FROM the recent fragrance launches, Glass selects some zesty citrus scents, a brace of new exciting brands (including some British ones) and skin fragrances – a type of scent which smells like your skin, only better – offering comfort in what have been some very uncertain times.
It is very encouraging to see so many British fragrance companies being launched, and the first scent, Origin, from new brand Medeau, is inspired by English flowers and French luxury. Subtle and sophisticated, Origin evokes a gentle sunshine and spring blooms with hints of elderflower, bergamot, rose and jasmine. Sustainability and ethical practices are central to the brand and the founders have put much effort into making an environmentally low impact perfume composed of sustainably sourced (in the UK) from high quality ingredients.
£95, EDP, 50ml
To The Fairest, Cécile
Featuring notes of bergamot, mandarin orange, rose, amber and clove bud, here is another debut perfume from a new British fragrance line, To The Fairest, which “explores modern beauty through sophisticated and enigmatic scents”, Cécile is enchanting, pretty, delicate and very easy to wear.
£85, EDP, 50ml
Available from to-the-fairest.myshopify.com
Yú Parfums, Edition III, Chapter VIII
Yú Parfums, Edition III, Chapter VIII
Subscription services are an emerging trend in perfume such as the recently launched Yú Parfums, which is sent out bi-monthly and contain a trio of beautiful elegantly packaged 30 ml scents, each set inspired by a particular theme and made by leading perfumers.
Their latest collection, Edition III, are based on warming and comforting “skin” fragrances and I am drawn to Chapter VIII which is composed of spicy pepper with musky ambrette, vanilla, mysterious woods and incense. And the good news is that each of the fragrances can also be purchased at full size.
£120, EDP, 100ml (for a full bottle)
Bi-monthly membership starts at £40
Miller Harris, Rêverie de Bergamote
Joyful and optimistic, Rêverie de Bergamote is the fragrance we need right now. This refreshing citrus scent is infused with bergamot, orange, aromatic basil lavender, rosemary and redolent leather, sandalwood, patchouli and moss.
£115, EDP, 100ml
La Collection Privée Christian Dior, Eden Roc
Subtle, shimmering and simply gorgeous, Eden Roc, by Dior’s Perfumer-Creator François Demachy, is an ode to the legendary French Riviera location, the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, and evokes this luxurious resort in an original and unclichéd olfactory way. Demachy blends accents of sea salt, citrus, mineral notes, jasmine, mastic, coconut, pine tree and labdanum.
£220, EDP, 125ml
Boy Smells, Flor de La Virgen
Gender-neutral candle brand Boy Smells have launched their first fragrance line and each perfume in the line is delectable. So it was hard to choose a favourite. However after much deliberation, I have picked Flor de La Virgen which plays jasmine off against citrus, fig and musk. A one-off.
£105, Cologne de Parfum, 65ml
Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Aqua Vitae
The perfume legend that is Francis Kurkdjian, is revisiting three of his most successful fragrances and releasing them as in a new, more intense, formulation – Cologne Forte. Aqua Vitae is both fresh and warm simultaneously and is infused with sunny hints of mandarin orange, bergamot, floral and solar notes, sandalwood and musk.
£165, Cologne Forte, 70ml
Chanel, Paris – Édimbourg
Les Eaux de Chanel is a fragrance collection inspired by Gabrielle’s favourite places. And this year, it celebrates her beloved Scotland and, in particular, Edinburgh. The invigorating Paris – Édimbourg is crisp, fresh and aromatic – and composed of juniper berries, cypress, lavender, cedar, vetiver, vanilla and musk.
£112, EDT, 125ml
Juliette Has A Gun, Pear Inc
From the ever-sassy and playful Romano Ricci, the brand founder, Pear Inc is inspired by his favourite fruit – the pear – and in this case a very ripe one which drips with musk notes as well as green pear. This is a rather unusual and delightful skin fragrance which is ideal for the summer.
£165, EDP, 50ml
by Caroline Simpson