Per­fect Scents

For a per­sonal in­dul­gence or lav­ish gift, per­fume strikes all the right notes, writes Elis­a­beth King.

Australian House & Garden - - News -

Put­tin’ on the spritz with di­vine new fra­grances.

This sea­son’s fra­grance re­leases gen­er­ally fall into two camps: tuberose-based flo­rals and out­doorsy aro­mat­ics. What unites them is an over­all im­pres­sion of lux­u­ri­ous re­fine­ment, whether you pre­fer the vi­vac­ity of cit­rus and fruit notes, the earth­i­ness of woody ac­cords or the warm ma­tu­rity of white flow­ers. Take your pick from the lat­est in fresher, lighter scents for day and se­lect a deeper, muskier fra­grance for af­ter dark.

Aerin Tuberose Le Jour and Le Soir (both $295/50ml)

Tuberose is di­vi­sive: you ei­ther love or hate it. This duo of par­fum sprays by Aerin Lauder is for devo­tees. Le Jour, the day ver­sion, cap­tures the dewy, fem­i­nine scent of tuberose blooms at dawn, blended with jas­mine, neroli and or­ange flower ab­so­lute. The grown-up evening ver­sion part­ners tuberose with san­dal­wood and vanilla to re­ally ramp up its volup­tuous­ness.

Tiffany & Co (from $110/30ml)

Fine-jew­ellery icon Tiffany & Co has used the iris as a de­sign mo­tif since the 19th cen­tury, so it was the per­fect sig­na­ture in­gre­di­ent for its new eau de par­fum, de­vel­oped in as­so­ci­a­tion with Coty. This soft flo­ral ac­cord comes in a faceted bot­tle that mim­ics a pre­ci­sion­cut di­a­mond, nes­tled in a box of the brand’s fa­mous robin-egg blue. Along with iris, sparkling top notes of man­darin and musk give way to a fem­i­nine dry­down that clings closely to the skin.

Gabrielle Chanel (from $174/ 50ml)

The pres­tige French house’s first head­line fra­grance since the launch of Chance some 15 years ago is a ma­jor event in the world of fra­grance. Gabrielle Chanel is a chic, so­phis­ti­cated flo­ral eau de par­fum with cit­rus and black­cur­rant notes spark­ing off a bou­quet of tuberose, jas­mine, ylang-ylang and or­ange blos­som. The re­sult is sub­tly com­plex rather than full-blown, and wear­able for women of all ages. Sub­tle metal­lic ac­cents put a fresh spin on the iconic square bot­tle.

Molton Brown Coastal Cy­press & Sea Fen­nel ($88/50ml)

Aus­tralian sea fen­nel sourced from the Cape York penin­sula adds a lo­cal touch to this woody eau de toi­lette with a heart of jas­mine and vi­o­let leaf. It’s great for travel, thanks to its unisex salt-spray char­ac­ter, and the spicy over­tones are equally suit­able for a lunch date or din­ner by the beach. To in­crease the scent’s longevity and in­ten­sity, you can lather up with a match­ing shower gel.

Gucci Bloom (from $105/30ml)

The sen­su­al­ity of white flo­rals has made them chart-top­pers for decades. This airy eau de par­fum is the first scent from the Ital­ian fash­ion house un­der the guid­ance of cre­ative di­rec­tor Alessan­dro Michele. Pow­dery and crisp, with Chi­nese hon­ey­suckle, jas­mine and tuberose, it’s an el­e­gant charmer for sum­mer nights. And the lac­quered bot­tle is a fab­u­lous ad­di­tion to any fra­grance col­lec­tion.

Jo Malone Lon­don English Oak & Red­cur­rant (from $98/30ml)

Fresh and fruity at first spritz, this all-day wrist-snif­fer has an earthy warmth that makes it a great trans-sea­sonal scent. Jo Malone fra­grances are never la­belled as gen­der-spe­cific, but in this cologne a heart of rose tilts the dial to­wards a more fem­i­nine dry­down. To boost the lus­cious ef­fect, try lay­er­ing it with an­other fra­grance from the brand, such as cult favourite Black­berry & Bay.

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