The Sweet Smell of Luxury: Using high quality ingredients and spending months (even years) perfecting luxury fragrances does make the final product expensive – but you are worth it. Here are a few new luxury fragrances that need to be on Santa’s list.
Lalique’s Noir Premier Illusion Captive 1898
A modern Amber Chypre fragrance enhanced by fresh Italian bergamot and a sheer floral heart, this is the latest perfume in Lalique’s Noir Premier Collection, a collection which highlights the milestones of Lalique history. For Illusion Captive it is the iconic Dragonfly brooch created in 1898.
Perfumer: Karen Dubreuil-Sereni
Top notes: Bergamot and fig
Heart: Jasmine and cinnamon
Base notes: Cedarwood, patchouli, labdanum, vanilla, Tonka bean and myrrh
Bottle: Lalique is synonymous with beautiful glass works and the design of this bottle is no exception.
All fragrances in the collection use the identical Art Deco style bottle whilst adding individual touches for each scent’s inspiration.
Illusion Captive removes the solid black from the front and back to evoke lightness. The mosaic pattern engraved on the back of the bottle was inspired by Rene Lalique’s Dragonfly lady brooch, an iconic piece of Art Nouveau jewellery created in 1898 and on display at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. Seen through the transparent bottle and the golden hue of the fragrance, the mosaic pattern emulates the diaphanousness and fragility of the dragonfly wings.
Presented in a black lacquered box.
Available from Harrods and Lalique boutiques. Price £210 for 100ml EDP.
Jovoy Paris Rose Millesimee
The French House of Jovoy has opened a new boutique store in London. As well as their own perfumes, the store also has fragrance brands which haven’t been available in the UK before.
New to 2017 is Jovoy’s Rose Millesimme, an embodiment of the fragrant Centifolia Rose (also known as the May or cabbage rose).
Perfumer: Vanina Muracciole
Floral fragrance for rose lovers.
Top notes: Spices, candied apple and rose.
Base notes: white musk and rose.
Available from the Jovoy London store, 21 Conduit Street London W1S 2XP Tel 0203 903 9970. But if you can’t get to London it is also available via the Jovoy Paris website. Price 160 Euros.
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