This week’s latest launches will have you dreaming of sunsets, dusks and golden skies. Initio Parfums brings us Oud for Greatness, whilst Juliette Has a Gun is In the Mood for Oud. Miller Harris blooms with Sublime Blossom and Parterre presents the dreamy Hour of Dusk and Gold.
OUD FOR GREATNESS
Oudh is loved in Middle Eastern perfumery not only for its rich woody exoticism, but – so we’re told – because it’s said to improve mental and spiritual wellbeing by generating balance, inner peace and personal growth. Something to bear in mind as you apply this shareable harmony of saffron, nutmeg, lavender, oudh, patchouli and musks. Oudh as a meditation aid? We’ll certainly bear that in mind, when spritzing from the mystical gold and black flacon.
£250 for 90ml eau de parfum
MY KIND OF LOVE AFTER SUNSET
Setting fire to the fuse of another ‘little love bomb’, as Kilian Hennessy puts it, perfumer Calice Becker concocts a seductive cocktail with a freshly cut herb garnish. Soon, a sip of blackcurrant syrup slips deliciously to a juicy heart of lychee, before the sun finally sets and the musk, rose and patchouli have their wicked way. It’s a cheeky wink to wear while flirting outrageously, then walking home tomorrow, now carrying your party shoes.
£55 for 30ml eau de parfum
At The Perfume Society, we’re massive fans of the ‘new floristry’, which is so vibrant and exciting. And so are Miller Harris, who used it as the starting point for Sublime Blossom, at first citrus-fresh and then gathering together notes of Egyptian jasmine, freesia, Rather than use the traditional fragrance pyramid definition of ‘base notes’, MH prefer to use the phrase ‘lasting impressions’ – and here, that means sandalwood, ambergris, driftwood, sweet musks and vanilla.
£75 for 50ml eau de parfum
THE HOUR OF DUSK & GOLD
Inspired by a trip to Essaouira in Morocco, languid sunsets over sparkling seas are evoked by the unexpected green lushness of angelica root and a powdered kiss of spiciness from wild Persian carrot seed. What really makes this fragrance unique is the fact that the principal ingredients were grown and distilled in Dorset, at their base of Keyneston Mill. Wearing this you’ll be able to imagine balmy air caressing your skin, wherever you are.
£160 for 100ml eau de parfum
JULIETTE HAS A GUN
IN THE MOOD FOR OUD
An olfactory tale of two halves: the first all succulence and dewy bergamot, ripe and glistening; the second, a far more animalic affair which snarls a little and then swoons on your skin. The oudh is infused with saffron – preening and magnetic, slickly charming before sharp raspberry surprises and delights. Papyrus brings coolness to the growing heat, lulling your senses before the vanilla bean spills its black speckles to creamy tonka. And you’re hooked.
£220 for 75ml eau de parfum