As Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Day approaches, love is truly in the air with this week’s latest launches. We’re shamelessly coveting the magnificent bottles from The House of Oud (THOO), while Guerlain Shalimar Philtre de Parfum will fit any collection with its unmistakable flacon. Vines House has a Love Story that we want to be part of, rounded off with an olfactory bouquet of Maison Crivelli irises, of course.
SHALIMAR PHILTRE DE PARFUM
Shalimar-lovers, be reassured that Thierry Wasser has faithfully maintained the unique spirit of your fragrance here, creating something that is definitively Shalimar – but if anything, even more so. He masterfully highlights the velvety facets of iris and vanilla, adding a ‘fresh flight’ of bergamot and lavender and an aromatic lavender edge. It’s as rich, as sensual, as long-lasting on the skin as ever, with a single drop lingering on our pulse-points, next morning. Sublime.
From £81 for 50ml eau de parfum
What we all need now is a massive hug. And if there is one ingredient that enfolds you in its arms, it is powdery iris. Here, it wraps its arms around cypress, leather, amber, musks, vanilla and a surprisingly animalic note of mimosa, confected to create ‘the mind-blowing discovery of iris fields on the edge of a desert.’ (Imaginary, but we’re right there, thanks to this shimmering mirage of a scent, from this exciting, new-to-the-UK perfume name.)
£75 for 30ml eau de parfum
UP TO THE MOON
An olfactory ode to the synergy of voice and spirit, Up to the Moon is inspired by the perfectly rounded soprano tones of Georgian opera singer, Nino Machaidze. Refreshing raspberry floods the senses, vibrating with crisp pear, a caress of rose and jasmine, held aloft in a sensual cocoon of amber, ambrette and rich vanilla. Charismatically captivating, the fruity vitality and warm longevity makes this a scent show that’s bound to garner a standing ovation.
£190 for 75ml eau de parfum
VINES HOUSE PARFUM
This romantic tale begins softly, draping innocent violet leaf in a veil of powder, trickling with plump raspberry juice and adding a frisson of pink pepper to set your senses tingling. As the chapters unfurl on your skin, the passion grows – a stunning floral heart of Damask rose, jasmine and geranium throbbing to the spicy-sweet undercurrents of cinnamon, clove, saffron and tonka. At once intriguing and bewitching, it’s a ‘happily ever after’ affair.
£100 for 50ml eau de parfum
GET THE FEELING
Created for Italian baritone Guido Loconsolo, perfumer Maurizio Cerizza sought to echo his deeply virile voice with this, which has been composed specifically to ‘reach straight for the heart’ . Ginger tingles through citrus before the voluptuous heart vibrates with aromatic davana, coriander and cardamom. A soothing harmony of chamomile and angelica root signals the grand finale: a thrum of patchouli resonating with juniper berries, ambrette absolute and precious woods. Bravo!
£190 for 75ml eau de parfum