Thursday, April 22, 2010

Scents and Sensibility: Spring Highlights

Yes guys, I know, it’s a rather unimaginative title but forgive me as I’m uninspired. There have been a slew of new perfumes coming out lately and today we’re going to highlight some of the ones that have made its way into my inbox. Note how most of them are inspired by Spring, the sun, flowers and happy thoughts, all of which Hong Kong is sadly lacking at the moment.

Yves Saint Laurent Opium
Hailed as YSL’s masterpiece, this scene opens on a wave of mandarin and bergamot to reveal a middle note of jasmine and carnation. The bottom note highlights vanilla, amber and patchouli.

Price: HK$550/ 50ml
Available at Yves Saint Laurent counters on 26th April 2010

Burberry Summer Limited Edition 2010
For both men and women, the Burberry summer fragrance aims to capture a relaxed, elegant and bright mood. The ladies can expect a top note of blackcurrants, pomegranate with citrus freshness of mandarin and white peach, middle note of freesia, honeysuckle, lily of the valley and white rose and a base note of cedarwood, sandalwood and musks. The guys gets a top note of yuzu leaves and mandarin, middle of mint, juniper berries and thyme and the same base note of cedarwood, sandalwood and musks.

Price: HK$520/ 100ml for the women’s fragrance
HK$445/ 100ml for the men’s fragrance
Available at Burberry counters on 14th April 2010

Carolina Herrera CH Garden Party Limited Edition
The CH Garden Party Limited Edition fragrance is inspired by the sensations evoked by the first sunny day after winter. The scent contains top notes of citrus fruits, middle notes of jasmine and rose petals and base notes of sandalwood and cedar.

Price:HK$760 / 100ml
Available at Carolina Herrera counters in April 2010

Paul Smith Sunshine Edition 2010
Another option for those couples who like to wear matching scents. The Paul Smith Sunshine Edition 2010 epitomises those first rays of sunshine signaling the long-awaited arrival of Spring (or so the press release claims). The guys get a top note of coriander leaves, grapefruit and black pepper with coriander seeds, nutmeg and starfruit for the middle note and a bottom-note of incense, moss and cedarwood. The ladies version opens on a zingy accord of citrus before turning flora with jasmine, white peony and bulgarian rose. Bottom notes of musk and sandalwood completes the scent.

Price: HK$478/ 100ml for the women’s fragrance
HK$405/ 100ml for the men’s fragrance
Available at Paul Smith counters April 2010

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