New fragrance releases of note in 2020: Tom Ford, Chanel, and Diptyque amongst many others
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 On the off chance that you're looking to revise and revamp in 2020, we've compiled a list of outdated beauty goods to toss, disposables to ditch, and the latest makeup releases worth splashing out on.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.
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 Gabriel 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.