This week’s latest launches are worth waiting for. Seasonal launches are upon us and all the big names are out in force. Choose from Lancôme, Tom Ford, Chanel, Bulgari and Calvin Klein. Temptation awaits and we’ve got the urge to splurge! (Even if it’s just to get ahead with the Christmas shopping. Yes, we used the ‘C’ word.)
ETERNITY SO FRESH
Christy Turlington reprises her role as the face of Eternity – and this time, her co-star is real-life actor husband Edward Burns. (Handy to have the two models in a ‘bubble’ of their own, at a time on-set smooching breaks all social distancing rules.) Bestselling Eternity is breezily uplifted by pear, bergamot and blackcurrant, rendered smouldering via skin musks and amber. Do watch the ad, meanwhile, to rekindle your faith in happy-ever-afters.
From £35 for 30ml eau de toilette
COCO MADEMOISELLE L’EAU PRIVÉE
Turn down the lights. Draw the curtains. L’Eau Privée is unabashedly designed to be worn at night – ‘sprayed in an enveloping gesture before bed’, as Chanel put it, though we don’t think an evening slumped in front of Netflix was quite what Olivier Polge had in mind. The woods have been downplayed, allowing both the freshness of mandarin and the pillow-y softness of jasmine, rose and white musks to take centre stage. Just dreamy.
From £67 for 50ml eau de parfum
A stellar trio of Shyamala Maisondieu, Nadège le Garlantezec and Adriana Medina combined talents for this ‘tribute to the innate beauty of inspiring women’. (We suggest they hold up a mirror, for inspiration.) Rose and jasmine star in the ‘white Chypre’, which fuses two patchouli elements, one extraction of this earthy note revealing accents of cocoa and leather. Smoothed by a balsamic vanilla, the result’s surprisingly airy, while lingering smoochily on skin.
From £54 for 25ml eau de parfum
BLACK ORCHID PARFUM
There are going to be some super-excited perfumistas at news that Tom Ford’s bestselling signature fragrance is now available as a parfum. ‘To me, it is the perfect flower… luxurious, elegant, pure and sophisticated,’ Mr. Ford says of the bloom which inspired this narcotic blend of ylang ylang, bergamot, black truffle, dark florals, rich fruits, patchouli, incense and sandalwood. Check out the gilded, limited edition purse-sized travel spray, too. Double-swoon.
£98 for 50ml parfum
MAN GLACIAL ESSENCE
All the exhilaration of climbing to the top of a mountain but with zero effort (or crampons) required, Bulgari always know how to awaken our senses in scented form. Following their fragrant exploration of the elements Wood and Fire, Air crackles in the form of a frosted fougère. Piquant juniper berries make for a fairly traditional opening, before a welcoming nuzzle from the smoothness of sandalwood and a transparent woody patchouli via crystalline Clearwood.
£91 for 100ml eau de parfum