SHIREEN KANDIAH

Talks about the dark side.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Bazaar Fragrance Awards 2016 -

Shireen has al­ways had a pen­chant for oud and dark scents, rem­i­nis­cent of her days liv­ing in the Mid­dle East, when she would be on the look­out for ex­tra­or­di­nary con­coc­tions. BAZAAR dis­cov­ers why she finds woody notes in­tox­i­cat­ing and in­trigu­ing.

Noir scents are mak­ing a ma­jor come­back. Why do you think more fra­grances now are ca­reen­ing to­wards a mys­te­ri­ous, sexy woman?

I can un­der­stand why noir scents have be­come an ob­ses­sion in re­cent years, and I'm a big fan of them. They carry a cer­tain con­no­ta­tion of emo­tional in­ten­sity which per­fume lovers look for; it’s in our de­sire to be mys­te­ri­ous. My per­sonal favourites in­clude Tom Ford’s Black Or­chid and Chanel’s Coco Noir.

What makes a scent dark, and sen­sual?

Scents that are woody, musky, leath­ery, and more on the com­plex side. Many fra­grances con­tain­ing oud, the liq­uid gold of per­fumes, have this ef­fect for me. I like the in­tense scent it leaves on the skin and the enig­matic and sen­sual aura it cre­ates around you, long af­ter you’re gone.

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