Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

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Les Bains du Marais offers a rare treat for rose lovers: Rose Confiture. What could be better at reminding us of late summer when the weather turns chilly than the scent of a red rose blossom? Made of pure rose oil, this heavenly fragrance also imparts a subtle glow to skin, and can be used generously on pulse points, ankles, chest and even your hair. Les Bains du Marais is available at Studio Fred Segal in Santa Monica, Tre Balm in San Francisco, Aedes de Venustas in New York City, and at www.beautyhabit.com; $68.

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Cartier is the Jaguar of perfumes, and Panthere’s sleek panther bottle stopper is reminiscent of a Jaguar hood ornament. Cartier never disappoints in any product realm, and Panthere underscores the point. Top notes of bracing grapefruit, mandarin, and orange blossom intermingle with tuberose, jasmine, gardenia and freesia in a base of sandalwood, labdanum and tonka bean to create the classic fruity floral for fall. Available at Neiman Marcus, $70-$240

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Keiko Mecheri’s Loukhoum is a paean to fragrant inventiveness. Notes of Damask rose in an amber-oriental base with hawthorne blossoms, white almond and a powdery musk combine to be, in a word, enchanting. This is one of many Keiko Mecheri perfume offerings, each one just as thoughtful and surprising as the last, yet there’s something special about Loukhoum; this may be the line’s crown jewel. Try it on for size. Available at Neiman Marcus, $80.

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Thierry Mugler brings us Alien for fall, the other-worldly fragrance you’ll want to experience here on earth. This perfume is all heart-filled woody amber, comprised of an audacious excess of two powerful notes of white transparent amber and woody Cashmeran, then brightened by sunny Jasmine Sambac. It comes in a bottle the color of precious amethyst, with an ultra-tech shape reminiscent of a spaceship. Get ready to blast off into sweet-smelling exotica with this new fragrance. Available at Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nieman Marcus, and Nordstrom; $95 for 2 oz.

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Ladies, it’s V time. Valentino’s creative elan brings us a new olfactory treat: V, a perfume rich in citrus and sweet top notes, heart notes of rose, orange blossom and Lei flower, in a base of sandalwood, ambergris, and cedarwood. Ideal for fall and it goes without saying that V compliments that timeless vintage Valentino couture. Available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Valentino Boutiques. $82 for 3 oz.

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Gold is perfect for autumn, especially Burberry Brit Gold. With floral top notes of magnolia, neroli and a hint of blackcurrent, a heart of pink orris, vanilla and amber and a base of sandalwood and musk, this is one of autumn’s most intriguing and warm fragrances. This is an amber evening scent-very straightforward, but not overpowering. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora and Burberry Boutiques. $82 for 3.3 oz.

Originally published October 2005
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