The fragrance category has been injected with a big dose of magic this go-round: There are fresh faces from majorly cool designers, scents that really, truly smell like nothing we’ve smelled before and bottles so pretty we’re already plotting ways to repurpose them after the potion runs out.
Michael Kors Rose Radiant Gold, US $100
Bright and sparkly fruit notes blend with warm musks and rich rose for the most seamless scent transition into the cooler season.
Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum, US $150
Azzedine Alaïa wanted this, his first perfume, to smell like the cold water his grandmother would splash on the hot walls of his childhood home in Tunisia; pink pepper, violet and peony combine to recreate the memory and the result is as unexpected and artful as you’d expect from the designer.
Givenchy L’Atelier Gaïac Mystique, US $220
If an enchanted forest could be bottled, this is what it would smell like: wood, night sky, black flowers and a slight sense of danger.
Miu Miu Eau de Parfum, US $86
Show us the woman who says it’s what’s on the inside that counts and we’ll show her Miu Miu’s debut fragrance bottle; we’re keeping it around long after the pretty floral juice (a restrained composition of lily of the valley, jasmine, rose absolute, wood and patchouli) inside is gone.
Marc Jacobs Decadence, US $120
We like to believe that even if we didn’t know the name, we’d still smell this and think: indulgent. It’s luxurious without being ostentatious, gourmand without the sugary hangover.
Jimmy Choo Illicit, US $112
Sexy and standout, with notes of ginger, honey, amber, rose and jasmine, this is the perfume for the life of the party.
Tom Ford Venetian Bergamot, US $300
A warm and spicy citrus that smells like being in Europe in the late summer without a care in the world.
Wildfox Eau de Parfum, US $90
The first fragrance from the brand known for its cheeky Malibu Barbie loungewear has more staying power and sophistication than a slogan tee, but enough light, playfulness to inspire you to kick off your shoes and sing along to ‘Forever Young.
Van Cleef & Arpels Ambre Impérial, US $185
Amber, tonka bean and vanilla transport the wearer to the Old World, where everything feels rich and precious and modern isn’t always better.
Flower Beauty Sparkling Garden, US $20
Throw pink champagne, candied fruit and vanilla bean together and you get a pop star perfume and a splitting headache—or so we thought. Turns out, we had just never smelled this bubbly, fresh, totally wearable interpretation.
Source: Harpers Bazaar