New Guerlain, new Cartier and more!

We’ve been spritzing these new fragrance releases in the office this week and we’ve found some brand new favourites. From Mon Guerlain eau de toilette to Robert Graham Fortitude, we think you’ll find your latest favourites too.

Inspired by Swiss explorer Ella Maillart – one of the rare Westerners to reach Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha, back in 1951 – this meditative composition is ‘an exploration around the smell of things ending, a journey to the end of time, the last perfume on Earth…’ The Zen-in-a-bottle notes include bergamot, citrus-peppery Ban Timmur (from the Nepali highlands), carrot seed, wild fig, cashmere woods and tonka bean. Just add a chant of ‘Om‘, as you spritz.
From £105 for 50ml eau de parfum

For his scented debut for Calvin Klein, the impossibly talented Raf Simons sought inspiration not from a single muse, but an entire line-up of strong women. The woody-floral itself, meanwhile, sets out to fuse ‘strength with fragility, freshness with sensuality’, focused around three core notes: fresh eucalyptus acorns, orange flower petals and Alaskan cedarwood, captured in a bottle set to look you in the eye – and stop you in your tracks.
From £39 for 30ml eau de parfum

A seriously important launch for Cartier, from resident parfumeuse Mathilde Laurent – the first major unveiling since La Panthère. ‘I wanted to create a fragrance that sparkles, alive with all the fire of a diamond’ – so she captured a ‘floral rainbow’ of violet, iris, hyacinth, daffodil, honeysuckle and tulip in this crystalline creation, its radiance reflected in the exquisitely faceted Art Deco-style bottle. Place it in the right light, and it projects a hologram – sparkle indeed.
From £75 for 50ml eau de parfum

As Delphine Jelk – the ‘other’ Guerlain perfumer, who collaborates increasingly with Thierry Wasser – explains of this EDT rendition of the incredibly successful Mon Guerlain, ‘We decided to emphasise the freshness by overdosing Carla lavender and mandarin – to celebrate femininity through this simple and joyful freshness.’ Less obvious – but still present – are sambac jasmine and Tahitian vanilla, while the quadriolobé bottle, this time, is encircled at the neck in silver. Appropriately jolie (Angelina is the ‘face’, again).
From £48 for 30ml eau de toilette

Which masculine qualities do you admire? Fortitude? Courage? Valour? Those are the names for a most exciting trio of ‘blended essences’ from ‘American eclectic’ designer Robert Graham, showcased in some of the most striking men’s fragrance flacons that we’ve ever seen. Just as likely to stop you in your tracks are the juices themselves – here a positive fug of tobacco absolute, alongside tonka bean and patchouli, guarded (with fortitude) by a ram’s head.
£260 for 250ml eau de parfum
At Harvey Nichols

Latest launches: our new fragrance favourites

We’re excited about these new unveilings – and we think you will be too. This week’s scents go round the world from the Best of British to the Provençal skies. Which will be going on your wishlist, this week?

Givaudan’s Louise Turner is behind the newest eau de parfum to sashay into the Boss The Scent feminine line-up. She’s taken notes of mandarin and famously animalic osmanthus flower, chosen to enrich the cocoa absolute and roasted tonka in the base, for a fragrance created to ‘explore seduction in the digital age’ – pointing out that only in real life can the senses intertwine. Its hashtag – #augmented sensuality – says it all.
From £49 for 30ml eau de parfum

Bottling the spirit of a Londoner, Burberry’s latest (and hotly-anticipated) scent captures bold attitude of the city girl, with Cara Delevingne cast as ‘face’ of the ad campaign. Blended by longstanding Burberry perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, the juice is as fun and frivolous as a night out on the town, with a trio of sunburst berries, juicy and ripe laid atop a bed of soft jasmine and violet petals, on a base of amber and musk.
£49 for 30ml eau de parfum

Connock London launches don’t come along every day – but this is worth the wait, inspired by founder Amanda Connock‘s passion for travel and ingredient discovery. In a coconut palm base – sourced on the Vittaveli island – encounter a breeze of bergamot, pepper berries, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, pink rose, hibiscus and spider lily, warmed by vanilla orchid, sandalwood, a subtle oudh and hints of coconut palm. Quite the desert island spritz, then.
£95 for 100ml eau de parfum

If there was ever a scent to cosy up to as autumn breezes in, it’s Peau Santal – a scent that champions sandalwood, enriching all of its smooth, soft, creamy facets with complementary ingredients. Brightness comes via pink pepper, a sweet spiciness from saffron, while olibanum accents the warmth of the wood and cashmere accentuates its delicate downiness. We think you’ll find it caresses the skin – and the soul – in the softest way.
£75 for 50ml eau de parfum

Bigger, better, longer-lasting scents are what we all crave, an olfactory task pulled off with aplomb in this super sexy, and highly unusual, extrait. Uniquely, Harrods worked with Nejma to guide this scent, and requested the musk to hover in the top notes. Shimmering like a mirage it swathes Provencal lavender in cool (almost fougère-like) mistiness, lapped at by milky coconut atop drifts of incense and precious woods that resonate for hours on the skin.
£350 for 50ml extrait de parfum

5 fab fragrant favourites – just-launched

We can’t stop wearing these five new fragrances this week in The Perfume Society offices. From berries and botanicals in 4160 Tuesdays Scenthusiasm to warm amber in Terre D’Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver, we think you’ll love them too.

‘We don’t really launch things the way other people do,’ says Sarah McCartney, perfumer and founder of 4160 Tuesdays, ‘but try them first, and see if they work. Well Scenthusiasm really, really does so it’s officially coming out!’ Inspired by gin (we like the sound of it already!), it’s made with orris butter, rose absolute, lemon and orange, cucumber extract, juniper absolute and coriander, all boosted with musk for extra fragrant longevity. Chin, chin!
£150 for 100ml eau de parfum

Bulgari Goldea Roman Absolut

The genius Alberto Morillas knows precisely how to get under the skin of fabled jeweller Bulgari. Almost their in-house nose, he delivers up yet another scent-sation here, a stunning musky-Chypre evoking the beauty and mystery of Rome and its endless possibilities for nocturnal adventure. Wait till dark to venture out swathed in its dazzling mix of black musk, orange petal, warm fruit, jasmine and patchouli, warmed by vanilla and softened by a crystal musk accord.
£69 for 50ml eau de parfum

This isn’t your pretty-pretty rose. It’s beyond pretty: rich, dark (that’ll be the warmth of patchouli and sandalwood) and mysterious, with notes of spice, orris and woods beckoning you into its utterly romantic bower of red roses. Tapping into the trend for personalisation, each fragrance is accompanied by a gold pen, to write your name on the bottle – though we suggest you accompany that flourish with the warning: ‘HANDS OFF’, to keep it yours, all yours.
£160 for 100ml eau de parfum

If the sun’s setting on summer has made you a little sad, simply spritz on Anne Flipo’s ‘happy floral’ for JML, through which wild honeysuckle sunnily twists and twines. To quote the perfumer: ‘The brief was to capture the exact scent of honeysuckle, which we were able to do thanks to the headspace we created in the Cotswolds. We added an unexpected twist with davana, moss and patchouli, turning it into a modern Chypre.’
From £47 for 30ml Cologne

Terre DHermes Eau intense Vetiver

Casting fresh eyes on (and bringing a fresh nose to) Jean-Claude Ellena’s contemporary masculine classic, his successor as resident Hermès perfumer Christine Nagel reassembles Terre d’Hermès. She’s rearranged  some notes to reveal others – think Sichuan pepper and citrus elements – always placing cool, earthy vetiver firmly front and centre of her interpretation. The flinty minerality of the original is freshened and brightened to dazzling effect, its exquisite clean lines reflecting the flacon itself.
£65 for 50ml eau de parfum

New scents for a new week!

Here is our list of what we are spritzing around the office at The Perfume Society this week! From DKNY to Ex Nihilo there are some exciting new scents out there to suit any budget!


The biggest fragrant ‘ta-dah’ moment for DKNY in several years, STORIES is ‘alive with the inspiration and emotion of a new generation of dynamic women – living, inventing and reinventing themselves and their stories’. Full of striking contrasts – just like NYC itself – the ‘millennial pink’ juice is fresh with pink guava mousse, pink pepper and black cardamom, giving way to jasmine sambac, black iris and white tea, with vanilla, amber and sandalwood making for a happy ending.
From £43.50 for 30ml eau de parfum

Note to the many lovers of fig fragrances: get yourselves to the Elizabeth Arden counter pronto, to snap up the summer edition of ever-popular Green Tea. Its freshness here acquires a fabulously cool, shady green aspect; fig and ivy leaves rustle gently alongside accords of green tea, sweet Kadota fig fruit and aromatic clary sage. Perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux ‘…imagined nibbling on juicy, nectar-filled figs while savouring a warm, fragrant cup of tea’ – which he expresses perfectly.
£30 for 100ml eau de toilette

Ex Nihilo have bottled one of their favourite London department stores, Harrods – and the result is quite as opulent as you might imagine. Pink pepper fizzes with spicy saffron, while Bulgarian rose, jasmine and a lys-ylang accord make for a heart abounding with florals. These blooms are freighted with a rich, opulent base: vanilla swirls around sticky, resinous olibanum alongside chocolate-y patchouli, veiled in a cloak of downy white musk. Smooth, sensual and downright sexy.
£295 for 100ml eau de parfum

Folie Folie are known for bejewelling our bodies and accessorising our wardrobes – but with a trio of three new scents, now seek to perfume them, too. Of the three (you could also choose Spice or Fresh), we’re most drawn to the bright, summery floralcy of this, which bursts exuberantly into life with the fruitiness of blackcurrant and apricot, mellowing to a delectable rosiness that is ultimately smoothed and sweetened by a lick of vanilla.
£45 for 30ml eau de parfum

Coach’s sure-footed journey in fragrance continues, with a creation by Bruno Jovanovic ‘made for an American dreamer’, in the dreamiest of mirrored bottles designed to evoke the skies of Manhattan reflected in its iconic skyscraper architecture. Fresh, modern and sporty, this Ambrée-woody energises with juniper, black pepper and grapefruit, revealing its aromatic side through clary sage, geranium and a touch of pineapple, before vanilla leather, patchouli and cashmeran drift sensually in.
From £49 for 60ml eau de parfum

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Fragrance launches we are loving!

Welcome to your weekly rundown of some of the new fragrance launches that we are loving this week. With a range in prices and scents, there will be something here that may take your fancy. Get yourself to your nearest counter pronto!

Conjuring feelings of holiday romances with bright, carefree summer days, CH L’Eau is set to place a contented smile on your face. Mouthwatering, pulpy, blood oranges are squeezed, with other bright citruses, over red tea, for an elegant comforting finish. Less saccharine juiciness, more vibrant freshness – and all soothed by the calming, aqueous red tea, sitting on a richer bed of cedarwood and patchouli. A floaty fragrance that feels light, radiant – and just easy.
£58 for 50ml eau de toilette

Everything about this new eau de toilette incarnation of bestselling La Vie Est Belle sparkles, from the cut glass faceted bottle and its shimmering ‘scarf’ to the brightness of the scent itself, with luminous elements of mandarin, bergamot, tea, neroli, sambac jasmine and orange blossom absolutes soften to iris concrete, Ambroxan and iris concrete. But with Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo as its perfumers, we’d have expected nothing less than full-on dazzle.
£56 for 50ml eau de toilette

Map of the Heart have consistently surprised and delighted us with their striking compositions – and White Heart has our own hearts pulsing. Lavender, aldehydes and cardamom combine for a bracing, ethereal, enlivening top. Salted plums are then laid atop a bed of creamy gardenia and whispers of the honeyed, resinous scent of olibanum, while their signature Australian sandalwood can be found dancing in the dark with rich, natural oudh and vetiver. Truly, a scent to mesmerise.
£150 for 90ml eau de parfum

Bergamot, pear and pistachio revive flagging spirits, almond milk, orange blossom and magnolia soothe frayed nerves and creamy, patchouli and tonka beans settle to a solid, sandalwood base. In a flacon resembling an energy drink, crack open a can of whoop-ass with this girl-power inspired scent that will, they say, ‘leave you ready to face anything the day throws at you.’ With Babe Dreams and Babe Oud also just unveiled, why not make yours a triple?
£28 for 80ml eau de parfum
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Nervous of the word ‘oudh’? Fall in love with this notoriously potent ingredient, for Amouroud blend Middle Eastern aesthetics with refined classic perfumery techniques. Seriously smooth and loaded with spicy smokiness, coriander, ginger and saffron melt seamlessly into a swathe of silken heliotrope. An unctious (yet somehow still aerated) base of oudh, olibanum, amberwood and vanilla is reminiscent of eating a crème caramel in the wood-panelled room of a private members club. Luxuriously moreish!
£166 for 100ml eau de parfum

The latest launches to get your nose into!

It’s a new week here at The Perfume Society HQ and these are some of the new fragrances we are loving at the moment! Read our capsule reviews and get yourself to a perfume counter fast MICHAEL KORS
Setting out to satisfy our inner nomads is this airy, outdoorsy eau de toilette – just crying out to be worn to a riverside picnic, a summer party, your best friend’s wedding in an Italian castello… In a bottle of reminiscent of the prettiest seaglass, explore Italian bergamot, pink grapefruit, Granny Smith apples, muguet, white peony and jasmine sambac, enfolded in sheer musks and sandalwood – definitely your perfume passport to summer. Try it in our Day & Night Discovery Box now, too! From £44 for 30ml eau de toilette At John Lewis YSL
Part good-enough-to-eat gourmand, part va-va-voom floral, Black Opium Sound Illusion is all 100% rock chick glam, powered by black coffee, armfuls of white flowers, cedar, patchouli, and the Ambrée warmth of vanilla. Aside from the scents themselves, what attracts perfumistas to the Black Opium collection is a succession of show-stopping bottles – here, that famous ‘window’ surrounded by a glittering music ‘equaliser’, through which the rosy pink juice can be glimpsed.

£72 for 50ml eau de parfum ROOS & ROOS IN THE WOOD FOR LOVE
If you’re a fragrant force, with L’Eau d’Issey, YSL Kouros and Jean Paul Gaultier Classique under your creative belt, why wouldn’t you use your name for your own perfume house…? So: Chantal Roos’s brand Dear Rose will know be known as Roos & Roos (she’s in partnership with daughter Alex), adding this mossy, woodsy, rain-drenched creation, which beckons us into the forest with notes of iris, violet, cedarwood, patchouli and earthy vetiver to their perfumed portfolio. £170 for 100 ml eau de parfum At Roos & Roos    NINA RICCI
What does a modern-day princess smell like? Musk and apple like Cinderella and Snow White? Well yes – but think less ‘demure damsel’ and much more ‘independent It Girl’. With Barbara Palvin as the muse – model and Instagram star (8 million+ followers), it’s a ‘reimagined princess’ perfume – vibrant acidic floral, blazing with the mouthwatering quirkiness of rhubarb softened with sparkly rose jelly and fresh freesia, with a magical aura of sensuality from musk and vanilla. From £38 for 30ml eau de toilette LOUIS VUITTON ORAGE
Two years after the launch of a complete collection of women’s scents for Louis Vuitton by Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud, the master turns his attention to a men’s fragrance wardrobe of five breathtaking creations. We find ourselves magnetically drawn to Orage, in which somehow, this genius perfumer recreates the heady, heavy air before a thunderstorm via earthy patchouli, vetiver and iris, with a lightning flash of iris and bergamot in a juice itself the exact colour of a storm. £185 for 100ml eau de parfum

Try the Floral Street Discovery Set!

If you think floral fragrances are a bit fuddy-duddy, think again! With creations by one of the world’s leading perfumers, the new perfume house Floral Street is going to shake up your opinions about florals with their contemporary spin.

Floral Street’s are as far from your granny’s florals as it’s possible to get – each created by the star perfumer Jérôme Épinette, who is known for his mastery of natural ingredients. As Floral Street put it: ‘These are bunches – not bouquets. Ingredients, not notes. And it’s about ease, modernity and joy.’

Smelling is believing, right? So we cannot urge you enough to get on board the floral revolution by wearing them on your own skin. Each scent takes a single flower as its theme – (sourced by the legendary fragrance house Robertet) – but each creation brings an unexpected twist, treated in a way that brilliantly ignites the senses, and builds an intriguing new chapter to the story. We guarantee these are quite unlike anything your nose will have discovered thus far…

Try all eight fragrances for yourself, with this must-have Discovery Set! (At just £12, we think it’s a total steal, by the way).

Which one will best suit your own scent style? Read the descriptions, below, for a glimpse of the fragrant journey you’re about to travel… and remember – you get to try them all!

Wonderland Peony This not only features armfuls of that flower, but pink berries and violets, Anything but cutesy, it’s given a woody-balsamic warmth by cedarwood, alongside vetiver.

Chypre Sublime An utterly modern take on this sophisticated fragrance family, blending incense with Damask rose absolute, midnight violet, pink pepper and geranium, on a stunning base of benzoin, labdanum and olibanum.

Black Lotus The classic English-Rose dressed in a black leather jacket. Intoxicating, spirited, bohemian and alive. Complex and multi-faceted, the sweet honeyed scent of centifolia rose adds depth to lighter, spicy nuances by way of red peppercorn and saffron.

Iris Goddess There’s nothing shy about these violets. An explosion of powdery petals collide with ripe red fruits. Black vanilla, warm musks and earthy carrot seed bring exoticisim and depth, sparkling lemon zest and red chilli pepper add a jolt of life.

London Poppy A love letter to London: a city as tough as ever-lasting poppies. The scent that opens with a bright beam of light. Sicilian Lemon and Florida Orange bring the zing. A salt-spray marine note adds an unexpected sea-facing view.

Neon Rose You will never have smelt flowers like these. Freshly chopped jasmine draped around your neck. Roses around your wrist. And yet no roses were harmed in the making of this showpiece – these buds were cooked up in a lab for extra punch. Crisp, green Angelica leaves bring a botanical dimension, while fresh Bergamot floats overhead.

Wild Vanilla Orchid It’s vanilla, but not as you know it. A raw-edged confection of creamy vanilla beans, blossom, cassis and citrus, dressed in a bunch of just-plucked jasmine. Offsetting the lingering sweetness; bamboo and sandalwood bend and fold underneath.

Ylang Ylang Espresso  A strikingly modern blend of red rose, ylang ylang and jasmine cross paths with a soothing cloud of just-brewed coffee, fresh cream and Sichuan pepper – sustainably harvested from the foothills of the Himalayas. A fragrance to get lost in.

PS: It it isn’t just the fragrances which are strikingly innovative, but the packaging. Each of Floral Street’s full-size bottles showcases a stunning, decadent flower artwork by renowned fashion photographer Matthew Donaldson – whose flower-powered photography also adorns this Discovery Box.