Cream of the crop
When it comes to perfumes and scents, it is all very subjective. What smells good to someone might seem rank to another. And similarly, what smells good on someone might not have the same effect for another.
No matter, we have picked out 9 of the best new fragrance launches in the past year. Here in this crop, you’re sure to find one that suits your olfactory taste. You’re welcome.
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Chanel Gabrielle EDP ($180 for 50ml)
A surprising take on classic feminine olfactory. This has four key notes: ylang-ylang, jasmine, orange blossom and a touch of tuberose, and is inspired by Chanel’s founder, Gabrielle Chanel (before she was known as Coco Chanel).
It’s rebellious with a stylish twist thanks to sandalwood and musk, and best of all, is a timeless perfume we’d wear any day.
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Tiffany & Co Eau De Parfum (price unavailable)
Refined, elegant and sparkly, this fragrance is exactly what you’d imagine from the brand Tiffany & Co.
It is lovely and easy to love with notes of mandarin orange, bergamot and lemon to open. The heart of the scent is an expected floral of iris and rose that gives the fragrance its elegant characteristic.
Conventionally balanced, it has splashes of patchouli and musk at the base to give the perfume a lasting sillage.
Bulgari Goldea The Roman Night EDP ($103 for 30ml)
A sensual and mysterious perfume that is made for after-dark, in our opinion.
It falls into the chypre floral musk category, which means it is complex, heady and pretty exceptional. It opens with top notes of mulberry and black peony, followed by middle notes of jasmine and tuberose that give way to black musk and vetiver base notes.
We recommend wearing this when you want to make an impression, or on a night out partying, and you’ll be sure to turn heads.
Kenzo World EDP ($96 for 30ml)
A surge of sweet floral notes, this scent is powerful, very distinct and instantly head-turning. A signature scent for anyone who is looking for something unique.
There’s a burst of red fruits like berries in the top notes that make the scent mouthwatering and sweet.
The perfume’s intensity comes from the heady floral bouquet of peony and jasmine, amplified with ambroxan, a musky, clean, crisp note that give the floral notes a little something extra, a different and very unique texture.
Gucci Bloom EDP ($128 for 30ml)
An expertly concocted scent. It literally does what it says – blooms.
It starts out a bit green and unripe, thanks to accords from orris root and rangoon creeper, some unusual olfactory notes. But once the scent settles on the skin, the floral notes unfurl into a voluptuous bouquet with jasmine sambac and tuberose.
A classic, feminine fragrance with a twist.
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Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrent Cologne ($104 for 30ml)
A crowd-pleaser of a scent, this is fruity and woody and so calming for the senses.
With a blend of rose, amber and white musk, it is warm and round and suits almost anyone. We like that it has a hint of zest from red currant and green mandarin, that lends a bit of a refreshing bite to the concoction and makes it all the more memorable.
This is perfect for those who don’t like strong, intense perfumes as it is light and easy on the nose, as most Jo Malone colognes are.
Hermes Twilly d’Hermes EDP ($107, 30ml)
This happy scent has an unusual touch of warm ginger that’s spicy, fresh and yet soothing.
Midway, hints of a softly floral tuberose wafts up and we love that it’s not intrusive or cloying, and makes you want to sniff it more. The base notes of sandalwood seems to blend right in without you even realising it, so seamless is the composition.
It’s a pleasant scent that smells classy and timeless. You can literally wear it anywhere and after a while, it just smells like a second skin, very cocooning and comforting.
Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours EDP ($170 for 50ml)
Spicy, floral, woody and leather accords make up this nighttime perfume.
The scent bursts with pink peppercorn for a kick, and gives way to a floral rose and jasmine heart. The leather and patchouli base notes creep in and give the scent a lingering trail that is assertive yet refined.
We think it’s perfect for a bold, classy woman who likes a balance of sweet, floral and woody in her fragrance.
Burberry My Burberry Blush (price unavailable)
We love the blush pink bottle and as its name “Blush” suggests, this scent is all soft, powdery and feminine.
It has juicy fruity notes at the top, which you smell immediately, like lemon, green apple and pomegranate. To keep the centre floral notes soft and subtle, the perfumer used rose petals (instead of full-on rose accord) and geranium.
An easy-to-wear floral that doesn’t overpower.
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A version of this article originally appeared on www.herworld.com.