Words: By Elena Andreou
An explosion of colour, culture and lights (code for a shedload of fireworks!), Diwali is festival that doesn’t pass by unnoticed. Inspired by the vibrancy of the five-day extravaganza, we’ve sought out the scents that are bursting with potent ingredients and intriguing contrasts to make this year’s festival go off with a bang.
Lancôme, L’autre Oud
Part of the Maison Lancôme private collection, this decadent scent fuses raw materials to create a deep, woody oud. Thanks to its incense-inspired notes – think saffron, spicy Cypriol and sage - it’ll mimic the familiar, comforting scent of the family home.
Versace, Dylan Blue
Distinctive is a word that we don’t like to use lightly, it’s so hard to truly stand out in this day and age! So initially when Versace released their fougère fragrance Dylan Blue, we took their ambitious description with a pinch of salt. But, we hold out hands up and admit that that knee-jerk eye-roll reaction was totally uncalled for in this instance.
It opens with Mediterranean-inspired top notes (fig, bergamot and grapefruit), develops into a bold heart (black pepper, patchouli) and settles to a soft musk (incense, saffron), for a potent payoff that’s so different and unusual that distinctive is the only way to sum it up.
Calvin Klein, Beauty
Diwali is a celebration of new beginnings and the victory of good over evil – it’s a beautiful message for a beautiful festival. You can see where we are going with this. Cue Calvin Klein’s Beauty. A feminine blend of citrus, orange blossom and jasmine it’s a burst of floral notes that’ll add a little sunshine to the colder months.
Valeur Absolue, Vitalie
If you’re on the hunt for a candle that not only sets the mood in the home but also packs a punch in the scent department, then look no further. Created by luxury perfumer Valeur Absolue this features exceptional notes that can be picked up throughout the burndown. It wouldn’t be a festival of light without a handful of scented candles…
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