New sea­son scents

Fra­grance can help cre­ate the per­son you feel like be­ing on a given day

The Irish Times Magazine - - BEAUTY - LAURA KENNEDY

Septem­ber each year sees brands is­sue the best of their fra­grance of­fer­ings in the run- up to that sea­son which hope­fully we all ab­so­lutely refuse to men­tion for sev­eral more months. Most of us have a favourite per­fume, and there is noth­ing ra­tio­nal about the choice. We are drawn to fra­grance based on emo­tion, mem­ory and as­so­ci­a­tion. We as­so­ciate fra­grance with peo­ple and places. It can be in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to ex­plain why we like a fra­grance. The beauty of it is that we re­ally don’t need to. The fra­grance you love, even if it is pro­duced on a mass scale, feels per­sonal to you. Catch­ing it on the air is a trans­port­ing mo­ment in the day. Like red lip­stick or dark eye­shadow, fra­grance can help cre­ate the per­son you feel like be­ing on a given day. This au­tumn sea­son will see sev­eral es­pe­cially beau­ti­ful re­leases.

1. Suede Ga­lore (¤ 130 at Brown Thomas and cloon­keen. com) is a sump­tu­ous scent from Gal­way- based per­fumers Cloon Keen Ate­lier. Un­less a fra­grance smells truly au­then­tic, I al­ways pre­fer com­plex­ity over overt sim­plic­ity, and this is cer­tainly com­plex, but it isn’t busy. Rich gua­iac wood and tonka, smoky in­cense and os­man­thus give this fra­grance an al­most tac­tile el­e­ment, like run­ning fingers along suede. It is softly fem­i­nine, but edg­ily rich too. It is dif­fi­cult to go wrong with Chanel fra­grance, but the newly re­leased 2. Les Eaux de Chanel (¤ 112 each) trio of fra­grances is in­tel­li­gent and re­newed my in­ter­est in cit­rus fra­grances, which can some­times be a lit­tle too en­thu­si­as­tic.

Paris- Deauville com­bines or­ange rind, basil and rose for a fresh but sen­sual fra­grance. Paris- Biar­ritz is a clas­sic zesty cit­rus with a hint of lily of the val­ley, but it is Paris- Venise that sparkles for me. It might sound odd to de­scribe a fra­grance as snug, but it feels rem­i­nis­cent of child­hood me­mories of putting on ra­di­a­tor- warm py­ja­mas. With the cit­rus ac­cord com­ple­mented by red berry, iris and gera­nium, and off­set with am­bery cit­rus, the fra­grance re­wards you with waves of in­ter­est­ing depth.

3. Jo Malone London Hon­ey­suckle and Da­vana Cologne ( from ¤ 54 for 30mls at Brown Thomas) is a fra­grance I was sure I would dis­like. An aro­matic herb com­bined with the clas­si­cally im­pos­si­ble to cap­ture fra­grance of hon­ey­suckle sounds a lit­tle avant garde. The re­sult, how­ever, is buoy­ant, fresh and in­tensely in­ter­est­ing. It shines with a girl­ish ebul­lience, but is grounded by a mossy note that feels all grown up.

For those who adore a clas­sic white flo­ral, but don’t want some­thing bor­ing or de­riv­a­tive, 4. Ralph Lauren Woman ( from ¤ 76 for 50ml) is the right fra­grance. The chic, im­pos­si­ble to lose cap is a pleas­ing de­sign fea­ture, but the struc­ture of the fra­grance is just as ro­bust. Tuberose is dif­fi­cult to get right – the waxy flower it­self has an in­tense but some­times elu­sive fra­grance which changes quickly af­ter the flower is picked. Woman cap­tures it well, and com­bines it with notes such as san­dal­wood, hazel­nut and black­cur­rant to off­set the in­ten­sity of the white flo­ral notes cre­at­ing a soft but in­tense fra­grance.

If you seek some­thing head- turn­ingly unique, the new 5. Tif­fany In­tense ( from ¤ 69 for 30ml at Brown Thomas) is a truly un­usual musky flo­ral that would be as per­fect on a bride as it would at an evening oc­ca­sion. But­tery iris and am­ber com­bine to cre­ate some­thing gen­uinely spe­cial.


We are drawn to fra­grance based on emo­tion, mem­ory and as­so­ci­a­tion. We as­so­ciate fra­grance with peo­ple and places. It can be dif­fi­cult to ex­plain why we like a fra­grance

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