New-in floral fragrances to take you into spring-summer
Even if you haven't set a Google calendar alert, it's right about now to embrace the advent of warmer climes what with makeup and fashion shifting gears to all things spring/summer. While the latter has less practical application in ever-humid Singapore, us tropical-living beauty buffs have long since learnt to wear fragrances in place of clothes to mark the seasonal change. And quite right too, what with the bumper crop of new buzzy launches as of late, including cult fave Diptyque opening its own space outside of Escentials and Dior setting up a brick-and-mortar presence for its premium blends. Now there's a sign to head down to town for a spot of test sniffing if we ever saw one.
Flush with modern, unique florals for the picking, we give you the lowdown on the new-in fragrances that will totally sit on your topshelf this spring/summer:
Miu Miu L'Eau Rosée
Muse Stacy Martin (and her kitten) returns for the latest Miu Miu iteration that plays with the idea of spontaneity and fun. A big departure from the crisp and green L'Eau Bleue, the new campaign alludes to the curiousity behind Rosée's unexpected floral blend with Martin ditching her ballet class upon sighting the adorable feline and following it out for a day of carefree adventure. Built around heart notes of lily of the valley and cassis buds (there's actually no rose, which was Miu Miu's intent) the dewy and youthful fragrance also carries an overlay of sophisticated musk. The flacon is even a feminine pretty pink, as is the juice.
Diptyque Garden of Hesperides Eau des Sens
When the inspiration is a mythical garden where Greek gods and nymphs frolic, you can bet such a fragrance is a blend meant to suffuse the senses. Created by artistic duo Carnovsky, Eau des Sens interprets the myth with a contemporary, olfactory edge; at once explosive and exhilarating, made from ingredients such as citrus and camellia for a zingy floral. Accompanied by a hair mist as well as a hand and body gel in the collection, this one's a fragrance meant to be layered on in a pampering ritual for maximum headiness.
Carolina Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum Légère
What's the DNA of a good girl? No, it ain't Mary Janes or a pinafore but an eloquent and intoxicating scent (in a killer stiletto heel) according to Carolina Herrera. In the name of female empowerment, the house has revamped its iconic Good Girl with a new juice that incorporates jasmine sambac imperial, a softer variant of the lauded jasmine in the original parfum. Hinted with a touch of sweetness thanks to opening notes of absolut tonka and dulce de leche before settling into an intense oriental floral, it rocks a versatility and sillage that takes you from day to night.
Dolce & Gabbana Garden
Leave it to the Italians to celebrate summer in style because Garden by Dolce & Gabbana is creamy, sun-kissed aromatic perfection in a bottle. Capturing the sensuality of a blossoming Sicilian flower field, each spritz contains neroli buoyed by airy magnolia, accented by a delicious base that combines coconut essence with almond milk. Frangipani and sandalwood balances out the sweetness with a burst of freshness, making this blend so luscious people around you will be taking surreptitious sniffs.
Kate Spade Live Colorfully and Walk on Air
They may be launching at the same time but these two EDPs are as different as can be. Those who love an uplifting yet light summer scent will appreciate Walk on Air's white floral mix of iris, narcissus and bergamot while the folks whose preferences lean towards bold and zesty will find a match in Live Colorfully, the spirited counterpart crafted from sparkling mandarin, tiare flower and star anise.
Paco Rabanne Olympéa Aqua
You'll never know by looking at it, but this is Emily Ratajkowski's perfume of choice. The model has recently been minted as brand ambassador to the maison, embodying the Paco Rabanne woman's daring, confidence and modernity. In the same vein, this new variant of Olympéa bottles sexy using accords of deep vanilla and cashmere woods, intensified with amber to smell like 'salty-vanilla'. It's not a scent most can pull off easily but if you're going for smouldering, this might just be your secret weapon.
Penhaligon's Elisabethan Rose
If you can't enough of rose-based parfums and it has to be a gourmand blend to boot, Elisabethan Rose is possibly the most regal interpretation of the famous bloom yet. Utterly English at its core, what with inspiration taken from the historic War of the Roses — and how often can you say you're wearing the olfactory redition of a medieval civil war? — Penhaligon's emphasises the romanticism of the era with vetiver, hazelnut and cinnamon, all centred on a double rose core that combines rose centifola oil with rose absolute. This is #queen.