Perfume is powerful and, much like a seasonal wardrobe update, a new fragrance can set your style tone for the months ahead.
And luckily, if you’re looking to invest in a new scent, now’s the time, as fashion brands release their blockbuster buys in time for the pre-Christmas rush. So what’s in store? “This year, we have started to see more brands successfully combining warm, enveloping ingredients, such as vanilla, with spices like saffron, nutmeg and patchouli, creating wonderful, truly unisex scents,” says Federica Sinisi, Fragrance Buyer at Harrods. “Customers are becoming more fluid in their choices,” she observes.
So experiment to find what you love, and you’re bound to discover your new signature scent in these pages.
For Style Mavens: YSL Libre, Dhs645 for 50ml
Like YSL’s tuxedo for women, this is a feminine take on a masculine scent. Orange blossom and neroli give a lift; vanilla and amber add a twist.
For DayDreamers: Hermès Twilly d’Hermès Eau Poivrée, Dhs595 for 85ml
Spicy, vibrant and full of life, this new iteration of Twilly swirls pink peppercorn, rose and patchouli together for a fresh perfume that will lift your spirit on winter days.
For Bohemian Types: Gucci Mémoire d’une Odeur, Dhs395 for 100ml
At once warm, sweet, airy and earthy, this unisex scent combines Indian coral jasmine, Roman camomile, sandalwood and cedarwood with vanilla.
For Floral Fans: Dior Joy Intense, Dhs456 for 50ml
Exuberant and bursting with blooms, this mellows to an aroma of rose jasmine, neroli and patchouli. Sandalwood grounds it.
For the Glam Squad: Louis Vuitton Coeur Battant, Dhs1,100 for 100ml
At first sniff, this new fragrance is bright and energetic, mingling juicy pear with musky ambrette seed. Jasmine and narcissus are further embellished by patchouli and moss for a hint of va-va-voom.
For Scent Connoisseurs: Byredo Slow Dance, Dhs895 for 100ml
This unisex perfume mixes patchouli (bringing a richness and depth) with violet and vanilla (giving it a sweet, powdery base).
For Tastemakers: Nars Audacious, Dhs596 for 50ml
This is the first foray into scent from make-up icon François Nars. Audacious is a unisex aroma perfect for after-dark, blending frangipani and incense.
For Hygge Heroes: Malin+Goetz Leather, Dhs347 for 50ml
One spritz of this unisex scent and you’re transported to a cosy cottage. At its heart is leather, cedar wood and sandalwood, while lotus flower, orchid and violet brighten the blend.
For Free Spirits: Bulgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique Eau de Parfum, Dhs622 for 100ml
A tuberose with a difference, this neck-nuzzling number uses only the finest Indian tuberose flowers harvested during twilight hours.
The result? A creamier concoction with a fruitier undertone. Di-vine.
For the Lovestruck: Estée Lauder Beautiful Belle, Dhs293 for 50ml
If you prefer your fragrance more conventionally feminine, this marries Turkish rose and vanilla with orange blossom and honey, while musk and sage anchor the scent on the skin.
For Coffee Lovers: Maison Margiela Replica Coffee Break, Dhs525 for 100ml
Conjuring a snapshot of winter in Stockholm, this unisex perfume evokes the comforting smell of hot coffee on a cold day. Creamy, warm notes of sandalwood and cedar linger.
For Sophisticates: Chanel Gabrielle Essence, Dhs485 for 50ml
Just like the original, Gabrielle Essence focuses on four white flowers: tuberose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and orange blossom. But this is bigger, more voluptuous and opulent, with tuberose being the star of the show. Citrus notes add a bright, fleeting fizz, while red fruits round it out for a subtle, fleshy and plump sweetness.
Photos: David Marquez