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FROM PARIS, WITH LOVE Per­fumer Ar­mand Petit­jean, who founded the house of Lancôme in 1935, was a huge pro­po­nent of liv­ing life “à la français.” This year, the house pays homage to Petit­jean with a col­lec­tion of six new fra­grances, a mix of flo­ral and oud scents, each blended by a dif­fer­ent nose. Vive la France! Mai­son Lancôme Les Par­fums Grands Crus (Prices vary, start­ing at $215 for 100 mL)

THIS BOY’S LIFE In­spired by the af­fair be­tween Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and Arthur “Boy” Capel, Olivier Polge, master per­fumer for Chanel, ex­pressed Capel’s sense of style and viril­ity through a rose gera­nium and fougere ac­cord (a mix of coumarin, musk, gera­nium and laven­der of­ten used in men’s colognes). He then used lemon grass, orange blos­som, san­dal­wood and vanilla to bring in a fem­i­nine en­ergy. The re­sult is an ol­fac­tory com­bi­na­tion of fire and ice, strength and creativ­ity—and the pas­sion that ex­ists some­where in be­tween. Chanel Boy Eau de Par­fum Spray ($420 for 200 mL) HEART’S CON­TENT “Fun­da­men­tally, fra­grance is about be­ing sexy and at­trac­tive,” says Michel Ger­main, the founder of Séx­ual Paris per­fumes. He should know: Ger­main was drawn to the world of fra­grance when he met his wife and was mys­ti­fied by her re­fusal to wear scent. “She said, ‘I’d wear per­fume if I could find one that made me feel sex­ual,’” he says. “That got my at­ten­tion!” His new cre­ation, Séx­ual Paris Ten­dre ($107 for 125 mL), is a blend of warm amber, rose and “cham­pagne” man­darin meant to evoke a French ro­mance.

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