This week’s latest launches include new fragrances from Guerlain, Jasper Conran and more. Let the glamour of Alexandre J Rose Alba beguile you whilst Miller Harris brings you armfuls of Secret Gardenia, or perhaps you’ll slip into Carolina Herrera Good Girl Glorious Gold and see if fairytales really do come true?
There’s something about Rose Alba that is totally mouth-watering. Juicy plums drip onto peach skins and bergamot rind, rose petals unfurl to expose black pepper pods, but the base seals the deal with a swirl of sandalwood and vanilla white musk. Delectable and delicious, it’s inspired by the great Cleopatra and the sultry scents with which she seduced Mark Anthony, and housed in an ornate flacon that’s fit for a queen.
£102 for 100ml eau de parfum
GOOD GIRL GLORIOUS GOLD
This limited edition gilded bottle surely showcases Good Girl to its best advantage. We certainly feel utterly radiant while wearing the seductive hit of jasmine sambac smoothed by cream-lapped woods, oodles of toasty tonka bean and a generous serving of that addictive dulce de leche note in the dry-down. Collectors, we suggest you run to grab your own bottle before they go – perhaps wearing slightly less vertiginous heels than this, for speed and safety.
£96.50 for 80ml eau de parfum
LES PARISIENNES IMAGINE
Those who mourn the loss of Guerlain’s ‘London’ fragrance, from the ‘A City, A Fragrance’ collection, rejoice! It has reappeared within the prettily bee-bottled, ribbon-adorned Les Parisiennes collection, designed to capture London’s ‘free spirited and slightly offbeat vibe, a mix of pop and royalty, tradition and eccentricity.’ Rhubarb, roses and violet conjure up sweeties, on a soft woodsy base. ‘Free, sparkling and chic, like a lively young Londoner’ – and a pretty one, at that.
£205 for 125ml eau de parfum
Lovers of white florals, you’re in for such a treat. Miller Harris just revealed a pair of fragrances that have us dreaming of spring already. An old to London’s secret gardens, ‘filled with clandestine flowers’, it takes pillowy gardenia and contrasts with the freshness of yuzu and tart, juicy nashi pair. Imagine jasmine scampering through the whole construction, whose white floral opulence is further revved up by ylang ylang, then softened by delicate musks and sandalwood.
£75 for 50ml eau de parfum
The masculine counterpart to Jasper Conran’s Black for Women, this, too, is decanted into a bottle which you could happily display as a piece of sculpture. Inside, find a scent that’s suitably enigmatic and intriguing, its initial freshness giving way to fougère elements, but also to iris and carnation. Leather, black amber, patchouli and vetiver make for a smoky, seductive base – and the whole excellent package is testament to the discerning Mr. Conran’s flair.
£30 for 100ml eau de parfum