New fragrance releases of note in 2020: Burberry, Cartier...
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 On the off chance that you're looking to revise and revamp in 2020, we've compiled a list of outdated beauty goods to toss, disposables to ditch, and the latest makeup releases worth splashing out on.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.
Burberry London Dream
Cara Delevingne might be unrecognisable as the face of the fourth edition of Burberry Her, but we'd consider it an apt transformation as any. Her platinum blonde mane epitomises the vibrant, bustling energy of London; a tribute to the fragrance's rousing top notes of lemon and fresh ginger. Her wardrobe, on the other hand — that is a trench and button-down — pays homage to the scent's heart notes comprising peony and rose accord; classics that have withstood the test of time.
Cartier La Panthère fragrance
A re-invention of the classic scent in 2014, La Panthère toes the line between sensual and sweet; feral and floral. This striking balance is exhibited by its unique line-up of ingredients. That is, mesmerising gardenia accompanied by sensual notes of musk, all of which is amplified with a note of apricot-coloured osmanthus.
Loewe Paula Ibiza
There's no better time to engage in escapism considering our current circumstances. Start with a fragrance that transports you to the breezy beaches of the Balearics; a concoction of Madagascan mandarin oils, driftwood, and sand lily sure to remind you of sunnier times. If anything, the bright pop of colour is sure to add pizzaz to any vanity.
Bvlgari Le Gemme Erea
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and yet we're thinking that what you see is what you get with Bvlgari's latest scent. Its opulent emerald and violet bottle positively oozes with sex appeal, a taste of what's to come with spicy top notes of lemony green cardamom that dissipates into an intense heart by Somalia. Crafted as a part of Bvlgari's, first-ever Men's and Women's fragrance collector's duo, it serves as the perfect complement to...
Bvlgari Le Gemme Kobraa
The epitome of timeless masculinity is conveyed through geranium leaf and smoked incense with the addition of deep, immersive agarwood. Perfumer, Jacques Cavallier, likens it to the "diamond in high jewellery. It's irreplaceable."
Henry Jacques Fanfan & Galileo
The extension of circuit breaker measures is tough on all you lovebirds. Or, well, at least those that aren't living together, that is. Let boo know you're thinking of them by sending them a matching fragrance –– the latest by Henry Jacques comes housed in a flacon that could pass as an architectural marvel, serving as a beautiful keepsake and stellar addition to any vanity. Galileo comprises strong, sensual notes of patchouli, amber, and musk; while Fanfan is a delicate scent that perfumes the air with lavender, saffron, and rose damascenia.
Available at all Henry Jacques boutiques.
Bvlgari Omnia Golden Citrine
Light and optimism is exactly what we need in these uncertain times. Thankfully, it is a sentiment well-grasped by Bvlgari, with the jewellery house dropping a luminous, radiant fragrance in April. The Omnia Golden Citrine encompasses users in warm, dazzling notes of citrusy Sicilian mandarin and ylang-ylang.
Available at Sephora and all major departmental stores now.
Aesop Rozu Eau de Parfum
The brand has launched their fourth fragrance this month; a smoky, vibrant scent that serves as a tribute to celebrated French modernist designer, Charlotte Perriand. As with most of Aesop's offerings, this bad boy is decidedly unisex thanks to its balance of muted spices, complementary florals, and earthy notes. Versatile? You betcha.
Available on the official Aesop site now.
Herbae par L'occitane L'eau
It's likely you've forgotten the upcoming Mother's Day celebrations in light of the pandemic we're amidst. For those still unsure of what to get for mother dearest, might we suggest perusing our beauty gift guide? If not, this dedicated fragrance by L'Occitane might just do the trick. Fresh, citrusy, and floral, it contains a unique white clover heart note not found in typical olfactory offerings. Make sure to casually drop that piece of trivia in when she's unwrapping your gift — a truly one-of-a-kind gift for a one-of-a-kind gal, right?
Available on the official L'Occitane site from 23 April.
It seems the famed fashion house is taking their environmental efforts to their beauty ventures, too — well, at least if their latest perfume is any indication. Clean, vegan, and infused with 79% naturally sourced ingredients, CK Everyone is a zesty, vibrant dream; a unisex scent comprising fan-favourite pickings including organic orange oil, blue tea accord, cedarwood, and the like. A perfume for everyone, indeed.
Available at all Calvin Klein counters now.
A creation from fragrance luminary, Frank Voelkl, Hugo Now encapsulates the carpe diem spirit that comes with the young-at-heart. We're talking cutting-edge freshness in the form of lemon zest, daring cardamom, and cooling mint all of which is softly tempered with a hint of soothing lavender. One Direction alumni, Liam Payne, helms campaign efforts.
Available at all departmental stores and Sephora outlets from 1 March 2020.
Flower by Kenzo Poppy Bouquet Eau de Parfum Florale
The brand's 20th anniversary brings forth a new rendition of the classic scent. While Bulgarian rose retains its position as the heart of the composition, 2020's edition also harbours fresh Nashi pear, Mandarin, Jasmine, Gardenia, and Almond Wood. This results in a lively, energetic fragrance bursting with intense floral notes not suited for the faint of heart. What a way to celebrate, eh?
Available at all departmental from 26 March 2020.
Jo Malone Lavenderland
On the flipside of Kenzo's bold bouquet comes Jo Malone's Lavenderland, a strikingly aromatic collection that serves to soothe frayed nerves, promote a restful sleep, and cocoon users in a delicate, fragrant musk. Choose from a plentiful selection including colognes Lavender & Coriander; Silver Birch & Lavender; as well as Wisteria & Lavender.
Available at all Jo Malone boutiques now.
Chloé Nomade Absolu De Parfum
Radiant, luscious, and unfailingly bold, think of the Chloé Nomade Absolu as the daring, seductive older sister to the original Nomade. Drawing inspiration from the heat of the desert, it layers notes of sweet, Mirabelle plum, fruity davana, and rich sandalwood to craft a fragrance both unique and intoxicating. Traveling might be out of the question, but you can pretend you're jet setting off to a fabulous new destination with a spritz (or two) of this bad boy.
Available at all departmental stores now.
Acqua Di Parma Camellia and Sakura
The brand's beloved Signatures of the Sun range welcomes two new additions to the family. Camellia is infused with joyous, radiant notes of bergamot and mandarin, whereas Sakura delivers a subtler olfactory experience in delicate hints of pink pepper and sambac jasmine. We say save yourself the trouble of deliberating between the two and snap both up, stat.
Available at Takashimaya, Robinsons The Heeren, escentials Paragon, Tangs, and ION from April.
Mon Guerlain Bloom of Rose Eau de Parfum
Hollywood darling, Angelina Jolie, is Guerlain's muse for their latest fragrance offering. Designed to pay tribute to her warm, formidable presence on stage and off, this concoction includes daring doses of Bulgarian and Turkish rose alongside playful vanilla and fresh pear. A scent as unforgettable as the legend it is inspired by? No doubt about it.
Available at all Guerlain counters from 1 March 2020.
Tom Ford Private Blend Rose Prick Eau de Parfum
Guerlain isn't the only one picking roses this season. Tom Ford is in on it, too, though it seems their focus isn't just on the blooms. Instead, thorns take centre stage in the luxury label's latest scent with sharp Sichuan pepper cutting through sweet notes of Bulgarian rose and rose de Mai. The result: a mesmerising smell that titillates as much as it soothes. Colour us intrigued.
Available at all Tom Ford boutiques from 6 March 2020.
Gabrielle Chanel Essence
In the spirit of new beginnings, the classic Gabrielle Chanel EDP has earned a new face —and name — in 2020. This new rendition comprises heady notes of jasmine, sweet ylang-ylang, as well as zesty Tunisian orange blossom, granting a dose of intensity and mystique to the exquisite fragrance. Fronting the latest campaign is Australian actress, Margot Robbie, who the storied fashion house claims is a "living incarnate" of the vibrant and magnetic perfume.
Available at all Chanel fragrance and beauty counters from 6 March.
Tom Ford White Suede Eau de Parfum
Making a triumphant return is this fan-favourite fragrance from Tom Ford. Sure, its ditched its limited edition, private blend status, but not its primal, musky aroma. Expect warm amber, sensual musk, and hints of velvety rose to waft through with each spritz reminiscent of the luxurious material it is named after: suede.
Available at the Tom Ford boutique, TANGS at Tang Plaza, Takashimaya, Robinsons Raffles City and selected Sephora outlets.
Carolina Herrera 212 VIP (Red) Limited Edition
The cult offering is given a fresh coat of paint so as to raise awareness and funds for the fight against AIDS. How, you might ask? Well, each purchase sees the brand donating 100 euros to RED, an organisation that funds HIV/AIDS programmes on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa. Your good deed entitles you to a sleek, siren-red hue that encases an optimistic, sensual fragrance containing raspberry liqueur, Bulgarian rose essence, and hot spice accord. All in all, a scent that is both playful and sensual in equal measure.
Available at all major departmental stores from 1 March.
Diptyque Eau Capitale EDP
Hopping on a plane to Paris might be a little unrealistic bearing in mind the pandemic sitch, but you still can live out your Parisian dreams with this refined fragrance. According to the high-line label, the epitome of "à la Parisienne" chic constitutes roses, fresh bergamot, and pink peppercorn. In short, a sweet, fresh scent undercut by a helping of zest to mimic the thousand facets of the city of lights. How apt.
Available at all Diptyque boutiques.
Joy by Dior Eau de Parfum Intense
Looks like Chanel isn't the only one turning up the volume on one of their much-adored fragrances. As it turns out, Joy by Dior has received an overhaul, too. Its fresh, floral aroma is strengthened with the addition of sweet Madagascar vanilla, lively neroli, and seductive musk that lingers for hours on end. Drench yourself in its captivating aroma to experience a jolt of energy and joie de vivre.
Available at all Dior boutiques and counters from 1 March.