With Must-Have flacons and scents to swoon for, this week’s latest launches have us in raptures. With Cartier’s divine green and gold bottle, to brand new takes on Flowerbomb and Olympéa, we’re falling in love and we think you will too.
LES HEURES VOYAGEUSES OUD MUSC
Simply the most sumptuous special edition bottles for a trio of exotic scents, united by a rich seam of oudh. Here, ribbons of incense flutter beguilingly in the warm air, whispering of strange spices, wooden caskets of priceless gems, with a faintly animalic rasp that has us reaching for a map and wishing for magic carpets to carry us there immediately. Further scented adventures lie in the Santal and Oud options (the latter offering a double-dose).
£221 for 75ml eau de parfum
A nod to the scents of yesteryear yet still strikingly modern, Suede Orris showcases orris – the buttery, soft, powdery root of the iris flower – alongside a suede accord that is also palpably soft, but with a darker touch of labdanum and patchouli. A truly collaborative scent created from an accord from perfumer Jérôme di Marino‘s ‘private collection’, it’s an unabashed celebration of femininity. And one we’d be happy wearing all day.
£45 for 50ml eau de toilette
With a ‘desert sand’-tinted juice – trust us, this colour is poised to take over from ‘Millennial pink’ – Olympéa Legend pairs desert flowers with salty plum to induce a ‘fruity-salty’ addiction, alongside notes of apricot, ginger flower, amber, vanilla, and tonka bean, together with a ‘hot sand’ note that perfumer Loc Dong deployed for warmth. Know how sweet and salt flavours complement each other? Here’s olfactory proof that works in fragrance, too.
£82.50 for 80ml eau de parfum
VIKTOR & ROLF
New Flowerbombs don’t explode in our lives every day (not even every year, actually). One for after-dark, here the gourmand flower bouquet is endowed with Chypre-floral-fruity heart in which night-blooming jasmine pulses exotically, contrasting with almost tart elements of blackcurrant and pomegranate, alongside bright bergamot and pink pepper. As ever with Flowerbomb, it’s the sillage that shows its true character – moreish praline, patchouli, vanilla, powdery white musk.
£51 for 30ml eau de parfum
Oh, how we wish that more men aspired to being suave, in 2019 – and this certainly offers the note-perfect olfactory accessory, a contemporary spin on a classic masculine fragrance structure, inviting notes of bergamot, lavender, orange oil and neroli to be splashed with abandon. As the citrussy freshness subsides, the subtle warmth of nutmeg and musk becomes apparent. Add a soft background track of supper jazz and a glass off fizz, and we’re all yours.
£19.99 for 100ml eau de parfum