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After years of little girl, fruity-florals this fall there is return to lush, sexy scents.
These new florals are softer and sultrier than you might think when you
“Floral”. I am not implying there is no room for a crisp, citrus scent
– There is and always will be. There nothing better in the heat, the morning
, or by the sea. But, the scent of a woman is something else entirely.
Charlotte Tilbury’s first fragrance, Scent of a Dream,
Is as lush and sexy as one would expect from the creator
Of the posh makeup line that sells looks called
The Golden Goddess and the Glamour Muse.
“Charlotte’s Scent of a Dream has what has I call a ground-breaking balance
To it, and it is an entirely new perfume group of both Floral & Chypre”, is how Francois Robert,
the fourth generation nose who has created perfumes for Hermes,
Lanvin, Missoni, and Les Perfumes de Rosine, described the result of his collaboration with Tilbury.
Charlotte calls it her fleurotic frequency. It has the fresh lightness
Of a floral and the alluring depth and sexiness of a Chypre,
Without being heavy or dark. This scent smells amazingly unique and people
Fall in love with it! He went on getting specific and effusive,
“Charlotte’s choice of traditional and modern ingredients comes together in a new way.
It is like nothing I have ever smelled before! The Pepper, Frankincense,
and Violet stand out beautifully and beguilingly within the composition of the scent.
I have worked on many scents to procure what Charlotte describes as a distinctive
‘TRAIL,’ and this perfume is one of the first to actually have it. It gilds hallways!”
Charlotte also worked with neuroscientists Dr. Richard Axel and Dr. Linda Buck
to create a scent that works in as elemental a level as human pheromones.
The press release explained that part of the brain responsible for our sense of smell is directly linked to the limbic system in our brain – the seat of emotion and memory.
Charlotte described the effect of her fragrance this way,
“It combines intoxicating floral extracts & musk from scent history with
newly-discovered psycho-active ingredients of the future, creating a universal key to attraction.
I believe that with Scent of a Dream, you can create your own destiny through its psycho-active,
fleurotic frequency. It has the power to attract your future and ignite memories of your past.”
I tried sample vial the day it launched. The fragrance is seductive and sophisticated –
it lingered elegantly on my skin. I didn’t expect like it much but it is enticing.
The essence of the Scent of Dream is captured in a short film with
Charlotte’s friend, super model Kate Moss. Moss is also the inspiration for The Dreamy Look
makeup collection. It is a shimmering palette based on Kate Moss’s look for the
Scent of Dream film in burnished golds and bronze.
$100 for 50mL (There will be 30mL and 100mL bottle available in October)
Kenzo will launch a new fragrance this month. Kenzo World is
the first fragrance from Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the company’s new creative team.
Both of them are from California. They met at the University of California, Berkeley,
and started to work for Kenzo in 2011. For the 2013 fall-winter collection, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon made the eye the iconic motif of the Kenzo World:
“The all-seeing eye is a major imprint of the collection and alludes to the force of
the third eye and to spiritual protection from above,” they explain. This symbol is the inspiration behind the striking bottle designed in collaboration with Patrick Li that holds their beguiling new scent!
The eye symbol now transcends into the universe of fragrance, and you will have a chance to see and smell it at the end of August. Master perfumer, Francis Kurkdjia created the scent working with Lim and Leon.
Vogue.com quoted Leon at their big opening bash in Paris celebrating its creation, “It’s all the notes that we love. It’s a little bit of Parisian floral meets a California kind of freshness and everything in between.” I had to use the quote – I think it captures the scent exactly.This light fragrance, with notes of Peony and Egyptian Jasmine, is light and breezy like California but also has depth and a feminine sophistication. Kenzo World has a je ne sais quoi that feels very Parisian.
Ambroxan, a synthetic that replaces now outlawed Ambergris, helps to give Kenzo World its soft, subtle, seductive quality. Ambroxan gives a fragrance, that powdery amber-musk scent that is so sexy in an understated way. This is how Master Perfumer Francis Kukrdjian describes it: “Ambroxan gives the flowers the enticing quality that we need to forget them as such. It’s a bit like the sfumato in the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, when you juxtapose power. It acts like a fog, when the mist blurs the contours of things all around, and we only recognize their hazy outline.”
I liked this this fragrance at first sniff but as I wore it I fell in love. It opens up as it warms on the skin. Kenzo World is very feminine but very modern. I couldn’t help but think it suited Lim and Leon’s Kenzo girl who “inhabits the present, like right now.”
Available in September, find it at Bloomingdales (exclusive) 1.7 ounce $86 and 2.5 ounces $100
Outside the US: https://www.kenzo.com/en/storelocator
Krigler Mediterranean Peach 15 is made with natural essence of Mediterranean Peach from Provence in Saint Tropez,
This light scent, with hint of peach and earthy blackberry leaves, is easy to wear on sultry summer days.
It costs $245. For 1.7 ounces and $355. For 3.4 ounces.