3 under-the-radar fragrances to try
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Fragrances from smaller houses hold a special place in our hearts. Brands like Diptyque, Byredo and Memo, might ring a bell. And if you're a true fragrance aficionado, you probably already own perfumes or scented products from them — be they luxurious shower gels or pampering hand creams. From wanting to seek a distinctive scent that doesn't smell like everyone (or everything) else, to hankering after a less 'synthetic' anti-perfume perfume, there are many reasons why discerning consumers reach out for something a little bit more unusual.
If you're looking for interesting notes, novel combinations that may not seem to work at first whiff, and smaller production batches, do note that many of these fragrances also come with a higher price tag. Smell-alike scents these are not. Keep abreast with the new releases from these fragrance houses.
Memo Tiger's Nest Eau De Parfum
Memo's Siwa is our go-to vanilla-based scent, and we always anticipate each new release from the husband and wife team of John and Claire Molloy with bated breath, to see what new and fantastical destination inspiration they will have. The new scent Tiger's Nest is named for Paro Taktsang in Bhutan, a sacred, Buddhist site. Like a William Blake poem, this tiger burns bright with the intoxicating oil of absinthe as well as amber and incense— some of its main ingredients that are remiscent of the atmosphere in a temple. Created for the brand by perfumer Karine Vinchon, this fragrance is certainly not for the faint hearted, or for those who like vanilla scents of another kind.
$355. At Escentials
Byredo Eleventh Hour Eau de Parfum
Have you ever waited till the eleventh hour to get something done? Neither have we... This perfume has a much deeper source of inspiration than a procrastinator as it speaks to the imagined (and probably impending) destruction of the planet. Think of it as the smell of things ending and the last perfume on earth. The unusual composition includes the peppery and citrus ban timmur, a plant that grows in the Nepali highlands, as well as wild fig as its heart note. To give the scent its energetic radiation, the Swedish brand blended tonka beans and cashmere woods, for a warm, sweetly intoxicating juice.
From $210-$310. Available from September at Escentials.
Released here in March this year to coinicide with the launch of the first ever Diptyque boutique in Singapore, Tempo was one of two scents the brand created to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Traditionally know for its candles, Diptyque is now a lifestyle brand that offers everything from delightful shower gels to chic car diffusers for a beautifully-scented life. A unisex scent, this can be enjoyed by both genders though it skews to more masculine tastes. Tempo plays on patchouli — a love it or hate it note — sourcing it from three different extractions from Sulawesi, for a powerful but distinctive juice that is surprisingly delicate.
$225. From Diptyque, #B1-33A Takashimaya