Prada, Prosody and poetic roses await you among this week’s tempting selection of latest launches. Add a touch of Couture from Mademoiselle Rochas, or maybe a spritz of Tom Ford and you’re all set for a scented adventure!
Rose is due a resurgence from its still sometimes dusty-fusty connotations, and there are two roads we can travel with contemporary rose scents, fresh and green or rambunctiously sashaying. This falls squarely in the latter, with an almost leathery, saffron-speckled opening that quickly becomes engorged with the tart juice of rhubarb, then freshened with ripe raspberries before your mouth puckers. Provocatively moreish, it begs for hot skin and passionate encounters.
£150 for 60ml eau de parfum
At Bel Rebel
In a bottle that shaded from pink to midnight blue with the ombré mood of dusk settling, here’s a new and very feminine take on Prada Candy. It sets out to make our mouths water via a cocktail that opens with a sparkling zoosh of orange cutting through the double-sweetness of caramel and chocolate. Notes of iris, patchouli, musk and tonka beckon us to explore the world after dark, all dressed up and perfumed to go.
From £70.50 for 50ml eau de parfum
If there’s a more spring-like note than honeyed, green-spicy neroli, from the blossom of the bitter orange tree, we’ve yet to smell it. Prosody’s founder Keshen Teo showcases this bright white floral here in a seasonally note-perfect blend with mandarin, rosemary, jasmine sambac, candlewood, benzoin and galbanum. Green and cheering as the shoots emerging from the earth right now, it offers a lift to the spirits that’s so welcome, right now.
£135 for 50ml eau de parfum
MADEMOISELLE ROCHAS COUTURE
Conveying the utter chic of the Parisian woman, Mademoiselle Rochas Couture offers a lightly spiced opening that tingles with pink pepper, juicy pears and sharp bergamot, before a hypnotic heart of dewy lily of the valley, sparkling orange blossom and sweet heliotrope sets out to bewitch. Intoxicating flowers are further amped up with the carnal intensity of musks, milky sandalwood and tonka bean. All dressed up in a bow, and set to beautify any vanity table.
£38 for 30ml eau de parfum
BEAU DU JOUR
Technically ‘shareable’, we’d nevertheless place this firmly in the boys’ camp, with its bracing lavender cool of rosemary, geranium, oakmoss and basil. But there are decidedly dandyish facets, too: spices of saffron and cardamom are garlanded with plenty of jasmine, which smells just so good – though quite different – on a male skin, before patchouli and amber start to smoulder in the finish. A flowered hankie in the pocket of a pinstriped suit, this.
From £162 for 50ml eau de parfum