From the glacial cool of Montblanc to the stylish simplicity of Perfumer H and L’Artisan Parfumeur, we think you’ll be super (Cloon) Keen to try this week’s latest launches. It’s time to spoil yourself!
Named for the day spring moves into summer, this latest from the Irish artisanal house is a flurry of petals borne aloft on a balmy breeze. Bursting with a giggle of bergamot, mandarin and neroli, the luminescence never dims – quite remarkable staying power on the skin for an almost Cologne-like opening. Woozy shadows filter the heat-bloomed flowers to a languid haze of honeyed amber, leaving us breathless for sundresses, lemon sorbets and drowsy dreams.
£120 for 100ml eau de parfum
Céline Ellena sought to create something intriguing and whimsical here, taking an unusual note of banana flower and placing it alongside jasmine, iris and violet flower, which she overlaid with nutmeg, ‘raw and biting, to create the sensation of the banana skin’. Tonka bean, musk and amber create a marvelously memorable trail – and this is one you need to get out there and smell, perfumistas.
£115 for 100ml eau de parfum
Pretty as a picture is this soft pink Oriental-floral-woody, in its dazzlingly faceted bottle. We know full well how fragrance can boost confidence – and that’s just what Mr. Kors apparently in mind with this spirit-lifting, stand-taller, feel-a-bit-more-beautiful Oriental-woody-floral fusion of pink pepper, cassis, bergamot, lychee, swags of rose petals, jasmine, frangipani and lily. What remains on the skin are the lovely, soft underpinnings of amber, vanilla, vetiver and sandalwood.
From £29.99 for 30ml eau de parfum
Twice a year, like the scent couturier that she is, Lyn Harris unveils her seasonal offering of (mostly) new fragrances. Spring/Summer 2018 sees citrus Petit Grain, floral Suede, fougère Pink Pepper and woody-as-it-sounds Indian Wood in the collection. But the compulsive wrist-sniffer this time, for us, is this exquisite Oriental – a gentle, powdery miasma of iris, raspberry leaf and orange flower, benzoin resin, opopanax, sweet musk and vanilla, at once intimate and intriguing.
£130/£350 for 100ml
At Perfumer HMONTBLANC
Sending a fragrant (no-doubt beautifully written) invitation to scent adventurers, Montblanc offer an unconventional olfactory experience that flickers between woody, green and leather. Italian bergamot provides sparkle – a sip of champagne before the explorer sets off, perhaps – contrasted by Haitian vetiver that thrums earthily and feels grounding. Resinous patchouli adds great depth with the cold leather of the base. Yes, cold – this explorer’s halfway up a glacier, yet still so stylish.
£33 for 30ml eau de parfum