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

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Express -

MID­DLE EAST

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

SOUTH­EAST ASIA

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.

FRANCE

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.

ITALY

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.

Gucci Bloom

Miss Dior

Chanel Gabrielle

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