Written by: Viola Levy
The health and wellness boom is showing no signs of slowing down, with more of us now growing natural plants and herbs in our gardens; whether it’s starting the morning with a green juice or dropping a little bundle of lavender and lemongrass into your bathwater of an evening. And this current trend has spilled over into the world of fragrance, with more people favouring scents with herbal notes that smell fresh, green and clean. Cue a crop of herb-based perfumes that are both innovative and oh-so-wearable. Here are a few of our favourite fragrant infusions (together with some much-loved classics)…
Calvin Klein Euphoria Men
The sharp, aromatic scent of black basil is the star of the show in this addictive concoction from Calvin Klein, which dials up the herbaceous accord with sage – drying down to enveloping notes of patchouli and amber.
Yardley Lilac Amethyst
You would be surprised to learn basil and floral notes go well together, but they really do! This pretty fragrance evokes a forest full of flowers, with roses and jasmine, brightened with fresh basil, lemon and pear.
The Perfume Edit Lime & Basil
While this sounds more like a refreshing cocktail than a perfume concoction, it’s perfect scent to spritz on for an after-work Mojito. Here the basil adds green sharpness to the zesty lime and sweet orange notes.
Hugo Boss Hugo Just Different
A perfect fragrance for those who need to focus, where coriander forms part of a cooling herbal medley of mint and basil, enhanced by intoxicating patchouli.
Estee Lauder Estee 2015
This 60s citrus scent gets a modern makeover, with coriander adding a herbal dimension to the delicate floral heart of ylang ylang, jasmine and sandalwood.
A 70s classic, described as “the embodiment of masculine elegance”, the warm liquorice-like accord of tarragon is combined with enveloping cinnamon and mossy vetiver, making for a very dapper gents’ scent.
Meaning ‘headstrong’ in French, this is a bold, confident blend combining rich herbal and citrus notes of tarragon, sage and lemon with smoky, leathery accords and a floral heart.
Gucci Guilty Cologne
This fresh scent puts a modern spin on the classic Italian cologne. With traditional aromatic notes of rosemary and bergamot, it dries down to an earthy base of patchouli, cedarwood and musks.
Nina Ricci L’Air de Temps
A cheery perfume – originally created to celebrate the end of WWII – it boasts a magnificent floral bouquet, with added herbs and spices. If you ever wondered what rosemary and jasmine smell like together, you should give this addictive fragrance a try.
Aramis Modern Leather
This variation on the popular Aramis takes inspiration from the original’s central leather accord, brightened with fresh notes of thyme, basil and violet leaves.
The Merchant of Venice Byzantium Saffron
If the Instagram-worthy bottle isn’t enough to draw you to this fabulous fragrance, what’s inside will definitely delight. We love its nuzzle-worthy notes of rich patchouli and white suede, blended with an aromatic base of saffron and thyme.
The herbaceous collection doesn’t stop here
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