The Scented TRAIL
From the heady spiced perfumes of Arabia to the delicate florals of Europe, every scent is unique and intimate to the wearer. Here are our top picks in perfumes from around the world
The Emiratis and their Persian Gulf neighbours in Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are the largest consumers of luxury perfumes in the world. It is customary throughout Arab to layer multiple oils, attars, and infuse their hair and clothes with incense, known as bakhoor, before applying perfume. Our current favourite is Figment by Oman’s luxury perfume house, Amouage, where indulgent notes of orris, papyrus and incense are lightened with whiffs of orange blossoms, saffron and Sichuan pepper. Figment by Amouage
With warmer climates in this region, women in Southeast Asia tend to steer towards sparkling citrusy notes and light refreshing florals. With holiday season fast approaching, it is not uncommon to opt for slightly weightier scents. Our pick? The all new interpretation of Miss Dior, with tangy top notes of mandarin oranges and lemon, deepened by the warm embrace of rosewood, pink pepper and patchouli.
Chanel is at the very heart and forefront of French perfumes. The iconic and timeless Chanel No. 5 is the ultimate symbol of femininity, and was a favourite of Marilyn Monroe’s. This year, Chanel goes back to its roots with Gabrielle, the bold and independent woman who would become the legendary Coco. Intoxicating and exotic, Gabrielle is a majestic combination of four white flowers, ylang ylang and exuberant orange blossoms.
Commercial perfumery in the West originated from Venice, Italy, a terminus of Eastern trade routes for aromatic gums and earthy woods. This Autumn/Winter, Italian perfumer Gucci has developed an all new bouquet of white florals, brought to life by its new creative director, Alessandro Michele. Gucci Bloom is a modern classic, and captures the spirit of contemporary and diverse women everywhere.