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New fragrance releases of note in 2021: Diptyque, Dior, Paco Rabanne...

New fragrance releases of note in 2021: Diptyque, Dior, Paco Rabanne...

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Text: Emily Heng


You're probably sick of hearing hackneyed phrases along the lines of, 'new year, new you'. Still, we're nothing if not thorough. On the off chance that you're looking to revise and revamp in 2021, we've compiled a list of outdated beauty goods to tossdisposables to ditch, and the latest makeup releases worth splashing out on. With your new face well-and-sorted, it's time to tackle the next part of your transformation: scent. Hey, what's a makeover if it doesn't leave you thoroughly changed, right? Hopefully for the better — and judging by our penchant for impeccable, up-to-minute perfumes, that's pretty much guaranteed. Cast your eyes over our picks, below.

Diptyque Orphéon

The luxury fragrance house's latest scent has everyone buzzing — and for good reason. Crafted so as to pay homage to the "mythical Parisian late-night bar," it is said to effuse the air with tonka bean, cedar, and juniper berries. The end result: a gender-neutral parfum that proves intriguing and comforting in equal measure; the blend warm yet mysterious in its composition. Orphéon has certainly been picking up traction within the TikTok community since its release, so we recommend you snap it up, fast, before it hits sell-out status.

 

Dior J'adore Eau de Parfum Infinissime

She's back. Or, well, a new rendition of her, at least. The most recent iteration is described as an infinite floral, where vivid Centifola rose and sensual jasmine sambac come to play. Its musky aroma is undercut with ylang-ylang for a fresh and incisive note, forming a unique amalgam sure to help you stand out from a crowd. Eagle-eyed fans are sure to notice its improved packaging, too, where the golden rings that adorn its neck appear more delicate and precious than ever.

 

Paco Rabanne Lady Million Fabulous

Partying might still be limited to the confines of your abode — but that doesn't mean you can't fully immerse yourself in the experience. Mimic the hypnotic energy of a crowd with Paco Rabanne's Lady Million Fabulous; a charismatic scent comprising sparkling mandarin, fresh pink pepper, and flamboyant tuberose. Its bottle is decked out in a daring gold accompanied by a sun motif sure to add pizzazz to any vanity.

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March

Jo Malone Blossoms Collection

March marks the arrival of two new fragrances to the brand's beloved Blossoms range: Yellow Hibiscus and Red Hibiscus. The latter is the first of its kind, a Cologne Intense variant which promises a more vivid olfactory impression. Its unique blend comprises sensual notes of ylang ylang, vanilla, and jasmine sambac, while its cousin veers more towards the light, floral variety thanks to the inclusion of white musk and benzoin. And that's not all to look forward to from Jo Malone this month...

 

Jo Malone Sakura Cherry Blossom

Indulge in cherry blossom fever with this light, sparkling fragrance; an amalgamation of bergamot, rose, and Sakura housed in a pretty pink vessel. The next best thing to, well, an actual plane ticket to Japan? We say so. Spritz liberal amounts on as you tour the Gardens by the Bay cherry blossom viewing exhibit — all the better to immerse yourself in the experience, right?

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Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl

It seems the fashion house isn't quite done with expanding upon the Good Girl family. Its latest entrant: Very Good Girl; a fruity-floral scent designed for the contemporary woman of today — one who isn't restricted by a "binary interpretation of femininity." Hear, hear. This translates to the creamy and powdery nuances of rose, mingling with hints of vetiver and warm vanilla.

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Estée Lauder Beautiful Magnolia EDP

We trust you've spied the stunning pictures from the brand's campaign featuring latest Bond girl, Ana de Armas. Much like the actress, this is one perfume bound to leave you spellbound. Described to contain a "hypnotic blend of lustrous notes," it incorporates magnolia blossom, water lotus, and Turkish rose to emit an unforgettable and radiant aroma. A unique blend, indeed.

 

Salvatore Ferragamo Intense Leather Eau de Parfum

It's hardly practical to sport a leather jacket in Singapore's relentless heat — still, that's not to say you can't emanate the fabric's musky, sensual scent. Salvatore Ferragamo gets it, evidently, with the release of their latest Intense Leather EDP. Mandarin, pink peppercorn, and oakmoss allows you to reap the benefits without having to suffer a heatstroke. Win-win, we say.


February

Louis Vuitton Étoile Filante

It's not easy to craft a product that fully encapsulates the essence of a sun, but Louis Vuitton's latest fragrance sure comes close. The work of famed perfumer, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, its radiant-yellow flacon houses a scent comprising osmanthus, marigold, and sun-ripened strawberry. As with the "ball of fire" it draws inspiration from, this perfume likens itself to a symbol of joy and gaiety. Apt, indeed.

 

Penhaligon's The Inimitable William Penhaligon

The eponymous Mr. Penhaligon finally gets his time in the spotlight. It is a scent that conveys the rich story of the brand's history; a tale of a Cornish barber who travelled to London to open up his very own perfumery. This translates to a majestic olfactory journey that smells of vetiver, cedarwood, bergamot, and the like. In short: an earthy, oriental blend both stimulating and comforting.

 

Chloé Vanilla Planifolia

Temptation and seduction come into play with the fashion house's latest aromatic addition. Mixed up by budding perfumer, Quentin Bisch, it features spicy orchid notes that interplay with vanilla; a multi-faceted bouquet reminiscent of a flower as it comes into full bloom. How tantalising. Snap it up — or, if it's not up to speed, try the other two additions titled Papyrus (woody) and Tuberosa 1974 (velvety, floral).

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Boss The Scent Pure Accord For Him & Her

V-Day might be behind us, but that's not to say you can't still express your affection for your S.O. We suggest new-age complementary fragrances that reflect the modernity of relationships today; a high-bar reached by Boss's latest couple perfumes. The Scent Pure Accord is described as a "luminous" duo that straddles the fine line between softness and strength, epitomised with exotic Maninika flower and sensual musk.

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Kilian's The Liquors

A new olfactive family has emerged, including two new scents named Angels' Share and Roses on Ice. The former is inspired by cognac, the latter by gin; ideal fragrances that capture the fleeting moment "when the mood gets lit and extravagance sets in." Hey, the pandemic might have put a damper upon recent celebrations, but who's to say you can't bring the party with you, right?