The new power per­fumes

Septem­ber is block­buster sea­son for fra­grances. Meet the new scent show­stop­pers

Grazia (UK) - - Contents - Words shan­non peter

this month is ar­guably the most im­por­tant in the fra­grance cal­en­dar – when the big play­ers release their most-an­tic­i­pated scents, just in time to ride the Christ­mas per­fume wave. ‘Launch­ing now al­lows a fra­grance time to re­ally make its mark be­fore the big­gest shop­ping pe­riod of the year,’ ex­plains Adella Fam­ily, Sel­fridges’ fra­grance buyer. And take it from us, this sea­son’s crop is more im­pres­sive than ever. For­get wishy-washy, non­de­script blends; pow­er­house per­fumes are the or­der of the day. ‘Au­tumn is when we see a dis­tinct switch to more in­tense, sen­sual and deeper fra­grances,’ adds Adella. Cit­rus notes are punchier and flo­rals come with built-in back­bone – good news for the 85%* of us look­ing for fra­grances strong enough to be our sig­na­ture scent. Breathe in the new ol­fac­tory icons-in-the-mak­ing…

FOR GREEN QUEENS

Calvin Klein Women, £57 for 50ml A pow­er­ful ode to the many facets of mod­ern fem­i­nin­ity, Raf Si­mon’s first foray into scent at the helm of Calvin Klein is fresh yet sen­sual. It opens with minty eu­ca­lyp­tus acorns. Next comes a hand­ful of or­ange flower petals, fol­lowed by cedar­wood, sea­soned with black pep­per and lemon. A fem­i­nine fra­grance that’s far from a cliché.

FOR MUSK MAVENS

Miu Miu Fleur D’ar­gent, £54 for 30ml Don’t let the cutesy bot­tle fool you; Miu Miu’s lat­est fra­grance is any­thing but in­no­cent or twee. It con­tains some of the head­i­est, sex­i­est notes around, from an­i­mal­is­tic musk ac­cord, to seductive, some­what car­nal, tuberose via the mys­te­ri­ous, provoca­tive aki­gala­wood. Ideal for af­ter-dark.

FOR FLO­RAL FREE SPIR­ITS

Jo Malone Lon­don Honey­suckle & Da­vana Cologne, £94 for 100ml A sin­gle spritz trans­ports you into the mid­dle of a quaint English cot­tage gar­den, nose tick­led up against a wind­ing bush of sug­ary honey­suckle in full bloom. It’s invit­ingly sweet, but thanks to a trickle of aro­matic, tea-like da­vana and damp, earthy moss, it never verges into the sickly.

FOR HOPE­LESS RO­MAN­TICS

Dolce & Gab­bana The Only One, £70 for 50ml Shak­ing off the stigma of tra­di­tional vi­o­let scents, there’s noth­ing pow­dery or over­bear­ing here. Parma Vi­o­let top notes come doused in rich, silky cof­fee, lend­ing a smok­i­ness to the pool of cos­set­ing vanilla be­low. Imag­ine a spoon of the most deca­dent dessert to be half­way to the true magic of this one.

FOR WANDERLUSTERS

Prada Les Mi­rages Desert Ser­e­nade, £220 for 100ml A heady cel­e­bra­tion of far-flung lands, this one feels supremely ex­otic. In­side the ma­jes­tic bot­tle lies the com­fort­ing scent of old leather, like that worn-todeath biker jacket you can’t bear to part with. In­dul­gent hon­ey­comb oozes through the scent’s core, but it’s saf­fron that plays the lead role – slightly bit­ter but supremely spicy.

FOR JAS­MINE LOVERS

Givenchy L’in­ter­dit, £69 for 50ml A reimag­in­ing of the fash­ion house’s first ever fra­grance (orig­i­nally de­signed by Givenchy as a gift for his friend Au­drey Hep­burn), the new-gen L’in­ter­dit is just as pre­cious. Yes, it has that same bil­low­ing cloud of white flo­ral notes (think jas­mine, tuberose and or­ange blos­som) but it comes an­chored by the ground­ing scents of ve­tiver and patchouli.

FOR the glam squad

Dior Joy, £75 for 50ml On pa­per, the con­coc­tion of notes might seem cu­ri­ous, but one splash on the col­lar­bone and you’ll soon re­alise they make for the per­fect med­ley. First come el­e­gant, vel­vety rose and jas­mine petals, which are then spiked by tangy man­darin, but the real shin­ing star of this show is the milky san­dal­wood and musk-fu­elled base. Pre­pare for count­less what-are-you-wear­ing en­quiries.

FOR SWEET TOOTHS

Louis Vuit­ton At­trape-rêves, £185 for 100ml Like a bite into the finest truf­fle, the first spray of this luxe per­fume re­leases the mor­eish, nutty aroma of fresh ca­cao. Wait a while and you’ll feel the warmth of spicy, tonguet­in­gling ginger heat things up a lit­tle, be­fore syrupy ly­chee adds a wel­come juici­ness to the mix. So de­lec­ta­ble, it’s prac­ti­cally good enough to eat.

p h oto g r a p h s gi­anan­drea traina

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