…

Well, there we have it. Did I miss your favourite Christmas film? Let me know in the comments.*
Have a great Christmas, everyone!

* I realise that there are a large number of people in the world who like to loudly declare that Die Hard is their favourite Christmas film, and no doubt they will be wondering why I haven’t included it in this list. Because it was released in February and is NOT A CHRISTMAS FILM.

A note from Grant.

Callum did miss the best Christmas Film ever, but he's barely out of childhood, so I'll let him off. So, in case you were wondering, Clarence would like to be given this.

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About the author: Callum Langston-Bolt

Callum Langston-Bolt worked for several years in fragrance after accidentally landing a job in a perfume shop while studying English. From the West Country he has been settled in London for seven years. His interests include fragrance, film, wine and dogs. He helps run the monthly fragrance meet-up Perfume Lovers London with Odette Toilette and Laurin Taylor.



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      • trex57 | 24th December 2014 22:16

        Tsk! Tsk! What about A Christmas Story or perhaps something from Dickens? What would Ralphies dad wear or Mr Scrooge. And don't say Aventus young man.

      • scentsableguy | 25th December 2014 00:53

        ...Excuse me, haven't you forgotten THE Christmas film?

        Which one, you ask? Here's a clue...

        "Yippee kai-aye, mother"....well you know the rest.. And what would Hans Grueber be wearing?

      • Mysticman | 26th December 2014 18:08

        Oh come on --- any list of best Christmas movies HAS to include Billy Bob Thornton's "Bad Santa." Billy Bob's character would have to wear something cheap and American, since his impaired sense of smell with all the cigarettes and drinking would mean he probably puts on a bit too much. But he does do well with the ladies, so it couldn't be something awful. I'm thinking classic Brut, Jovan Musk for Men, or maybe Old Spice original.