Feast your eyes and delight your nose with this week’s latest launches, from Ormaie L’Ivreé Bleu to the pearlescent pink of Armani Privé Pivoine Suzhou. Will you lose yourself in Roos & Roos Pale Blue Eyes or maybe shimmer in Tom Ford Soleil Neige? Calvin Klein Eternity Eau de Parfum completes the picture in glorious grassy green.
PIVOINE SUZHOU SOIE DE NACRE
A whisper of opalescence kisses skin as you spritz this luminous limited edition, from the haute couture Les Eaux Collection – a pearlised spin on the original Pivoine Suzhou, paying homage to China’s most prized flower. Peony petals flutter alongside May rose, with mandarin, pink pepper and raspberry accentuating their spicy and fruity facets, ultimately enveloping skin in mysterious musk, Orcanox and patchouli. And a poem written in bronze Chinese characters adorns the ivory box.
£155 for 100ml eau de parfum
Evoking the exoticism of a jungle (as painted by Gauguin, perhaps) you’d never believe this was a 100% natural fragrance, such is its depth and complexity. Rich, caramel seams of rum ensnares ripe mandarin, narcotic lily, the skin-like sensuality of violet dusted with powdery iris and a heavenly (but definitely sinful) base of vanilla, patchouli, benzoin and dark cacao. Imagine a velvet-coated panther, slightly snarling, petted until blissfully purring and begging for tummy rubs.
£180 for 100ml eau de parfum
ROOS & ROOS
PALE BLUE EYES
From mother and daughter duo Chantal and Alex Roos, a fragrance which is almost literally light at the end of the seasonal tunnel, evoking ‘springtime, blue sky – a perfume blowing a gentle breeze into your heart.’ En route, it’s ruffling notes of blackcurrant bud, iris, rose, tonka, cashmere wood, vetiver and sandalwood. And we wonder: is the name a coincidence, or was it chosen because creator Chantal has the bluest eyes of almost anyone we know…?
£170 for 100ml eau de parfum
At FenwickTOM FORD
This gets you ski-slope-ready, mimicking (as Tom puts it) ‘the serene shimmer of sun on snow.’ Prepare to be dazzled by jasmine grandiflorum, orange flower and an ingredient glorying in the name of Karmaflor Captive, which blends white flowers with Turkish rose, while ultimately, the scent slaloms towards cistus labdanum, musk, benzoin and vanilla. We’re also fans of Soleil Neige Shimmering Body Oil – perfect for layering onto exposed skin, for the coming season of soirées.
From £164 for 50ml eau de parfum
ETERNITY EAU DE PARFUM
Well, helloooo, Jake Gyllenhaal – signed as the ‘face’ of the first-ever eau de parfum for men in Calvin Klein’s scent portfolio. For this quintessentially ‘modern fragrance for the modern man’, perfumer Pascal Gaurin deploys ozonic notes, sage, apple and something called ‘Pamplezest’, opening to lavender and geranium. He lays Eternity’s signature fougère essence on a woody base of orris, vetiver, ambergris, suede and cypriol, for depth, staying power and a powerful trail.
From £35 for 30ml eau de parfum