Fragrance

By Stephanie Nolasco

So what if summer’s intense sun has just about faded? t NYC easily remains one of the hottest spots in the nation, no matter what season it is. Fortunately, Manhattan has plenty of sensorial options to take in while welcoming the fresh outdoors (rooftop bars, garden dinners, and outdoor concerts, anyone?). Consider smelling oh- so-sweet with these perfectly fresh picks, some of which are even NYC-inspired.

Nothing quenches one’s thirst on a afternoon like a cool, crisp cocktail from a not-so-secret speakeasy at Manhattan‘s Meatpacking District. However, if you don’t feel like boozing it up, you can still enjoy some action with a new fragrance that’s certain to shake any night up. Juniper Sling, by Penhaligon’s London, is a unisex gin-inspired fragrance that’s bold, refreshing, and sinfully luscious – in other words, a perfect party starter! The fragrance opens with the powerful, woodsy plant, quickly chilling to black pepper and spicy cardamom.. And just when one thinks its aroma has come to a dramatic end, it slowly fades to ripe black cherries dipped in warm brown sugar. Like the official spirit of the Roaring ‘20s, Juniper Sling is not for the timid, but it’s perfect for those ready to unleash their wild side. Available at MiN New York and http://www.Penhaligons.com.

No season would be complete without a visit (or seven) to one of the most legendary addresses of Manhattan. Central Park West. One of the latest creations from Big Apple-based fragrance house Bond No. 9, Central Park West pays tribute to this grand neighborhood many socialites call home. While its packaging is all about ‘20s Art Deco architecture, its unisex aroma is modern and downright delicious. This scent is all about notes of woods and flora intertwining, such as pepper, powdery ylang-ylang, jasmine, and plenty of gardenia, just to name a few. It’s also so creamy that one would think a pinch of vanilla was added, though surprisingly, you won’t find this traditional gourmand note here. Use sparingly to have all eyes – and noses – on you, no matter what the season.. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue and http://www.BondNo9.com.

Dare to escape a hectic Manhattan morning at The Cloisters, a castle-like museum reminiscent of a European treasure. For this subway getaway, consider rocking Arquiste’s Infanta en Flor, a perfume inspired by temptress Maria Teresa, who lured Louis XIV of Spain with her signature scent: orange blossom water. Wonderfully romantic and feminine, Infanta en Flor is a shy medley of zesty orange blossom water, a hint of musky leather, and golden immortelle blossoms; additionally, inclusion of delicate baby powder notes impart a sense of cool. Available at Barneys New York and http://www.Arquiste.com.

Originally published September 2012
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