Perfumed Potions & Elixirs

Have you noticed there are Potions & Elixirs currently abounding in fragrance form – tapping in to our need for a way to add some magic and feelings of strength and control over our lives, perhaps? Well, we certainly feel the best way to empower yourself – and feel magical – at any time of year is through the power of of perfume…

 

 

 

Penhaligon’s recently-launched Potions collection offers fragrant remedies for modern living that evoke William Penhaligon’s experiments with aromatic concoctions. Beckon courage with Eau the Audacity, energise with Va Va Vroom, ignite desire with Liquid Love, banish worries with A Balm of Calm, or feel euphoric after a spritz of A Kiss of Bliss. Visit the website to explore them – it’s a joyous experience!

 

 

Penhaligon’s says: ‘William Penhaligon laboured for his legacy to be delightful. One to cure all ills, one that he and future generations would be rightly proud! You are about to discover the result of his travails… Discover five new fragrances filled to the brim with miraculous ingredients to boost your mood.’ All Penhaligon’s Potions £195 for 100ml eau de parfum penhaligons.com

 

 

A Penhaligon’s Potions & Remedies Discovery Set is also available: £30 for 5 x 2ml eau de parfum

 

 

 

Goldfield & Banks Silky Woods Elixir

Encased in molten gold, this deeper, darker take contrasts the supple ripples of woody smoothness of oudh and radiantly hushed yet ultra long-lasting musk with succulent fig and rose to add even greater allure. Irresistible!

£215 for 100ml pure parfum harrods.com

 

 

 

Roja Dove Elixir

The spellbinding scent you reach for when a touch of magic is required to whisk you through a humdrum day, a single drop of the vanilla-stroke, peach-nuzzled, rose and raspberry-infused nectar making ‘skies become bluer’. Yes please!

From £60 for 10ml eau de parfum rojaparfums.com

 

 

 

 

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Elixir

Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble… this sailor’s so hot his torso all a-smoulder (as are the senses of all who encounter him). Gilded amber melts gold flecks through the warmly resinous composition – a sensual deep dive into new scented waters that’s bound to cause long-term fans to storm the decks, while captivating a whole new jolly crew. Far too sexy not share, all the nice (and naughty) girls (and boys) certainly do love an amber-infused, elixir-powered sailor.

£73 for 75ml eau de parfum theperfumeshop.com

 

 

 

 

 

Mugler Angel Elixir

Magical waves of a Muglerian bouquet follow your every move, swathes of white flowers juxtaposed by the bold amber trail, the heady exoticism of ylang ylang cocooned by the creamy, twice-distilled sandalwood and simmering spices.

£65 for 25ml eau de parfum mugler.co.uk

 

 

 

 

BDK Gris Charnel Elixir

An amber-gleamed, intensified glory with smoked cardamom, black tea and fig accord atop a sinful patchouli and tonka base. Powerfully addictive, one to swagger in the full knowledge that the answer to ‘who smells so good?’ is YOU.

£220 for 100ml extrait  harveynichols.com

 

[P.S. Try a sample of BDK Gris Charnel Elixir in our Scintillating Scents Discovery Box! £33 / £29 for VIPs]

 

 

 

 

 

HUGO BOSS Boss Bottled Elixir

A cool breeze of silvery cardamom throbs through ripples of frankincense resin, wet earthiness of patchouli and vetiver evoking the glorious sensation of petrichor, with cedar and labdanum smouldering, charmingly in the long-lasting trail.

£73 for 50ml eau de parfum theperfumeshop.com

 

 

 

 

Ralph’s Club Elixir

Reinterpreted to reveal warmer, more lingering facets, the sensual woody notes conjur glowing amber, green mandarin and grapefruit. Wafts of incense drift to dry lavandin, aromatic geranium and a fiery patchouli / leather base.
£108 for 75ml elixir boots.com
Written by Suzy Nightingale

Getting Juicy for July – covetable citrus scents

Long-lasting, juicy citrus scents are the order of the month, we feel – yes, of course when it’s sunny they feel so appropriate, but even when the weather’s not playing ball it’s time to let those citrus scents sparkle! Wearing juicy-smelling citrus scents brings the feeling of sunshine in a fragrance, no matter the weather.

That’s why we’re declaring July a month long olfactory opportunity to gather your most-beloved citrus scents and – or even better, try some new juicy numbers – because NOW is the time to allow them to shine…

 

 

 

 

LABORATORIO OLFATTIVO Pompelmo

Master of understated simplicity, Jean-Claude Ellena taps into his Italian background here, where – as he explains – ‘several beverages celebrate bitterness.’ Front and centre is grapefruit, considered in Asia to be a sacred fruit which was offered to the gods; Jean-Claude worked on the fruit’s ‘lively and sour freshness’, while stressing its bitter scent.’ Pink pepper, resinous lentisque, patchouli, white musk and vetiver feature in the olfactive chorus line of this fresh, shareable masterpiece.

£90 for 100ml parfum Cologne

libertylondon.com

 

 

ROBERT PIGUET Cravache

Originally launched in 1963, we celebrate the revivification of Piguet’s classics, now under the guardianship of genius nose, Aurelian Guichard. Here, the citrus zing has the sparkle turned up to eleven, with quenching mandarin, bitter orange and bright petitgrain zesting up even the dullest of days. Granted the addition of jasmine, orris, sage and saffron, the clarity of the composition remains, even in the snuggle of tree moss-lined woodiness as it warms.

£205 for 100ml eau de parfum

harrods.com

 

 

 

MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN Aqua Media Forte

Francis Kurkdjian’s Aqua Cologne Forte collection is suffused with light and freshness, its philosophy seeking to help us cultivate ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’. Thus, we welcome Media Forte, ‘the embodiment of balance and harmony’, a deceptively simple construction that is tangibly fresh and citrus bright, showcasing Italian bergamot, radiant hedione and aromatic sweet fennel, grounded in a green moss facet, patchouli and woody musks. Spray, breathe, chill.

£175 for 70ml Cologne forte

johnlewis.com

 

 

ACQUA DI PARMA Arancia La Spugnatura

In time for summer lunches, vacations and outdoor living (everything crossed), this grab-it-while-you-can limited edition has a fascinating back-story, as well as a sublimely zesty scent. ‘La Spugnatura’ is an ancient and rare technique for extracting aromatic notes from citrus skin – usually limes – but here, AdP switched to Arancia Vaniglia, from ‘the city of Oranges’, Ribera, in Sicily. In a nod to the orange’s name, soft vanilla is added – and it’s so, so moreish.

From £141.30or 100ml eau de parfum

escentual.com

 

 

FRAGRANCE DU BOIS AM

Full of tenderness, this scent tiptoes to the window and throws it open to greet the dawn. Cool air circulates softly, tendrils of woodiness weaving through an intriguingly dry damask rose. Italian orange, aromatic thyme and leathery saffron are drizzled with a vintage patchouli and a touch of tropical vanilla sweetness. A collab between Internet sensation Producer Michael and the sustainable luxury fragrance brand, it sure gets a day off to a fabulous start.

£325 for 100ml extrait de parfum

fragrancedubois.com

 

Looking for even more juice? Get the squeeze on citrus scents (and know your lemon from your citron) in our fragrant ingredients guide

 

Meanwhile, if you’re seeking bottled sunshine and an instant holiday hit (or are actually travelling somewhere lovely for a break, and need to discover your next fragrant fling (maybe even a lifelong romance!) head to our brilliant Find a Fragrance page – have six new scents suggested, tailored to your exact tastes.

 

Written by Suzy Nightingale