The dawn of a (hopefully FAR better) new year has us reaching for the fresh and the fragrant. From Acqua di Parma there’s Colonia Futura with its ‘herbaceous fusion’ whilst Perfumer H Cucumber adds a cool simplicity. Calvin Klein introduces Eternity Fresh and artist and perfumer Bruno Fazzolari brings his unique style to Zdravetz. A fresh start calls for new fragrance, and these are fabulous to begin again with…
Nothing seems so bad after a good walk, and if you don’t happen to live near a breath-taking landscape, Mihan Aromatics will transport you there, fragrantly. Travelling to Australia, we experience crushed leaves and fir needles, loamy earth and cypress tree sap – a concoction created to feel like ‘a remedy of morning air inhaled deeply.’ Spaciousness, a sense of quietude and time to just ‘be’ is buoyed by verdant botanicals, rendered magnificently.
AUD $220 for 100ml eau de parfum
For Perfumer H’s seasonal ‘wardrobe’ of fragrances, Lyn Harris has taken three edible ingredients – cucumber, pear and salt – and put her own always-creative contemporary spin on them. This clean, transparent Cologne opens with a gust of juicy greenness: a touch of galbanum and sea moss, alongside notes of watermelon, bergamot and lemon rind. A breeze of cedarwood and vetiver in the base is wrapped in a shrug of warm musks.
From £110 for 50ml eau de parfum
ACQUA DI PARMA
Adding weight to the sustainable scent movement is AdP’s newest: the first of their Colonia line to be created with 99% natural ingredients, with every aspect of the packaging reassessed and rethought. But what clinches a conversion to ‘eco’ products is that they rival what customers bought before – in this case, a herbaceous fusion of lavender, clary sage and vetiver, with sunlit shafts of grapefruit, bergamot, pink pepper and lemon. Bravo!
From £80 for 50ml eau de Cologne
Visual artist and perfumer Fazzolari showcases rare and expensive zdravetz essential oil – sometimes compared to rose or geranium, but far greener and woodier. (Think: the prince slicing his way through the thorns to reach Sleeping Beauty’s castle.) A contemplative scent that balances a fizz of grapefruit and bergamot with leafy galbanum, spicy Bulgarian rose oil with a thicket of that zdravetz and creamy leather with passion fruit, it weaves a fascinating scented spell.
£113 for 30ml eau de parfum
The bottle is cool and green. Its ‘face’, Edward Burns, is cool and ‘green’ (he and his Eternity campaign co-star wife are long-term supporters of the sustainability movement). And the juice for this new interpretation of classic Eternity is distinctively cool and green, too, outdoorsily breezy with aromatic notes of lentisk (an evergreen shrub which grows on the Greek archipelago), Bourbon geranium, mosses and woods, lightly spiced and revved up by ginger.
£59 for 100ml eau de toilette