With a hint of autumn in the air, it’s time to get cosy and with Jo Malone Violet and Amber Absolu and Dior Spice Blend, we’ve got you covered. Add some Frederic Malle magic and a sprinkle of Guerlain and you have latest launches to snuggle up with…
ÉDITIONS DE PARFUM FRÉDÉRIC MALLE
Julien Rasquinet’s is the latest talent to be harnessed by Frédéric Malle for his perfumer-driven portfolio – and having followed Julien’s star in its ascendency, we’re not surprised. The latest in the Desert Gems collection, which celebrates Middle Eastern culture, The Moon showcases oudh at the heart of an opulent mélange of rose, frankincense and ripe berries, designed subtly to conjure up the fruit-flavoured shisha enjoyed across the region. Our verdict? Smoking hot.
£320 for 50ml eau de parfum
L’ART ET MATIÈRE EMBRUNS D’YLANG
Ylang ylang is known as ‘the flower of flowers’: a powerful bloom with decadent fruity and honeyed facets. Selected by Thierry Wasser for the 10th in Guerlain’s rich L’Art et la Matière collection, which showcases exceptional raw ingredients, this exotic floral unusually gets star billing in opulent Embruns d’Ylang. Spicy, luminous, dazzling, it evokes ‘bracing sea spray carried by a stormy sky into a flower that is idyllic and enchanting in equal measure.’
£185 for 75ml eau de parfum
At Harrods Beauty HallsJO MALONE LONDON
VIOLET & AMBER ABSOLU
One of many exclusive olfactive treats to enjoy as you wander through the new Harrods Beauty Halls, this ombré bottle, capped with purple, contrasts quintessential English florals with some of the most mysterious and best-loved ingredients that embody Middle Eastern fragrance tradition. Ethereal violet petals and cool violet leaves are enfolded in amber’s soft, sensual warmth, alongside oudh, resinous labdanum and white musk in a poised perfumed cultural exchange.
£200 for 100ml eau de parfum
CHANT DE CAMARGUE
Globetrotter perfumer extraordinaire Alberto Morillas travels here to the wild Camargue of the South of France for L’Artisan Parfumeur, a landscape of lagoons, rice fields, wild horses, marshlands and pink flamingos. Ultra-feminine and flowery, with a creaminess reminiscent of the rice plant – a Camargue rice note is showcased in the fragrance’s heart – it opens with a whoosh of bergamot and mellows on the skin to milky sandalwood. Unusual and intriguing
£115 for 100ml eau de parfum
‘Like a gust of wind, Spice Blend leaves us wondering if it fans the fire or cools it down,’ says François Demachy, who took inspiration for Spice Blend from a bottle of Bay Rum Cologne that sat in his father’s medicine cabinet during his childhood. Fast forward, and Bay St. Thomas from the Dominican Republic is blended with a delectable rum absolute –from real Martinican rum – then infused with a mix of spices. Hot and very cool, we’d say.
£200 for 125ml eau de parfum