As is our habit, here is our weekly roundup of some of the perfume universe’s latest launches. Read on for a first ‘whiff’ of the scents The Perfume Society is loving this week – then go check them out for yourself…
DKNY collectors, have you made a bee-line yet to add this summer limited edition to your line-up…? If not then jog, don’t walk, to add this to your stash – emblazoned with graphic botanicals on the box, the familiar towering bottle inside capturing all the sunlit radiance of orange flower water absolute, solar musk and just a whisper of soft vanilla. (There’s a masculine counterpart, too – the perfect his ‘n’ hers pairing for hot days and even sultrier nights.)
£40 for 100ml eau de toilette
J’ADORE BODY MIST
A new way for those who adore J’adore to veil themselves in this contemporary, sunlit floral classic. A fragrant cloud of ethereal notes, it weaves together the signature notes of rose and ylang ylang, alongside a new, enriched jasmine extract. Enriched with skin-friendly cotton extract, we’ve found that if you spritz it pretty much all over (and generously as you like), little puffs of scent are time-released throughout the day. Hugely enjoyable.
£37 for 100ml body mist spray
LES EAUX GRANDS CRUS ORANGES BIGARADES
We can’t decide which we like best: the beautiful bottles or the trio of juices under the banner of Maison Lancôme’s Eaux Grand Crus. Santal Kardamom, Iris Dragées and Orange Bigarades are resplendent in bottles adorned with cut-out patterns that play with light, showcasing intriguing fragrances by Christophe Raynaud, Nathalie Lorson and Amandine Marie. For us, Oranges Bigarades just has it – a citrus floral which refreshingly marries bitter orange essence with Ceylon tea.
£155 for 100ml eau de parfum
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Here, perfumer Quentin Bisch focuses on the bitter orange – sometimes called ‘the perfumers’ tree’, for the huge range of fragrant materials it so generously provides. Orange blossom absolute is woven with a trio of citrus fruits, with lemon from Italy, tangerine and bergamot (this last an integral aspect of the fragrance, in an extract exclusive to Givaudan). At almost Cologne-like, we love the way pink berries add extra zing, before giving in to exuberant voluptuousness.
£130 for 75ml eau de parfum
MINT & TONIC
For this spiffingly fresh of new editions, Atkinsons have ‘…joyously plundered the tranquillity of the English potager garden to exalt the herbaceous godsend that is mint’. Grapefruit will get your juices flowing, with just-crushed mint and lime a gentle hair-of-the-dog reminder of many mojitos past, perhaps. Ginger gets frisky with geranium, mandarin tickles musk and the base is grounded by a nerve-steadying duo of vetiver and cedarwood. To be liberally applied when spirits are flagging…
£130 for 100ml eau de parfum
At Atkinsons Burlington Arcade