Acqua di Parma + La DoubleJ take us to the beach

Acqua di Parma, in collaboration with La DoubleJ, have dressed an entire beachfront with the new Blu Mediterraneo by La DoubleJ capsule collection for a summer of pure Italian style…

 

 

At PSHQ we’re literally salivating over these pictures of the Bocelli family’s bathing establishment, because although we may not be able to wiggle our toes in the sand and gawp at the azure waters, this stunning collab allows us to travel in spirit via the radiant fragrances and vibrant colours of the new capsule collection.

 

 

In the utterly stunning location of Alpemare Beach Club, Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany (which looks like it should be the set of a Wes Anderson film, don’t you think?) for the first time ever, Acqua di Parma have dressed the beachfront for the entire Summer season! And now, you can dress your home to transport you to the Med every time you see those so-happy pops of colour or catch a waft of the glorious scents.

 

 

Comprising fabulously luxurious body products such as the Shower Mousse (£37 for 150ml), lightly scented with the lemon, myrtle, jasmine and salty marine breeze notes of Mirto di Panarea, a Body Scrub (£50 for 200ml) fragranced with their Fico di Amalfi grapefruit, bergamot, lemon and fig (which is basically like sexy marmalade), and even a range of Travel Accessories (we have our eyes on the Confetti Blue Beach Towel, £255 – would it be a bit extra to say we dream of spritzing this with one of the Blu Mediterraneo collection (from £49) and ‘travelling’ with our noses as we sit in our back gardens?) we’re spoiled for choice!

 

 

We say: if you can’t be there in person, let perfume whisk you there right now. So spritz that sunshine-filled fragrance and light that candle, because the beach will wait until you can get there again, but your mood can be lifted in mere seconds by the magic of summer scents…

By Suzy Nightingale

 

Scented christmas trees & more from Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Maison Francis Kurkdjian has pulled out all the stops this season, offering new and exciting ways to scent your home (and yourself!) From fragrant Christmas trees, scented caligraphy cards and the most goregous candle, there’s also excellent news for fans of a certain best-selling fragrance who’d believe in going big or going home…

There’s no doubt that perfumer Francis Kurkdjian is one of the most stylish people we know. From the exquisite fine fragrances and accessories that have made him world famous, to his personal flair when designing the so-chic boutiques and decorating his own (of course ultra fabulous) Parisian apartment. Borrowing a little of that effortless élan for some French contemporary style, Maison Francis Kurkdjian invite you to come inside and ‘…plunge into a unique universe where the art and pleasure of giving become one. Fragrances and candles wait patiently by the Christmas tree, the theme chosen by Francis Kurkdjian, as the quiet and elegantly dressed witnesses of the season’s celebrations.’

‘O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, how lovely is thy fragrance…’

Mon beau Sapin, the iconic holiday candle by Maison Francis Kurkdjian, now comes in a dark green colour adorned with a fir bough decorated in white and gold. Its generous, characteristic smell of a balsam fir, slightly resinous, slowly guides us towards a reassuring forest. This candle, with its specific wintery enveloping fragrance brings the finishing touch to the joyful holiday mood and memories past.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Mon Beau Sapin Candle £55 for 190 g, at Selfridges new MFK counter

 

If you’re one of the many (many!) fragrant fans of the iconic Baccarat Rouge 540 extrait de parfum, or you know someone who is, get ready to squeal quite a lot. A whopping great supersize-me version of the fragrance has been created especially for Christmas, standing proud at 200ml, and definitely subscribing to the belief that bigger is better.

‘Baccarat Rouge 540 was born of the encounter five years ago between Baccarat and Maison Francis Kurkdjian, two luxury houses with a shared passion for know-how. Baccarat Rouge 540 tells the story of how gold is magically transformed into red, a process whose secret is known only by Baccarat. Blended with 24-karat gold dust and gradually fused until it reaches precisely 540 degrees, Baccarat’s transparent crystal slowly dons a dazzling red hue.’

This fragrance has been a world-wide best-seller for a reason: it smells incredible – we know exactly where a certain member of The Perfume Society team has been because she trails this everywhere she goes. It’s available as an eau de parfum in the clear crystal bottle and as an extrait de parfum in a deep, ruby red bottle; and if this is a present for someone you love, it’s certainly not only Santa that’s getting snogged under the mistletoe this year!

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 extrait de parfum £590 for 200ml at Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, John Lewis, Les Senteurs, Harrods & franciskurkdjian.com

Thursday to Sunday there will be caligraphy on specially scented Christmas cards at the new Maison Francis Kurkdjian Selfridges counter. And they are also offering a mini Mon Beau Sapin candle as a free gift with purchase. (We absolutely will not judge you if you decide to keep this for yourself. The person you’re buying the gift for will never know, right? Right. And we’ll be doing the same, so…)

Finally, if you needed another reason to pop across to France (with the car, we think, for this one…) before Christmas, then look no further than the wonder that is a scented Maison Francis Kurkdjian Christmas tree! Sadly these are not available in the U.K. this year, but those seeking the ultimate in festive fragrance can delight in them at the following stores:

Perfumed and fireproofed Nordmann Tree, 100/120 cm:
Green natural tree from 145 euros*
Flocked tree with natural dusting from 185 euros*
Flocked integral white tree from 205 euros*
*(Suggested retail price excluding delivery)

Order from Parisian shops Maison Francis Kurkdjian:
Boutique Saint Honoré – 5 rue d’Alger, Paris 1er – +33 1 42 60 07 07
Boutique Marais – 7 rue des Blancs-Manteaux, Paris 4ème – +33 1 42 71 76 76

The mere descriptions, let alone gawping at these pictures, makes us feel instantly more stylish; and we find that theme of the Holiday tree on all accompanying boxes, gift sets, tissue paper and bags – illustrations and images drawn by Kurkdjian himself and created by his design team. So if you’re searching for that perfect present for someone special, hankering after treating yourself for a change, or heavily hinting to loved ones (we find choosing the Print Screen option and circling the ones you want in red while mouthing ‘THOSE PLEASE’ works really well); you’ll find that ‘…everything at Maison Francis Kurkdjian comes together to create a wintry harmony where an eye for detail lies at the heart of the creative process.’ Naturellement!

By Suzy Nightingale

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Le Voyage – scents of adventure for so-chic travellers

The Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Le Voyage fragrance set is just the most desirable scent package to pack, for so-chic travellers who know they’ll need more than a couple of fragrant hits along the way.

Each of the fragrances evokes times and places that were precious to Chanel – snapshots of scent memories captured in olfactory form. Presented in a trio of travel-friendly 50ml bottles, the set includes three postcards to send to people you wish were there (perhaps you might wish to really want to rub their noses in the fact they aren’t!) and a darling little pouch to carry your chosen bottle around in for the day.

If you absolutely cannot wait to set sail with these scents (and who can blame you?) then take a moment to watch Chanel’s swoon-worthy short films to set the scented scene for each…

Paris-Venise: ‘1920. Gabrielle Chanel fell under the spell of Venice – the glimmer of the Byzantine mosaics and precious gems of St Marks Basilica inspired the design of her first jewellery collections. Between freshness and sensuality, PARIS-VENISE evokes this legendary city that marks the boundary between East and West.’

PARIS-VENISE is a composition of shadow and light, in which essence of neroli illuminates the warm tones of an oriental accord with notes of vanilla and tonka.

Paris-Biarritz: ‘1915. Gabrielle Chanel was taken with the sporty, fashionable atmosphere of Biarritz, where she opened her first couture house next to the casino, the luxury hotels and the beach. Inspired by the pure air of the Basque coast, PARIS-BIARRITZ captures the energy of this founding city in a fragrance full of lively freshness.’

Vibrant and delicate, Sicilian mandarin highlights the radiance of a lily-of-the-valley accord. A lively fragrance that’s as refreshing as a splash of sea spray.

Paris-Deauville: ‘1913. Gabrielle Chanel opened her very first fashion boutique in Deauville. The marinière striped shirt, tweed, and jersey: Deauville marked the beginning of a simple, bold style that has become iconic. Inspired by the bucolic landscapes along the Normandy coast, PARIS-DEAUVILLE is a fragrance inspired by the fresh air.’

Teaming the aromatic green facets of basil with the sparkling top notes of Sicilian orange, PARIS-DEAUVILLE unleashes a lively, naturally radiant freshness.

Altogether, we think this trio form what are quite possibly this season’s most covetable jet-set selection, and the only question remains: which will you use most often, whenever you feel the need to escape with fragrance this summer (and beyond)…?

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Le Voyage £195 for 3 x 50ml eau de toilette

By Suzy Nightingale

 

6 cocktail-inspired scent trends you have to try

Sitting in the sunshine and sipping a glass (or three) of something thirst-quenching is just the thing – and perfumers seem similarly inclined. If you’re planning a holiday, or simply enjoying our own (currently clement!) weather, this is definitely the time to change-up your fragrance game and perhaps consider one of these cocktail-inspired scents…

We might as well start as we mean to go on, so fancy something fruity? Zara have added three new fragrances with a Cocktail Collection (how apropos), encompassing three favourite tipples: Cherry Sling, Peach Margarita and Sweet Daiquiri. Peony, peach and pear; melon, rose and musk or nashi pear, bamboo and lotus: whichever you choose, these are joyfully exuberant (and very pocket-friendly!) ways to wear the trend.

Zara Cocktail Collection £9.99 for 200ml eau de toilette
Buy them at zara.com

For those who prefer their snifters a bit more straight-up, the cool, clear crackle of ice in a crystal tumbler is wonderfully evoked by perfumer Sidonie Lancesseur. A side order of chilled cardamom and coriander fizz pleasingly with aldehydes as bitter rhubarb accord, a splash of clear rose and lily of the valley swirl with leather, sandalwood and oakmoss. Distinctly dashing.

By Kilian Vodka on the Rocks £215 for 100ml eau de parfum
At bykilian.co.uk

Peach schnapps with lychee and crystalised rose petals? Lalique‘s Rêve d’Infini sees us sipping iced martinis in a fabulous Art-Nouveau hotel. Love a drop of rum? Swashbuckler’s should head for the exotic Atkinsons Pirates Grand Reserve, while those more clasically inclined may wish to wear a Chambord and Champagne-like mix in Vince Camuto‘s Amore. Explore all of these (and many more) in this unashamedly decadent Discovery Box…

The Velvet Collection £19 (£15 for VIP Subscribers)
At our shop

Many perfume-lovers seem to share a love for gin – perhaps it’s the wonderful array of botanicals that are now being used to infuse various small-batch brands, so reminiscent of the way fragrances are made? For fellow gin-lovers, this is now an absolute classic – a crisply refined cocktail on a pleasingly debauched base of black cherry, soft leather, crytalised brown sugar and exotic amber. To be splashed with abandon and relished at leisure.

Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling £100 for 50ml eau de toilette
At penhaligons.com

Visiting the Kilchoman distillery on their beautiful remote island inspired a scent that captures not only the rich flavours of the golden liquor, but hints of hedgerows and the windswept, rugged mosslands for which they’re famed. Galbanum brings to mind bright yellow gorse flowers, bergamot and orris mirror the citrus-floral notes found in the whiskey itself, while a cade oil and patchouli create a peaty accord that’s reassuringly (and literally) grounding.

Floris Islay £180 for 100ml eau de parfum
At florislondon.com

Thirst-qunching Watermelons with the freshness of green mandarin, notes of green tea and cooling vetiver; Blood Oranges bursting with vibrant, long-lasting citrus, and Framboise Noire succulent with black raspberries and ripe forest berries with a deep undertone like that of an ultra-smooth red wine… Fruit punch, claret, gourmand liqours, watermelon martinis? Allow yourself to be utterly transported by all in this deliciously curated collection.

Shay & Blue Precious Miniatures £65 (VIP price £55) for 5 x 10ml eau de parfum
At our shop

Pssst! Had your cocktail curiousity piqued? Our Subscribers were the first to be invited to our exclusive Sip & Sniff evening at Jovoy Mayfair (so you’ll need to be signed in to view this invite) on June 20th – where experts will be pairing six scents with matching drinks. But we’ll be giving you more details about this tomorrow, so watch our Events section for news!

Written by Suzy Nightingale

Perfume adventures: global scent shopping

Have you already jetted-off to a long yearned-for holiday, or are you planning a quick city trip to tide you over? Perfume shopping is always one of the best bits of our holidays, and so we have scoured some of our favourite fragrant destinations to bring you top tips of where to shop and what to look out for…
On our Perfume Adventures section of the website, you can find our guides to havens of heavenly scents to explore – like Le Bon Marché in Paris: Department store perfume shopping doesn’t get much sexier than this, since LVMH supremo Bernard Arnault gave Paris’s oldest department store (it opened in 1838) the most glamorous of makeovers: three floors of designer gorgeousness – and on the ground floor, a stunning perfumery showcasing many different (and not necessarily mainstream) brands.
Or why not hop to Florence and visit the veritable temple of scent, Farmacia Santa Maria Novella? Wander through the three high-ceilinged, fresco-ed rooms and drink it all in. Either explore the fragrances (there are now over 30) at your own pace at the glass cabinets, or tap into the experience of knowledgeable assistants, first checking out the upliftingly citrusy Santa Maria Novella perfume – the first the monks created – for none other than local noblewoman Catherine de Medici, who became Queen of France. It’s based on the famous Queen of Hungary’s Water (an early eau de Cologne).

In New York, those in the know (nose?) head to MiN – it’s quirkily designed:  dark wood floors, slightly scuffed antiques and custom library shelving create a clubby vibe, but the selection itself is worth a pilgrimage – from Cire Trudon candles and Culti home fragrance, Laboratorio Olfactivo, Keiko Macheri, Patricia de Nicolaï, Amouage, Etat Libre d’Orange, Jovoy and more, more, more – including a particularly quirky collection by Kerosene – seen above. (The creator is a mechanic, the labels hand-embossed from brass, the bottles sprayed with car paint.  Yes, really.)
Shopping lists and city maps at the ready? Get even more ideas for your fragrant fixes when flying away…
Written by Suzy Nightingale

6 travel scents you need, just in (suit)case…

The stress of What To Pack for your holidays is higher than ever, with many airline regulations restricting the size of liquids you can carry on-board, now adding to the exisiting dilema of how many scents we can squeeze into an already bulging suitcase.
We feel your pain, perfumistas, and have scoured the scent world for the latest travel and mini-me sizes for on-the-go spritzing wherever you happen to be. Because we’re not all jetting off to the Bahamas, thanks very much, and we happen to like having a bottle handy every single day!
Perfectly sized, these 30ml bottles of beautifully fresh Bergamotto di Calabria, Arancia di Capri and Fico di Amalfi will whisk your senses away to the azure seas of the Mediterranean, even if you can’t be there in person, or just want to prolong the glorious sunshine in scent…
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo La Collezione £99 for 3 x 30ml eau de toilette
Buy them at Selfridges


Super long-lasting extrait strength parfum in totally portable form? Yes please! With five scents to choose from, each fragrance is crafted around an enticingly musky base, Origino opening with bergamot, pink pepper, juniper and nutmeg before trailing a deliciously creamy sandalwood and white musk base…
Jeroboam Origino £90 for 30ml parfum extrait
Buy them at Jovoy
With intriguing hints of blood orange, hazelnut, pink peppercorn, clary sage, malt and an amber accord, it’s mixed in memory of the firey Jacobite women who earned this nickname. Warmly inviting and totally wearable, we love the idea of telling people exactly what we’re wearing when they ask (and they will)…

 REEK Perfume Damn Rebel Bitches £25 for 7.5ml eau de parfum
Buy it at reekperfume.com

A new house dedicated to ‘urban explorers’, get ready for a fragrant journey from London to Tel Aviv, Istanbul and beyond. Savvy scent-lovers could also opt for this citrus fizz, with a delicious dry-down of incense, cardamom and ozonic notes, a soft floral heart and musky base of white woods, benzoin and amber…
Gallivant Brooklyn £65 for 30ml eau de parfum or
Buy them at Roullier White
For a more intense get-away for your senses, Light Blue lovers will adore this ramped-up but dinky-sized plunge into floral meets fruity. Crisp apple and lemon dive down to a flurry of marigold and jasmine petals before gentle amber base reminds us of sun-kissed skin…
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense £47 for 25ml eau de parfum
Buy it at Boots

An iconic scent just got even cuter in this darling bottle, fun and flirtacious the rose here doesn’t take itself too seriously, partying with peony and lychee, chicly confident with white flowers and cosying up to warm amber and cedarwood…

Chloé £47 for 30ml eau de parfum
Written by Suzy Nightingale

Calling all 24-hour perfume people…

Who wants to travel with hefty and/or fragile perfume bottles – in a handbag, hand luggage or suitcase? Not us.
So – in time for summer holidays – we are delighted now to be official stockists of Travalo. Each stylish and refillable decant spray enables you to carry up to 5ml of your own favourite scent with you, wherever you go.

Travalo sprays are approved for hand luggage – and glass-free, to avoid risk of breakage. You can even colour-code your collection, as they’re available as sleek metal Classic and chic leather Milano designs in the range of colour options, as seen above and below.

On-the-go spritzing with Travalo is from just £12.49 with FREE p&p!

Take two bottles? We'd rather take ten! Travel Sprays to swoon over…

Have you ever had the vice-like grip of panic squeeze your heart as the realisation dawns: you have ventured out of the house without perfume?
Good. You’re one of us. And we have an ultra-stylish solution…
The idea of leaving home without having fabulous fragrances at hand to spritz on the go is, frankly, appalling, for us, too. Not only do we need to refresh as the heat rises (in close proximity on public transport, other people’s hygeine – or lack of – becomes all too apparent); but if you’re travelling somewhere, it’s the perfect time to try out a whole new perfume personality.
Just as a colourful sarong jauntily knotted about one’s waist and hair intricately braided with shells might seem the very thing against a backdrop of white sands and cerulean-blue seas, it’s kind of awkward silence making worn to a wet Wednesday’s management meeting: for this very reason, any kind of break is the perfect time to try out new scents – an olfactory dressing-up box for malcontent adults anxious to broaden their fragrant horizons.
With airline travel restrictions frowning suspiciously at even toothpaste and lipgloss and the hideous hassle of lugging heavy full-size bottles around, that means it’s time to bring out the miniatures, samples and travel-sprays just begging to be tried on, and the perfect size to spritz and go.
Wether you’re flying out to some exotic palm-fringed island, living it up in a luxury boutique hotel or merely planning a staycation nearer home – we have the ideal perfume packing list just for you.
Take two bottles…? We’d rather take ten!
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Satisfyingly weighty and with an interchangeable wardrobe of best-selling MFK scents for him and her; we recently learned the slatey grey metal is based on the rooftops of Paris, while the glowing gold is inspired by the burnished statues of that great city. Infinitely chic, totally desirable.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Globetrotter atomiser from £85, refills (see leading image) from £60 for 3 x 11ml
Buy it at Harvey Nichols
4582195Luxuriously hefty in the hand yet still perfectly portable; the central compartment is interchangeable with a number of the most popular fragrances able to be popped inside for your every whim. This one is a tantalising cocktail of blood orange, blackcurrant and hot spices.
By Killian Playing With the Devil Travel Spray £110 for atomiser & 4 x 7.5ml refills
Buy it at Harrods
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Cool as a cucumber… drenched with mouth-watering juiciness and a clean-skin nuzzle note of fluffy mimosa drying down to the most comforting milky almond and toasted nuttiness as it warms, the 30ml travel size is perfect for re-applying the whole Summer long.
Shay & Blue Almond Cucumber £30 for 30ml natural spray
Buy it at Shay & Blue
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Inspired by Neela’a lifelong passion for perfume and a semi-autobiographical journey through India in exqusite scents, these ‘Take Two’ travel sizes are ideal for keeping about your person at all times. Available in Trayee, Mohur, Bombay Bling, Ashoka and Pichola, for double the pleasure.

Neela Vermeire Take Two €112 for 2 x 15 ml flacons
Buy them at neelavermeire.com
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A gentleman needs to travel stylishly, too, and Dunhill have released an incredibly artful rechargeable spray for their ICON fragrance. Sleek yet racy, bergamot and neroli refresh while black pepper steps up the pace before a stunning infusion of cardamom and lavender beguile.
Dunhill London ICON Eau de Parfum Luxury Travel Set £60 for spray & 2 x 30ml eau de parfum refills
Buy it at John Lewis
Travel-Spray-3Dinky sizes of three top-selling Miller Harris classic scents slot securely inside a magnetically fastened holder. Choose from (our Summer fave) Coeur de Jardin: crisp, fruity and hesperidic, Italian bergamot and lemon, textured pear and peach; Feuilles de Tabac & Noix de Tubéreuse to slip easily in even the smallest bag
Miller Harris Pret-a-Partie travel collection £95 for re-fillable travel spray and 9ml eau de parfum of your choice , or £50 for 3 x 9ml refills
Buy them at Miller Harris

I_231165275_50_20151126Effortlessly cool in that nochalant, laid-back feminine ethos of the design house, we think the white flacon entwined with gold thread is at its cutest in the 30ml travel size. Voluptuous mandarin quenches jasmine before desire is dusted with a skin-soft iris powdered base.
Carven L’Absolu £42 for 30ml eau de parfum
Buy it at House of Fraser
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Designed using the principles of the Bauhaus movement in which the function dictates form, the Bakelite case snugly houses your choice of Frederic Malle’s 10ml refill bottles. A great opportunity for those who’ve always longed to take the plunge into the original King of Niche houses.
Frederic Malle Bakelite Traveler Spray Case £30
Buy it at Liberty
10872434-1404833788-896600Distinctive, unique and ultra long-lasting, Amouage excel at operatic oppulence in scent form. Reflection Man would be our choice for the chap with nothing to prove, rosemary, red pepper berries and bitter orange leaves harmonising with a bright neroli jasmine heart and woody base.
Amouage Reflection Man Travel Spray 2 x 10ml eau de parfum refills £95
Buy it at Amouage
ac0600_giftThe ultimate in personalised travel accessories, the leather case can be engraved with the initials or name of your choice. Plumping for Vanilla Insensée with its addictive twist of creamy vanilla, smooth wood and shady moss – this is a sheer gourmand to wear like a billowing silk scarf.
Atelier Cologne Vanilla Insensée Personalised Travel Spray €160 for 30ml Cologne Absolue
Buy it at Atelier Cologne
Written by Suzy Nightingale