We’ve chosen these five fab new fragrances as our favourites this week. From Tom Ford to Trussardi, we think you’ll find a new favourite too. Here’s this week’s line-up to keep your finger on the pulse…
JASMINE AND SUN ROSE
A contemporary Chypre that stands up with the very best of them, Molton Brown’s Jasmine & Sun Rose is a welcome addition to this most sophisticated family – but with a modern edge. Fruity accents come from succulent raspberry, sparkling bergamot and juicy peach, laid atop fruity roses, smooth jasmine petals and apricot-like osmanthus, while its trail of rich, resinous labdanum, softly earthy patchouli and delicate musks linger on the skin after dark.
£45 for 50ml eau de toilette
CAFE DEL MAR
Inspired by evenings in Ibiza, chilling out while wandering the beach after the party’s finally over, rich, dark coffee drips through a golden apple’s luscious juiciness. Fragrant wafts of freesia, lavender and lily then gently warm like the rising sun to a lip-smacking salty vanilla base, a sweet something quaffed as the coffee drifts back to you again. From an Ibiza-inspired trio, this is deliciously woody and almost gourmand, in a dashingly grown-up way.
£150 for 100ml eau de parfum
SOUND OF DONNA
Emilie Copperman’s Ambrée-floral-gourmand-woody clearly has a lot going on – but then so does the contemporary women she’s created it for, young, multi-tasking individuals who love their jobs and their free time – and the ‘sound of whose voice is heard above everything’. After a vivacious intro of tangerine and green almonds, hypnotic tuberose draws you into the composition, caressed by feminine heliotrope and rose, gathering to a crescendo of sandalwood, patchouli and a ‘Mont Blanc accord’.
97 euros for 30ml eau de parfum
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
ROSE ROUGE No19058NH
There are roses, roses everywhere in Julian Rasquinet’s Rose Rouge – but here Turkish rose absolute and Rose EssentialTM bloom alongside notes that endow the fragrance with an elegant Chypre signature. Mouthwatering elements feature, too – a ‘frosty wisp’ of peppercorn, Burgundy blackcurrant absolute, and an unexpected serving of raw cacao. There’s cool, dry vetiver – and plenty of patchouli, which pairs so perfectly with cocoa, and ultimately, the fragrance mellows to a come-hither inviting muskiness.
£130 for 75ml eau de parfum
Wear this, promise Tom Ford, and you will ‘embark on a southwestern scent journey, transported to the desert heart of the West.’ (Where Mr. Ford also happened to make his home for some time.) To conjure that sun-baked landscape, second-skin black leather wraps patchouli and vetiver, alongside white moss and ‘warm canyon amber’, spicy saffron and cardamom mimicking ‘the heat of sunlit earth, the smoulder of rock and sand at the finish.’ We’re there, Tom.
£82 for 50ml eau de parfum