18 Sep 2015
1. Mod Noir Eau de Parfum, from $113 for 30ml, by Marc Jacobs
As much as we love the scent of gardenias, the note can be quite intense – creamy, sweet and floral. Think of this as a reinvention of gardenia fragrances. Dewy green notes on the top and powdery musk at the base give the intense floral heart a harmony that’s modern and distinctive.
2. Bamboo Eau de Parfum, from $106 for 30ml, by Gucci
Unique ingredients like Casablanca lily, grey amber and Tahitian vanilla make this scent oh-so captivating. To balance these powerful, voluptuous notes, refreshing bergamot and soft ylang-ylang were added. The result? A classy delicate scent that still stands out in a crowd.
3. Tacit Eau de Parfum, $135 for 50ml, by Aesop
An uncommon and elusive unisex scent that comes across particularly raw and crisp yet very luxurious. It opens with zesty yuzu notes then settles into an earthy, green heart of basil oil. The base of vetiver leaves an aromatic, delicate spiciness that smells better, almost addictive as it develops on the skin.
4. Narciso Eau de Toilette, from $89 for 30ml, by Narciso Rodriguez
To distinguish this new scent from the brand’s previous EDP, this has a brighter and fresher vibe thanks to splashes of peony and Bulgarian-rose notes giving it a crystalline-floral sweetness. To stay true to the trademark musky sensuality, the base notes meld smooth cedars with elegant vetiver.
18 Sep 2015
5. See By Chloé Si Belle Eau de Parfum, $85 for 30ml,by Chloé
Zesty fragrances often don’t last but on the other hand, intense florals can be too heady. This marries the two with uplifting notes of neroli and birch leaf plus delicate orange blossom on a soft base of white musk. It comes across as an elegant fragrance, which is still laid-back enough for everyday wear.
6. Eau de Parfum, from $105 for 30ml, by Alaïa Paris
Designer Azzedine Alaïa’s debut fragrance is intense and mysterious. It combines pink pepper, freesia, peony, and musk (and also ambiguous “airy and animal” notes) but none seem to be individually distinguishable. They meld into an elusive, captivating scent that’s exotic, warm and enticing.
7. Olympéa Eau de Parfum, from $95 for 30ml, by Paco Rabanne
If you’re on the hunt for a totally different kind of scent, you’ve got to try this. Salt is the basis of this unique creation, giving it an unusual freshness and sharpness. It is mixed with vanilla, green mandarin and aquatic floral notes of hydroponic jasmine and ginger lily for an enticing, hypnotic fragrance.
8. Modern Muse Chic, from $88 for 30ml, by EstÉe Lauder
A scent that channels sophistication without being too heavy or musty. The floral bouquet of jasmine, lily and tuberose is incredibly sexy and feminine while a juicy plum accord keeps it fresh and succulent. Cashmere wood, suede and patchouli leave a sensual sillage.