Latest Launches: Summer Dreams Come True

A glorious gala of new fragrance awaits you with this week’s latest launches. Will you be Under the Lemon Trees or spritzing Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia? Whether you choose Givenchy’s precious Myrrhe Carmin or Cartier’s exotic Pasha Noire, we say Love, Don’t be Shy!

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MYRRHE CARMIN
At the luxe end of the scent spectrum, you can discover L’Atelier de Givenchy’s array of opulent scents, in exquisite bottles – here, a striking black glass and red silk incarnation, promising ‘gothic allure’, as Givenchy put it. Resinous myrrh is spiced by cardamom and shot through with sweet vanilla, alongside subtler elements of bergamot, ginger and rose. We recommend a trip to Harrods to check out this entire, somewhat under-the-radar collection.
£169.50 for 100ml eau de parfum
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LOVE, DON’T BE SHY EAU FRAÎCHE
Kilian Hennessy launched Love, Don’t Be Shy as a gourmand ‘so yummy it would almost make you want to “take a bite” at your partner.’ It seems impossible that was 10 years ago, but to celebrate the birthday of one of his most successful fragrances it’s now released as an airy limited edition eau fraîche, shot through with airy neroli and petitgrain, peony and freesia, to create a gauzy, summer-perfect sweet treat.
£165 for 100ml eau fraîche
bykilian.co.ukTOM FORD PRIVATE BLEND RESERVE VELVET GARDENIA Tom Ford has been in the vaults – and we love him for it. He’s brought back to life eight fragrances, with six remaining exactly the same (Rive d’Ambre, Amber Absolute, Arabian Wood, Jonquille de Nuit, Bois Marocain and Italian Cypress), and two – including Velvet Gardenia – tweaked by the eternally perfectionist Mr. Ford. With a glamorously opulent jasmine note which didn’t exist when it first launched in 2007, its white floralcy is more sumptuous than ever. £218 for 50ml harrods.comTOM FORD
PRIVATE BLEND RESERVE VELVET GARDENIA
Tom Ford has been in the vaults – and we love him for it. He’s brought back to life eight fragrances, with six remaining exactly the same (Rive d’Ambre, Amber Absolute, Arabian Wood, Jonquille de Nuit, Bois Marocain and Italian Cypress), and two – including Velvet Gardenia – tweaked by the eternally perfectionist Mr. Ford. With a glamorously opulent jasmine note which didn’t exist when it first launched in 2007, its white floralcy is more sumptuous than ever.
£218 for 50ml
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MAISON MARGIELA
UNDER THE LEMON TREES
It’s 1987, Palermo. You stroll through lemon groves, verdant grasses underfoot. You stop in the shade of a tree, a brief moment of cool in the warm Italian sun. The effervescent fizz of lemons surrounds you, while you’re sprinkled with dappled light. Coriander and maté absolute create the green foliage that shelters you, cedarwood and musks, the trunk and the roots that enfold you, while tea leaves bring calm. Truly, la dolce vita.
£96 for 100ml eau de toilette
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CARTIER
PASHA NOIRE ULTIMATE
For the many devotees of woody-aromatic Pasha Noire, a stunning limited edition flacon inspired by Cartier’s trinity rings in differing shades of gold, contrasted against eternally chic black glass. Green citrus, amber and cedarwood feature in the juice itself – which remains unchanged from the classic original, an energetic, long-lasting scent that balances zesty freshness with dark, deep woods. Masculine enough for the office – but apply more generously for a smoochy evening out.
£88 for 100ml eau de toilette
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Latest Launches: Temptation Awaits!

Prada, Prosody and poetic roses await you among this week’s tempting selection of latest launches. Add a touch of Couture from Mademoiselle Rochas, or maybe a spritz of Tom Ford and you’re all set for  a scented adventure!

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MANOS GERAKINIS
ROSE POETIQUE
Rose is due a resurgence from its still sometimes dusty-fusty connotations, and there are two roads we can travel with contemporary rose scents, fresh and green or rambunctiously sashaying. This falls squarely in the latter, with an almost leathery, saffron-speckled opening that quickly becomes engorged with the tart juice of rhubarb, then freshened with ripe raspberries before your mouth puckers. Provocatively moreish, it begs for hot skin and passionate encounters.
£150 for 60ml eau de parfum
At Bel Rebel

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PRADA
CANDY NIGHT
In a bottle that shaded from pink to midnight blue with the ombré mood of dusk settling, here’s a new and very feminine take on Prada Candy. It sets out to make our mouths water via a cocktail that opens with a sparkling zoosh of orange cutting through the double-sweetness of caramel and chocolate. Notes of iris, patchouli, musk and tonka beckon us to explore the world after dark, all dressed up and perfumed to go.
From £70.50 for 50ml eau de parfum
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NEROLI NUANCE
If there’s a more spring-like note than honeyed, green-spicy neroli, from the blossom of the bitter orange tree, we’ve yet to smell it. Prosody’s founder Keshen Teo showcases this bright white floral here in a seasonally note-perfect blend with mandarin, rosemary, jasmine sambac, candlewood, benzoin and galbanum. Green and cheering as the shoots emerging from the earth right now, it offers a lift to the spirits that’s so welcome, right now.
£135 for 50ml eau de parfum
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MADEMOISELLE ROCHAS COUTURE
Conveying the utter chic of the Parisian woman, Mademoiselle Rochas Couture offers a lightly spiced opening that tingles with pink pepper, juicy pears and sharp bergamot, before a hypnotic heart of dewy lily of the valley, sparkling orange blossom and sweet heliotrope sets out to bewitch. Intoxicating flowers are further amped up with the carnal intensity of musks, milky sandalwood and tonka bean. All dressed up in a bow, and set to beautify any vanity table.
£38 for 30ml eau de parfum
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BEAU DU JOUR
Technically ‘shareable’, we’d nevertheless place this firmly in the boys’ camp, with its bracing lavender cool of rosemary, geranium, oakmoss and basil. But there are decidedly dandyish facets, too: spices of saffron and cardamom are garlanded with plenty of jasmine, which smells just so good – though quite different – on a male skin, before patchouli and amber start to smoulder in the finish. A flowered hankie in the pocket of a pinstriped suit, this.
From £162 for 50ml eau de parfum
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Latest Launches: Dazzling Delights

These latest launches will dazzle and delight you with a blend of addictive intrigue and floral extravagance. Whether you love the armfuls of Gardenia from Yardley or a scent with hidden depths like The Modernist Nihilism, we’re sure you’ll find it hard to stop at one.PRADA
LA FEMME WATER SPLASH EDITION
More Prada spring newness! A fresh take on the so-successful Prada La Femme, with an elegant label adorned with fabric patterns from Prada’a textile collection, here Miuccia Prada offers the super-fresh way to rediscover bestselling La Femme. Prada promise ‘an olfactive escape, transporting its wearer to a tropical paradise.’ The 150ml size bottle invites us to splash with abandon, once we land, to enjoy notes of green mandarin, frangipani, magnolia, sandalwood and a green accord.
£86 for 150ml eau de toilette
johnlewis.com

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SERGE LUTENS
GRIS CLAIR
Encapsulating the colour grey within a scent may seem challenging, but Serge Lutens has done it with ease. Reminiscent of thick linens drying in the air, it’s a soft caress of a scent. Cold, at first, like a chilled wind, with rosemary and incense, but soon warmed by the sun of the day, with amber, woods and a tonka bean that feels so soothing and comforting it may as well be a cashmere jumper.
£110 for 100ml eau de parfum
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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
COLLECTION EXTRAORDINAIRE RÊVE DE YLANG
Concocted around one of perfumery’s most noble ingredients, the ‘flower of flowers’, Rêve de Ylang captures the heady, exotic, intoxicating and spicy aroma of the ylang ylang flower. Perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin used an invigorating cardamom and a whisper of saffron to enhance the opulent spiciness and warmth of ylang ylang, while an aromatic vanilla and rich patchouli add depth. The result is a fabulous, ultra-luxe floral nectar, pierced with light.
£260 for 125ml eau de parfum
harrods.com

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YARDLEY
FLOWERFUL LUXE GARDENIA
The final perfumer for the Flowerful trio is Alienor Massenet, who was inspired by the intoxicating solar floralcy of the gardenia – said to symbolise grace, love and harmony. Classically a floral, this opens with fresh bergamot, sea salt and coconut water, then gathers other white flowers for this bouquet: magnolia, orange blossom and frangipani, buffed by amber and vanilla. We’re thrilled to feature this trio in our new Launches We Love Discovery Box.
£20 for 50ml eau de toilette
yardleylondon.co.uk

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NIHILISM
A majestic rose gets up close and personal with icy slivers of citrus-infused aldehydes before the distinctly warmer snuggle of the benzoin base. Wearing this is like a Tinder date with identical twins: one aristocratic and reckless, the other a down-to-earth rabble-rousing type with bellow-stairs humour and a belly laugh that shakes walls. And we have to adore the name – if only to watch the faces of anyone who asks what we’re wearing.
£175 for 50ml eau de parfum
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Latest Launches: Flowerful and Fabulous

Holy Peony, this week’s latest launches are truly exquisite! With bouquets of Flowerful Elegant Iris from Yardley and Geranium Nafertum from Molton Brown, there’s blooming bouquets galore, but if you’re a Sloane Raver, please remember to Whisper In The Library. SL36_LL_DIOR_HOLY_PEONYDIOR
HOLY PEONY
At the most florabundant fragrance launch we’ve ever attended, we spent time chatting to François Demachy about this latest creation. He always puts it so well: ‘This peony was created in a floral and fruity trompe l’oeil style, with the inviting sparkle of red fruit… Its apricot rose conveys its round feminine curves and it is a fragrance draped in the lightest woods and musks.’ We love his upsum, too: ‘A rose without thorns.’
£200 for 125ml eau de parfum
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EX NIHILO
SLOANE RAVERS
Ex Nihilo’s exclusive for Harvey Nichols is inspired by ‘the new tribes of Sloane Street’. An Ambrée-woody, it’s a shareable fusion of contemporary, avant garde boldness and timeless chic, via plenty of patchouli and cedarwood, plum cream, sweet tonka bean spiced by saffron, clove and nutmeg, and a drift of incense throughout. Look closely as the label and you’ll see it’s a reworking of the map location for the Knightsbridge department store, in gold.
£325 for 100ml eau de parfum
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MAISON MARGIELA
WHISPERS IN THE LIBRARY
Inspired by waxed wood, paper and the majestic nature of old libraries, perfumer Marie Salamagne recreates the cosy warmth of a large old library, piled high with faded novels. Cypriol and patchouli evoke pages from books, cedar and vetiver build the bookcases that encase them, and on the final page, vanilla absolute and tonka bean imitate the soft light that shines through tall windows, casting a warm haze over everything it touches.
£96 for 100ml eau de parfum
harrods.com

YARDLEY
FLOWERFUL ELEGANT IRIS
Tasked with creating a scent inspired by ‘bountiful, beautiful and blossoming floral bouquets’, Emelie Copperman picked iris, for a spring-like scent that sets out to capture those first shoots that emerge from the earth to lift our spirits. Crisp green leaves and the innocence of daisies and a splash of red fruits soften to wild rose, freesia, jasmine and iris, with an amber-woody warmth that wraps you like the pashmina you’ll need when the sun sets.
£20 for 50ml eau de toilette
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GERANIUM NAFERTUM
Composed by Carla Chabert, Geranium Nafertum is a scent that plays with its androgyny: a cool opening balances a subtle creaminess bolstered by milky sandalwood and the harsh green bitterness of fig leaf. The verdant effervescence of a minty geranium is later juxtaposed with a rich and warming resinous labdanum to deliver a divinely green Chypre – to us, a hidden garden lush with viridian leaves and chartreuse grasses, on the brink of twilight.
£45 for 50ml eau de toilette
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Latest Launches:The Bold and The Beautiful

This week’s Latest Launches take their inspiration from Spring blooms, roses, and even a mysterious Venetian Lagoon. From niche Paris house BDK, there’s Tabac Rose, from Hugo Boss, there’s a new take on top notes and from Carolina Herrera, there’s high-heeled happiness. We couldn’t ask for more!BDK_TABAC_ROSE.jpgBDK PARFUMS
TABAC ROSE
One of two worldwide exclusives created especially for Harrods by the dynamic new Parisian perfume house (The other is the opulent, aldehyde-powered French Bouquet.) An addictive rose, through which clouds of tobacco waft, the intrigue is ramped up here via the spiciness of cinnamon and pink pepper, luscious, velvety plum and a generous serving of chocolate, making for a creation that is utterly moreish.
£195 for 100ml eau de parfum
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GOOD GIRL EDP LÉGÈRE
We quite agree with Carolina Herrera’s observation that ‘If someone tells you that you have enough shoes… Stop talking to them.’ And if someone tells you that you’ve too many Good Girl shoe bottles, ditto, is our philosophy. Joining the line-up, Légère is airier than the original, yet rich in soft, seductive jasmine sambac Imperial, underpinned by creamy woods, smooth tonka and a spoonful of dulce de leche. Run, don’t walk. (Even if means teetering.)
£96.50 for 80 ml eau de parfum
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HERMÈS
UN JARDIN SUR LA LAGUNE
For the latest in the Jardin collection, Christine Nagel took to Venice for this scent’s inspiration, to a secret garden, housed within the lagoon, unopened for years. Writing to its owner, chosen out of hundreds of letters, she gained access. In this ode to that mysterious, secret space, Madonna lilies fall amongst roots of trees, gardenia bushes grow from salt-laden earth. A tribute to sky, flowers and sea that is soothingly soulful.
£63 for 50ml eau de toilette
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HERBAE PAR L’OCCITANE
As we shrug off layers and head outdoors, here’s the perfect spritz: a fresh, green, floral creation from Shyamala Maisondieu and Nadège Le Garlantzec focused around wild grasses, all tangled up in bramble, nettle and wild roses. Bergamot and pink pepper open, and as the sun warms Herbae on your skin, you’ll begin to make out a honeyed sweetness, touches of musk and woody, spicy Cashmeran, the striking bottle tied at the neck with gardener’s raffia.
From £59 for 50ml eau de parfum
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BOTTLED INFINITE
What does ‘being a man’ mean in 2019? That’s the question posed with this new Annick Menardo introduction, composed to ‘enable him to be the best version of himself, whatever he does and wherever he finds himself.’ So the power here is subtle, using a new ‘diamond technology’ to ensure top and heart notes – mandarin, apple, cinnamon, sage, lavender, patchouli and rosemary – linger as long on the skin as the base of sandalwood and olivewood.
From £52 for 50ml eau de parfum
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Latest Launches: Suave and Seductive

With Must-Have flacons and scents to swoon for, this week’s latest launches have us in raptures. With Cartier’s divine green and gold bottle, to brand new takes on Flowerbomb and Olympéa, we’re falling in love and we think you will too.

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CARTIER
LES HEURES VOYAGEUSES OUD MUSC
Simply the most sumptuous special edition bottles for a trio of exotic scents, united by a rich seam of oudh. Here, ribbons of incense flutter beguilingly in the warm air, whispering of strange spices, wooden caskets of priceless gems, with a faintly animalic rasp that has us reaching for a map and wishing for magic carpets to carry us there immediately. Further scented adventures lie in the Santal and Oud options (the latter offering a double-dose).
£221 for 75ml eau de parfum
Harrods.com

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MOLTON BROWN
SUEDE ORRIS
A nod to the scents of yesteryear yet still strikingly modern, Suede Orris showcases orris – the buttery, soft, powdery root of the iris flower – alongside a suede accord that is also palpably soft, but with a darker touch of labdanum and patchouli. A truly collaborative scent created from an accord from perfumer Jérôme di Marino‘s ‘private collection’, it’s an unabashed celebration of femininity. And one we’d be happy wearing all day.
£45 for 50ml eau de toilette
moltonbrown.co.uk

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OLYMPÉA LEGEND
With a ‘desert sand’-tinted juice – trust us, this colour is poised to take over from ‘Millennial pink’ – Olympéa Legend pairs desert flowers with salty plum to induce a ‘fruity-salty’ addiction, alongside notes of apricot, ginger flower, amber, vanilla, and tonka bean, together with a ‘hot sand’ note that perfumer Loc Dong deployed for warmth. Know how sweet and salt flavours complement each other? Here’s olfactory proof that works in fragrance, too.
£82.50 for 80ml eau de parfum
Boots.com

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VIKTOR & ROLF
FLOWERBOMB MIDNIGHT
New Flowerbombs don’t explode in our lives every day (not even every year, actually). One for after-dark, here the gourmand flower bouquet is endowed with Chypre-floral-fruity heart in which night-blooming jasmine pulses exotically, contrasting with almost tart elements of blackcurrant and pomegranate, alongside bright bergamot and pink pepper. As ever with Flowerbomb, it’s the sillage that shows its true character – moreish praline, patchouli, vanilla, powdery white musk.
£51 for 30ml eau de parfum
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SUAVE
Oh, how we wish that more men aspired to being suave, in 2019 – and this certainly offers the note-perfect olfactory accessory, a contemporary spin on a classic masculine fragrance structure, inviting notes of bergamot, lavender, orange oil and neroli to be splashed with abandon. As the citrussy freshness subsides, the subtle warmth of nutmeg and musk becomes apparent. Add a soft background track of supper jazz and a glass off fizz, and we’re all yours.
£19.99 for 100ml eau de parfum
yardleylondon.co.uk
 

Latest Launches: Aromatic Adventures

This week’s Latest Launches are full of adventure and promise. From palm fringed beaches to sophisticated soirées, you’ll find a fragrance to suit every whim and fancy. The tricky part is choosing a favourite…SL36_LL_CALVIN_KLEIN_ETERNITY_FLAME.jpg

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ETERNITY FLAME
Eternity’s flame keeps a-flickering, revisited here by talented Laurent Le Guernac, who seeks to capture ‘the symbol of devotion, warmth and affection’ in a solar floral in which juicy fruits and the delicate blooms of sweet peas are hugged by dry, resinous labdanum. If Eternity was a barefoot wedding on a New England beach, this is the passionate second honeymoon, 30 years on – and of course, there’s a male Eternity Flame counterpart, too.
From £35 for 30ml eau de parfum
Superdrug.com
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L’INTERDIT EDITION COUTURE
All dressed up in silkscreened black lace is this collector’s edition of 2018’s L’Interdit, with a design that pays homage to the couture house of Hubert de Givenchy and Claire Waight Keller, who’s taken up the mantle there. Same juice, different look – so inside, you’ll enjoy the collaboration between Dominique Ropion, Anne Flipo and Fanny Bal, in which white flowers (orange blossom, jasmine and tuberose) contrast with the darkness of patchouli and vetiver.
£72 for 50ml eau de parfum
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AQUA ALLEGORIA COCONUT FIZZ
We normally expect one addition to Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria portfolio, each year – but this year, our dressing table runneth over with a trio of bee-bottled, sparkling newness from the hand (or rather, nose) of Thierry Wasser. He promises ‘On this one-way trip, you find yourself lying on white sand surrounded by coconut trees with a view over a turquoise sea.’ A transparent coconut water note, flowers and citrus are your means of transportation.
£59 for 75ml
johnlewis.com

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L’HEURE DE PROUST
Inspired by the greatest literary scent memory of them all, this Proustian plunge into teatime treats encompasses sweetness without straying too far into gourmand territory. Think light-as-air blueberry muffins and hot but slightly sour pomelo tea; a crisp bite of green maté macarons with a pleasingly squidgy centre of violet crème. Over the teacups, sordid gossip spills: talk of vanilla perfume on his leather jacket – his scent, hers, or a scandalous entwining…?
£159 for 140ml eau de parfum
lessenteurs.com

YARDLEY
FLOWERFUL DECADENT MIMOSA
Three A-list perfumers worked on Yardley’s latest flower-powered collection, including rising star Philippe Paparella-Paris, who confected this pure breath-of-spring green floral. Utterly sun-filled, it bursts into life via pear, pink pepper and mandarin, spinning notes of rich sugar around notes of mimosa absolute, powdery iris, lily of the valley, softening further into of vanilla, sandalwood and musk. Delicately sweet – but not overly so – it’s the perfect addition to your mid-season scent wardrobe.
£20 for 50ml eau de toilette
yardleylondon.co.uk

PACO RABANNE
PURE XS NIGHT
Slightly disconcertingly, Paco Rabanne maintain ‘You may never sleep again’, as they reveal this next chapter in the sexy Pure XS scent saga. ‘Unsettling. Exciting. A perfume of peril.’ A trio of talents – Caroline Dumur, Anne Fliipo and Bruno Jovanic – offer up a new ginseng accord for a ‘burning freshness’, with an overdose of ginger further warmed by vanilla, myrrh and cocoa absolute. Our verdict: yes, this is decidedly aphrodisiac – but really wearable, with it.
From £54 for 50ml eau de parfum
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Latest Launches: Beguiling Beauties

This week’s latest launches will have you in rosy raptures and fragrant flutters. From Coach’s Floral Blush to Petit Grain by Perfumer H, (and with many delights in between), we love these beguiling beauties and we think you will too!

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FLORAL BLUSH
Don’t we all need cheerfulness and optimism, right now…? That’s precisely what Coach Floral Blush sets out to deliver, in a spirit-lifting blend powered by goji berries. What do they smell like, in a scent? Juicily tart, sitting alongside grapefruit, mellowing to an armful of tea roses in the heart, masterfully gathered by perfumer Juliette Karagueuzoglou, before a white woods finale. A playful floral that celebrates ‘the carefree energy of summer.’
£49 for 50ml eau de parfum
johnlewis.com
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HERRERA CONFIDENTIAL
SANDAL RUBY
Joining the opulent Confidential line-up, exclusive in the UK to Harrods, Sandal Ruby is a tribute to the colour most associated with the Venezula-born firecracker designer, who’s always been fascinated by the colour red and with ruby gemstones. Evoking an ‘inextinguishable flame of passion’, it swirls with heady tuberose petals, warmed by a dash of back pepper and buffed by the smoothest sandalwood in the base. Simply red, simply divine.
£235 for 100ml eau de parfum
Harrods.com
MALIN+GOETZ
STEM
We love the description of Stem as an ‘(un)floral that captures the crispness of freshly cut stems and aroma of crushed leaves.’ A collaboration with florists-of-the-moment Putnam & Putnam (they did Gwyneth Paltrow’s recent wedding, among other A-list events), it succeeds in conjuring up the exact scent of walking into a florist’s shop via mandarin leaves, wild freesia, hyacinth, muguet flower stalk, rosa Centifolia stems, white cedar, Ambrox and vetiver. A bunch of loveliness.
£75 for 50ml eau de parfum
malinandgoetz.co.uk
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PENHALIGON’S
THE INGÉNUE COUSIN FLORA
The Portraits family grows and grows. (A reflection of how popular these fragrances, with their innovative gold ‘creature’ caps, have become.) Now meet Cousin Flora, ‘the wide-eyed innocent of the family, courteous to the old, punctual for her riding lessons and a smiling angel round her mama.’ Naturally, Flora turns out to have a darker side – but it’s prettily portrayed via a cocktail of citruses, musk and Ambroxan. A contrast in naughtiness and niceness.
£188 for 75ml eau de parfum
penhaligons.comPERFUMER H PETIT GRAIN Colognes seem simple – but they’re so hard to get note-perfect. Lyn Harris succeeds with the most divine whoosh of Italian bergamot, Argentinian lemon, Florida oranges and that signature petitgrain. The flourish of woods and aromatic herbs that slowly introduce themselves make this for something more interesting than a typical Cologne, meanwhile. As with her other ‘seasonal’ creations, Petit Grain is available in a plain ‘apothecary’ bottle – or a pricier Michael Ruh blown-glass flacon. £220/£450 for 100ml eau de parfum At Perfumer HPERFUMER H
PETIT GRAIN
Colognes seem simple – but they’re so hard to get note-perfect. Lyn Harris succeeds with the most divine whoosh of Italian bergamot, Argentinian lemon, Florida oranges and that signature petitgrain. The flourish of woods and aromatic herbs that slowly introduce themselves make this for something more interesting than a typical Cologne, meanwhile. As with her other ‘seasonal’ creations, Petit Grain is available in a plain ‘apothecary’ bottle – or a pricier Michael Ruh blown-glass flacon.
£220/£450 for 100ml eau de parfum
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Latest Launches: Fragrant wishes granted

This week’s latest launches offer a bouquet of wildflowers, a soupçon of sophistication and a touch of French chic. With Atkinsons, Jo Malone and Goutal among our favourites, all your fragrant wishes can come true.

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THE JOSS FLOWER
A celebration of 200 years of Atkinsons comes in the form of The Joss Flower, a reinvention of a 1911 creation. A soft caress: gardenia petals unfurl to reveal velvety peaches, while exotic ylang ylang breezes brush past with tingles of pink pepper and grounding incense. The joss flower grows in a spring-like meadow, where cool floral breezes are tinged with subtle spiciness, and you can watch the birds and bees through a hazy lens.
£200 for 100ml eau de parfum
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WHITE TEA WILD ROSE
With its easy-to-wear floral freshness, White Tea has been a huge success for Elizabeth Arden. Now, it’s been joined by two fresh interpretations: sweet Vanilla Orchid, and White Tea Wild Rose, created by Guillaume Flavigny and Rodrigo Flores-Roux. Always popular, roses are having a real moment right now – and here, Bulgarian and Turkish roses bloom alongside blush peony, clary sage, pear tree blossom, musks, tonka, sheer amber and that signature white tea note.
£36 for 100ml eau de toilette spray
elizabetharden.co.uk

GOUTAL PARIS
ÉTOILE D’UNE NUIT
This joins Tenue de Soirée and Nuit et Confidences in Goutal’s ‘Night Birds’ collection, which positively begs to be taken out to somewhere special for an extravagant dinner. Accessorise your best frock with Camilla Goutal and Isabelle Doyen’s sublime ‘Mummy’s handbag’ of a scent, conjuring up face powders, expensive lipsticks and soft leather via iris, rose and raspberry. The bottle’s suitably dressed up, too, with a silk scarf tied jauntily at the neck.
£89 for 50ml eau de parfum
johnlewis.com

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JO MALONE LONDON
WILD FLOWERS & WEEDS LUPIN & PATCHOULI
To soak up inspiration for this latest snap-it-up-quickly limited edition from JML, star perfumers Louise Turner and Yann Vasnier drifted along canals, inspired by the tangle of blossoms and weeds on the riverbanks: the tangy sting of nettle, delicate white hemlock flowers, the silky leaves of willow. Of the five scents we find ourselves spritzing and re-spritzing this: a floral lupin accord, underpinned by drifts of patchouli. (Gorgeous, painted collectible bottles, too.)
£49 for 30ml Cologne
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ULRICH LANG
17 NANDAN ROAD
An olfactory ode to the Guangqi Gardens, Shanghai, where osmanthus flowers can be enjoyed in full bloom each October, crisp green leaves, Sicilian lemon and bergamot unfurl to reveal a heart of sun-dappled osmanthus blossoms – an infusion and Nature Print molecular capture of the apricot-tinged flowers. Entwined with elegant iris and resting on a transparently woody, suede-nestled base, it’s as sultry as Shanghai’s humid air – and as addictive as its former opium dens.
£89 for 100ml eau de toilette
libertylondon.com

 

 

Latest Launches: Saints and Sinners

This week’s Latest Launches will take you from saint to sinner and back again. From Gucci’s hypnotic Voice of the Snake to Bianca Puro by Tiziana Terenzi. In between you’ll find sapphire seas, sandy beaches and petals galore. We’re saying “Si” to all of it.

 

GIORGIO ARMANI
SÌ EAU DE PARFUM FIORI
The gifted Julie Massé reinterprets Sì’s so-classic Chypre theme in a fragrance that bursts into life with sparkling green mandarin and blackcurrant – the familiar twin signatures of this contemporary classic – before white floral neroli unfurls its lush petals. As the temperature rises, prepare for an encounter with vanilla and white musk. The elegant lines of the scent are echoed in the bottle, reincarnated in a delicate nude pink.
From £54 for 30ml eau de parfum
Armanibeauty.co.uk

ISSEY MIYAKE
L’EAU D’ISSEY PURE PETALE DE NECTAR
The revolutionary L’Eau d’Issey began life as a fragrance which set out to evoke water. With L’Eau d’Issey Pure Eau de Parfum, that was reinvented as the scent of dew – and now, the dew turns to nectar, in a floral-gourmand eau de toilette that is first dripping with honeyed pear, then offers up sheer rose notes that are ultimately bathed in ambergris and a cashmeran accord. That classic ‘raindrop’ bottle? Splashed with rose gold, here.
From £56 for 50ml eau de toilette
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LES INDEMODABLES
MUSC DE SABLES
Using only a hint of green mandarin oil in the top notes, perfumers Antoine Lie and Valerie Pulverail get right to the heart of the matter with a suede-like plunge into heavenly orris absolute. One of the most costly materials in the entire perfume world, the treasure’s swathed in soft benzoin and smooth patchouli before a silky stroke of lithesome musks infuse a bitter almond and cinnamon-sprinkled base that delights as it warms.
£177 for 50ml eau de parfum
lessenteurs.com

 

TIZIANA TERENZI
BIANCA PURO
Wearing this feels like having walked in to one of those impossibly perfect holiday brochures – think white sands lapped by sapphire blue sea – only to discover it’s all a wonderful reality. Cool, woody breezes of vetiver and sandalwood softly tickle the creamy, warm-skin vanilla bean and rich patchouli; lusciously fruity flashes of mango, lemon, bergamot and green mandarin keeping the tropical vibe at the forefront of your deliriously fragrant daydreams. Spritz whenever you wish to escape…
£250 for 100ml extrait de parfum
selfridges.com

GUCCI
THE VOICE OF THE SNAKE
From Alberto Morillas’s stunning The Alchemist’s Garden collection, named for a serpent’s movement through a forest, Voice of a Snake is focused around notes of precious oudh. That rich and mysterious wood is entwined with dry patchouli and smooth leathers, with whispers of spicy saffron singing through this dark, deep blend. An intoxicating creation that demands you come closer, it’s as mesmerising as a snake charmer’s song.
£240 for 100ml eau de parfum
harveynichols.com