It’s the most luxurious Christmas fragrance out there—hands down.

By Patricia Shannon
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Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin
Credit: Neiman Marcus

I am all about a signature holiday scent. All year long I wear the same fragrance (a story for another time) until Thanksgiving arrives, at which point I whip out my Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir and all is suddenly merry and bright. I never thought I would see the day, but this year there’s a new rival for my beloved Jo. Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin is elegant, warm, and inviting with just a hint of spice—everything I want in a holiday perfume.

A few weeks ago, Neiman Marcus sent me a box of some of their most popular beauty gifts. Among the talented cast of candles, hair products, makeup, and more, was a petite gold bottle tucked into a red leather sleeve. I took off the cap and was greeted by one of the loveliest scents I’ve come across. Atelier Cologne’s Santal Carmin Limited Edition Gift Set is absolutely special occasion-worthy—both due to its scent profile and steep price tag (clocking in at $300)—but if you’re not averse to shelling out triple digits for a fragrance, I can’t implore you enough to give this one a try.

The first notes of Santal Carmin are warm and woody—which is a good place to start when looking for a winter scent. It also has a little dash of citrus (hello, holiday) along with a trail of spicy sweetness that will really keep you coming back for more. It’s a unisex fragrance, but don’t tell my husband. This one is just a little too pretty for sharing.

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Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Limited Edition Gift Set is available for purchase at You can also purchase Santal Carmin in 30 mL ($150), 100 mL ($275), and 200 mL ($375) sizes from