November 16, 2020

New fragrances for the holidays

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Like an unseen accessory, a fragrance can intimately embody its wearer.

A single spritz has the immense power to transform the mood and transport the mind. As the sun sets on the year, there’s no better time than the present to update your signature scent with these newest fragrances of the season.

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Acqua Di Parma Colonia Futura
Acqua Di Parma welcomes a new scent into its Colonie collection. The Colonia Futura is an embodiment of the Italian maison’s dedication to sustainability, as it features 99 per cent natural-origin ingredients bottled in eco-friendly packaging and a recycled plastic cap. The invigorating scent opens with vetiver and a citrus blend of bergamot, lemon and grapefruit magnified by pink pepper. A sweet fougères heart is then revealed, with a trailing lavender finish.

Available at escentials online and stores, Takashimaya, Tangs online and Tangs Plaza, Sephora online and selected stores 

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Hermès L’Ombre des Merveilles
The newest scent from Hermès is the fifth perfume of the Eau des Merveilles collection. Woody and oriental, the L’Ombre des Merveilles is described as chiaroscuro – an Italian art term that refers to contrasting light and shade to create dimension. The scent is an audacious reflection of that with just three primary notes. It opens with a whisper of sensual tonka bean that mingles with swirls of incense. Deep, warm notes of black tea illuminate the two, resulting in an intensely radiant yet spicy scent. Like its predecessors, the signature design was created by the late Serge Mansau. Flat on one side and rounded on the other, it resembles a star-spangled magnifying glass finished with a spray nozzle engraved with the Hermès saddle nail seal.

Available at Hèrmes stores and Takashimaya beauty counter

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Serge Lutens Fils De Joie
Fils De Joie translates to ‘Child of Joy’ — it is essentially a bottled incarnation of a child’s unrestrained laughter. Serge Lutens first evokes this with radiant night-blooming jasmine. Spicy, nocturnal jasmine fades into a honey accord with nuances of sweet tobacco, and smooth ylang ylang. A warm musk rounds off the scent with a familiar intimacy.

Available at escentials online and stores

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Byredo Lil Fleur
“Lil Fleur is about capturing a complex personality, one we can all recognise…It does not get more beautiful and interesting than the personalities of a young spirit,” says Ben Gorham, founder of Byredo. Lil Fleur is an evocation of the heady emotions in one’s youth. An effervescent Damascena Rose dances through its heart, its sweetness and lightness embodying a young girl’s world. Crisp citrus notes of tangerine and cassis sprinkle on the sparkle while saffron and leather inject warmth and masculinity. 

Available at the Byredo boutique, escentials online and stores 

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Memo Paris Ocean Leather
Ocean Leather is an ode to the mythical Moby Dick, and its silky skin that resembles leather, moving swiftly within the water’s depths. Its ambergris, ivory and oil the whale secretes is the inspiration for the scent’s oceanic leather formula. It opens with mandarin oil, violet and basil essence to mimic the whale’s first appearance and is followed by cedar essence to bring to mind a ship’s decks. Sage Absolute, nutmeg and vetiver essence are the deeper notes that anchors the fragrance.

Available at escentials online and stores 

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Giorgio Armani Si Passione
The newest interpretation of the 2018 Sì Passione is an intense floral iteration. Designed for the passionate and free-spirited woman, the vivacious scent retains the original’s opening note of sparkling pear and juicy blackcurrant nectar. Intense vanilla and rose notes mingle with jasmine and heliotrope for a floral-fruity infusion that is magnified by woody and musky notes of cedarwood and orcano.

Available at the Armani beauty store at ION Orchard, Tangs online and Plaza

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Chanel Coco Mademoiselle L’Eau Privée
The Chanel Coco Mademoiselle L’Eau Privée is made for decadence as it’s meant to be generously sprayed over your skin and negligée as a bedtime ritual. The updated fragrance is a softer version of the original Coco Mademoiselle, with vivid orange notes, rose petals and jasmine absolute delicately juxtaposed with subdued white musk.

Available at Chanel beauty stores and counters 

The Chloé Rose Tangerine. Image: Chloé

Chloé Atelier des Fleurs collection
The House of Chloé recently unveiled the Atelier Des Fleurs, a range of nine scents with names embodying floral, aromatic or woody notes that and composed with natural ingredients. The collection is a collaboration with six renowned perfumers: Amandine Clerc-Marie, Quentin Bisch, Louise Turner, Domitille Michalon Bertier, Sidonie Lancesseur and Mylène Alran. Chloe has also launched a new scent called the Rose Tangerine, which fuses Chloe’s Signature line’s bright and clear rose note with an interesting fruit-inspired twist. The sunny infusion of tangerine lends radiance to the concoction, reinforced by juicy blackcurrant. Cedar and white amber add a lingering smokiness.

Both the Atelier des Fleurs collection and Rose Tangerine are available at Sephora 

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Gucci Bloom Profumo di Fiori
The updated Bloom Profumo di Fiori is Alessandro Michele’s vision of a hallucinatory world of flower power. Four women — actress Anjelica Huston, singer Florence Welch, actor and model Jodie Turner-Smith, and designer Susie Cave – feature in a surrealist dream-like sequence that culminates in a floral explosion. The latest version sees the addition of tuberose essence, jasmine sambac closed buds and jasmine sambac absolute for a radiant magnetism enriched by ylang ylang, and sandalwood. The honey yellow bottling features the original Gucci Bloom pattern concoction.

Available at Takashimaya, Tangs (store and online) and 

Christian Louboutin Loubiworld
Christian Louboutin‘s Loubiworld seven-scent collection ranges from light to heavy, with each bottling lacquered in red like the iconic sole and crowned with a fantastical cap. The floral rose Loubifunk, for instance, is topped with a silver pineapple to represent a carnival spirit; the rose and cedar mix of Loubidoo features the lucky cat; a calavera skull crowned with white flowers sits on the Loubikiss, with a scent that opens to a bouquet of jasmine, tuberose and musk from Loubikiss; a crocodile guards a pyramid atop the bottle of spicy Oriental Loubicroc.

 Available at Tangs Plaza and online 

Penhaligon’s transports you to the UK with six scents that each evoke an iconic British seaside resort as part of its Wish You Were Here campaign. There’s a fragrance for each destination — warm and fresh Juniper Sling brings to mind Blackpool and its famed amusement park, soothing and seductive Luna represnets lively Brighton while modern lavender Endymion scent symbolises Margate’s artsy culture.

Available at Penhaligon’s boutiques 

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Tom Ford Bitter Peach
Tom Ford pushes the envelope once more with the latest Bitter Peach scent that makes the voluptuous summer fruit its star. Notes of ripe peaches fresh off the vines and Sicilian blood orange oil evoke its juiciness. Bitterness comes into play with spicy cardamom oil, while rum absolute, cognac oil and jasmin absolute sambac impart a seductive headiness.

Available at all Tom Ford boutiques islandwide, Tangs Plaza, Takashimaya and Sephora stores and online

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