The iconic French perfume house, Caron, released L’Eau Pure with its companion L’Eau Cologne, together a modernized duo of the former Eaux De Caron collection. Founded in 1904 by Ernest Daltroff, Caron is one of the legacy Paris houses entirely devoted to fragrances immortalized by its classic Narcisse Noir (1911); it’s also one to still use an in-house nose. Master Perfumer Richard Fraysse has invoked Caron’s classic nostalgia with modern sensibility in L’Eau Pure. It’s an inviting, aromatic, and gender-neutral fragrance for all occasions.
This fragrance includes a zest of lime, bergamot, and marine accords. Warmth is added with nutmeg and coriander grounded in guaiac wood and cedar. It evokes a late summer/early fall light walk by the sea at dusk — beachy, but only a hint like a sea spritz.
Exclusively available at Lord & Taylor NYC and LordandTaylor.com.
Acqua di Parma, a vintage Italian lifestyle company, has also been busy now celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Founded in 1916, in addition to producing haute fragrances, Acqua di Parma manufactures candles, bathrobes, and leather accessories exclusively made in Italy. Evoking a sunny Italian seascape is Cedro di Taormina, the youngest scent in Acqua di Parma’s Blu Mediterraneo fragrance line, an outfit of six fragrances each symbolic of exclusive hideaways in the Italian Mediterranean.
Taormina is sleepy town and sunbaked commune on the east coast of Sicily. In fact, it became a quiet resort beginning in the 19th century hosting celebrities such as Oscar Wilde, Nicholas I of Russia, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Friedrich Nietzsche where he wrote his seminal Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
The scent introduces the timeless enclave with a nose of citron, petit grain, and aromatic basil. Black pepper and lavender open up the majestic landscape settling into the volcanic hillsides with cistus labdanum, vetiver, and Virginia Cedarwood. Its sillage carries an equal legacy, a fragrance to inspire even the surliest philosopher.
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John Varvatos’ latest inspiration, Artisan Blu, is a restoration of the limited released Artisan Acqua—which is a flanker of Artisan. The sophistication of Artisan’s pulpy character is thoroughly present within a rich marine life. Most fragrances featuring citrus profiles are too top heavy, a mishandled fruity grenade. Although the “tropics” of Artisan could stand alone, Blu enriches them with a deeper presence. Bergamot, lavender, basil, bitter orange, and chayote slowly draw you in without over-sweetening the pot. You gently sink into its heart of geranium, palmarosa, iris, orange blossom absolute, and clary sage like soft sand. And its earth of cedar, patchouli, pine, resin from pistachio, and tamarisk wood maroons you.
Artisan Blu’s signature flacon conjures a blue makeshift hammock as you pull your skiff onto the beach of a secret Mediterranean eden.
Exclusively available at Nordstrom.com and Johnvarvatos.com.
The recently launched Polo Ralph Lauren Blue Eau de Parfum is a maturation of Polo Ralph Lauren Blue. Carlos Benaim, the nose behind both fragrances, deepened the original Blue with more base as he lopped off the sweeter accords. Blue parfum is the latest release of Polo’s campaign to elbow its way into the luxury perfume space. The earlier introduction of the autumn duo Supreme Oud and Leather deserves the cachet, as Blue completes the spring and summer seasons, only this time, a little a wiser in the sun. The nose of bergamot, cardamom, and sea notes isn’t as aggressive, tempering itself into its heart of oris, basil, verbena, and clary sage. The fragrance finds grounding in vetiver, suede, patchouli, and woodsy notes. The original Blue is a snorkeling trip off a Cancun beach; Blue parfum is an adventure on the Pacific coast of Patagonia. The modestly elegant deep blue and silver bottle exhibits poise and a vivid inner life.