Fragrance

By Michelyn Camen

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Perles de Lalique Perfume

Pearls are prized for their luster and rarity. Likewise, Perles de Lalique will enchant spicy chypre lovers with its notes of bergamot and pepper highlighting rose and iris. This is a nice chypre,(oak moss, vetiver, and patchouli), BUT the flacon…the perfume is housed in one of the most exceptional flacons we have seen this year. The true craftsmanship of Lalique’s glass makers is captured in this polished hand made opal crystal ball flacon, topped by a precious enamel stopper. The flacon is adorned by a crown of elegant white and black be-speckled feathers. Each piece is signed and numbered. Available at Bergdorf Goodman.

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Ballade Verte by Manuel Canovas

Ballade Verte is inspired by the elegant and romantic French “Toile de Jouy” fabrics designed by the perfume’s namesake, Manuel Canovas. Notes of violet leaves, Turkish rose and Chinese ginger are joined by Indian sandalwood, musk and Madagascar vanilla. Available at www.beautyhabit.com.

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Isabela Capeto’s new scent debuts at Henri Bendel NYC

Brazilian fashion designer Isabela Capeto, debuts her eponymous fragrance, which is a sexy samba of spicy, warm, gourmet notes including cardamon, pink pepper, cinnamon, apricot and Brazilian lily accords. But as much as we like this scent, we would buy it JUST for its winsome and quirky bottle. Winner of the Worldstar worldwide design award for best perfume packaging, the button-faced red doll pays tribute to Isabela’s logo and to her muse— her own Brazilian childhood, so prevalent a theme in her ready to wear collection. Exclusively at Henri Bendel.

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Serge Lutens Five O’Clock Au Gingembre

Give us Serge, Serge, Serge and more Serge. We can’t get enough of master perfumer Serge Lutens’ scented offerings. Five O’Clock Au Gingembre is an interpretation of crystallized ginger and seems to be an ode to the elegant English ritual of teatime. Neither masculine nor feminine, this likable scent has notes of ginger root, Bergamot, spices and a subtle touch of honey and evokes the images of Wedgewood China and the servants polishing the silver. Editor’s Note:S’il vous plait, Mr. Lutens, we Yanks REALLY need our bell jars of fragrance, so let’s start by exporting your Rahat Loukoum. Five O’Clock Au Gingembre is available at Barney’s NY.

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Miller Harris Geranium Bourbon

Geranium and Bourbon? What sounds like your grandma hitting the bottle again, is actually a subtle and charming scent by Miller Harris. Notes of cassis berries, lemon geranium, Turkish rose seem to morph and change on your skin creating a natural fragrance you will reach for as you would your favorite pair of jeans. Available at www.luckyscent.com.

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Armani Prive Rose Alexandrie

Rose Alexandrie is one of Mr. Giorgio Armani’s new high end Prive fragrances. An ode to the famed rose gardens of Alexandria, Egypt,this fragrance opens with the effervescent freshness of bergamot, with its heart a dedication to the Egyptian rose.

Just as the Egyptians looked at their created gardens as beautiful offerings made to their gods, Giorgio Armani creates a rose fragrance as a sweet offering to a woman who usually does not like overly floral florals. With its gourmand dry down of vanilla and benzoin, it works beautifully with my skin’s chemistry, but may not be the first choice of a rose scent aficionado. Available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and on www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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Malabah Eau De Parfum by Penhaligon’s London

Penhaligon’s created its legendary Hammam Bouquet in 1872. Now, over 130 years later, the venerable British perfumerie brings us Malabah, its lush and lively partner. Malabah was inspired by an imaginary journey along the East Indies spice route ending at a Raj’s tea ceremony. Sweet musk and amber, a multitude of roses and powdered orris are blended with cardamom, cilantro, nutmeg and ginger. Earl Grey tea and lemon notes are also present, adding to Malabah’s smooth and surprisingly fresh blend of East meets West. Available at www.aedes.com and at the Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship Store in NYC.

Originally published April 2008
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