Latest Launches: Scenting the golden hour

This week’s latest launches will have you dreaming of sunsets, dusks and golden skies. Initio Parfums brings us Oud for Greatness, whilst Juliette Has a Gun is In the Mood for Oud. Miller Harris blooms with Sublime Blossom and Parterre presents the dreamy Hour of Dusk and Gold. 

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INITIO PARFUMS
OUD FOR GREATNESS

Oudh is loved in Middle Eastern perfumery not only for its rich woody exoticism, but – so we’re told – because it’s said to improve mental and spiritual wellbeing by generating balance, inner peace and personal growth. Something to bear in mind as you apply this shareable harmony of saffron, nutmeg, lavender, oudh, patchouli and musks. Oudh as a meditation aid? We’ll certainly bear that in mind, when spritzing from the mystical gold and black flacon.
£250 for 90ml eau de parfum
selfridges.com
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MY KIND OF LOVE AFTER SUNSET
Setting fire to the fuse of another ‘little love bomb’, as Kilian Hennessy puts it, perfumer Calice Becker concocts a seductive cocktail with a freshly cut herb garnish. Soon, a sip of blackcurrant syrup slips deliciously to a juicy heart of lychee, before the sun finally sets and the musk, rose and patchouli have their wicked way. It’s a cheeky wink to wear while flirting outrageously, then walking home tomorrow, now carrying your party shoes.
£55 for 30ml eau de parfum
bykilian.co.uk
MILLER_HARRIS_SUBLIME_BLOSSOMMILLER HARRIS
SUBLIME BLOSSOM
At The Perfume Society, we’re massive fans of the ‘new floristry’, which is so vibrant and exciting. And so are Miller Harris, who used it as the starting point for Sublime Blossom, at first citrus-fresh and then gathering together notes of Egyptian jasmine, freesia, Rather than use the traditional fragrance pyramid definition of ‘base notes’, MH prefer to use the phrase ‘lasting impressions’ – and here, that means sandalwood, ambergris, driftwood, sweet musks and vanilla.
£75 for 50ml eau de parfum
millerharris.com
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THE HOUR OF DUSK & GOLD
Inspired by a trip to Essaouira in Morocco, languid sunsets over sparkling seas are evoked by the unexpected green lushness of angelica root and a powdered kiss of spiciness from wild Persian carrot seed. What really makes this fragrance unique is the fact that the principal ingredients were grown and distilled in Dorset, at their base of Keyneston Mill. Wearing this you’ll be able to imagine balmy air caressing your skin, wherever you are.
£160 for 100ml eau de parfum
bloomperfume.co.uk
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IN THE MOOD FOR OUD
An olfactory tale of two halves: the first all succulence and dewy bergamot, ripe and glistening; the second, a far more animalic affair which snarls a little and then swoons on your skin. The oudh is infused with saffron – preening and magnetic, slickly charming before sharp raspberry surprises and delights. Papyrus brings coolness to the growing heat, lulling your senses before the vanilla bean spills its black speckles to creamy tonka. And you’re hooked.
£220 for 75ml eau de parfum
harrods.com

Latest Launches: Scents for all seasons

This week’s latest launches truly have a fragrance for every season and mood. Comme des Garcons brings us Odeur du Théâtre du Châtelet, whilst Neom presents the simply titled Scent to De-Stress. Add some spice from Parfums de Marly Kalan and a touch of exquisite FUYU from Tom Daxon and voilà! The perfect selection.

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COMME DES GARÇONS
ODEUR DU THÉÂTRE DU CHÂTELET
IFF’s Caroline Demur was tasked with creating this scented homage to one of Paris’s most historic theatres, showcase for the great Ballets Russes, Stravinsky, Diaghilev and Satie. Conjuring up ‘the reality of life with the magic of the theatre, the dreams and the dangers’, the juice is accordingly complex, spanning aldehydes, coffee accord, orange blossom, heliotrope, Virginian cedarwood, Cashmeran, frankincense and musk. What we know is that once you spray, you’ll want an encore.
£110 for 200ml eau de toilette
doverstreetmarket.com
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TIMELESS FOR HER

This blushing, pale pink beauty ‘invites you to experience the emotion of a suspended moment’ – that once-in-a-lifetime coup de foudre that happens when eyes lock, hearts stop and the world seems to stand still. A romantic spin on the original Lacoste Pour Femme, it bursts from the bottle via a profusion of roses, orange blossom, gardenia and jasmine sambac, tethered by woody elements of incense, sandalwood and patchouli. Will you be seduced…? Try it for yourself, then decide.
From £29 for 30ml eau de parfum
lacoste.com
NEOM DESTRESSNEOM
SCENT TO DE-STRESS
Wellbeing fragrances are a coming trend, harnessing the mood-shifting power of aromatherapeutic essential oils in a more traditional construction to be worn as a perfume. One of a 100% natural trio from much-loved British aromatherapy brand NEOM, we’re choosing to showcase a scent that seems rather welcome at this frenzied time of year, designed to dial down the stress-o-meter with earthy vetiver alongside ylang ylang and tonka, delivering ‘balance and calm while easing tension.’
£40 for 30ml 
neomorganics.comTOM DAXON
FUYU
Imagine a cold white peach in a porcelain bowl. Blushed by the winter sun it slowly warms and you brush your lips on the fuzzy skin, sink your teeth into the succulent flesh. Delicacy, modern elegance and hyperrealism are the hallmarks of this house, and this restrained scent unveils quietly, revealing ripe Fuyu persimmon, creamy woodiness, a whisper of iris and translucent jasmine on an angel’s kiss of feathery musk. Simply sublime.
£155 for 100ml eau de parfum
tomdaxon.com
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KALAN
The first thing to hit you at your first spritz of Kalan is its unabashed use of spices. Bold and vivid, blended with a tingly black pepper and juicy, tart blood orange in the top, the movement in the heart comes from a hint of lavender and the bright sparkle of orange blossom, the base mellowing to woods, amber, tonka bean and moss. Refined, powerful and just plain sexy, Kalan is quite the ride.
£160 for 75ml eau de parfum
selfridges.com

Latest Launches: Peonies and Pale Blue Eyes

Feast your eyes and delight your nose with this week’s latest launches, from Ormaie L’Ivreé Bleu to the pearlescent pink of Armani Privé Pivoine Suzhou. Will you lose yourself in Roos & Roos Pale Blue Eyes or maybe shimmer in Tom Ford Soleil Neige? Calvin Klein Eternity Eau de Parfum completes the picture in glorious grassy green.

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PIVOINE SUZHOU SOIE DE NACRE
A whisper of opalescence kisses skin as you spritz this luminous limited edition, from the haute couture Les Eaux Collection – a pearlised spin on the original Pivoine Suzhou, paying homage to China’s most prized flower. Peony petals flutter alongside May rose, with mandarin, pink pepper and raspberry accentuating their spicy and fruity facets, ultimately enveloping skin in mysterious musk, Orcanox and patchouli. And a poem written in bronze Chinese characters adorns the ivory box.
£155 for 100ml eau de parfum
armanibeauty.com
ORMAIE
L’IVRÉE BLEUE

Evoking the exoticism of a jungle (as painted by Gauguin, perhaps) you’d never believe this was a 100% natural fragrance, such is its depth and complexity. Rich, caramel seams of rum ensnares ripe mandarin, narcotic lily, the skin-like sensuality of violet dusted with powdery iris and a heavenly (but definitely sinful) base of vanilla, patchouli, benzoin and dark cacao. Imagine a velvet-coated panther, slightly snarling, petted until blissfully purring and begging for tummy rubs.
£180 for 100ml eau de parfum
harveynichols.com
ROOS_AND_ROOS_PALE_BLUE_EYESROOS & ROOS 
PALE BLUE EYES

From mother and daughter duo Chantal and Alex Roos, a fragrance which is almost literally light at the end of the seasonal tunnel, evoking ‘springtime, blue sky – a perfume blowing a gentle breeze into your heart.’ En route, it’s ruffling notes of blackcurrant bud, iris, rose, tonka, cashmere wood, vetiver and sandalwood. And we wonder: is the name a coincidence, or was it chosen because creator Chantal has the bluest eyes of almost anyone we know…?
£170 for 100ml eau de parfum
At FenwickTOM FORD
SOLEIL NEIGE

This gets you ski-slope-ready, mimicking (as Tom puts it) ‘the serene shimmer of sun on snow.’ Prepare to be dazzled by jasmine grandiflorum, orange flower and an ingredient glorying in the name of Karmaflor Captive, which blends white flowers with Turkish rose, while ultimately, the scent slaloms towards cistus labdanum, musk, benzoin and vanilla. We’re also fans of Soleil Neige Shimmering Body Oil – perfect for layering onto exposed skin, for the coming season of soirées.
From £164 for 50ml eau de parfum
tomford.co.uk
CALVIN_KLEIN_ETERNITY_FOR_MEN.CALVIN KLEIN
ETERNITY EAU DE PARFUM
Well, helloooo, Jake Gyllenhaal – signed as the ‘face’ of the first-ever eau de parfum for men in Calvin Klein’s scent portfolio. For this quintessentially ‘modern fragrance for the modern man’, perfumer Pascal Gaurin deploys ozonic notes, sage, apple and something called ‘Pamplezest’, opening to lavender and geranium. He lays Eternity’s signature fougère essence on a woody base of orris, vetiver, ambergris, suede and cypriol, for depth, staying power and a powerful trail.
From £35 for 30ml eau de parfum
thefragranceshop.co.uk

Latest Launches: Simply sensational

Bright, fresh and modern: that’s how we’ll be seeing in February with these sensational latest launches. We’re diving into Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume Superdose, exploring Atelier Versace Cédrat de Diamante  and feeling thrillingly energised by Ralph Lauren Red Rush. We think you’ll love this fab five as much as we do!
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CÉDRAT DE DIAMANTE
The ‘Atelier Versace’ is described as ‘an experimental laboratory’, where the concept of creativity is free to reign, with six ultra-luxe scents unrestrained by budget. Here we are carried to the Mediterranean on luscious waves of long-lasting pink grapefruit and Italian lemon with every spritz. The bright sunshine notes are fanned by a verdant heart of vetiver, grounded by the most elegant cedarwood base, and beckon us to breathe deeply, dappled in bliss.£320 for 100ml eau de parfum
harrods.com

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GOLD COAST
Continuing the journey through New York’s evocative and varying landscapes, this time we celebrate one of the historic neighbourhoods, shot through with a youthful vibrancy by Michel Almairac. So succulent lychee and apricot sashay up to an elegant, romantically velvet-like rose while an addictive base of vanilla and musk – usually a cosy combo – here feels filled with an electric vigour. One to wear while toasting the city that never sleeps by dancing until dawn.
£340 for 100ml eau de parfum
harrods.com
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NOT A PERFUME SUPERDOSE

The 2010 original was a massive success, and now this ‘Superdose’ turbo-charges it for greater lasting power. Made of a single ingredient ­– a fragrance molecule called Cetalox, often used in perfumery as a base note – that note shines, a minimalist but still characterful and sexy scent that’s clean, woody, and musky all at once. Promising ‘zero allergens’, it’s safe for anyone to snuggle up to. And oh, you’ll want to.
£130 for 100ml eau de parfum
selfridges.comPROSODY_LANTERN_REEDPROSODY
LANTERN REED

Everywhere we look (or maybe sniff), the traditional, heady style of Oriental perfumery is being brightened, freshened and modernised, and Keshen Teo’s latest creation for his all-natural Prosody fine fragrance house certainly falls into this burgeoning fresh Oriental family. Imagining a riverbank at sunset, he opens with a citrus accord, mellowing to orris, peony leaf and a touch of lemongrass, resting on a base of warm, resinous myrrh and grassy vetiver.
£135 for 50ml eau de parfum
prosodylondon.com
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POLO RED RUSH
Inspired by the ‘acceleration, elation and intensity during the very beginning of a race,’ perfumer Olivier Gillotin fuses red mandarin ‘for an impulsive, crispy start’ and then a fresh whoosh of mint ‘for its energising power.’ You can read the full interview with him on our website, but pressing the fast-forward button, red saffron zips past with orange flower, cedar adds sleekness to roasted red coffee and the smooth musky trail ensures it’s a winner.
£55 for 75ml eau de toilette
debenhams.com

Latest Launches: Seductive and smouldering

Settling the enigmatic tone, Amouroud Elixir Mysterious Rose heads up this week’s list of irresistible latest launches. In bottles both sleek and glossy, the scents within are sure to seduce. Hugo Boss, Hervé Gambs and Jasper Conran present new fragrances you’ll fall in love with.

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MYSTERIOUS ROSE
Resembling an alchemist’s potion, the emerald jewel of the pyramid cap bestows a clue to the juice inside. Rose, yes – a trio of damask, Tibetan and Bulgarian blooms – but riven through with green fig, lemon and the verdant brightness of violet leaf. Praline and pepper dance to the floral heart and a cloud of osmanthus, all resting on a sumptuous base of vanilla absolute, benzoin and another devastating shot of rose. Because more is more.
£235 for 100ml elixir
Harrods.com
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THE SCENT ABSOLUTE FOR HER
In a darker, more seductive spin on the original Boss The Scent (there’s also a creation For Him), Louise Turner delves even deeper into the realm of sensorial delights, pouring honeyed peach and roasted coffee into a kiss of creamy vanilla and the shadowy cool of the more traditionally masculine note, vetiver. Worn with a little black dress or – for him – with a tuxedo jacket and jeans, it’s absolute-ly sexy, that’s for certain.
£53.90 for 30ml eau de parfum
johnlewis.com
HERVE_GAMBS_TONKA_MAJESTIC.HERVÉ GAMBS
TONKA MAJESTIC
The designer takes a tour of exotic spices, creating a warm snuggle in a bottle that feels like walking into a sunset while drinking an Old Fashioned. (And we’ll watch whichever film that’s an ending of, please!) Take a healthy pinch of Ceylon cinnamon, mix with the delicious toastiness of tonka bean, a double measure of rich, caramel-like rum, add a dash of addictive Indonesian patchouli leaf and lusty swirls of labdanum for lasting happiness.
£215 for  50ml eau de parfum
Harvey Nichols
JASPER_CONRAN_BLACKJASPER CONRAN
BLACK FOR WOMEN
This is as striking and sculptural bottle as we’ve seen all year, from the renowned and multi-talented British designer – a minimalist black flacon, which contrasts with the voluptuous femininity of the fragrance within. Blackcurrant leaf, mandarin and peach whisper alongside armfuls of damask roses, unfurling to reveal velvety elements of amber, musk, patchouli and vetiver in a construction that is as pleasing to the nose as it is to the eye.
£30 for 100ml eau de parfum
debenhams.com
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BOSS THE SCENT ABSOLUTE FOR HIM
Reviving the core ingredients of the original Boss The Scent, perfumer Bruno Jovanovic infuses maninka fruit – the scent of which is often compared to strawberries dipped in chocolate – with a vibrant kick of ginger, earthy mondia roots and suave vetiver. Together this heady elixir swirls a smoky, sophisticated trail, the gourmand notes balanced by a grassy freshness, the savoury shot through with and a moreish quality that has us licking our lips. Yum.
£57 for 100ml eau de parfum
johnlewis.com

Latest Launches: Surrender to scent

This week’s latest launches will tempt you into a world of opulence and wonder. With incense, woods and more than a touch of mystery, these smouldering scent heroes are just what you need in the cold depths of January. Dive into Versace, Perfumer H, Bottega Veneta, Prudence and Creed and wrap yourself in the luxury of exquisite eaux de parfums.

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ILLUSIONE FOR HER
‘A suspended moment between dream and reality’ is how the Italian luxury house – which was first born in Venice – describe this feminine floral-woody. Illusione for Her has a distinct Mediterranean feel, thanks to bright bergamot and blackcurrant, orange blossom and cool, green fig leaves, tethered by an unusual note of olive wood and a flourish of tonka’s sweetness. A team effort by Amandine Clerc-Marie and Annick Menardo, with Antoine Maisondieu creating the men’s counterpart.
£89 for 75ml eau de parfum
johnlewis.com
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ANGELIQUE ENCENS
Incense traditionally smoulders, but Creed’s party-worthy latest is shot through with a surprising, champagne-like airiness. Sheer and transparent in the opening (definitely more organza than velvet, at this stage), Angelique Encens’s warmth emerges on the skin, kindling notes of pepper, sandalwood, patchouli and cinnamon. You shall not only go to the ball wearing this, meanwhile, but perhaps find yourself partying way beyond midnight wrapped in its enduring musk, vetiver and incense embrace.
£275 for 75ml eau de parfum
creedfragrances.co.uk
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GOLD
The twice-yearly unveilings of Lyn Harris’s newness are a highlight in the perfume writer’s calendar. Autumn/winter’s accomplished quintet includes Angelica, Rose Oil, White Smoke and Tobacco – all exquisite, whether or not you swing for the £200 Michael Ruh blown glass flacons in which to house them. If we could choose just one, though, it would be Gold, which contrasts shimmering, fresh citrus with smouldering patchouli and frankincense, via a geranium and lavender heart.
From £110-350 for 50ml eau de parfum
At Perfumer H
ERSACE ATELIER SANTAL BOISEVERSACE
ATELIER VERSACE SANTAL BOISÉ
Opulence personified, in sculptural bottles within hand-made, hand-painted, mirrored boxes, each of the six Atelier scents showcase a precious ingredient. Here, the supreme silkiness of Sri Lankan sandalwood is obtained from both the roots and heart of the wood, delivering cool, milky notes and a balsamic richness. Cypriol, a delicate flowering herb, adds gentle curls of smoke with a darker but still delicate note of oudh as the lasting trail. One for the lust list!
£320 for 100ml eau de parfum
versace.com
PRUDENCE
MIOBOR
Prudence Elizabeth Gray was born in Queensland, studied design, worked in fashion around the world (including for Brown’s) then settled in France. After a 2005 trip to Grasse, Prudence felt compelled to launch a fragrance collection, initially sold via her own boutique in Beaumont de Périgord. This latest is an ultra-masculine pine and cedarwood woody tribute to a creative Serbian friend – but can we nudge you Harvey Nichols-wards, to try them all…?
£185 for 100ml eau de toilette
harveynichols.com

Latest Launches: New Year, New Scent!

These latest launches are the perfect start to a perfectly fragranced year. Begin your journey with Altaia Wonder of You then dive into Ariana Grande THANK U NEXT, before exploring Jeroboam Ligno, Widian New York and Celine Cologne Française. Truly, fragrant wonders of the world!

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WONDER OF YOU
Brimming over with joyful exuberance, fizzing grapefruit and tart blackcurrant sparkle their way to a floral heart of freesia and watermelon, soothing finally to a warmer dry-down of cosy snuggles thanks to the golden glow of Ambroxan and fluffy musk. Inspired by the feeling of being in love every day, wearing this we picture the peeping green buds of spring, a lightness of heart and hopefulness. What a Wonder-fully thoughtful gift this would make…
£175 for 100ml eau de parfum
lessenteurs.com
ARIANA_GRANDE_THANKU_NEXTARIANA GRANDE
THANK U, NEXT
A riff from the song of the name, Ari continues her successful fragrance line with a sharp, juicy burst of white pear and wild raspberry that quickly softens to a deliciously creamy heart of coconut that feels so light it’s like wearing a mousse. The fruity playfulness dives deep into a flurry of pink rose petals, a gauzy musk, and the surprise of a macarron accord in the base. Feminine, fun and full of life.
£25 for 30ml eau de parfum
theperfumeshop.com
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COLOGNE FRANÇAISE
We’d have expected more of a fanfare for a collection of seven scents. Instead, they’ve enjoyed a relatively understated release – echoing the style of Celine designer Hedi Slimane, who’s said to have been closely involved in the creation. Here, we’re showcasing what Celine describe as their trompe l’oeil Cologne, which plays on ‘dissonant accords’ of neroli, fig, orris butter and ‘the tender patina of tree moss’. What we do know is this is sophistication, bottled.
190 euros for 100ml eau de parfum
celine.com
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LIGNO
Ligno means ‘woody’ in Esperanto, and this certainly plunges you straight into the heart of a mysterious forest at night, all rustling dark green foliage and loamy shadows against a velvety midnight sky. Grey amber (a misty, mineralic natural ambergris) feels like a shawl made of cobwebs, jewelled with dewdrops, effortlessly draped around a deeply devilish patchouli and their signature blend of potent yet still fluffy musks. Snuggle up and allow yourself to be beguiled.
£90 for 30ml extrait de parfum
jovoyparis.uk
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NEW YORK

A fresh arrival to their Sapphire Collection, perfumer Jordi Fernández first wafts juicy Italian bergamot, mandarin and lemon with pink pepper accentuating dry tingle of French lavender oil. Earthy coriander seeds are shot through with coolly aromatic juniper, seamlessly blended to a gorgeous heart of Chinese geranium. Soothing orris then cossets Bulgarian rose and luminescent jasmine before a final hoorah of Haitian vetiver and musky warmth. So good they should have named it twice.
£215 for 50ml eau de parfum
harveynichols.com

Latest Launches: Dazzling Decadence

This week’s latest launches include new  fragrances from Guerlain, Jasper Conran and more. Let the glamour of Alexandre J Rose Alba beguile you whilst Miller Harris brings you armfuls of Secret Gardenia, or perhaps you’ll slip into Carolina Herrera Good Girl Glorious Gold and see if fairytales really do come true?

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ROSE ALBA
There’s something about Rose Alba that is totally mouth-watering. Juicy plums drip onto peach skins and bergamot rind, rose petals unfurl to expose black pepper pods, but the base seals the deal with a swirl of sandalwood and vanilla white musk. Delectable and delicious, it’s inspired by the great Cleopatra and the sultry scents with which she seduced Mark Anthony, and housed in an ornate flacon that’s fit for a queen.
£102 for 100ml eau de parfum
jovoyparis.uk
CAROLINA_HERRERA_GOOD_GIRL_GLORIOUS_GOLDCAROLINA HERRERA
GOOD GIRL GLORIOUS GOLD
This limited edition gilded bottle surely showcases Good Girl to its best advantage. We certainly feel utterly radiant while wearing the seductive hit of jasmine sambac smoothed by cream-lapped woods, oodles of toasty tonka bean and a generous serving of that addictive dulce de leche note in the dry-down. Collectors, we suggest you run to grab your own bottle before they go – perhaps wearing slightly less vertiginous heels than this, for speed and safety.
£96.50 for 80ml eau de parfum
debenhams.com
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LES PARISIENNES IMAGINE
Those who mourn the loss of Guerlain’s ‘London’ fragrance, from the ‘A City, A Fragrance’ collection, rejoice! It has reappeared within the prettily bee-bottled, ribbon-adorned Les Parisiennes collection, designed to capture London’s ‘free spirited and slightly offbeat vibe, a mix of pop and royalty, tradition and eccentricity.’ Rhubarb, roses and violet conjure up sweeties, on a soft woodsy base. ‘Free, sparkling and chic, like a lively young Londoner’ – and a pretty one, at that.
£205 for 125ml eau de parfum
At Harrods
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SECRET GARDENIA
Lovers of white florals, you’re in for such a treat. Miller Harris just revealed a pair of fragrances that have us dreaming of spring already. An old to London’s secret gardens, ‘filled with clandestine flowers’, it takes pillowy gardenia and contrasts with the freshness of yuzu and tart, juicy nashi pair. Imagine jasmine scampering through the whole construction, whose white floral opulence is further revved up by ylang ylang, then softened by delicate musks and sandalwood.
£75 for 50ml eau de parfum
millerharris.com
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BLACK
The masculine counterpart to Jasper Conran’s Black for Women, this, too, is decanted into a bottle which you could happily display as a piece of sculpture. Inside, find a scent that’s suitably enigmatic and intriguing, its initial freshness giving way to fougère elements, but also to iris and carnation. Leather, black amber, patchouli and vetiver make for a smoky, seductive base – and the whole excellent package is testament to the discerning Mr. Conran’s flair.
£30 for 100ml eau de parfum
debenhams.com

Latest Launches: Set to Stun

These week’s latest launches will leave everyone wanting more. With exquisite new fragrances from Jo Malone, Cartier, Aerin and &Other Stories, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Will you surrender to Avant Garde Air ? Fall for Rose Cocoa? Or perhaps succumb to the Timeless charm of Lacoste? One thing’s for certain: you’ll be set to stun._OTHERSTORIES_AVANT_GARDE_AIR.& OTHER STORIES
AVANT GARDE AIR
What are ‘patchouli pleats’? To be honest, we’re not quite sure, but they ripple through the latest chapter in the interesting and affordable scent collection from fashion chain & Other Stories (part of H&M Group). The aforementioned woody note thrums alongside brown sugar and vanilla in the end-game of this fragrance, after notes of mandarin and peach have segued into a core of pear blossom and green violet, offering insouciant chic that’s totally on-brand.
£28 for 50ml eau de toilette
stories.com
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ROSE COCOA
Ms. Lauder gives her signature Rose de Grasse a mouthwatering gourmand twist for the season, sweetened by cocoa bean absolute, vanilla and a champagne truffle accord. They tempt the senses alongside mandarin, cinnamon and Centifolia rose, with amber and musk emerging as it melts moreishly into skin – but this is no Quality Street of a fragrance, being Aerin; it has the sophistication of artisan confectionery, beautifully tied up with a brown velvet bow.
From £150 for 30ml eau de parfum
esteelauder.co.uk
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LA PANTHÈRE ICONIQUE
Who wouldn’t purr upon receiving this special seasonal flacon filled with Mathilde Laurent’s Chypre masterpiece? This time around, the panther has been beautifully traced in gold, emphasising the faceting of his features – and it’s as dressing table-worthy as bottles get. The juice remains the same, shimmering with gardenia’s floralcy, before seductive musk notes stealthily emerge. La Panthère collectors, put in your requisition to Santa now.
£114 for 75ml eau de parfum
Harvey Nichols
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ROSE & MAGNOLIA

The elves at Jo Malone London have been frantically busy creating tantalising Christmas gifts – but not so preoccupied that they can’t offer up a new scent especially for the season, too. A duet of roses – rose de Maï and rosa Damascena – blossom at the heart of this limited edition Cologne, in which magnolia also stars. This exotic yet sheer floral note is definitely having a fashion moment, its sensuality ramped up here via warm amber and patchouli.
£104 for 100ml Cologne
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L’HOMME LACOSTE TIMELESS

For those given romantically to the notion of his ‘n’ hers fragrances, here is the counterpart to Timeless for Her, which reinvents the original L’Homme Lacoste. Sense-tingling spices abound in the form of ginger, black pepper and cardamom, with the unexpected tartness of rhubarb livening the heart. The base is masculine, charismatic, classy – and classic, elegant with cedarwood, smoothed with amber and musks, and ultimately endowed with a touch of nuzzleable vanillic sweetness.
From £33 for 50ml eau de toilette
lacoste.com

Latest launches: Sophisticated Soirées

Don your couture, for nothing but glamour will do for this week’s latest launches. With a début scent from the house of Ermanno Scervino,  A Scandal in Paris from Jean Paul Gaultier and new versions of Paco Rabanne Lady Million and Hermes Twilly, you’re all set for a night to remember!
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ERMANNO SCERVINO
You may not have heard of fashion house Ermanno Scervino – but perfume-lovers will be familiar with the trio of noses who together created the debut signature fragrance. Mathilde Bijaoui, Julie Massé and Véronique Nyberg evoke the textures of Tuscany-based Scervino’s clothes – flowing silk, delicate cashmere, cocooning wool – through elements of neroli, mandarin, coconut, jasmine and tuberose absolutes, white musk, vanilla and cashmere wood, moreishly wrapped in a chocolate-y gianduia accord.
From £52 for 30ml eau de parfum
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TWILLY EAU POIVRÉE
It’s no wonder the original Twilly was such a huge success, reinventing the tuberose with a juicy ginger vibe for a new audience, and perfumer Christine Nagel’s done it again. This time that ‘queen of flowers’, the rose, has been reimagined: jazzed up with vibrant pink peppercorn, the tenderness is never compromised, even when the swirl of patchouli kicks in. Nagel balances her ingredients with admirable restraint, allowing ample space in this energetically elegant scent.
£49 for 30ml eau de parfum
harveynichols.com
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SCANDAL A PARIS
Monsieur Gaultier has never shied away from the racy or risqué, and with his Scandal collection we see his cheeky side once more. Created by perfumers Daphnée Bugey and Fabrice Pellegrin, Scandal A Paris embodies the naughtiness of the French city. A scandalous scent where juicy pears drip onto jasmine blooms, sweetened softly by the bed of honey that it lays on. As wild as the kicking legs atop the flacon.
£42 for 30ml eau de parfum
theperfumeshop.com
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LADY MILLION EMPIRE
There’s a deliciously decadent Chypre aspect to this new floral from the Million stable. Houses in a diamond-shaped bottle, the juice positively gleams with a glossy assuredness – cherry, plum and cognac accord swagged by garlands of orange blossom and peachy osmanthus. Imagine cocktail glasses being clinked to celebrate an epic success, a cool, crushed ice breeziness to the magnolia and white patchouli; a smile of satisfaction for those who drape themselves in this.
£47 for 30ml eau de parfum
johnlewis.com
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URBAN HERO
Amidst much buzz about Italy and its fragrance-inspiring landscapes this autumn, Jimmy Choo strides the pavements to deliver a tribute to the metropolitan man, even choosing a renowned street artist, Jules Dedet (a.k.a. L’Atlas) as the face of the campaign. From their toolbox, Antoine Maisondieu and Marion Costero chose notes of lemon caviar, black pepper, vetiver, rosewood, grey amber and leather, for a creation that could equally be called ‘sexy in the city’.
£70 for 100ml eau de parfum
johnlewis.com