Is your fragrance wardrobe starting to feel a little pedestrian? We know the feeling, which is why we’ve cherry-picked the best of this season’s perfume launches, raising the bar on head-turning scents. It’s a fact that during the colder months, your perfume needs to work a little harder to get noticed, and these concoctions definitely deliver and then some. They’re the perfect way to add a little extra allure for party season and beyond. And the bottles themselves cut a dashing figure to boot (hello, Instagram). Read on to find out more ...
Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal for her
OK, hands down, this has to be one of the best bottle designs we’ve encountered in a long while. The cheeky French designer has swapped his famous torso flacon for stiletto-clad legs that look as if they’re dancing the can-can. And you’ll probably be doing it too, once you sniff out what’s inside. A moreish bouquet of sweet honey and blood orange, mellowed by floral notes of gardenia and patchouli, it’s a scent for It-girls, disco queens and everyone in between.
Issey Miyake L’Eau Majeure D’Issey for him
The aquatic men’s scents of the 90s have had a sophisticated update in recent years, with subtle salty and woody accords making us want to wear a sailor’s cap and grow a long (immaculately groomed), white beard, all of which is encapsulated by Mr Miyake’s new fragrance. With zesty top notes of citrus and bergamot added to the mix, this is guaranteed to wake you up on a dark winter’s morning and make you smell as if you’re about to party on board Diddy’s yacht.
Elie Saab Girl Of Now for her
Described as the olfactory equivalent of a Lebanese sweet shop, this is a gourmand scent with extra get-up-and-go. Anyone with a sweet tooth will want to douse themselves liberally in its comforting notes of pistachio, almond milk and orange blossom, while the base of patchouli – a natural stress-reliever – will help banish those winter blues. And the beautiful art nouveau-inspired bottle is guaranteed to be a gorgeous addition to any dressing table.
Yves Saint Laurent Y for him
A scent for the creative man, according to the fashion house, this is the fragrance for chaps who don’t just want to smell nice but also use scent as an extension of their personal style. It opens with white floral top notes and bright aldehydes (a popular ingredient to add ‘bling’ to a scent), then darkens down throughout the day with musky ambergris and smoky incense, perfect to wear with a tailored suit or to smarten up a T-shirt and jeans.