Making sense of scent
Discover your signature fragrance and you will create memories that last a lifetime – that’s the power of perfume, says Jarrold beauty buyer Deborah Pritchard
FRAGRANCES have the power to evoke memories and can even inspire you to be the person you want to be. Take the recent launch of Chanel Gabrielle, the perfume takes inspiration from Coco Chanel’s roots when she was called Gabrielle, a rebel at heart, passionate and free, who fought to become the woman she wanted to be. The casting of actress Kristen Stewart in its advertising campaign creates the muse for the fragrance, a signature scent for those who want to stand out from the crowd.
While the stories behind the scent can tempt you to buy into a certain fragrance, there is nothing more powerful than developing your own. My favourite fragrance when the weather turns colder is Tom Ford Black Orchid.
It takes me back to when this fragrance was launched and at the time it was so powerful, a real statement scent; it kept selling out. Today it is surrounded by other dramatic scents, but for me it still feels luxurious and glamorous.
So what’s your favourite scent? If you haven’t found it yet, or want a fragrance that is just that little bit different to the mainstream trends, here are just some of the niche fragrances we have instore and online. You never know, one of them could become your new signature scent.
ANNICK GOUTAL Nuit et Confidences EDP from £85 for 50ml This refined and feminine fragrance will plunge you into the heart of an elite evening in Paris with its bergamot, pepper, frankincense, tonka bean, vanilla and white musk notes. Even the bottle is artistically inspired, representing a reflection of the Milky Way.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY Scent of a Dream from £49 Charlotte Tilbury’s products are lcreated to make any woman or man feel more confident and beautiful. So her one and only fragrance fits in with her ethic with lemon, peach and black pepper, notes of jasmine, frankincense, tuberose and violet, fire tree, Iso E Super, Patchouli and Ambroxan.
SERGE LUTENS COLLECTION NOIRE La Fille de Berlin from £83 for 50ml New to the Serge Lutens’ collection, the new-look bottle’s art deco nuances give a modern look to a quite traditional brand, which will look elegant on any dressing table. This unisex fragrance has notes of rose and pepper, making it suitable for those who love oriental floral scents.
CREED Viking from £185 for 50ml For the man who likes to go against the grain, this new fragrance from Creed is inspired by the crafted longships of the Viking Age. With a woody, citrus fragrance with notes of peppercorn, Indian sandalwood and Haitian vetiver, this fiery fragrance is for those who are fearless in spirit.
PENHALIGONS The Coveted Duchess Rose Eau De Parfum £178 for 75ml This fragrance is based upon Duchess Rose, the daughter of Lady Blanche and Lord George. Rose married a Duke to escape the stifling rigidity of her family and to become the Coveted Duchess Rose.