This week’s fabulous new fragrances are from some of the best-known perfume houses out there. G is for gorgeous – but also for Guerlain, Givenchy, Gaultier and Gucci. For a masculine take, we have Dunhill Century in its chunky glass bottle. Wouldn’t they all look good on your dressing table?
A reimagining of the 1957 classic, Givenchy’s latest is an ode to modern femininity – just as the original was. This time it centres around addictive, intense tuberose, combined in a bouquet with other bewitching white florals, jasmine and orange blossom, revealing a heart of sheer elegance. The base offers up a contrastingly dark accord by fusing soft, sensual Ambroxan with harsh earthy vetiver and a chocolate-y patchouli. Would L’Interdit muse Audrey Hepburn love it…? You decide.
£31 for 30ml eau de parfum
BLOOM NETTARE DI FIORE
Chypre-florals are having a moment – and personally, we couldn’t be more pleased. A third Bloom collab between Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and the utterly legendary Alberto Morillas, Nettare di Fiore captures flowers at their most abundantly full and fragrant, with osmanthus, jasmine, Rangoon creeper and tuberose scrambling over woodsier notes of patchouli and musk, warmly spiced by ginger. All of the signature sophistication of a Chypre – but with a distinctly modern twist.
From £81 for 50ml eau de parfum
SHALIMAR SOUFFLE DE LUMIERE
They’ve been busy bees at Guerlain. Now it’s the turn of the legendary Shalimar to take on a new luminosity, in the hands of Monsieur Wasser, introducing a jasmine extracted from one of the fruitiest in the world, Calabrian Jasminum grandiflorum. Bergamot, ylang ylang, white musk and benzoin also feature in a fragrance that is both pure Shalimar, and something else again, its misty radiance exquisitely showcased in a translucent, almost alabaster bottle.
£74 for 50ml eau de parfum
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
SCANDAL BY NIGHT
Ramping up the brazen charms of the original, Scandal By Night delves deeper into the Parisian party scene, kicking up her heels and diving in tuberose, honey, sandalwood and tonka beans. Addictively moreish, you’ll want to join in this hedonistic fragrance’s festivities, but can you keep up with her ebullient joie de vivre? As ever with Jean Paul Gaultier, the bottle’s to die for – high-kicking legs atop the burgundy flacon.
£95 for 80ml eau de parfum
In quite the most fabulous flacon we’ve seen for ages, Dunhill excel design standards once again with a stunning convex glass bottle. Luckily the fragrance lives up to the packaging, too, with a delicious citrus opening that remains the right side of lemon-meringue. Slinking down to a neroli and olibanum heart studded with cardamom, the woody, nargamotha (cypriol) base is smooth as freshly shaved skin. So stylishly delightful, we might have to borrow this, permanently.
£59 for 75ml eau de parfum