Only in the world of fragrance could you have a selection inspired by Rigoletto and Britney Spears and this week’s latest launches are no exception. You’ll be freeing up space on your dressing table for Tom Ford Beau de Jour, L’Occitane Herbae, Maison Francis Kurkdjian L’Eau À La Rose and more (and so will we).ACQUA DI PARMA
NOTE DI COLONIA V
The Note di Colonia collection recreates the most world’s most famed operas in beautifully orchestrated scents. This latest is a tribute to Verdi’s ‘La donna è mobile’, from Rigoletto. The tingle of citrusy bergamot, lemon along with pink pepper mimic the joyous violins that open the piece. The heart is a chorus of effervescent ginger and bracing juniper, while a quiet whisper of soothing sandalwood and strong cedarwood finishes the performance.
£350 for 150ml eau de parfum
Just when we thought we’d dusted away the last speck of Xmas glitter, Britney shows up with this so-Britney pink metallic sparkling flacon, insisting: ‘You can never have enough glitter! It adds a touch of magic to everything.’ You’ll leave a trail of crystallised red berries, red plum, lotus blossom, heliotrope and the gloriously-named Sparkling Pink Puff Violet Accord, which dry down to musks, a touch of agarwood and benzoin resin as the curtain falls.
From £21.50 for 30ml eau de toilette
‘Herbae’ is Latin for herb – ‘a wink to this vegetal story’, as L’Occitane put it. Spring-like, fresh and citrusy, akin to a meadow in a (very pretty) bottle, this interlaces petal-soft wildflowers like clover, marshmallow and angelica with wild grasses in a delicate, luminous reinterpretation of the original Herbae. As with many L’Occitane fragrances, L’Eau launches with a full line-up of body treats, so you can layer and ‘feel wild at heart all day’.
£52 for 50ml eau de toilette
MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN
L’EAU À LA ROSE
Inspired by a painting of Marie Antoinette holding a Centifolia rose, Francis Kurkdjian has created an even more transparent version of the original À la Rose, with no loss of strength. Airily beautiful, this is a truly lifelike ‘see-through’ rose with a soft sensuality. Opening with bright Calabrian bergamot and Californian orange, pear and lychee add playful touches. In the heart, rose garlands violet and magnolia blossoms, deftly drizzled with honey, radiating absolute femininity.
£150 for 70ml eau de parfum
BEAU DE JOUR
‘Classic. Sharp. Maverick.’ Is it us, or do the descriptions of Tom Ford’s fragrances generally convey the virtues of the designer himself? For the exquisitely-groomed perfume-wearer, this perfectly-balanced fougère makes its entrance with armfuls of Provence lavenders, its core offering African rosemary, geranium, mint and green basil. There’s a leather quality, from oakmoss, while amber and patchouli bring their earthy warmth to the base. Utterly masculine, from first spritz to final nuzzle.
From £83 for 50ml eau de parfum