Monday, March 26, 2012
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG DIANE
This rich floral is as wearable as one of DVF's signature wrap dresses. Tropical frangipani gives it that I've-just-been-on-holiday feeling, while earthy violet and patchouli imbue it with a city-girl vibe.
CHANEL NO. 19 POUDRÉ
Iris root, which gives this No. 19 reboot its powdery essence, gets a fresh boost thanks to green galbanum and heady jasmine. No. 19 Poudré has the same follow-me quality as the original, named for Coco Chanel's birthday, August 19.
DOLCE & GABBANA VELVET SUBLIME
If you love citrus, this might become your new favorite scent. Zesty orange blossom and intoxicating neroli transport you to warmer climes—and the elegant purple-capped bottle doesn't look like a vacation tchotchke.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA LIVE IN LOVE
Of the fragrance's name, Vogue's Andre Leon Talley declared on Twitter, "That's my new mantra. It's brilliant." This intense floral—a blend of jasmine, rose, and orchid—never overpowers thanks to grounding notes like cedar and sandalwood.
FENDI FAN DI FENDI
From the flashy bottle to the equally dramatic scent inside, this fragrance is not for those in search of something subtle. Spicy leather, patchouli, and dashes of citrus and jasmine turn simply wearing fragrance into an event.
GIVENCHY DAHLIA NOIR
The black dahlia has no discernible smell, as it's the invention of Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci; the imaginary flower is meant to be more evocative than olfactory. Powdery, with a touch of Tonka bean and wood, Dahlia Noir is sexy and inviting, with serious staying power.
Hewing closely to the brand's minimal but luxurious aesthetic, this is one beautifully bottled scent. The leathery floral is somewhat dirty, which gives it a primal quality. But fresh jasmine and citrusy bergamot notes keep it ladylike and modern.
ELIE SAAB LE PARFUM
The designer's namesake perfume strikes the same tone as his dresses always have: feminine, but not frivolous. Orange blossom, jasmine, patchouli, and cedar, inspired by Saab's native Lebanon, make this scent creamy and warm, but it somehow manages to retain a lovely lightness.
You can always say this of Burberry: They keep finding creative ways to remind us of their iconic trench coat. In the case of Body, a powdery floral, the scent is meant to evoke "the feeling you get when you wear the trench." With Body's sensual, enveloping quality, that's not entirely far-fetched.
TOM FORD JASMIN ROUGE
If it's spice you're after, look no further than Jasmin Rouge. This is no entry-level scent: Ford threw in the whole spice cabinet—ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon—then laced this fragrance with vanilla for sweetness and amber for depth. The result? The extra-sweaty sexiness that has become Ford's stock-in-trade with, well, everything.
HERMÈS SANTAL MASSOÏA
The tenth launch in the Hermessence collection, this unisex sandalwood scent is spicy-sweet and earthy, thanks to an additional note of rare Indonesian massoïa wood, which has a vaguely coconut-y smell. If you like the idea of smelling like milky black tea from, say, the chicest teahouse on the planet, this will do the trick.
Part of Chanel's Les Exclusifs fragrance collection, Jersey has a masculine edge that comes courtesy of its star ingredient: lavender. Long used in men's colognes, lavender is fresh and calming. Add in a little sweetness (vanilla) and heft (musk), and you've got a scent that's as weighty as the fabric for which it's named.
DIPTYQUE EAU PARTICULIÈRE
Have you ever loved a home fragrance so much that you wanted to spray it all over yourself? This minty, musky-rose creation, which comes with a lovely atomizer, is meant to perform double-duty.