Top seven heav­enly scents

A woman on a mis­sion, Katie Wright sniffs out the sea­son’s best sig­na­ture per­fumes worth splash­ing out on

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IF you’ve watched telly, walked down a high street or flicked through a fash­ion mag­a­zine re­cently, you may have no­ticed there’s been a ma­jor in­crease in the num­ber of fra­grance ads, many of them in­volv­ing beau­ti­ful, A-list ac­tresses.

You might have seen Jen­nifer Lawrence frol­ick­ing in a swim­ming pool in LA, Emilia Clarke croon­ing in a crowded Ital­ian restau­rant or Rooney Mara look­ing moody in an aban­doned un­der­ground sta­tion.

That’s be­cause au­tumn is the sea­son when the world’s per­fume houses re­lease what they hope will be their next best­seller and pump lots of money into ad­ver­tis­ing to make sure that we, the con­sumers, know about them.

So now’s a good time to shop if you’re look­ing for a new sig­na­ture scent, but since you can’t ac­tu­ally smell TV screens or bill­boards, we’ve gath­ered au­tumn’s ol­fac­tory of­fer­ings to sniff out the com­pe­ti­tion and de­cide which are worth splash­ing out on, be­cause these are all in the pre­mium per­fume cat­e­gory, of course.

Here are the seven big­gest women’s fra­grance launches of 2018 and what they’re ac­tu­ally like.

1. Dior Joy Eau de Par­fum, €65 for 30ml, Brown Thomas

Jen­nifer Lawrence, who fronts the Joy cam­paign, says the scent is “cit­rusy, flowery... it’s fresh”.

We agree. The man­darin and berg­amot notes make this a re­ally bright and zesty juice, so much so, some might find it a bit too sum­mery as we head into au­tumn.

2. Jo by Jo Loves, €80 plus p&p for 50ml

An­other sunny, cit­rus-based fra­grance, the first epony­mous of­fer­ing from Jo Malone is in­spired by hol­i­days in Por­tu­gal.

Grape­fruit is the star of the show here, along­side bit­ter or­ange and lime, so we pre­dict that fans of the fruity Jo Loves clas­sic Pomelo will be hooked in no time.

3. Dolce & Gab­bana The Only One Eau de Par­fum, €89for 50ml, Boots

Ac­tress Emilia Clarke was cho­sen by Dolce & Gab­bana to star in a very glam­orous cam­paign for the brand’s lat­est scent.

The Only One con­tains a note of cof­fee and, while it isn’t im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous, the over­all ef­fect is as warm and rich as a steam­ing Amer­i­cano. Com­bined with vi­o­let, iris and vanilla, this per­fume smells, in a word, ex­pen­sive.

4. Givenchy L’In­ter­dit Eau de Par­fum, €83.70 for 50ml, Deben­hams

If you have a pen­chant for fra­grances that are warm and en­velop­ing, Givenchy L’In­ter­dit will likely ap­peal.

In­spired by a Givenchy per­fume of the same name from 1957 (it trans­lates as ‘the for­bid­den’), the new ver­sion pairs heady white flo­rals — such as tuberose and jas­mine — with woody notes, and a healthy dose of am­ber round­ing out the el­e­gant com­po­si­tion.

5. Cartier Carat Eau de Par­fum, €92.50 for 50ml, Brown Thomas

De­scribed as an ol­fac­tory rain­bow, Carat is in­spired by the way di­a­monds re­fract light and is made up of seven flower scents.

From red tulip to pur­ple vi­o­let, the flo­rals are per­fectly bal­anced, cre­at­ing a po­tent bou­quet.

6. Jo Malone Lon­don Honey­suckle & Da­vana Cologne,€109 for 100ml, Brown Thomas

Don’t know what da­vana is? Nei­ther did we un­til we came across Jo Malone’s lat­est re­lease. It’s an In­dian shrub, ap­par­ently, that lends a del­i­cate, herby touch to the cologne.

The sweet­ness of honey­suckle and rose are at the heart, while moss notes add earth­i­ness. This is Jo Malone at its ec­cen­tric wild­flower best.

7. Paco Ra­banne Pure XS For Her Eau de Par­fum, €76.50 for 50ml, Boots

Per­fumer Quentin Bisch wanted to bot­tle the essence of an or­gasm with this per­fume, the face of which is the suitably sexy Emily Rata­jkowski.

Thank­fully, it’s more of a fig­u­ra­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tion; ylangy­lang is the cen­tral ac­cord (that’s per­fumer speak for in­gre­di­ent), with hints of pop­corn and vanilla, giv­ing it a gour­mand qual­ity. If you’ve got a sweet tooth when it comes to scents, make a bee­line for this beauty.

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