Rachel Marie Walsh reports.


Product watch: The best of this season’s perfumes

Update your perfume choice for spring or choose a last-minute gift for Mother’s Day from among the best of this season’s fragrances. Rachel Marie Walsh reports.

Product watch: The best of this season’s perfumes

Versace Eros pour Femme, from €64/30ml

Who better than Versace, the brand that launched Elizabeth Hurley’s career with a dress — and the 90s supermodels with a show finale — to concoct the olfactory equivalent of Eros?

Described by Donatella as “the ultimate in power and seduction”, the blend includes Sicilian lemon and Calabrian bergamot for attraction, stokes desire with jasmine and peony, and incites passion with musk and sandalwood.

The yellow-gold bottle bears the label’s signature Medusa’s head with Greek-key frame and is presented in a jewellery-inspired tiroir box.

Van Cleef & Arpels Aqua Oriens, €58/50ml

A-list actress favourite Van Cleef & Arpels’ new perfume is a joyful salute to blue jewels. Aqua Oriens evokes sapphires, aquamarines, and topazes with its striking bottle, inspired by the brand’s haute jewellery collection.

South Sea fruits and flowers make up this limited-edition scent, itself an attempt to bottle some island paradise. Tahiti lime, orange blossom, honey, and pear, evoke exotic early morns.

Sisley Paris Eau Tropical, €55/30ml.

This smells like a really good holiday. Designed to emulate the scent in the air after a tropical rainstorm, this eau de toilette hits the nose with zesty bergamot and ginger, followed by an intoxicating tuberose heart with dashes of violet and rose.

A heady base of ambrette seeds, cedar and patchouli leaves a lasting impression. The bottle features a sculpted stopper by Polish sculptor Bronislaw Krzysztof.

The “Gift of Happiness” collection by Neom Organics, €36

This includes a room mist and a 1-wick candle that make perfect last-minute gifts for Mother’s Day. The brand uses first-pressed essential oils to enhance your mood and environment.

Happiness according to Neom involves notes of mimosa, grass cuttings, white neroli and lemon, all of which the brand’s aromatherapy experts say encourage a positive, uplifted state of mind. Their efforts are as close to springtime in a wax/mist that you are like to find.

Jo Malone Rock the Ages Colognes, €52/30ml

Jo Malone’s latest fragrance collection will appeal to Austenites and Downtonians alike. “Rock of Ages” consists of five fragrances “inspired by defining periods in British history.” Geranium & Verbena is as refined and herbaceous as Edwardian summers while Pomegranate Noir encapsulates Victorian Britain with layers of pomegranate, guiacwood and Casablanca lily. Traditional rose mingles with spicy clove and warming amber in a scent straight out of The Tudors.

Lily of the Valley & Ivory evokes the Georgian era. Birch and Black Pepper is a crisp, smoky nod to contemporary Britain. Each cologne is decorated with a ribbon that reflects a key ingredient.

Giorgio Armani Prive Pivoine Suzhou, €120

Giorgio Armani describes the Armani/Privé fragrance line as translations of haute couture, with each scent developed from rare materials as a finely detailed garment.

Its latest addition is Pivoine Suzhou, a fresh and majestic interpretation of a Chinese garden where tangerine, pink pepper and bright raspberry essences illuminate a sumptuous heart of peony and rose. The scent leaves a lasting, sensual fusion of orcanox (woody amber), musk and patchouli that is designed “to caress the skin like fine silk.”

Available exclusively at Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork.

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