As we approach the festive season, our edit of the most scent-sational new fragrances are sure to keep you smelling divine throughout the cooler months.
The latest interpretation of Tom Ford’s coveted cult classic Black Orchid is a newly launched Parfum. An intense version of the icon housed in a glamourous all-gold flacon, the Parfum evokes the old-school glamour synonymous with the original scent launched back in 2006 and pays homage to Ford’s fascination with the elusive black orchid. Sensual notes of ylang-ylang and rum absolute are married with powerful black plum in this luxuriously timeless scent full of alluring impact.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Pushing the boundaries of modern fragrance once again, Francis Kurkdjian’s newest olfactory opus is l’Homme À la rose, a rose scented fragrance for men. More often associated with women’s fragrance, this woody floral has the clear distinction of Bulgarian Damask rose at its heart in a surprisingly masculine, fresh scent. Very much a counterpart to the feminine À la rose launched back in 2014, this l’Homme edition echoes a subtle nod to the original whilst retaining a real manliness for its wearer. Notes of grapefruit accord, amber woods and French essence of sage add a depth to this modern yet refined men’s fragrance.
In a nod to the nobility of the Turkish Rose, Boucheron’s Rose d’Isparta is an olfactory journey of a floral, oriental fragrance and captures this rarity in a modern scent. Found on the mountainsides of Isparta, this coveted ingredient is as precious as it is alluring, and perfumer Sonia Constant pays homage to this jewel through this creation. With top notes of ginger oil, shimoga and ambrette, a heart of Turkey saffron and Laos rose oil and a base of sandalwood and amber note, this delicate fragrance is a welcome addition to any floral collection.
Dedicated to the juxtaposing parallels of Seoul, Le Labo’s Citron 28 captures the contrasts of traditional values yet modern thinking of South Korea’s capital city where the fragrance is exclusively available year round with the exception of September when it is globally distributed along with the other fragrances in the City Exclusives collection. Bohemian in its foundations, this citrusy freshness is made up of notes of lemon, ginger and jasmine with base notes of cedar and musks to create a striking yet subtle all-rounder scent.
Paying homage to the diversity of Istanbul, Byzance borrows its name from the ancient Greek city of Byzantium which has since become the vibrant Turkish city it is today. Created by Linda Pilkington, Byzance is part of the newly launched La Route de la Soie collection marking 20 years of Ormonde Jayne which captures the orient sensuality so synonymous with the fragrances across her namesake brand. Perhaps best suited for the evening, this sophisticated oriental leather can be worn by either gender and a heart of Wood of Cashmeran really adds a softness to the fragrance along with gourmand notes. A leathery accord for the well-polished individual is met with notes of blackcurrant buds, pink berries and Madagascan vanilla making for a great crowd-pleaser as we approach the festive months.
Mathilde Laurent has renewed Cartier’s favoured La Panthère and created a new Parfum of the 2014 classic. An intensified take on the original Eau de Parfum, this new chapter in the olfactory library s housed in the faceted bottle synonymous with its counterpart and explores a floral accord of gardenia and sensual musk. With the iconic panther at the helm of this feline fragrance, a note of apricot-coloured Osmanthus provokes this powerfully feral scent and warm, velvety notes close creating an alluring feminine scent.
Text By Jaz Grewal