As the cashmere sweaters get mothballed to make way for the crisp cottons and cool linens of summer, so now is the time to switch from a strong, opulent fragrance to something fresher, breezier and more suited to hot days and humid nights.
A glance at the new fragrances on the travel shopping shelves shows a distinct hint of pink to the summer offerings. Blame it on Millennial Pink, the ubiquitous shade that has been painting its Instagram-friendly filter over everything from buildings to beauty products lately. Making a stealth stain statement, this seemingly innocuous take on baby pink has washed over us to such an extent that the generation-defining hue was named by Pantone (using its official name of rose quartz) as its joint colour of 2016.
Don’t judge a fragrance by its colour however, as underneath the packaging the fragrances themselves range from powdery florals to fruity gourmands to earthy musks. Our advice? Check-in early, play with the sample spritzers and take a new fragrance on holiday with you.
The original L’Air Du Temps was created back in 1948 as an “ode to peace, love and freedom”. L’Air Du Temps Eau Florale is a new edition which retains the delicate feminine core of the original with the addition of peony and honeysuckle. The bold floral design that adorns the packaging is the work of London design studio Camilla Francés. The studio has previously created floral patterns for L.K.Bennett (as loved by the Duchess of Cambridge) and Topshop.
Air France is promoting the fragrance with a series of events including a gift with purchase: In August, Air France passengers purchasing the fragrance in-flight will receive a L’Air Du Temps Eau Florale soap as a gift.
Launched to great fanfare last month as the first fragrance wholly developed by Gucci’s superstar Creative Director Alessandro Michele, Gucci Bloom is described by the man himself as a “rich, white floral fragrance” evoking a garden full of flowers. Natural tuberose absolute combines with natural jasmine absolute and Rangoon creeper to produce a “slightly powdery feminine floral”. The box with its red and white toile de Jouy print houses the vintage powder pink lacquered bottle just made for a Millennial’s Instagrammable dressing table.
Featuring the signature Guerlain note of tahitensis vanilla (a key ingredient of its iconic Shalimar and Jicky) Mon Guerlain also combines lavender, sambac jasmine and sandalwood. The Carla lavender used in the fragrance is described as having quite masculine characteristics which links into the theme behind the formulation of Mon Guerlain: The idea of its wearers playing with genders. While it is undoubtedly a female fragrance, Co-Creator of Mon Guerlain Delphine Jelk urged wearers to “move beyond the divide and ambiguity of masculine and feminine”.
Boss the Scent Intense
With a higher oil concentration than the original Boss The Scent, this Intense version contains heightened fruity top notes of honeyed peach and a heart of oriental osmanthus flower absolute. Inspired by seduction’s sharpening of the senses, this fragrance is further enhanced by an “aphrodisiac” base of dark roasted cocoa and vanilla. Did someone say summer romance?
Prada Candy Gloss
Festooned with lipsticks, the box containing the latest Prada Candy olfactory offering is as fun and flirty as the fragrance within. Miuccia Prada and Perfumer Daniela Andrier devised Candy Gloss as a rich and uplifting, multi-layered fragrance: It opens with a burst of cherry notes before developing through a heart of orange blossom to a base of vanilla-like almond infused with musk. Good enough to eat.
Moschino Pink Fresh Couture
With its genius household cleaner packaging the Moschino Fresh fragrance line was one of the most memorable launches of recent times so we were delighted to hear the range was expanding. The pop pink, cartoon-like bottle of Moschino Pink Fresh Couture doesn’t disappoint. Within, a sparkling, feminine fragrance combines pink grapefruit and cassis with wild rose, pomegranate grains and cedar wood. If only all household chores were this fun.
Narciso Rodriguez Fleur Musc
This edgy rose fragrance, or to give it its official title, a floral chypre comes in a “woah!” hot pink bottle in a shade a young girl with a box of crayons might choose as the perfect perfume bottle hue. In a good way. The idea behind the latest incarnation of Narciso Rodriguez For Her line was to create a scent with a heart of musk surrounded by pink flowers. An initial hit of rose and peonies gives way to the musky earthiness of patchouli and soft amber.
Lancôme La Nuit Trésor Eau de Toilette
Amazingly the original Trésor is over a quarter of a century old, its longevity a testament to its feminine appeal. Like the best stars it knows that a little reinvention now and again never hurt anyone so Trésor’s original Perfumers Christophe Raynaud and Amandine Clerc Marie created the “fresher and more lively” La Nuit Trésor EDT. The original patchouli essence remains enhanced by essence of damask rose and a trio of fruity accords (raspberry, blackcurrant and lychee).
YSL Black Opium Floral Shock
An extra sexy way to get your hit of caffeine this “adrenalin-packed” fragrance has at its heart the Black Opium signature accord of espresso coffee. Combined with refreshing citrus notes of bergamot and orange blossom and with a side order of sugary pear this is one fresh and invigorating fragrance to get you up and keep you going through those long summer nights…
Valentino Donna Aqua
The heaviest thing about Valentino Donna Aqua is its opulent, studded glass bottle. Everything else about it, from the rose-pink hue to the sparkling scent, has come over all light and fresh just in time for summer. Created by Perfumer Sonia Constant, Donna Aqua combines green almond, frosted pear with frangipani rose accord underpinned by sandalwood and hawthorn. A Mediterranean holiday in a bottle.
Chanel Chance Three Moods
Prize for the most summery way to wear your fragrance this year must go to Chanel Chance Three Moods. A trio of shimmering scented gels offer three Chanel Chance fragrances to suit your mood: Chance Eau Tendre (soft and gentle); Chance Eau Fraîche (fresh and sparkling); Chance Eau Vive (energising and vivifying). As well as being completely travel-friendly (no ‘chance’ of any spills), the gels add a flattering illumination to the skin whilst they perfume. You simply apply with the fingertips and massage into the skin. Chanel + shimmer = your perfect summer two-piece.