5 fragrances for the perfume connoisseurs
You know you're a true blue fragrance collector when a name check of your stash turns up brands the likes of Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Diptyque, Memo, Creed and Acqua di Parma. No fluffy or sickly-sweet commercial scents will be counted among your babies. With your nose attuned to only the good stuff, finding your next Holy Grail scent can sometimes be a tall order in the on-going great fragrance hunt. But if it's gold and not duds you're looking for, these five launches are the ones to pass your stringent sniff test and make it onto your shelves:
Serge Lutens Black collection
A name that needs no introduction, Serge Lutens is one of the forefathers of niche fragrances, with everyone and their mothers coveting his award-winning creations. His Black collection introduces a refreshed packaging and 100ml sizes, as well as a new scent called Dent de Lait, which literally translates to 'milk teeth'. Containing notes such as almond milk, coconut, incense, heliotrope and a metallic tang, this is a scent that starts off milky soft but kicks in with a bite the longer you wear it.
Bottega Veneta Eau De Velours
If you do look towards the fashion houses every now and then for a unique fragrance find, Bottega Veneta has a fresh launch that sets itself apart from its contemporaries with a sophisticated floral leather chypre. Feminine but not one of your vanilla variants, this velvety rose scent is given an unexpected voluptuous intensity with base notes of leather and patchouli that anchor the layers of bergamot, pink peppercorn and rose absolute. We predict you'll start getting people asking what you're wearing.
Conceptualised from the art of custom blending fragrances, Amouroud bottles the essence of a perfumer's workshop by putting out six extremely refined and perfectly proportioned scents. Inspired by olfactory memories, you get the finest ingredients such as woodnotes, flowers, roots and herbs mingled with rich oud. From dark and provocative to light and warm, each scent has a unique character that comes through in its dry-down.
Etat Libre D'Orange
Another new-in label at our favourite haunt aka Escentials, the cheeky names (Delicious Closet Queen, anyone?) and clever blends from this 11-years-young French perfume house are quickly finding solid fans in us. All the scents are rebelliously non-traditional — hence the brand name, which references a South African state that declared independence from its colonial master in 1854 — and there are even celebrity collabs with unexpected stars like Tilda Swinton. Now guess which one is hers by using only your nose.
Byredo room sprays
Okay, we're sort of cheating with this one but how often do you get a perfume specially created for your home and hearth that translates some of the most raved-about niche scents? Supersized in a 250ml, luxurious glass flacon, you get Bibliothèque, Tree House and Cotton Poplin re-formulated to fill your living space with its beautiful aromas, so you can now save your Byredos if you've already been re-purposing them as emergency room sprays.
Available at Escentials and online. Bottega Veneta Eau De Velours is available at leading department stores