Five fragrances ready for takeoff.
MAUPASSANT'S PARIS. How? By keeping the very dandy leather note that made the original “Bel Ami” so successful when it was launched in 1986, at the height of those ( ludicrously?) virile aromatic eaux de parfums. Add a hint of vetiver to make it greener, more luminous, and at the same time, more modern. The Maupassant spirit. Yes, absolutely, but tailored for 2014! Bel Ami Vétiver, Hermès 100 ml, €90.
ROME, FELLINI STYLE. How? By combining notes of coffee and Gianduja Cream with the ever–fashionable citrus fruits, leather and wood, memories of sipping an espresso on a terrace in the Roman sunshine. With Valentino, who was based in Rome for many years, the city has once again become that black– and–white capital, with Cinecittà’s signature elegance. Valentino UOMO, Valentino 50 ml, €60.
THE ORIENT OF YOUR DREAMS How? By concentrating the woody essence of oud — there’s simply nothing more Middle Eastern — to the full into a locally coloured texture. Elixir Précieux Oud is an oil to smoothe on to your skin, one precious drop at a time. Then, simply spray on one of the essences from Christian Dior’s Private Collection to gently muscle it up. elixir Précieux Oud, Christian Dior 3 ml, €280.
PALERMO IN THE SUMMER. How? Thanks to an explosion of citrus fruits as fresh as if they had just been squeezed. Mandarin, of course, but a lso a dash of Petitgrain and bergamot, straight from the Zegna family’s orchard, if you don’t mind. With a touch of musk for added chic. You won’t have much difficulty imagining that you’re actually there.
Sicilian Mandarin, Ermenegildo Zegna 125 ml, €195
A BEACH ON PANTELLERIA. How? Thanks to all the Mediterranean fragrances that fill the air on this island so dear to Giorgio Armani, set midway between Sicily and Tunisia: on the one hand, citrus and sage, and on the other: cardamom, patchouli and amber. With a hint of ginger and spice and all things nice … and very hot, to boost the sex appeal of bare skin in the sun.
Eau D’Arômes, Giorgio Armani 50 ml, €60.93.