Latest Launches: Drama and decadence

This week’s latest launches have more than a touch of theatre. With intrigue from Curionoir to Mizenir plus new gems from Tocca and Bvlgari, we want them all and we think you will too!

The New Zealand perfume house launch this both in parfum and candle format, setting out to create a modern-day ‘story for the senses which that evokes who Orpheus can be today.’ Founder Tiffany Jeans invites us on a journey ‘through the wilderness, to the depths of the ocean’, on a wave of carnation, fig, blond tobacco, pimento, iris, heliotrope, licorice, tonka and musk. Equally beautiful on the skin of a god or a goddess.
From £35 for 4ml pocket parfum
The cultures of the Middle East and Asia have helped elevate the status of perfumery to an art form. The masterful Alberto Morillas takes up the mantle here, weaving tendrils of smoky incense through sheets of papyrus, curls of sawdust gently brushed from soft leather, with a golden haze of precious myrrh throughout. To wear this feels like waking from a dream featuring shifting desert sands, flowing silken robes and tender embraces.
£175 for 100ml eau de parfum
Housed in a bottle that looks like liquid gold, it’s only fitting the juice inside should also glimmer with a stealthy seduction. A shimmering mirage of spices sashays to the unusual, lightly camphoraceous note of myrtle (similar to eucalyptus, slightly fruity with a clarity of clear-headed freshness). The base is a harmony of woody accords – layers of textures, with oudh softly smiling, knowing full well you’ll fall for its charms.
£138 for 100ml eau de parfum
Tocca’s girl gang (which was only recently released) already has a new member: Gia, which sets out to ‘express passion and is given flight by notes of feminine power and purity.’ That translates as tangerine, bergamot, pink peppercorn, armfuls of uplifting Turkish rose absolute, ylang ylang, tuberose and orris, fluttering atop vanilla, vetiver, patchouli and amber. Superficially, Gia’s sweet – but underneath, she’s most definitely a fragrant force to be reckoned with.
From £68 for 50ml eau de parfum
Vibrant, bitter orange pulses throughout this composition – utilising one of perfumer Alberto Morillas’ favourite notes – squeezing juiciness, a floralcy of the blossom and the radiance of neroli in an accord that shimmies from one tone to the next. Suffused in grounding woodiness, trailing effortless suaveness, Bvlgari say this scent ‘unites man to the city and to nature.’ We say: be prepared to be sniffing your wrist the whole day through.
£87 for 100ml eau de parfum
At Debenhams

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