A heavenly bouquet of flower-powered fragrances has bloomed on the beauty counters.
NATURE is bursting out all over with blousy cherry and apple blossoms inviting us to drink deep from their perfume.
To mark the season of abundance, a bumper crop of flower and foliage-inspired fragrances have landed on beauty counters.
From subtle and herbaceous, to sweet and heady, there’s a scent for everyone, you’ll just have to pick your own...
THE WILD ONE:
Part of the limited edition Herb Garden collection, Jo Malone Wild Strawberry & Parsley, €54 for 30ml, melds the savoury tang of flat-leaf parsley with the juicy sweetness of strawberry and blackcurrant, resulting in a gorgeously green blend. ( www.brownthomas.com ).
QUEEN OF FLOWERS:
Opening with a burst of ravishing pink rose, L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai Eau de Toilette, €62 for 75ml, dries down to reveal a heart of zesty mandarin and bergamot.
Musk and sandalwood combine to complete this complex, creamy concoction. ( www.loccitane.com ).
When fashion editor Jo Levin ran out of the scent oil that had garnered her so many compliments over the years, she decided to enlist the help of Escentric Molecules founder Jeff Lounds to recreate the fragrance.
In OdeJo Eau de Toilette, €59 for 50ml, aromatic lily and Tahitian rose meet their yang in cucumber oil and blue sea kelp, the blend evoking dusk. (Harvey Nichols, Dublin)
THE ITALIAN JOB:
Imagine a cool breeze rolling in off the Ligurian Sea, as you stroll through a sun-dappled lemon orchard on the Italian Riviera...
That’s where you’re transported with the latest addition to the Tom Ford Private Blend collection, Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum, €182 for 50ml, which is inspired by the glamorous holiday destination. ( www.brownthomas.com ).
THE FRUIT COCKTAIL:
Diptyque Eau de Sens Eau de Toilette, €70 for 50ml, takes a new approach to citrus, combining elements of orange tree blossom, peel and flowers.
Rounding out that acidic trio with musky angelica and patchouli, the florals really shine through. ( www.brownthomas.com ).
A delicate floral threesome — rose, carnation, and lily of the valley — is elevated to heady new heights by liquorice and fig in MOR’s deeply enveloping Rosa Noir Eau de Parfum, €51.48 for 100ml ( www.feelunique.com free p&p).
Giving the familiar floral a new lease of life, Molton Brown Dewy Lily Of The Valley & Star Anise Eau de Toilette, €49 for 50ml, adds spicy star anise into the mix, plus magnolia, peony, and white musk, making it as fresh and bright as a spring morning.( www.brownthomas.com ).
The next volume in Amouage’s Library Collection is anything but by the book.
Opus X Eau de Parfum, €228 for 50ml, is a bold confluence of no less than four rose notes, ably assisted by geranium, leather, oud and rich ylang-ylang ( www.amouage.com ).
Like a cool Cosmopolitan on a hot New York night, DKNY Summer for Women Limited Edition, €28 for 100ml, is a sparkling medley of goji berry, peach bellini, water lily, violet, and rose, that will satisfy any sweet tooth (Superdrug stores).
Created without any synthetic ingredients, Weleda’s Garden of Life trio is powered by natural essential oils.
Grenade Jardin de Vie, €25.25 for 50ml, is inspired by an exotic Persian garden, fusing plump pomegranate with herbaceous davana and warm vanilla. (from stockists).
Drawing on the native flowers of her favourite holiday destination, Thailand, the third fragrance from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is centred around a pair of jasmine accords and rose centifolia.
The floral heart of Rosie For Autograph Summer Rose Eau de Parfum, €19 for 30ml, is followed by sumptuous sandalwood and musk ( www.marksandspencer.ie ).
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