HEADY patchouli, crisp sea salt and even rich coffee – autumn/winter 2014’s new fragrances play on a diverse range of ingredients to create scents perfectly evocative of the brands that they represent.
Woody concoctions conjure warmth even on the coldest winter days whilst new launches from Bottega Veneta and Byredo transport you to somewhere altogether more exciting. Discover the scents here.
B by Balenciaga
The first Balenciaga fragrance created with Alexander Wang at the fashion house’s helm, B is a woody, sophisticated scent that opens with edamame and lily of the valley, has a heart of iris root and cedarwood and settles into base notes of ambrette seeds and cashmeran woods.
Balenciaga B Eau de Parfum, £67 for 50ml. Available nationwide from October 29.
Mojave Ghost by Byredo Parfums
Inspired by the ghost flower that blooms in the extreme conditions of America’s Mojave Desert, Byredo’s latest scent is a delicate concoction that combines top notes of Jamaican nesberry and ambrette with a heart of violet, sandalwood and magnolia before revealing musk, amber and cedarwood.
Byredo Parfums Mojave Ghost Eau de Parfum, £88 for 50ml. Available at www.byredo.com.
Knot by Bottega Veneta
Airy, fresh and inspired by the Italian coast, Knot by Bottega Veneta is a delicate scent packed with floral and citrus notes. Vibrant top notes of clementine, mandarin, lime, orange blossom and neroli are joined by a heart of lavender, rose and peony, whilst musk and tonka make up the base.
Bottega Veneta Knot Eau de Parfum, £70 for 50ml. Available at www.harrods.com.
Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent
An intoxicating gourmand fragrance, Black Opium combines coffee, pear, jasmine, pink pepper and orange blossom with a base of patchouli, vanilla and cedar. Undeniably feminine.
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum, £62 for 50ml. Available at www.yslbeauty.co.uk.
Reveal by Calvin Klein
A sensual, woody fragrance with an edginess that comes from a strong salt note, Calvin Klein’s Reveal aims to call to mind the scent of skin – and comes with a sexy campaign featuring Charlie Hunnam and Doutzen Kroes to hammer the point home. Pink, white and black pepper top notes are followed by ambergris, iris and then sandalwood, cashmeran woods, vetiver and musk.
Calvin Klein Reveal Eau de Parfum For Her, £52 for 50ml. Available nationwide.
My Burberry by Burberry
Taking inspiration from its famous trench coat, Burberry has launched My Burberry as its signature scent, with British floral notes including sweet pea, bergamot, geranium leaf, golden quince and freesia heart, with a base of patchouli and damask and centifolia roses.
Burberry My Burberry Eau de Parfum, £65 for 50ml. Available at www.burberry.com.
Patchouli Absolut by Tom Ford
Tom Ford fragrances are all about making a statement, and Patchouli Absolut packs an undeniable punch with its bold take on the classic perfumery ingredient. Three takes on patchouli sit at the heart – patchouli oil, patchouli coeur and a new iteration known as clearwood – whilst bay leaf, rosemary and moss make up the top notes and tonka bean, leather, musk and amber form the base.
Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu Eau de Parfum, £142 for 50ml. Available at www.selfridges.com.
Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez
Narciso Rodriguez wanted to create a fragrance that tapped into a woman’s sexuality and sensuality with his new fragrance Narciso, transforming the traditionally masculine vetiver into something unabashedly feminine. Top notes of gardenia and rose are joined by a heart of musk, while cedars complement the vetiver in the base.
Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau de Parfum, £58 for 50ml. Available at www.selfridges.com.
Wood Sage & Sea Salt by Jo Malone London
Traditionally English to the core, Jo Malone London looked to the British coastline when creating its Wood Sage & Sea Salt scent. Conjuring salty air and rugged cliffs, the fragrance combines ambrette seed, sea salt and sage with red algae and grapefruit.
Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, £82 for 100ml. Available at www.jomalone.co.uk.
Furiosa by Fendi
Housed in a bottle designed by fourth-generation Fendi girl Delfina Delettrez, Furiosa has a heart of white florals, top notes of bergamot and pink pepper and a warm base of wood, incense and amber.
Fendi Furiosa Eau de Parfum, £66 for 50ml. Available at www.harrods.com