A glorious gala of new fragrance awaits you with this week’s latest launches. Will you be Under the Lemon Trees or spritzing Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia? Whether you choose Givenchy’s precious Myrrhe Carmin or Cartier’s exotic Pasha Noire, we say Love, Don’t be Shy!
At the luxe end of the scent spectrum, you can discover L’Atelier de Givenchy’s array of opulent scents, in exquisite bottles – here, a striking black glass and red silk incarnation, promising ‘gothic allure’, as Givenchy put it. Resinous myrrh is spiced by cardamom and shot through with sweet vanilla, alongside subtler elements of bergamot, ginger and rose. We recommend a trip to Harrods to check out this entire, somewhat under-the-radar collection.
£169.50 for 100ml eau de parfum
LOVE, DON’T BE SHY EAU FRAÎCHE
Kilian Hennessy launched Love, Don’t Be Shy as a gourmand ‘so yummy it would almost make you want to “take a bite” at your partner.’ It seems impossible that was 10 years ago, but to celebrate the birthday of one of his most successful fragrances it’s now released as an airy limited edition eau fraîche, shot through with airy neroli and petitgrain, peony and freesia, to create a gauzy, summer-perfect sweet treat.
£165 for 100ml eau fraîche
PRIVATE BLEND RESERVE VELVET GARDENIA
Tom Ford has been in the vaults – and we love him for it. He’s brought back to life eight fragrances, with six remaining exactly the same (Rive d’Ambre, Amber Absolute, Arabian Wood, Jonquille de Nuit, Bois Marocain and Italian Cypress), and two – including Velvet Gardenia – tweaked by the eternally perfectionist Mr. Ford. With a glamorously opulent jasmine note which didn’t exist when it first launched in 2007, its white floralcy is more sumptuous than ever.
£218 for 50ml
UNDER THE LEMON TREES
It’s 1987, Palermo. You stroll through lemon groves, verdant grasses underfoot. You stop in the shade of a tree, a brief moment of cool in the warm Italian sun. The effervescent fizz of lemons surrounds you, while you’re sprinkled with dappled light. Coriander and maté absolute create the green foliage that shelters you, cedarwood and musks, the trunk and the roots that enfold you, while tea leaves bring calm. Truly, la dolce vita.
£96 for 100ml eau de toilette
PASHA NOIRE ULTIMATE
For the many devotees of woody-aromatic Pasha Noire, a stunning limited edition flacon inspired by Cartier’s trinity rings in differing shades of gold, contrasted against eternally chic black glass. Green citrus, amber and cedarwood feature in the juice itself – which remains unchanged from the classic original, an energetic, long-lasting scent that balances zesty freshness with dark, deep woods. Masculine enough for the office – but apply more generously for a smoochy evening out.
£88 for 100ml eau de toilette