If you’re looking for perfumes to wear to a NYE party, or simply a way to celebrate in scent at home, here are some recent launches that will give you that joyously uplifting feeling of a best dress and posh shoes dancing on the table moment… even if the reality is far less glam. Listen, it’s been another tough year – cancelled plans, missing people we love, uncertainty – but it’s time to reflect how well we’ve all done to get through, and celebrate the New Year with hope in our hearts. Spritz on, and cheers to you, our dear scented friends!
Dancing With Strangers
What did you miss most? Sun-drenched beaches? Festivals? The utter joy of parties…? Cult Fragrances author Tessa Williams partnered with the endlessly inventive Sarah McCartney on this trilogy of scents to evoke all we yearned for. Warm Sands/Blue Ocean is sun lotion on warm skin, Dandelion Musk offers the summer meadow vibes of festival living, but our favourite is Dancing With Strangers, a delicious waltz of lipstick-y rose, violet and white florals.
From £32 for 15ml eau de parfum
The enduringly popular Fantasy fragrance – as much of a superstar in the fragrance world as Britney herself is, within showbiz – is playfully and vibrantly reworked in time for the party season. A show-stopping blend of juicily tart passion fruit, jasmine petals and patchouli, it sets out to capture Britney’s enigmatic power and glow.’ Here’s what we know: any Fantasy fan-slash-collector would be thrilled to party the night away while wafting this.
£35 for 100ml eau de toilette
Boss Alive Gold Edition
Twinkle, twinkle, little scent star: the special limited edition flacon of much-loved Boss Alive shimmers and glimmers with glittering snowflakes, showcased in a golden box. Inside, the scent remains the same, however: feminine, optimistic, fusing cedarwood and sandalwood with jasmine and apple, warmed and smoothed by an almost lickable vanilla note. When you feel like hunkering down, reach for this, to be transformed into a party-perfect Cinderella ready for the ball.
£72 for 50ml eau de parfum
Suit of Lights
There’s an electric energy riven through the floralcy of this latest from the musical genre-inspired house, perfumer Julien Rasquinet weaving vibrant mandarin oil and violet leaf through to an addictively balsamic honeysuckle. Creamy sandalwood and dry cedar thrum harmonically to the heart of orange absolute, with a cracking good dose of sunny sambac jasmine. As catchy as a masterfully crafted pop song, it’s unashamedly pretty, yet works brilliantly no matter your gender.
€310 for 78ml extrait de parfum
Y LE PARFUM
We’re loving these new takes on the classic fougère family, and Y Le Parfum certainly has a nod to that suave scent heritage with herbaceous, dry lavender and cool, minty geranium. Just as you think you know it, a darker twist of black cedarwood simmers to a smoky incense that swirls passionately as you promenade. To be worn by someone who isn’t shy about adding a certain swagger to their walk.
£96 for 100ml eau de parfum