There’s nothing like a new fragrance to boost your mood, and we’ve got a whole lot of newbies to give you that push as you count down to the holiday season. Introducing the latest fragrances to fall in love with right now.
By Helen Clemson
Best Wedding Scents
Wear Oscar de La Renta Bella Blanca EDP (R1395 for a 100ml) if you’re the bride as this fragrance, like many blooms in lady of the day’s bouquet, are white. Think jasmine, tuberose and white oris. Melded with these florals are even more flowers (rose and orange blossom) tempered by sparkling pear, dew and green leaves in the top note and musk and sandalwood in the base.
If you’re a bridesmaid however, reach for something that not only highlights white floral notes, but slightly spicy ones too such as pink peppercorn. Keep things crisp with violet and blackcurrant, and you have the perfect effervescent fragrance. Find all these scent ingredients in Mademoiselle Rochas Fun in Pink EDT (R1100 for a 90ml)
Best Scent for Teens
With it’s simple, stylised bottle and cool unisex concept, Solinotes Figuier EDP (R298) is a winner if your teen is an edgy androgynous soul. The “juice” isn’t complex (just like the bottle); in the top notes you’ll find blackcurrant and grapefruit, in the heart, fig, fig leaf and peony, and the drydown is sandalwood. If however, your teen is a little more “girly” in her leanings (although this too is a unisex scent), treat her to Solinotes Rose EDP (R298). Bergamot and litchi make up the top note, rose (of course) and magnolia is at the heart of the EDP and the base is cedar.
Every Day, Easy-wear
Sometimes teaming your scent with your mood, your outfit or the season is a bit too much like hard work. That’s where a great go-to fragrance that works with any look or occasion comes in. Here are four scents you need to know about.
Elizabeth Arden My Fifth Avenue EDP (R995 for a 100ml) is a floral with depth in the form of woods in the drydown (think amberwood, orris and cedar).
Azzaro Pour Elle EDT (R950 for a 75ml) is the perfect choice for women who love wearing fragrances laced with rose, but nothing that is overly sweet. As white musk and cardamom are in the blend, a spiciness is present that creates a sensual aroma.
Every wonder what a diamond would smell like? According to Cartier the fragrant interpretation represents a rainbow of colours in the form of flowers; violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red are captured with the notes of violet, lily, hyacinth, ylang-ylang, narcissus, honeysuckle and tulips. Cartier Carat EDP (RR1980 for 100ml) is a flower-lovers dream!
Lastly, Lanvin Modern Princess (R795 for a 60ml EDP) is a quintessential summer scent as it’s fruity top notes (Pink Lady apple and red current) make it sweet and sparkling. This isn’t to say you can’t wear it year-round; the middle notes are classic white flowers and the dry down is sexy and serious white musk, blonde woods and vanilla.
For Kick-Ass Women
The festive season is a lovely time to gift your bestie a fragrance – it’s a real message in a bottle. If she’s conquered the world this year (or even if she’s just helped you conquer it), treat her to Girls Can Do Anything by Zadig & Voltaire (R1220 for a 50ml EDP). It’s not all sweetness and light; strong yet gorgeous scents dominate such as bergamot, pear and orange blossom, with tonka bean at the heart of the fragrance. And, in the drydown, she’ll get delicious whiffs of fern and musk.
Best Sultry Evening Scents
With summer comes balmy evenings alfresco and scent is that finishing touch to set the mood. If the night calls for a little romance, be sure to spray on something sexy. Our picks for the season are two fragrances, which just by looking at them, have us under their spell. Jimmy Choo Fever EDP (R1310 for a 100ml) doesn’t rely on the power of petals for its dose of sexy. There’s only one floral ingredient in the blend (heliotrope) and the rest is juicy fruits like litchi and dark plum and then rich aromatics such as tonka bean and benzoin.
For something ultra-luxe, Bulgari Goldea The Roman Night Absolute (R1735 for a 75ml EDP) infuses opulent fragrances with some decedent fruit (in the form of black plum) into a sultry, statement scent. At the heart is jasmine sambac absolue and Madagascan Vanilla, with the masculinity of patchouli and moss in the drydown.
Best Bottle Design (oh, and the juice is amazing too!)
Cacharel Yes I Am (R950 for a 50ml EDP) is such a quirky concept in bottle design. Make up’s ultimate accessory, red lipstick, gets to shine with the launch of this warm spicy floral. We love the addition of ginger flower in the mix (jasmine and gardenia make up the rest of the heart note) and the drydown is soft yet wonderfully aromatic. Think milk, sandalwood and cardamom.
Summer Day Perfection
Light and breezy, Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Summer Air EDT (R445 for a 100ml) is a highly wearable scent with zesty and crisp top notes such as lemon and apple and middle notes like rose and jasmine. Feminine yet not overpowering, it’s perfect when you want to spray something that won’t cloy to skin.
Best New Signature Scent
It take decades for some women to hunt down their signature scent. If you’ve yet to meet your fragrant match, take note of Narciso EDP Rouge (R1425 for a 50ml). It’s warm notes are grown up rather than overtly sexy; this is a scent for women who like serious perfume. Bulgarian rose and iris headline the act, and an amber-woody base complete with vetiver (a classic and successful ingredient in men’s scents) and white and black cedar wood gives the EDP distinction.
Juicy Couture Oui EDP (R1499 for a 100ml) will appeal to those looking for a fresh fruity floral scent. Its opening notes pops with tart juices of watermelon and lemon. Floral heart notes like Wild Tuberose and Jasmine bud lend a sophistication to the scent, while a base of amber resins and warm musk’s lift the entire composition. The two-toned pink and red glass bottle is pretty cool too and is adorned with a gold Oui emblem.
Make Him Try This. Now!
It’s not only the soothing green shade of the bottle that’s got us hooked on Bulgari Man Wood Essence (R1640 for a 100ml), but one whiff of the juice, and we were swooning. This earthy fragrance marries aromatic notes like cypress and cedar into an invigorating and masculine scent.
Festive Season Favourites
Elie Saab Girl Of Now Shine (R1340 for a 50ml EDP) will satisfy lovers of gourmand scents (fragrances that are good enough to eat) as it has edible notes like sweet pear, pineapple and roasted almonds in the composition. More serious scents like iris and patchouli have been blended with vanilla for staying power.
If you know the recipient likes fruity fragrances, hone in on YSL Mon Paris (R1450 for a 50ml EDP). It has a large dose of fruity upfront; strawberry, raspberry and pear, although a floral heart means it’s not just an overloaded smoothie. And a provocative chypre base in the form of ambroxan and patchouli mean it’s constructed to last on skin.
If you love the scent of fresh, green Granny Smith apples, Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme (R1910 for a 100ml EDP) is for you. Along with juicy green notes, there’s sensual jasmine, patchouli and musk and an elegant base of white woods. We also adore the deep sapphire and gold flacon shaped like an elegant Greek amphora that includes the iconic and oh-so-luxurious Versace Medusa emblem. Luxury in a bottle, I tell you.
Tip: I prefer purchasing a 30ml size when buying perfume. The reason for this is because of it’s smaller size, it’s more affordable. Also, 30ml’s are usually smaller, making them more compact and easy to pop into your bag. If you find you finish the fragrance quickly and still love it, you can buy another bottle – Candice-Lee