Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Sophisticated Scents

Candles, perfumes, incense and more for those with a discerning sense of smell

While we may not give much thought to our noses on the day-to-day, as it turns out, it’s one of the easiest senses to please—and of course, turn off. These magnificently unique fragrances break out of the typical cologne or perfume box and activate the olfactory sense with thought and care. From candles, shampoos, incense and even laundry detergent, these gift ideas can charm even …

Juniper Ridge

All natural soaps and scents made by extracting essential oils from wild plants using a repurposed whiskey still

Using old world techniques to extract and condense naturally occurring oils from wild plants, Juniper Ridge makes a variety of soaps, perfumes, incense and other amazingly fragrant products with a uniquely transformative quality. Made entirely from fresh flora harvested in the deserts of the Southwest and woods of northern California and the Pacific Northwest, the intense aromas transcend anything that could be found in synthetic …

OLO Fragrance

Diesel fuel, tobacco, damp dirt and pine tree perfume from Portland, OR

Perfumer Heather Sielaff hand-blends idiosyncratic, mostly masculine scents for her label OLO Fragrance in her apartment in north Portland. “I’m not really girly,” she admits, and her perfumes tend to be intriguing rather than sweetly attractive. For example, Forêt’s notes of pine and vetiver recall the scent of earth and damp northwestern trees, while Victory Wolf’s birch tar, cedar and tobacco evoke nights spent camping …