NEW season, new scent — that’s the adage we’re trying to bring into common usage, as an excuse to splash out on one of autumn’s many fragrant offerings. And what a line-up it is.
Some of the chicest fashion houses are bringing out tantalising new fragrances, plus a number of pop starlets have come up with surprisingly sophisticated scents.
But it’s not all sassy and sartorial — elsewhere, perfumers take the spice route and classic florals come to the fore.
Take your pick from autumn’s aromatic selection...
Prada’s stylish little sister Miu Miu makes its debut on the scent scene, with an eau de parfum that’s as idiosyncratic as the label’s clothing offering.
The eponymous fragrance is a light, verdant blend that includes peppery akigalawood, created for the house.
* Miu Miu Ea de Parfum, €61 ( www.debenhams.ie )
Dean and Dan Caten don’t do things by halves, and the designers’ latest foray into scent is no exception.
Dsquared2Want, with its shiny lollipop-inspired lid, is a dressing table showstopper, and the scent within is equally attention-seeking, the powdery punch of mandarin and pink pepper drying down to a woody vanilla heart.
* Dsquared2 Want Eau de Parfum, €77 for 50ml (available October 1; www.harveynichols.com )
Echoing the polished aesthetic of the Michael Kors woman, the designer’s gold collection is a triple whammy of sophisticated scents, from the fresh, almost masculine White Luminous Gold to the girly Rose Radiant Gold, and the gutsy, fruity 24K Brilliant Gold.
* Michael Kors 24K Brilliant Gold, from €55 ( www.debenhams.ie )
Take a flight of fancy with fragrances inspired by exotic escapes.
Jo Malone’s latest cologne, Mimosa and Cardamom, evokes a trip to the spice markets of Morocco followed by a stroll through fragrant fields of sunset-yellow mimosa flowers.
* Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom Cologne, from €52 ( www.brownthomas.ie )
Gold Lily, one of the five inaugural fragrances from the Chinese lifestyle brand, opens with a blast of Sichuan heat before revealing a heart of warm jasmine and musk.
* Shanghai Tang Gold Lily Eau de Parfum, €136 for 60ml ( www.harveynichols.com )
Fans of pure florals will love the trio of fragrances indebted to petals. Housed in a stunning, antique-style amber bottle, Diptyque’s new jasmine-based juice is the product of two different harvests of the heady white floral, resulting in a rich scent with caramel edge.
* Diptyque Essences Insensees Eau de Parfum, €120 for 75ml ( www.diptyqueparis.eu )
As part of the brand’s 20th birthday celebrations comes Liz Earle Botanical Essence No. 20, a lush symphony of three rose extracts, including delicate Turkish damask.
* Liz Earle Botanical Essence No. 20, €65.50 for 50ml (available in October; www.boots.ie )
Did you know bluebells don’t a have a natural scent? So Yardley has dreamt up a fresh fragrance, blending white florals with bergamot and sandalwood .
* Yardley London English Bluebell Eau de Toilette, €15 for 50ml ( www.boots.ie )
The latest songstress to turn her hand to scent is Ariana Grande, with the pom-pom-topped Ari. A succulent blend packed with vanilla, marshmallow and rose, the eau de parfum opens with a tangy flash of grapefruit and raspberry notes.
* Ari by Ariana Grande Eau de Parfum, €55 for 50ml ( www.boots.ie )
Rihanna Riri is an effervescent cocktail of passion fruit, honeysuckle and sandalwood, with a cheeky dash of rum.
* Riri by Rihanna Eau de Parfum, €38 for 50ml ( www.boots.ie )
Described as a ’feminist floral’, the unapologetically bold Ghost Girl eau melds punchy pomegranate with tuberose and almond — it’s a (girl) power-full combo.
* Ghost Girl Eau de Toilette, from €34 ( www.boots.ie )