We can’t get enough of these five new fragrance launches from Mugler, Nejma, Prada, Trussardi and Moresque. From the emerald Mugler Aura bottle to the midnight blue of Prada Moonlight Shadow, we’ll be finding room for these at home.MORESQUE
Powerful women are everywhere at the moment, in their role as muses to perfumers – in this case, Catherine the Great, the Russian Empress who was independent, educated (unusually), but elegant, too. Her cherished rose garden is brought to life, here; pink pepper makes for a bright opening to a heart of – what else? – May rose, on a base of vanilla, musk and cinnamon destined to capture hearts, if not countries.
£260 for 50ml parfum
AURA MUGLER EDT
The covetable, glowing emerald Aura bottle is reprised for the eau de toilette concentration of Aura, faceted like a jewel and set with a metallic M. (It’s the colour of luck, hope and intuition, we’re reliably informed.) The juice itself features three ‘hearts’ (Mugler-speak for accords), the ‘Instinctive Heart’ (almondy, sugary, smoke Tiger Liana essential oil), ‘Floral Heart’ (pear extract and hibiscus), and the ‘Animal Heart’, purring with white vanilla Tahitiensis and velvety wolfwood.
From £42 for 30ml eau de toilette
We’re so pleased to follow the career of young perfumer Alice Lavenat (read her profile on p.17 of our most recent edition of The Scented Letter), again proving her talents via smoky clouds of incense mingling with a deliciously root-y smelling carrot seed oil, angelica flower and succulent black cherry before the beauty of the iris heart blooms. Swirled through with dark seams of licorice wood, the violet and musk wallow in mallow seed on a sumptuous ambergris, sandalwood, and leather-y musk base.
£215 for 100ml eau de parfum
The magnificent Les Mirages collection offers surrealistic fragrant fantasies taking their cue from Prada’s darker palette of patterns and scent moods – and Daniela Andrier has outdone herself with these outstanding compositions. This new addition is all ripe figs wrapped in fruity leather on a dark chocolate base, so delicious we’d bite your hand to get at it – and exquisitely presented, its midnight-hued flacon nestled within a silk pouch.
£220 for 100ml eau de parfum
RIFLESSO STREETS OF MILANO
This sexy black bottle features a collectors limited edition Riflesso, by perfumer Véronique Nyberg, inspired by the MV Augusta Brutale 800 motorcycle. (Bike geeks will know what that is, even if we’re less au fait.) An Oriental-woody, the scent itself offers up a citrus cocktail (bergamot, pink grapefruit, green apple), a floral heart of geranium, violet and lavender, and the va-va-vroom of Italian leather, tonka and vetiver as it reaches full throttle.
£77 for 100ml eau de toilette