Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Perfume Gift Giving Made Easier with Scentlab at Debenhams

There's no doubting that perfume is a lovely gift to give and receive. However, sometimes I'm quite reluctant to buy fragrance for someone unless I know that there's a particular one they like because scent is such a personal and subjective thing. Something that I love, other people can hate (case in point: anyone who comes within a few feet of me these days will be hit by a waft of Thierry Mugler's Angel and I know that's a real love or hate scent - sorry if you hate it!). 

Yet, perfume is a really classic Christmas present and countless bottles and sets will be bought all over the land over the next few weeks. How can you be sure that the recipient of your gift will like what they're getting? Well, maybe give Scentlab a go. 

Scentlab, which is exclusively in Ireland at Debenhams on Henry Street in Dublin, is a really cool touchscreen device that is basically a virtual perfume advisor. Through a questionnaire, either based on the type of scents that the person likes (eg. caramel, floral, oriental, etc.), or based on their lifestyle (or the lifestyle they aspire to!), Scentlab will suggest three perfumes that best suit them. It chooses from over 30 fragrances, testers of most of which are very handily displayed beside the screen. 

I thought this was a really fun innovation and I can see it being very useful for loads of people over the Christmas season. It definitely takes some of the guesswork out of selecting a perfume to give as a gift. 

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