This week’s latest launches are sure to add a glimmer of glamour to your fragrance wardrobe. Enrobe yourself in the J.U.S. Sexycrush Gold Edition with its layers of rose, oudh and vanilla. Or perhaps you’ll swoon for By Kilian Angel’s Share – we covet both bottle AND fragrance. Serge Lutens, Playboy and Storie Veneziane by Valmot offer gold flacons full of temptation and we’re helpless to resist.
SEXYCRUSH GOLD EDITION
Fervent fans of this hypnotic scent will be in raptures over this pure parfum edition, exclusive to Harrods, suitably presented in a gold flacon. Those of you yet to try, meanwhile, should rush to wrap yourselves perfumer Aliénor Massenet’s sumptuous composition – luscious rose, oudh and vanilla entwined with rippled ribbons of labdanum. Wearing this is a gift to your skin, and to anyone lucky to stand close enough to float on your fabulously fragrant trail.
£165 for 100ml parfum
MAKE THE COVER FOR HER
With an ethos of ‘anyone can make the cover’, this bright fragrance beams with cheekiness – Givaudan perfumers Roxanne Kirkpatrick and Louise Turner gilding the juiciness of ripe peach and pineapple with a quick floral lick of sheer rose, transparent lily of the valley and luminescent jasmine. Drying to a smooth, woody base and a hint of skin-warmed creaminess; it’s a flirty little number full of happy confidence – easy to wear any time.
£22 for 50ml eau de toilette
Exclusive to Harrods is this gilded flacon showcasing Serge Lutens’s enigmatic latest, the pleasing shape echoing the very first bottles he ever launched in Paris’s Palais-Royal, which essentially kickstarted the whole trend for niche perfume. Taking its name from the Arabic word tarab, referring to the trance-like state in which the body is ‘lost in dance’, the Chypre construction swirls and twirls hypnotically with elements of cypriol, Turkish rose and oudh. Dizzyingly gorgeous.
£300 for 75ml eau de parfum
STORIE VENEZIANE BY VALMONT
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Valmont’s co-founder Sophie Guillon tells us that this latest Murano glass-masked fragrance ‘celebrates hedonism, extols excess, flirts dangerously with lust… We designed this extract with an ardent spirit, driven by exhilaration, a sense of addiction to the intensity that once surged through the Casino del Ridotto in Venice.’ Inside, Nathalie Lorson’s juice is an indulgent gourmand-Oriental cocktail of rum, Chantilly cream and vanilla that has us coming back for seconds. And thirds.
£451 for 100ml eau de parfum
Founder Kilian Hennessy maintains that he is introducing a new fragrance family here – which he should label ‘boozy’, as a reflection of its intoxicating qualities (inspired by his own family heritage). Perfumer Benoist Lapouza takes a jigger of cognac essence, adds oak absolute (an echo of the barrels themselves), spiced by cinnamon essence, tonka bean, praline and vanilla. Family-wise, we’d still position this hovering between Oriental and gourmand – but we’re certain of its irresistibility.
From £165 for 50ml parfum