Fragrance

By Allison O'Rourke

The upcoming holiday season presents a treasure trove of aromas and sweet indulgences for the senses. Fragrances like hot apple cider, fresh evergreen and spiced pumpkin pie are just a few delicious scents that will hover in the air. To celebrate and complement the party of fabulous smells this November, here are some of the breakout stars of the scent set.

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Channeling the strong, sexy exuberance of the glam girls of the ’70s, try the first fragrance from Miss Sixty. The edgy Italian fashion label has created a wild blend of tangy rhubarb, contrasted with jewel flower and heliotrope which dries down with warm base notes of amber and cherry wood. Fresh, yet subtle as the same time, it’s a real psychedelic trip for your nose. Miss Sixty is available exclusively at Sephora locations nationwide.

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The ever intriguing Tom Ford introduces Black Orchid, his first women’s fragrance this month. A timeless statement through scent, Ford was seduced by the Black Orchid flower. Luxurious and sensual, the scent uses rich dark spices, black truffle, ylang ylang and bergamot with black currant. Notes of floral and fruit dry down with lotus wood. Finally, the scent is balanced out by patchouli, incense, vetiver and hints of vanilla and sandalwood. For more information visit, www.neimanmarcus.com.

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Witness the rebirth of a classic: Baghari was originally launched by famed fashion designer Robert Piguet before the closing of his fashion house in 1951. It has now been resurrected from the fragrance graveyard. Baghari is a soft floral scent with top notes of Italian Bergamot, neroli, and violet. A sweet, warm heart of rose, jasmine, and orange blossom mingle subtly with a base of vetiver, iris, amber, vanilla, and musk. The quintessential romantic fragrance, wear this for those special holiday gatherings you share with loved ones. For more information visit http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

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Fashion designer Matthew Williamson launched his namesake scent using natural ingredients and scented oils to create an exotic, modern blend. With top notes of bergamot, lime, cinnamon leaf, and ginger, the fragrance evolves with a sultry blend of jasmine, ylang, ylang, gardenia, and magnolia. Its rich base is mysterious in texture with vanilla, patchouli, sandalwood, and sensual musk. For more information visit www.matthewilliamson.com

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Defying the norm is something designer Betsey Johnson knows a thing or two about. She continues to channel her free spirited fun with her first fragrance. A unique representation of all that Betsey Johnson embodies, the scent is playful and feminine, and starts off with juicy notes of pear, tangerine, and grapefruit, while freesia and lily of the valley lend a powdery undertone. Cedarwood, sandalwood, and praline dry it down for a warm base against amber and musk. The bottle, inspired by a vintage find Betsey picked up at an antique shop in the 80s, is a modern interpretation of all things she loves: antique chandeliers, mirrors and frames. The Betsey Johnson fragrance collection is available at Bloomingdales and Macys locations nationwide.

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From Sisley Paris, the luxury skincare and makeup line, comes Soir de Lune, a wildly mysterious scent developed by Sisley Paris founders, Hubert and Isabelle d’Orano. Its name means “evening moon.” The fragrance has top notes of fresh citrus, bergamot, mandarin, lemon, and coriander. The floral heart evolves with rose, mimosa flower, jasmine, and lily of the valley. The hearty base is musky with undertones of honey, sandalwood, and Indonesian patchouli. Utterly feminine, Soir de Lune is perfect for the young at heart and those that want to feel glamorous day and night. Soir de Lune is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saks.com.

Originally published November 2006
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