Our regular Monday round-up of newly-unveiled fragrances that are definitely worth sniffing out… Ensure your finger’s on the pulse-point of what’s happening right now – and better still, get thee to a fragrance counter to try them for yourself…
Jacques Cavallier – generally in residence at Louis Vuitton, nowadays – is the composer of this addition to the Bulgari’s bouquet of opulent flowers. To capture the ‘fresh and incandescent’ scent of magnolia, putting a very special extraction at the heart of a light floral Chypre – it takes five tons of Chinese magnolia buds to yield a single litre of the essence, rendered even more sensually velvety by coconut, ylang ylang, glacé lemon and Tahitian vanilla.
£97 for 100ml eau de parfum
We may only be on the threshold of 2018 – but this showstopping flacon from Carolina Herrera is surely a hot contender for ‘Bottle of the Year’. For such a teetering stiletto, the juice itself is incredibly poised: Givaudan’s Louise Turner contrasts elements of light and dark, with roasted cocoa, coffee and tonka sashaying alongside a special Tuberose Crystal note that’s surprisingly sheer and green. (Even tuberose refuseniks we’ve wafted this at have loved it.)
From £50 for 30ml eau de parfum
Miller Harris actually worked with two perfumers, to come up with individual interpretations of the aforementioned passage from Tender is the Night. Here, Bertrand Duchaufour imagines black tulip – ink swirled through leather, saffron and geranium on a flickering, amber-ish base. But it’s held aloft by the fizz of a pink pepper CO2 extraction with aldehydes and the most incredible green hyacinth opening, shimmering to cyclamen, incense and a drily metallic base.
£120 for 50ml eau de parfum
As if MiuMiu’s faceted bottle could get any prettier –brilliantly conjuring up the soft matelassé quilting on the fashion name’s bags – here it is showcasing the dainty ballerina pink juice for the sparkling new eau de toilette, a whispering blend of lily of the valley and cassis buds, wrapped in beautiful, soft musk. It’s fresh, it’s pretty – and has us fantastising about the spring days and summer dresses which are surely just round the corner.
From £33 for 30ml eau de toilette
Dive on into Invictus – just the cool splash we need this time of year to invigorate and refresh our sluggish senses. Don’t think it’s all marine blue and calm waters, though, for there’s an unexpected heat like dazzling sunshine reflecting from the azure sea. Amber woods tingle beneath the waves, radiating a kind of sexy micro-climate with ambergris evoking salty skin for a dry-down that we defy you not to snuggle in to.
£66.50 for 100ml eau de toilette