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

Noth­ing says spring quite like the un­fold­ing scent of petals in the air, whether it’s del­i­cate and ro­man­tic, or deep and aro­matic. This year’s win­ners en­cap­su­late the best in fra­grances with blos­som­ing hearts.

BEST CLAS­SI­CAL FLO­RAL SCENT Repetto’s flo­ral his­tory stretches back to 1947 with its founder, Rose Repetto. A brand built on the prom­ise of light­ness and grace—fea­tures held by the prima bal­leri­nas for whom it cre­ates shoes— Repetto em­bod­ies a ded­i­ca­tion to clas­si­cal tech­nique and qual­ity, as seen on its best-selling shoes with the “stitch and re­turn” method. Repetto’s Eau Flo­rale fra­grance is no dif­fer­ent in stan­dard. Top notes of white plum blos­som are fem­i­nine, while touches of rose­buds re­flect the tulle skirt. Ex­ud­ing the pu­rity of bal­let, Eau Flo­rale is a scent for all ages.

BE ST MOD­ERN FLO­RAL SCENT Dip­tyque’s Eau Rose is a trib­ute to the roses that em­brace their thorns. The fra­grance is a ro­man­tic, sen­so­rial evo­lu­tion; Damask and Cen­tifo­lia rose petals are roused by bright berg­amot and ly­chee, then ca­ressed by honey and cedar. Damask roses were dis­cov­ered in an­cient Syria, while Cen­tifo­lia roses are com­plex hy­brids founded around the 17th cen­tury. Marry the two pre­cious flow­ers— Damask must be har­vested by sun­rise, Cen­tifo­lia has to be cre­ated through care­ful cul­ti­va­tion—and the lux­u­ri­ous scent of Eau Rose is born.

BEST FLO­RI­EN­TAL SCENT Fus­ing flow­ers with warm woods and spice, the flo­ri­en­tal fra­grance fam­ily is sen­sual and se­duc­tive. Weighty ori­en­tal notes bring the fra­grance for­ward while airy flo­rals pull it back. El­iz­a­beth Ar­den’s Al­ways Red em­bod­ies this dy­namic in-be­tween, with a core of jas­mine sam­bac, pink freesia, and vel­vet rose petals dry­ing down into the warmth of pra­line and am­ber. It was cre­ated for the ar­dent woman, set to stand out in the crowd.

Dorothée Gil­bert, prima bal­le­rina of the Paris Opera Bal­let and the face of Repetto Eau Flo­rale

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