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Picking up the scent; It's as traditional as turkey with all the trimmings... but choosing the right fragrance has never been easier.

GIVING perfume or aftershave at Christmas is as traditional as turkey and all the trimmings, but there are so many delicious fragrances out there it need not be a boring gift.

Chanel are still producing their old faithful Number Five, which was the only thing Marilyn Monroe famously wore in bed - but this year they have updated another old favourite, Coco, to make a new creation, Coco Mademoiselle.

It's a floral, feminine scent with top notes of jasmine and honey rose with citrus notes of bergamot and orange and base notes of warm patchouli, vetiver, vanilla and white musk. It is described as fresh and sensual, a fragrance for a young, sophisticated, sexy, an active city- dweller, happy with her life. (pounds 40 for 50ml and pounds 60 for 100ml).

One of Chanel's most popular scents for men is Allure, a light and airy fragrance with fresh green top notes, sensual warm and cedar base notes and a hint of peppery spice. It courts the image of a young, urban, elegant sophisticate. Their Eau de Toilette comes in a new 50ml travel spray in champagne- coloured metal, priced pounds 28.

Yves Saint Laurent have a new woman's fragrance Nu (pounds 49 for a 50ml eau deparfum spray), a musky, sexy, androgynous scent with wood and spice notes and a heart of wild orchid. The perfume is aimed at a woman who is "mysterious, complex and always in control, an enigmatic seductress".

For men, they have another heady concoction, Opium Pour Homme with a main note of bourbon vanilla and a background of oriental woods, patchouli and sandalwood. (pounds 30 for 50ml eau de toilette).

Cheeky Jean Paul Gaultier has Le Male for men and Fragile for women. Since the daring pink woman of glass in a metal can, his first feminine fragrance, the packaging for Gaultier's perfumes is always quirky. Le Male is his first masculine scent and comes in a bottle shaped like man wearing a striped blue and white T-shirt, a reminder of the designer's own trademark sailor's t-shirt.

Le Male is fresh with notes of lime and peppermint, wormwood, bergamot and cardamom, lavendar and orange blossom and a warm, sensual base of wood, musk, amber and vanilla. (pounds 29.50 for eau de toilette natural spray).

The bottle for Fragile is topped by the figure woman in a black evening gown encased in a ball of gold. The scent has a fruity, sensual top and a musky base note. (pounds 35 for 50ml eau de toilette naturalspray).

Christian Dior's top-selling women's fragrance is J'Adore, a feminine, floral scent. The luxury presentation box containing eau de parfum 100ml, eau de parfum luxury purse spray 7.5ml Glittering Gel 50ml tube costs pounds 59, and there are two other presentation boxes for pounds 41 and pounds 30.

Dior's newest male fragrance is Higher, a light, fruity, cool fragrance with top notes of pear, basil and citrus, and middle notes of Rosemary Flower,

Cold Spices and Cypress and musk and woody base notes. (pounds 28 for 50ml or pounds 40 for 100ml eau de toilette).

Dress designers Ghost have a new perfume for women called Deep Night (pounds 27 for 50ml eau de toilette spray), which is a sensual scent with essence of Indian Rose.

But if you want to be really different this Christmas why not opt for your own personalised fragrance from Jo Malone. At their shop at 93 George Street, Edinburgh (0131-478 8555) you can try Fragrance Combining by choosing your favourites from their collection of 15 Jo Malone scents and layering them to create your own signature scent. (pounds 39 for 100ml colognes, pounds 25 for 30ml. Fragrance Combining set with two 30ml cologne bottles pounds 50, or pounds 75 for three).
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