You may have your LBD lined up and ready, but you aren’t really ready for party season until you’ve found a signature scent to keep you company till the wee hours of the night. While it might be easy to give in to the reflex action and steer towards classics, the freshly pumped roster of edgy, seductive scents is sure to tempt you away from your go-to favourite. Whatever the occasion or mood, there’s something for everyone here.
Dolce & Gabbana The Only One
You’re never too old to believe in fairytales, especially when it is accompanied by the hypnotising romanticism of Dolce & Gabbana’s The Only One. This modern take on the original oriental scent, circa 2006, teams violet blossoms with gourmet coffee, cinched together with the base notes of vanilla.
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Tom Ford Lost Cherry
If you’ve never quite been able to make up your mind between naughty and nice, Tom Ford Lost Cherry offers the perfect compromise. If the red tinted bottle wasn’t a giveaway, the newest entrant to the Private Blend family beckons forth with a rush of candy cherries, followed by subtle notes of bitter almonds and black cherry accord.
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Joy by Dior
Trying to bottle happiness isn’t a task for the fainthearted, but the house of Dior delivers on the nomenclature with a merry dance of florals and citrus fruits, tempered with a touch of musk—all combining together in a burst of liveliness, perfect for the girl who is always the life of the party.
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Jo Malone London Honeysuckle & Davana
If you’ve always been a sucker for clean florals, Jo Malone London has bottled a winner for you. Once the top notes of davana disperse, you’ll be left with the genteel hint of honeysuckle to accompany you wherever the night takes you.
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Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori
The newest member of the holy trifecta of Gucci Bloom, this one’s for the classic lovers. Upping the sensuality a notch, the woody blend comprises of rose and osmanthus, but brand loyalists will have no difficulty in identifying the lilting residue of the original notes of Gucci Bloom.
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Cartier La Panthere
For the club hoppers, Cartier’s new potion promises an intrinsically feminine scent with some serious longevity to match pace with your packed social calendar. Gardenias take centerstage, with musk toning down the romanticism.
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Michael Kors Wonderlust
Fuel your escapist fantasy with Michael Kors’ Wonderlust, that comes fall-approved with almond milk headlining the list of ingredients under the hood. Eschewing the saccharine sweetness of vanilla, the spicy kick of cinnamon is instead called upon to make for a creamy, floral scent.
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Jimmy Choo Fever
For those formal dinners and parties on your social calendar, call upon Fever from the Jimmy Choo Signature series. The glamorous purple vial plays host to a deeply sensual scent; the colour palette mirrored within by the black plum and grapefruit in its heady composition.
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Byredo Eleventh Hour
Think Christmas in a bottle; Byredo’s new offering plays upon the forbidden fruit fantasy with Nepalese pepper playing muse. Bergamot, cashmere wood and fig make for an energising scent that will keep you company till the proverbial eleventh hour.
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Gabriella Chieffo Lattedoro
Gabriella Chieffo’s olfactory acumen takes flight with the launch of this oriental vanilla scent, which juxtaposes the femininity of sandalwood and milk with a fanciful hint of leather as the base note. Perfect for a cold wintry day, this milky fragrance sets the stage for the festivities to follow.
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