Now is the perfect time to update your olfactory wardrobe. As well as a host of uplifting new scents to try, this season also sees reimaginations of classics from Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Maison Francis Kurdjian and Clive Christian, which has launched a modern day version of a scent first created in 1886; while Acqua di Parma has placed sustainability at the forefront with an update on its classic Colonia range using 99% natural ingredients. Here’s our edit of the the best new fragrances to spritz this Autumn…
Honouring its associations with the Crown Perfumery Company, Clive Christian is unlocking the secrets of its scent archive with the launch of its new Crown Collection. Originally created in 1886, Crab Apple Blossom is the first fragrance to be reimagined for the modern era. A base of creamy sandalwood and aromatic driftwood gives way to an energising fusion of green rhubarb and neroli, before the delicate scent of this pretty blossom dances with the citrusy hit of exotic marine bergamot.
An ode to nature, Acqua di Parma has taken its iconic Colonia fragrance into the future with the introduction of Colonia Futura. Placing sustainability front and centre, the historic Italian Maison has used 99% natural ingredients in the creation of this new addition to the Colonia family. By skilfully blending the citrus explosion of Calabrian bergamot, grapefruit, pink pepper and lemon with the herbaceous heart of clary sage and the grassy freshness of lavender, you are immediately whisked away to a sun-drenched Italian vista.
This October sees a new addition to Byredo’s seductive Night Veils collection which completes a quartet of fragrances designed for the night. Taking inspiration from the Moroccan city of Tangiers and likened to a complex character in a novel, Tobacco Mandarin is a sumptuous mix of bright citrus and spices set against smoky tobacco and a balanced mix of leather, wood and incense accords.
The latest fragrance to join perfumer Jan Vilhelm’s unique library of scent takes its cue from the effervescent glamour of the Roaring Twenties and, particularly, the high times at one of Jay Gatsby’s infamous mansion parties during the Jazz Age. With top notes of Champagne and bergamot, a heart of honey and tobacco, and a base of leather, patchouli and amber, the mood here is sultry and sensual.
Known for challenging the gender norms, master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian’s latest olfactory offering is an adaptation of his A la rose fragrance… but for men. The fashion-forward floral scent combines woody amber base notes infused with a combination of grapefruit accord, essence of Damask rose and cistus, giving the classic rose fragrance a fresh, green slant.
Presented in a bold yellow lacquered glass bottle, Profumo di Fiori is a contemporary update of the debut scent Bloom, Alessandro Michele’s first women’s fragrance. Again conceived by the Creative Director and created by his go-to nose Alberto Morillas, the scent exudes a floral warmth and sweetness from fresh ylang ylang, with a top note of jasmine sambac enriched by a creamy tuberose, while base accords of sandalwood and sun-drenched wood create a deeper finish.
Cypress & Grapevine
Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Jo Malone London’s new Lost In Wonder collection is based around the greenness and lushness of these faraway, fantasy lands. Its two latest colognes draw on the fresh, heady, spicy aromas of the gardens – Fig & Lotus Flower combines a light, opulent floral with the freshness of fruit; while Cypress & Grapevine is a fougere accord, the lavender, cypress and grapevine giving a woody finish.
Described as a sensual sister to its sunny predecessor – J’adore eau de Parfum – Eau de Parfum Infinissime is based around the signature J’adore bouquet of centifolia rose, jasmine sambac, lily of the valley and ylang ylang. The addition of Grasse tuberose, along with pink peppercorn and blood orange, brings an exotic element to this new fragrance, making it both familiar and surprising at the same time.
Almost twenty years since the creation of the original Coco Mademoiselle, L’Eau Priveé offers a subtle, more delicate version of the classic, especially for nighttime. Chanel perfumer Olivier Polge has reimagined its Oriental ambery overtones, creating a softer scent of rose petals, jasmine absolute and white musk, light enough to be sprayed before bed.
A tribute to Parisian exhibition “La Rose du Louvre” by Jean-Michel Othoniel, Diptyque has collaborated with the artist on an exclusive eau de toilette honouring the queen of flowers, also the emblematic bloom of the museum. A blend of distinctively peppery rose with the spicy and woody scent of vetiver, the limited-edition fragrance also features the artist’s work.