Jasmine Awards 2017 – the shortlist is announced, and we have a HUGE number of reasons to be excited!

Originally created in France, The Jasmine Awards came to our shores in 1990. Considered ‘…the most prestigious journalistic awards in the beauty industry,’ The Fragrance Foundation describes them as having been set up in order to ‘recognise and reward the talents of journalists and visualisers whose difficult task it is to translate the complex art of perfumery into words and pictures.’ And though we might say so ourselves, that task is tricky, indeed, but one we apply ourselves to with sheer glee.
Held annually at BAFTA, for each year’s nominations a new panel of judges is recruited – with designers, fashion experts, professional writers and representatives of the publishing world and leading retailers all having their place. Chaired by an expert in the fragrance industry, Joanna Norman has spent nearly 30 years working in fragrance – and the panel read through hundreds of submissions before making their final decisions.
This year, with individual team members, The Scented Letter magazine and our website itself receiving such a plethora of nominations – well, as our editor and co-founder Jo Fairley put it…
‘Gosh golly gee bananas: I have some amazing news to share. My wonderful team at The Perfume Society has been nominated for an array of Jasmine Awards from The Fragrance Foundation today: three for Suzy Nightingale, one for Dariush Alavi/Persolaise for his Ace of Bases feature for The Scented Letter (other nominations in his own right), and one for our online ‘fragrance editor’ FR.eD, invented by my friend and business partner Lorna McKay. And – gulp – I seem to have been nominated five times… So, so thrilled for everyone on my team and other worthy nominees including Thomas Dunckley and Samantha Scriven. #proudeditor’
We are over the moon at being included in this shortlist, representing the very best of fragrance writing and photography today, and hope you will join us in congratulating all the brilliant nominees, below!
The Jasmine Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday March 15th 2017.
If you listen really carefully, that squealing sound…? That’s us, that is!

The Jasmine Awards 2017 Shortlist
LITERARY AWARD
Cosmopolitan: Can Your Scent Get You Laid? – Fiona Embleton
Good Housekeeping: Every Scent Tells a Tale – Joanne Harris
Stylist: Why You’ll hate Perfume When You’re Pregnant – Joanna McGarry
Woman & Home: Scentimental Journey – Jo Glanville Blackburn
You Magazine: From Bags to Bottles, LV Unveils The Ultimate It-spritz – Josephine Fairley
You Magazine: We Salute You, Miss Dior – Jopsephine Fairley
VISUAL AWARD
Cosmopolitan: How to Smell ‘Interesting’ – Ingeborg van Lotringen, Stuart Selmen
FS: What’s in Your Bottle? – Zoe Birdsall, Paul Frost
Harrods Magazine: A Perfume Paints a Thousand Words – Jan Masters, Roberto Greco & Jan Masters
Harrods Magazine: Scent of Place – Jan Masters, Benedict Morgan
How To Spend It: Spritz, Shoots and Leaves – Lucia van der Post, Ben Turner & Petrick Devilliers
Stylist: The New Keepsakes, Shannon Peter, Shannon Peter
CREATIVE VISUAL AWARD
Evening Standard Magazine: Floral Notes – Lily Worcester, Lily Worcester
FS: Small Wonders – Zoe Birdsall, Paul Frost
FS: Smell Like a Rock God – Chantelle, Horton, Paul Frost
Get The Gloss: The Art of Layering Your Scent – Ayesha Muttucumaru, Sarah McGinnis
Harrods Magazine: All of a Quiver – Jan Masters, David Newton, Barney Pichard & Rebecca Baio
Instyle: Is There Such Thing as a Feminist Scent? – Emily Dean, Lol Keegan
Stylist: Darling Buds – Fiona Embleton, Dennis Pederson
SOUNDBITE MAGAZINE AWARD
Grazia: Let’s Talk About Sex – Persolaise
Harrods Magazine: Midnight Garden – Jan Masters
Harrods Magazine: Scents of Place – Jan Masters
Hello! Fashion Monthly: Sunshine Scents – Becci Vallis
Red: Girls Who Like Boys – Annabel Meggeson
Tatler: Beauty Flash: Heady Days -Katie Thomas
SOUNDBITE NEWS PRESS AWARD
ES Magazine: Family Affair – Katie Service
Sunday Times Style: How 70’s is Your Scent – Persolaise
The Times: Real Men Wear Scent – Lesley Thomas
PRACTICAL GUIDE AWARD
Basenotes.net: The Top Ten Female Designer Fragrances Every Beginner Should Try – Claire Vukcevic
Basenotes.net: The Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Try -Claire Vukcevic
Cosmopolitan: How to Smell ‘Interesting’ – Ingeborg van Lotringen
The Pool: 5 Things to Know Before Buying Your Next Perfume – Elle Turner
The Scented Letter/ The Perfume Society: Chypre Thrills – Suzy Nightingale
You Magazine: If the Spritz fits… – Josephine Fairley
CUSTOMER/HOUSE MAGAZINE AWARD
Harrods Magazine: A Perfume Paints a Thousand Words – Jan Masters
Les Senteurs: The Wearing of the Green – James Craven
SCENTS Blog: #Team TPS tells you how to choose a fragrance for every date – Lauren Carbran
DIGITAL AWARD
Get The Gloss: The Art of Layering Your Scent – Ayesha Muttucumaru
GET THE GLOSS: Sense & Sensitivity: Can You Wear Perfume if You have Sensitive Skin? – Judy Johnson
It’s Me Anita B: Are Perfume Names Selling us Sexuality? – Anita Bhagwandas
Selfridges.com: The Beauty Insider: Shakespearean Scents – Rose Gallagher
telegraph.co.uk: Pear Fragrance: 8 of the best for Spring – Josephine Fairley
The Huffington Post UK: Tuberose Perfumes Could Be The Key To Attraction – Rosy Cherrington
The Pool: A Scent for Self Appreciation – Lizzie Ostrom
DIGITAL EXPERIENCE AWARD
Basenotes.net: On The Rocks: The Trend For Iced Accords – Eddie Bulliqi
FASHIONBEANS: What Your Fragrance Says About You – Lee Kynaston
iscentyouaday.com: Aftelier Momento Mori by Mandy Aftel (2016) – Samantha Scriven
KatieChutzpah.com – Acqua di Parma Colonia Sandalo (Exclusively at Harrods) – Karen Hendry (writing as Katie Chutzpah)
The Candy Perfume Boy: To The Power of Five – Thomas Dunckley
The Candy Perfume Boy: Six Scents to Put Hairs on Your Chest – Thomas Dunckley
The Perfume Society: FR.eD- Find Your Next Fragrance – Lorna McKay & Josephine Fairley
INDEPENDENT LITERARY AWARD
Basenotes.net: Ambergris: Myths, Truths & Half Truths – Claire Vukcevic
Basenotes.net: Scenting My Mental Illness – Laurin Taylor
The Scented Letter: Ace of Bases – Persolaise
The Scented Letter/ The Perfume Society: Galbanum- It’s not easy being green – Suzy Nightingale
The Scented Letter/ The Perfume Society: Jasmine- Perfume’s Little Star – Josephine Fairley
The Scented Letter/ The Perfume Society: The Scented Sweater – Suzy Nightingale
INDEPENDENT SOUNDBITE AWARD
Basenotes.net: Cardamom Close- Up – Eddie Bulliqi
GET THE GLOSS: Scents We’d Like to Find in Our Christmas Stockings – Anna Hunter
KatieChutzpah.com: Juliette Has a Gun’s into The Void to Infinity and Beyond – Karen Hendry (Writing as Katie Chutzpah)
KatieChutzpah.com: Boy Chanel. Olivier Polge’s Latest Addition to Les Exclusifs – Karen Hendry (Writing as Katie Chutzpah)
Mine Magazine: Nude Awakening – Alice Du Parcq
persolaise.com: Super Scent: The Very Best of Etat Libre D’Orange – Persolaise
persolaise.com: Persolaise review: Galop D’Hermès – Persolaise
The Candy Perfume Boy: Eau so Masc- Thoughts on Gender in Perfume and The Rive Gauche Rebellion – Thomas Dunckley
RISING STAR AWARD
Ascento: Put A Lid On It – Sara Hesikova
FRAGRANTICA: Ice Cream In The Sun: The Solar Lactonic Thrust – Eddie Bulliqi
FS: Fragrance: What’s in a Memory? – Zoe Birdsall
Reveal: A Pocketful of Magic – Amber Ascroft
SCENTS blog: 2017: The Year of The Milk Notes – Lauren Carbran

I Scent You a Day honour The Perfume Society with Fellowship Award – follow a fragrant journey…

Dedicated fragrance blogger I Scent You a Day set herself the challenge of wearing a different perfume every single day of the year, without bankrupting herself by buying 365 differing bottles of scent! One of the ways she’s been able to follow this perfumed pilgramage, and write about it so entertainingly, is by regularly purchasing our Discovery Boxes of fragrance minis and samples – many of which are impossible to find elsewhere, and have led to a love for rising-stars of the niche world along with classics of the genre and even pre-launch sneak-previews.
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We were absolutely thrilled to hear that in her round-up of ‘the very best of scents’ for 2016 – a.k.a The Iscents – The Perfume Society were honoured with a Fellowship Award!
Indeed, the Fellowship Award was specifically invented for us, because we ‘[defy] other categopries.’
As explained in the post describing the award categories and why the winners were chosen,  ‘Not only do they provide white boxes of treasure that even the most jaded perfume palate would salivate at, but they’re a sort of Mothership that  we can all turn to when we get a bit lost in the  murky depths of fruity-florals-chypres-colognes-my-nose-is-confused-help!  Ever had a day like that? I have. The Perfume Society Scented Letter magazine also makes me settle down with a contented sigh and think “I’ve found my tribe” as I read what other perfume obsessives are up to.  Fumeheads, you are not alone.’
SLMagCoversSmall-350x350Blushingly, we gratefully accept this award, and are so glad to have played a significant part in I Scent You a Day’s continuing fragrant journey… and hopefully, in yours!
Written by Suzy Nightingale

Invigorate your senses with Aesop – and be in with a chance to win tickets to discover Australia's Impressionists

The proudly Australian brand of Aesop have partnered with The National Gallery for the exhibition Australia’s Impressionists, showing until 27 March, and the very first UK exhibition of its kind. Featuring works by Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder and John Russell, the show ‘…unveils a distinctly Australian interpretation of the movement,’ and Aesop are offering a limited number of free passes to the show, if you can answer the artistic question on their website

Established in Melbourne in 1987, Aesop’s main objective has been to formulate skin, hair and body care products by souring the very best of both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and harmonising these precious essences in everything they do. Furthermore, Aesop explain they like to venture forth from the many boutiques and points of sale they’ve amassed around the world, and ‘…alongside our commercial activities, we explore and support the arts as an avenue through which to inspire, learn and communicate.’

To get you in the mood for gazing at artistic representations of glorious sunshine and flowers, why not pamper yourself with a fragrant spa-like, at-home treatment? As we write this, the sun is shining but the frost glitters cruelly, and what with the dehydrating side-effects of central heating and rapid temperature changes playing havoc with our skins, it’s a good time to slough off the despondencies of winter with an invigorating body scrub. And luckily, Aesop have our backs (and fronts and sides…)

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Crisply camphorous to awaken your senses with essential oils of pine needles, the warm tingle of clove bud and richly herbaceous sage leaf, this enlivening scrub contains finely milled pumice and bamboo stem to meticulously buff away residual grime and prime your whole body for your chosen pampering product (we suggest a richly moisturising body oil, to be layered with your favourite fragrance for an extra long-lasting scented treat that will leave you glowing!)

Aesop Redemption Body Scrub £25 for 180ml
Buy it at Aesop
Written by Suzy Nightingale

Angelina Jolie: Guerlain Parfumeur – a new fragrant personification of iconic, female fortitude…

Since 1828, the French house of Guerlain has been synonymous with perfumes inspired by and created for strikingly strong women. As Jacques Guerlain himself once said: ‘We create perfumes for the women we admire.’ So who better to personify that independent, wilful yet utterly elegant spirit than Angelina Jolie, whom Guerlain have just announced as their personification of their new fragrance… Guerlain Parfumeur Mon Parfum.
Master Perfumer at Guerlain, Thierry Wasser, created Guerlain Parfumeur by drawing direct inspiration from Angelina Jolie, expressing the idea of ‘…the notes of a woman,’ and the embodiment of modern femininity within her choices, emotions and dreams.

Angelina Jolie [photo by Wall Street Journal]
First known as an actress, Jolie is now a filmaker in her own right while also serving as Special Envoy to the UN Refugee Agency, co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and human rights activist, with many emotional and familial ties to France and the house of Guerlain itself. The deal was struck in 2015, with Jolie having long been a fan of Guerlain since childhood, with evocative scent memories of her mother’s love for a Guerlain powder. But Jolie also represents the continuation of a house that has ever pushed the boundaries while striving for modernity and perfectly executing a timeless, fearless femininity… Indeed, Jolie’s compassion is also at the fore, with her decision to donate her entire salary from the collaboration to charity.
guerlain-are-you-her-type-perfume-1920sThink of Guerlain’s most famous fragrances – scents that have stood the test of time and will likely outlive us all – and a powerful woman will be behind the inspiration for the perfume, somewhere. Such as the exuberantly mysterious Mitsouko from 1919. Composed by Jacques Guerlain the perfume was based on the novel ‘La bataille’ and the eponymous heroine and wife of a Japanese Admiral, caught in the web of a tangled love affair with a British officer. A masterful balance of the juicy peach and rounded oakmoss of the base, Mitsouko retains its ambiguous juxtaposition of alluring warmth and cool reserve – an echo of the story’s heroine who must control her raging emotions with dignity as she awaits news of which, if either, of her lovers will return from the war.
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If Mitsouko represents an attempted control of the vagaries of the human heart, then Shalimar gives free reign to overwhelming passion and devotion – a romance poem written in perfume and representing the legendary love of Emperor Shahjahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal, meaning “Jewel of the Palace,” and also composed by Jacques Guerlain, in 1925. During their marriage the couple were inseparable, but having given birth to thirteen children, she died during the birth of their gourteenth. Devastated by her death, Shah Jahan had the Taj Mahal built in memory of his wife and their undying love; and Shalimar is named after ‘The Gardens of Shalimar,’ her favourite place. One of the best-selling perfumes in the world to this day, Shalimar seamlessly weaves citrus freshness in to a beguiling floral heart garlanded by gauzy jasmine and may rose, with a charismatic dry down that wavers between the warmth of opoponax, tonka bean and vanilla, and a misty coolness of iris and ambergris.
These scented stories are merely two of the redolent, towering and immediately evocative fragrances in their rich tapestry – and with Jolie at the helm of their forthcoming fragrance – due for release in March 2017 – for Guerlain, the future is definitely a continued celebration of female strength…
Written by Suzy Nightingale

How can you improve your sense of smell? Watch this cute cartoon and book our 'How To' workshop!

Are perfumers possessed of magical noses gifted to them at birth – with a heightened sense of smell beyond the reach of mere mortals…?
Well, there’s an argument to made that perhaps some of the ‘noses’ behind our favourite fragrances are somewhat naturally gifted, but my goodness they had to work to get where they are. Perhaps also some of them grew up in perfume-y places – like Grasse – where the culture, history and even the streets themselves are awash with scent. But the truth of the matter is, they had to start somewhere. And those of us lucky enough to have a working sense of smell can undoubtedly go about improving that sense – and thereby enhancing every aspect of our lives.
We couldn’t resist sharing the wonderfully incisive (and undeniably cute) cartoon, below, that does a great job of explaining how important our sense of smell is in everyday life, and the basics of how one might begin mastering the sense of smell.

Apart from simple practice, practice, practice – the most important aspect, we have gleaned by interviewing those famous perfumers over the years; is learning to “fix” a smell in your head by creatively describing it in terms that are absolutely and entirely personal to you. And how on earth do you go about doing that? By attending one of our regular How To Improve Your Sense of Smell Workshops
These fun, informal (but totally informative) sessions are held in groups, some people liking to bring friends along others preferring to sniff solo, and during which you will be taught how to start building your very own volcabulary of scent – pinning those intensely personal memories and emotions that are automatically triggered the second you smell something (good or bad!) and using that to invesitage – and vastly improve – your sense of smell. We’re not pretending you’ll come out as a fully fledged perfumer – and neither is this the reason we set up the workshops. But we can gurantee you’ll not only experience your favourite fragrances in a whole new way – you will appreciate your nose like never before.

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So, do you fancy a morning or afternoon of sharing fragrances, laughter and learning to improve your sense of smell – with a fragrant goody bag at the end of it and as many biscuits and tea (or coffee) you can drink in-between? Of course you do!
Come and join us for the next How To Improve Your Sense of Smell Workshop in London on Saturday 4th February. Not a Londoner? Look here to find (or request) your nearest workshop.
How do you join in the fragrance fun? It’s simple:
How To Improve Your Sense of Smell Workshops cost £10 for VIP Subscribers – which is 100% redeemable against any box purchase on the day of the workshop
Want to bring a guest? (it’s even more fun with a friend!) £20 for Guests of subscribers or non-VIP Subscribers
Maximise the opportunity by choosing to become a VIP with your booking for £35 to include a one-year VIP subscription to The Perfume Society, £10 of which is redeemable against box purchases on the day of the workshop.
Want to read a review from a happy attendee of a previous workshop? Cosmetic Candy blog waxes lyrical about attending one of our Manchester workshops, and Samantha Grocutt, MD of Essence PR describes her experience, here.
Workshops are generally hosted by Senior Writer of The Perfume Society, Suzy Nightingale within the London area, and co-founder Jo Fairley further afield.
Simply bring along a favourite fragrance – and your nose – and we so look forward to meeting you there.
Book your tickets here.
Written by Suzy Nightingale

Rihanna's KISS seals the deal with new fragrance launch…

Rihanna is known for her unashamedly – and utterly contemporary – take on femininity in all its forms, within her award-winning music, of course, her personal and much-copied style and in the medoum of fragrance with her ever-expanding perfume wardrobe. Now the inimitable RiRi is sending you scented kisses with the launch of her latest fragrant offering and the launch of Kiss by Rihanna.
Marking the third fragrance in the performer’s namesake RiRi collection, Kiss is presented in a blue-tinted bottle that was, we are told, designed by Rhianna herself. A lady who likes to keep her finger on the pulse of what’s happening, then, the juice inside is described as ‘Mesmerizing, whimsical, and unexpected, the dynamic addition to the RiRi fragrance trilogy is flirtatious, feminine and lighthearted.’
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But what does it actually smell like? Well expect a modern, white floral deliberately overdosed with luscious neroli, juicy plum and the waxy freshness of freesia.In the heart we have the delicacy of orange blossom infused with a buxom gardenia and the feminine frills of peony, all rounded out with a cashmere-soft landing of woody musk.
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Kiss by Rihanna from £23 for 30ml eau de parfum
Exclusively at Superdrug from the 18th January 2017, nationwide from 1st February 2017
Written by Suzy Nightingale

JO LOVES keep the flame burning with customisable candles

What makes a thoughtful gift even more special? Customisation, of course.
Nothing says “I swear I didn’t just pick this randomly off a shelf at the last minute” like a gift that’s been personalised – it’s proof positive that actual genuine thought has gone in to the process!
And to get you ready this Valentines Day, JO LOVES have your back.
A beautifully fragranced candle is always a great choice for those who aren’t sure which scent a loved-one likes best or just because a gorgeously long-lasting haven of scent is always gratefully received. But with their name personally emblazoned across the front? Well, your gold star rating in The Good Books just went off the chart…
‘Surround yourself with the scent of white Norma Jean rose laced with subtle strands of peppered citrus and soft cedarwood. Fresh and elegant, this fragrance literally blooms as it floats through the air. Each Jo Loves Home Candle is accompanied by a silver and glass lid to keep the wax dust free, and beautifully presented within a luxurious gift box. Hand poured in England, each 185g candle burns for approximately 40 hours.’
If you’re not a V-Day type person, then why not use this opportunity to think ahead for Mother’s Day, a forthcoming birthday or even (we’ll whisper this in case we cause convulsions) next Christmas? Whatever the occasion, this exquisitely scented candle can be customised with a name from 20 January exclusively at the JO LOVES London boutique or online at their website.
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JO LOVES White Rose & Lemon Leaves Candle £65
Buy it exclusively at JO LOVES Boutique and joloves.com
Written by Suzy Nightingale

Terre de Lumière – feel the warmth of "the golden hour" as we take a sneak-peek at L'OCCITANE's new fragrance…

Dappled sunlight dipping low, skin still warm, running through corn fields in a crisp, white gown as the sun sets… ah, how the dreary days of January make us yearn for such simple pleasures. Even going outside without a coat and brolly right now would be a luxury! But fear not, for L’OCCITANE have bottled the sunshine from that ethereal, other-worldly time of day often termed “the Golden Hour“, and infused the glow into their new fragrance (to be launched in February): Terre de Lumière
L’OCCITANE say: ‘As the day draws to a close, the sky is set alight, embracing all the shades of gold. Beauty is suspended in time and this stunning spectacle reaches its height. Light infuses the ingredients in this fragrance, enhancing them in a rich, faceted creation that evokes the intense sensoriality of a walk through the fields of Provence at the Golden Hour.’
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Oh yes, take us there now, please…!
We were lucky enough to be present at the press launch of this perfume, and so excited to discover this will be the very first gourmand fragrance for the brand. We predict gourmand as a genre will be huge news once again in 2017 – the comforting, deliciously food-inspired fragrance family seems only natural to turn to in times of uncertainty – and far from the 90s scent bombs that truly began this trend, gourmand has taken a fresh turn of sophistication and wearability – for men and women alike.
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Top Notes: bergamot, ambrette seed, pink pepper
Heart Notes: lavender, honey
Base Notes: acacia flower, bitter almond essence, tonka bean, white musk
Renowned perfumer Calice Becker was chosen for Terre de Lumière, closely collaborating with Shyamala Maisondieu and Nadège Le Garlantezec; Calice explains how the talented trio worked on the fragrance so that it ‘…plays on the tension between masculine freshness and delicious feminine softness. It’s a very innovative scent, the first gourmand aromatic fragrance from L’OCCITANE, absolutely addictive.’ Talking about the inspiration for composing the scent, Calice describes the Golden Hour as the time ‘…when the light is at its most beautiful. It is also when scents are at their height.’
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And so what does it smell like? Well, close your eyes, imagine the setting sun still warm on your skin (move closer to the fire or add another layer of clothing, if necessary!) and let us take you to the glowing fields of Provence…

Aromatically zesty from the first spritz, there’s almost a sigh of delight as the fizz of bergamot and pink pepper suddenly melts into the true heart of honey infused with lavender and balanced by the milky freshness of acacia blossoms, the almond-like nuttiness of tonka beans and the balsamic warmth of the earthier base. Perfectly evoking that moment when the day slips impercitibly to dusk, it’s the sensation of contemplative contentment while sitting on a hay bale, having romped barefoot in flower meadows and paddled in cool streams. Deliciously revivifying and fragrantly soothing all at once, we bet you can’t wait to try it…
…And on that note, we suggest [*wink wink*] that you keep your eyes peeled for an exciting announcement, for you could be one of the first people to Discover Terre de Lumière with us. [*hint hint*]
Written by Suzy Nightingale

Zara Home shows us lifestyles in scent with 'The Perfume Collection'

After successfully conquering home fragrance, Zara Home has delved into personal fragrance, and we couldn’t be more excited. For ‘The Perfume Collection’ they called upon two internationally renowned perfumers, Alberto Morillas and Jérôme Épinette, to help develop their range of six scents. Each housed in an exceptionally elegant flacons that come in a rainbow-like range of colours, we’re pining after the whole troupe.
So what comes of combining the high street store à la mode and two incredibly talented noses? The result: a stunning collection of ultra-wearble scents at an ultra-reasonable price. Here’s our run-down of the sextet:
TONKA WOOD Don’t let the name lead you astray, this is a scent to lead you down the rabbit hole; ethereal and whimsical. Violet, bergamot, lemon and blackcurrant glisten in clear waters, lily of the valley shines with purity. Vetiver and tonka bean lurk in the shadows before taking centre stage with a warm, creamy finish.
FLORAL MYSTERY Clean and downy, Floral Mystery speaks of dewy mornings waking on a bed of wildflowers, pillows of magnolia, peony and lotus blossoms beneath your head. White woods and amber give endless comfort, whilst a pink peach smiles coyly.Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 15.45.57
ABSOLUTELY SUBLIME  Crisp and bright, a pristine combination of bergamot, mate, violet and black tea, make for a lightly spiced winters day, that sings of new beginnings, before turning to darkness with Guaiacum wood.
AQUA BERGAMOTA  A bracing, crisp bergamot sparkles in dappled sunlight while punchy tangerine and lemon dance in synchronicity. A pure untainted neroli is scattered with blackcurrants. Pamplewood keeps a watchful eye as youthful spirits play.
CUIR VELVET Cayenne pepper is fused with lavender and geranium for an unforgettable skin scent. Ginger and lemon invigorate. Smoky patchouli whispers of midnight escapades. Sandalwood and marine notes delight and soothe.
EVITORIAL TWIST  Sage and lavender lend themselves to a more unisex affair. Effortlessly stylish, clean-cut. Ginger and cardmom add a spicy tone, whilst cedar and musk make for a woody end. Contemporary furniture on mahogany floors.
Zara Home Perfume Collection £29.99 for 100ml eau de toilette
At Zara Home
Written by Carson Parkin-Fairley

Acqua di Parma serves sun-seekers a dose of Italian luxury in new Miami boutique

Jet-setters chasing the sun in Miami – and those lucky enough to live there – can now revel in the luxurious surroundings of Acqua di Parma’s newely opened boutique. Designed to evoke the spacious elegance of a stylish Italian home, the 1,000 square foot space boasts a sleekly luxurious interior outfitted with the brand’s signature style – Calacatta marble contrasts with dark Wenge wood to highlight the famous Acqua di Parma yellow of the walls. At the heart of the store, a huge leather-covered pyramid showcases bottles of the brand’s most famous and timeless Colonia fragrances.
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Fans of the brand need not confine themselves to trying the Colognes and body products, as the much-ancipated barbershop provides gentlemen with original barber’s chairs in a devoted area that evokes all the traditional charm of a classical Italian barbershop, of course finished with the flawless contemporary touches for which the brand are known. Shaving and skincare products from their Collezione Barbiere have been created to accompany each phase of this ritual performed – you will be glad to hear – by an expert barber for a truly hands-on Acqua di Parma experience.
Located in the prestigious Brickell City Centre – right in the heart of Miami and one of the city’s most desirable zipcodes – it’s sure to become a must-visit for fragrance fanatics and style-seekers. And of course Acqua di Parma offer the perfect cooling scents to spritz if the temperature gets too steamy.
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‘We selected Miami as our first city due to its international recognition in art, design and culture which are values that define the essence of Acqua di Parma,’ explained Giovanni Lepori, President North America. ‘With events such as Art Basel and Design Miami we knew this was a city we wanted to be a part of.’
We rather see ourselves wafting about in a silk maxi dress while wearing their Arancia di Capri – an aromatically uplifting blend of orange, mandarin, and lemon essential oils with the sparkle of petit grain infused by cardamon and resting on a base of sweetly smooth musk. In fact, yes, book us the plane tickets now, please!
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Acqua di Parma Arancia di Capri from £64 for 75ml
Buy it at Acqua di Parma