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Coco Chanel allegedly once said: “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Now, clearly Coco needed to seriously lighten up, but she does make a good point in that a fine fragrance is a wardrobe essential – for both men and women. Here, SHESAID has done the hard work for you this Christmas, with our top picks of both men’s and women’s fragrance Christmas coffrets, new-to-counter. Scents deeply influence emotions, so all the more reason to gift yourself or others the joy of these gorgeous, sophisticated and delectable summer offerings.
All fragrances, unless stated otherwise, are stocked at Libertine Parfumerie, via www.libertineparfumerie.com.au, as well exclusively through selected David Jones, Myer and Harrolds department stores and niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand. Visit www.agencedeparfum.com.au for more information.
Penhaligon’s Ellenisia Eau De Parfum, 100ml, $219: Love your floral scents, ladies? Ellenisia is an extravagant floral containing heady, white blooms wrapped in swathes of sweet plum and vanilla. Elegant and romantic, it has top notes of bergamot, mandarin zest, violet leaves and pear. Bliss! Even better, this baby comes in a special Christmas gift set of Ellenisia EDP, 50ml, and hand cream for $169.
Robert Piguet Fracas Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $199: Lauded as “the most Parisian of fashion designers,” Robert Piguet’s perfumes exude luxury. And Fracas, described as the “Ferrari” of fragrances, is the jewel in the crown of his collection. This cult fragrance worn by screen legends Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot is an intoxicating combination of tuberose, gardenia and orange blossom. At once sensual and sweet, it has top notes of bergamot and mandarin. A special Christmas coffret, $199, is the ultimate gift, containing both a 100ml EDP fragrance and 200ml body lotion.
Amouage Gold Woman Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $395: I wore this opulent and sensual, best-selling floral fragrance on my wedding day, I love it so much. And now, it makes the perfect Christmas gift! A Gold Woman 100ml EDP and 300ml Body Milk set, $395, are encased in delicate marble-like gift boxes – oh yes please, Santa baby! This soft floral has top notes of lily of the valley, rockrose and frankincense and I can tell you my husband loved it on our big day, too. Amouage also has luxurious fragrance sets in its other premier scents.
Costume National Scent Intense Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $199: With its magnetic and sensual effect, Scent Intense is the strongest version in the Costume National Scent Trilogy. The woody oriental is a best-seller for its gorgeous top notes of jasmine tea, heart notes of mother of pearl and hibiscus flower and base notes of amber. Grab the special Christmas coffret while you can, also $199, as it comprises Intense 100ml EDP, 100ml Shower Cream and 100ml Body Lotion. Winning!
Amouage Reflection Man Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $340: This sexy woody oriental has top notes of orange leaves (bitter), peppercorns (red) and rosemary. Mmm. Reflection Man is refined, elegant and sensual. It ain’t a best-seller for nothing, so chances are you’re man will love it too. Better yet, gift him this Christmas with the Reflection Man 100ml EDP & 300ml Shower Gel pack, encased in delicate marble-like gift boxes, $340. This is excellent bang for your buck!
Costume National Homme Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $189: The Italian fashion house teamed up with one of world’s great perfumerers – Dominique Ropion of Calvin Klein Euphoria and Thierry Mugler of Alien fame – to create their first dedicated men’s fragrance. And this best-selling woody oriental doesn’t disappoint with its top notes of grapefruit, cardamom and bergamot. Now, your man can smell like heaven thanks to the lush Christmas coffret comprised of a Homme 100ml EDP and 100ml Hair and Body Wash for $189.
Issey Miyake Nuit d’Issey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, 125ml, $125: This masculine and powerful scent is said to draws its strength from the mystery of nature. Fresh notes of bergamot and grapefruit blend with addictive notes of tonka beans for an elegant finish. Loving the sexy, black bottle – your modern metrosexual is bound to love this one! It’s a woody/spicy fragrance that’s sharp, crisp and mysterious. Hot! Find it at David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au.
Bvlgari Man in Black Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $111: Bvlgari celebrated its 130-year-milestone by launching this new fragrance to complement its original Bvlgari Man from 2010. The fragrance is said to be bold and charismatic, inspired by the myth of the birth of Vulcan, the god of the earth. A modern man’s ideal scent, it has an intense composition of amber, leather, spices and woods. It also opens with accords of natural rum and luminous spices. Did I mention rum? Now what bloke won’t love that?! Find it at David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au.
Ever wanted to embark on a sensory journey through the evolution and development of fragrance to find your perfect scent? Rejoice perfume lovers, for just in time for Christmas, Agence de Parfum has opened a flagship Galerie de Parfum boutique within Myer Sydney.
With another Galerie de Parfum in Myer Melbourne city, Agence de Parfum has created a suitably elegant Parisian-inspired space in which to showcase some of the world’s most luxurious and niche fragrances (pictured).
Inspired by great French perfumeries, Galerie de Parfum houses highly coveted niche fragrance brands with scents from Costume National, Juliette Has A Gun, Keiko Mecheri, L’Artisan Parfumeur, Mark Buxton, Penhaligon’s, Neotantric, Robert Piguet, Lubin and P Frapin & Cie.
The first niche fragrance boutique in Sydney, Galerie de Parfum offers guests the chance to find their perfect scent using a fragrance wheel.
And, in there you find the firm favourites of Marie Antoinette, Princess Diana, Kate Moss, Grace Kelly, Winston Churchill, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra and more.
Fragrance aficionados can also attend Fragrance Master Classes on a brief history of perfume and how to recognise and distinguish between scents of the world’s finest perfume houses. Bridal styling parties and hens’ activities are welcome.
Phone: 02 9238 9126
The art of making perfumes can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, where chemists distilled flowers, oils and other scented produce. In times when bathing was rare, perfume was worn by the wealthy to disguise body door, and eventually became a commodity around the 17th century. Today, while most of us shower more often than the Victorians, we still enjoy a spritz of special scent to enhance our natural aroma. However, considering the number of perfumes available, selecting a scent can be a tricky activity. To help you out, here is your ultimate guide to choosing and applying perfume.
Speaking the language
Perfume is categorized according to the concentration of its raw scent. In your average department store, you will see two types of perfume: Eau de Parfum and Eau de toilette. Parfum is more concentrated – and therefore, more expensive – while toilette is lighter.
Choosing your scent
You might be surprised to know there is an official scent chart, which was most recently updated in 2010. According to this chart, there are four perfume families: floral, oriental, woody and fresh. Within these families there are 14 sub-groups, mostly describing the strength or type of this scent. The floral family obviously comprises flower-based scents, while oriental flavors includes spicy, asian-inspired aromas like vanilla and incense. The wood family includes patchouli and sandalwood-type scents, and your fresh smells are mostly fruity.
The best scent for you can depend on a number of factors, including your natural smell, the time of day, and the weather. Some say a floral, sweet scent is best for day time, while a heavier oriental or spicy scent is more desirable at night. Similarly, stronger scents are better in the cold, lighter scents should be worn in summer.
It is vital to try before you buy, as the very same perfume can smell different depending on the person wearing it. You should spray perfumes on the cards provided in department stores and let it sit with you for a while – giving you time to absorb the different notes. If you still like it after ten minutes, try it on your skin. It is often recommended that you take a sample, try the perfume for a few days, and then make your final decision.
Helpful hint: Many stores provide coffee beans which serve to “cleanse your palette” or refresh your sense of smell. Be sure to sniff these in between samples to give you a clear sense of that perfume.
How to apply
- It is best to apply your perfume after you shower, as your clean and open pores will better absorb the scent. Avoid using strong-scented shower products or moisturizers that will conflict with or overpower your perfume.
- It is always best to apply directly to your skin, more specifically to your pulse points which can be located on your neck, behind your ears, on your wrists and in the inner elbows. Applying to the skin will also prevent your perfume from staining your clothes or jewelry.
- Some people enjoy “spritzing” the perfume into the air and walking through to mist their body. However, this can waste a lot of your perfume, and doesn’t stay on your body for long.
- Don’t rub your wrists together – the heat caused by the friction can actually change the scent!
Luxury fragrances are like shoes – you can never have too many. Here are Shesaid.com’s top picks of chic and highly covetable spring/summer scents – both new to counter and classics which never date. After all, you’re never fully dressed without perfume…
Flower power: This new beauty from fragrance house L’Artisan Parfumeur is part of the Les Explosions d’Emotions collection by master perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. Opulent and feminine, the fresh gardenia of the Rappelle-Toi Eau De Parfum, (125ml), $249, is invigorated by the fresh top notes of Sichuan pepper and gin and enhanced by musk, sandalwood and honey accents. Summer time, here we come! Find it at Libertine Parfumerie. Myer Melbourne’s Galerie de Parfum, David Jones Sydney, and other niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand.
Packing heat: Parfumeur Romano Ricci has gone back to basics with Juliette Has A Gun Anyway Eau de Parfum, (100ml), $186. The latest unisex addition to the fashion-forward fragrance house Juliette Has a Gun, this sumptuous scent is an intoxicating blend of musks, woods and citrus. I adore the packaging in itself: a crisp, white bottle showcased in a grosgrain paper box, perfectly bound with a satin bow. The trick will be keeping it from your partner! Find it at Libertine Parfumerie, select David Jones and Myer department stores and other niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand.
Summer lovin’: Clair Obscur Eau de Parfum, (75ml), $219, the enchanting, new fragrance from visionary Japanese artist Keiko Mecheri, has been described as being reminiscent of a sun-washed field of jasmine on a summer morning in Provence. A celebration of one of the world’s best loved flowers, Clair Obscur is a light, ethereal fragrance just perfect for long, languid spring/summer days by the sea. Find it at Libertine Parfumerie, select Myer department stores and other niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand.
Roman goddess: Inspired by the Roman Empire and ancient Egyptian era, all-natural beauty line In Fiore has reintroduced a beautiful, traditional concept through its Patchouli Royal Parfum Solide, $99. Crafted with organic ingredients using only rare floral oils and highly concentrated absolutes, Patchouli Royal is packaged in a beautiful, brass compact. I love how it so easily slots into your make-up case! The stunning fragrance is dark and rooty, with a light, amber sweetness and a rich, woody base to balance the depth. Find it at Bathing Beauty Organic Apothecary.
Heaven scent: Italian fashion house CoSTUME NATIONAL has launched its limited-edition fruity bouquet fragrance, Scent Gloss Eau De Toilette, (50ml), $110, part of its trilogy Scent collection. Comprised of Scent, Scent Sheer and Scent Intense, the trilogy is a sensual fragrance combination that’s both modern and timeless. Scent Gloss is a perfect spring/summer scent; it’s beautiful, light and sexy, with notes of purple orchid and fresh musk. Find it at Libertine Parfumerie, select David Jones stores and other niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand.
Love at first sight: The new Fleurs de Gardenia, (75ml), $299, from celebrated French perfume house Creed is a scent created in the image of the first bloom of love. Master perfumer Olivier Creed, together with his son Erwin, blended the whimsical scent of first love gardenias, which only grow in pairs, to create a feminine, delicate fragrance perfect for the warmer weather months. There’s the divine scent of double blush roses, lavender peonies and other floral bouquets. Heaven! Royals such as Napoléon III, Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary and Queen Maria Christina of Spain were among Creed’s exclusive clientele. Find it at Libertine Parfumerie, select David Jones stores and other niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand.