With a flamboyant flourish, we present this week’s glamorous latest launches. From Penhaligon’s Cairo to Mugler Angel La Croisiere, there’s sophistication, sandalwood and scent for a gent too. Ready, jet-set, go!
L’ART DE LA FLEUR ROSE POMPOM
Not a new scent – but a florabundant new look for the fizzily rosy Rose Pompom, taken from an embroidery project. Inspired by the trend for D-I-Y, customisation and craft, Camille Goutal commissioned English embroidery artist Ellie MacDonald – who conjures up birds, fruits and flowers in richly-toned threads – to create intricate designs for Rose Pompom and Petite Chérie, under the banner L’Art de la Fleur. Vintage yet modern – just like the scents themselves.
£110 for 100ml eau de toilette
All aboard! Sidonie Lancesseur’s limited edition sets out to capture ‘the cruise spirit in a perfume’ – harking back to the heyday of sea travel, via an ‘Energising Cocktail Facet’ blending juicy mango, grapefruit and blackcurrant sorbet. The ‘Voluptuous Facet’ ensures that Angel’s signature patchouli and praline notes make their presence felt, while the ‘Cocktail Dress Code’ sees the famous star bottle in an ombré get-up, its pop of pink fading to sunny yellow.
£48 for 50ml eau de toilette
Cairo is described as ‘a melting pot of fragrant gems’ – and somehow, Christophe Raynaud weaves together the city’s myriad olfactory signatures in this Trade Routes latest, without ever overwhelming. Think: hints of saffron, wafts of incense and armfuls of Damascena rose. Think: resinous labdanum, aromatic cypriol and warm vanilla. Then finally, Cairo shows its dark, carnal underbelly: Sri Lankan sandalwood, Atlas cedarwood, patchouli (and a touch of oudh, if our noses aren’t mistaken).
£173 for 100ml eau de parfum
harrods.comVAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Recreating the sensation of ‘a soft, soothing wood oil’, legendary perfumer Michel Almairac cloaks mandarin in powdered sandalwood shavings, violet becomes suffused in a cool bath of fig milk and tonka bean is draped with the feeling of pure white cotton blowing in the breeze. Think muslin curtains framing a perfect view, the deliciously cool side of a pillow against a flushed cheek, a comforting stroke of tender fingers through freshly-washed hair.
£130 for 75ml eau de parfum
Givenchy’s Gentleman Cologne brings words like dapper, dashing and debonair to mind – but there’s also a fabulous exuberance to it, a kind of fun buoyancy created with an explosion of citrusy bergamot, lemon and petitgrain. The dynamic energy of the fragrance’s introduction is soon soothed by the supple iris and cooling vetiver in the heart, while a finishing touch of Ambroxan and musk means traces last on skin till dawn – unusual, for a Cologne.
£49 for 50ml eau de Cologne