Here’s a little preview to the latest new scents – incorporating foodie ingredients – on the (kitchen?) block for summer.
The new fragrance from Valentino has to win hands down for the prettiest bottle. Adorned with a huge flower, the emblem of Valentino couture, it also has a gorgeously ornate copper cap with a black pearl. The scent itself is very sensual with a cypre signature. It has top notes of bergamot and white Alba truffle and peach (it may sound odd but this follows the current trend for foodie ingredients in many perfumes at the mo and it really does work). What lasts, though, is the heart of Valentina Assoluto – so blossoms of jasmine, tuberose and vanilla are what will essentially ‘bloom’ on your skin. Inspired by the historic palazzos found in Rome, this is a shadowy, evening scent. It has just launched in Harvey Nichs and will be available nationwide from 26 September 2012.
The new launch from Paco Rabanne is Lady Million. At first glance, it may seem like it has a WAG kind of appeal – after all it comes in a bottle shaped like a multi-faceted diamond – but this is actually much more sophisticated then you may at first think. The female version of the popular male fragrance 1 Million, it’s a heady floral, with raspberry, honey and bitter orange for a moutwatering fragrance (those ingredients again!). Extremely feminine and sensual with base notes of amber adding a lovely complex touch. Available from 23 August 2012.
If you’ve already fallen in love with the caramel accords, white musks and benzoin blends found in Prada Candy, not to mention the cute 1950s-style packaging in shocking pink (by legendary illustrator Francois Berthoud), then keep an eye out for this collector’s version of the scent. Available from August, it comes with a in-your-face slogan bracelet. Very now, very Prada.
Those that are familiar with Comme des Garçons scents, will know to expect the unusual and this latest Amazingreen launch doesn’t disappoint. Available from this month, this scent was developed by cult perfumer Jean-Christophe Herault and it features palm tree leaves, green pepper, dew mist, jungle leaves, ivy leaves, orris, coriander, silex, gunpowder accord, vetiver, smoke and white musk – to give you an olfactory tour of an exotic greenhouse. Described as a kaleidoscope of green inspiration, this unusual unisex fragrance, shies away from using the typical citrus top notes normally found in green perfumes – instead ivy leaf, green pepper and the rather unusual gunpowder are employed. It takes some getting used to but it’s safe to say that this one will definitely grow on you (pun intended!).
The latest CH scent from Carolina Herrera Junior (the label’s scent ‘designer’) is inspired by her own olfactory memories – bergamot and grapefruit are used in the top notes, mixed with middle notes of Bulgarian rose, Sambac jasmine, orange blossom and praline. The soft base notes include sandalwood, cashmere and suede. It’s subtle and grown-up with a tasty bite to it. Delicious!