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New and freshly re­for­mu­lated fra­grances in ex­quis­ite bot­tles are break­ing new ground this sum­mer. Elis­a­beth King is hot on the scent.

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Head­ing into the warmest months, many de­signer and lux­ury brands have launched new and rein­vented fra­grances, em­i­nently suit­able for gift­ing or treat­ing your­self. These gor­geous con­coc­tions com­bine cre­ativ­ity in pack­ag­ing de­sign – a key el­e­ment of any pres­tige fra­grance – with pre­mium in­gre­di­ents to stand out from the crowd: 1

L’Ar­ti­san Par­fumeur Mont de Nar­cisse eau de par­fum ($209/100ml) Cult brand L’Ar­ti­san Par­fumeur spe­cialises in rein­ter­pret­ing the her­itage of clas­sic French per­fumery. Nar­cis­sus notes add an aus­tere yet rich com­plex­ity to this uni­sex fra­grance, suit­able for wear­ing day or night. It starts fresh and cool with berg­amot, be­fore the car­damom and pep­per notes add spice and warmth to de­liver an in­trigu­ing, green-tinged trail of scent.

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Tif­fany & Co In­tense Hol­i­day Edi­tion eau de par­fum ($175/50ml) The Amer­i­can lux­ury jew­ellery icon re-en­tered the fine fra­grance scene in 2017 with a sig­na­ture scent that be­came a global favourite. This lim­ited edi­tion show­cases a more grown-up ver­sion, with a deeper iris note and smooth, pow­dery ef­fect.

The mir­rored fla­con mim­ics Tif­fany’s trade­mark di­a­mond cuts, topped with a re­flec­tive glass stop­per and de­tail­ing in the famed duck-egg blue. A mem­o­rable gift choice or in­dul­gence. 3

My Burberry Black Elixir de Par­fum eau de par­fum ($190/30ml) Tena­cious notes of jas­mine and rose ab­so­lute make this lim­ited edi­tion from the Bri­tish fash­ion brand one of the most sen­sual re­leases of the sea­son. Mas­ter per­fumer Fran­cis Kurkd­jian has cre­ated a heart of sug­ared al­monds and vanilla with a dis­tinc­tive base of san­dal­wood and pre­served lemon. Al­though this fra­grance is a re­jig of My Burberry Black, it has a unique char­ac­ter of its own. The horn-like stop­per sub­tly ref­er­ences the but­tons of a clas­sic Burberry trench­coat.

4 Estée Lauder Beau­ti­ful Belle eau de par­fum ($130/50ml) Beau­ti­ful has been a de­fin­i­tive bri­dal scent for more than 30 years. The chypre-style scent has been com­pared to “a bou­quet of 1000 flow­ers” and re­mains a lo­cal best­seller. Beau­ti­ful Belle picks up the ba­ton with a flo­ri­en­tal twist. Its lush blend of tuberose, pear blos­som, gardenia and mi­mosa is per­fectly pitched for to­day’s less tra­di­tional bride and all lovers of ro­man­tic flo­rals.

5 Tory Burch Nuit Azur eau de par­fum ($200/100ml) De­signer Tory Burch owns one of the most glam­orous homes in the Hamp­tons, but she took her in­spi­ra­tion from the Mediter­ranean for this flo­ral/woody musk fra­grance, which bot­tles the smell of a sum­mer’s night. A great af­ter-dark spritz, it opens with a fresh blast of vi­o­let leaf, fig and Si­cil­ian man­darin. Cedar­wood in the dry­down lingers close to the skin long af­ter the peony, freesia and Jas­minum sam­bac (Ara­bian jas­mine) notes de­velop their flo­ral aura.

6 Chanel No.5 L’Eau Red Edi­tion eau de toi­lette ($278/100ml) The rec­tan­gu­lar Chanel No.5 bot­tle has un­der­gone only min­i­mal changes since its 1921 launch. Now, for the first time, it has been given a ma­jor makeover just be­fore Christ­mas. For the spe­cial edi­tions of both the orig­i­nal scent and this lighter, fresher No.5 L’Eau, the fla­con is tinted deep scar­let. Coco Chanel de­scribed red as “the colour of life”, and this hue is used ex­ten­sively in the fash­ion house’s cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories as well as make-up.

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