Woman & Home - - Foundation Special -

Asian trends and tech­nol­ogy dom­i­nated the beauty in­dus­try in 2018, and with its long tra­di­tion of look­ing east­wards for ex­otic in­gre­di­ents, the fra­grance world was al­ready well ahead of the game. Now, per­fumers are get­ting ex­per­i­men­tal in the Ori­en­tal cat­e­gory, cut­ting through clas­sic notes of or­chid, ylang-ylang and vanilla with in­vig­o­rat­ing new scents of juicy ly­chee and fresh bam­boo.

A still from 2005’s Mem­oirs of a Geisha

Flo­ral Street Wild Vanilla Or­chid Eau de Par­fum, £55 A Bakewell tart start dries down to fresh bam­boo and milky san­dal­wood.

Paco Ra­banne Pure XS For Her, £80 A per­fume that oozes sex ap­peal. >>

Guer­lain Shalimar Souf­flé De Lu­mière, £74 The orig­i­nal glam­orous Ori­en­tal, warmed up with fruity jas­mine.

Byredo Eleventh Hour, £105 Nepalese pep­per, sticky fig and creamy wood.

Estée Lauder Beau­ti­ful Belle Eau de Par­fum, £52 Ly­chee and fizzy white flow­ers – the whole of­fice loved this one.

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