Intrigue reigns in this season’s lineup, featuring sensual, complex scents
Words by CAROLINE CAGNEY
Serge Lutens La Couche Du Diable
Not for the faint of heart, this full-bodied scent will transport you to a souk in Marrakech with accords of intoxicating, smoky oud and resins that roll into a creamy jam and rose finish with a depth and sexiness that will work some magic on your next date night. $230/100 ml, Serge Lutens.
Byredo Slow Dance
For his latest scent, Stockholm-based creator Ben Gorham was influenced by memories of high school awkwardness and “that moment in time before the threshold of adulthood is passed.” The warm, sticky-sweet blend opens with a heart of labdanum laced with myrrh and geranium, and is anchored by a delicate base of vanilla and patchouli — radiating a nostalgic, moody vibe. $260/100 ml, Byredo.
Heretic Dirty Violet
Created by L.A.-based natural perfumer (and Goop collaborator) Douglas Little, Dirty Violet is an unexpected, elegant floral scent with a modern earthiness that features violet leaf and jasmine sambac enveloped in a Turkish rose, patchouli-orris embrace for a textured fusion that is powdery, floral and woodsy all at once — an artistic feat. $95/30 ml, Heretic.
Memo Paris Oriental Leather
Do you favor spicy scents over squeaky-clean florals? Then this one’s for you. A spritz of Oriental Leather conjures up images of Omar’s Wahabi golden desert, encompassing a deeply rich blend of anise seed, cinnamon and leather with just a hint of fresh lavender. $295/75 ml, Memo Paris.
Henry Rose Dark Is Night
Fans of Michelle Pfeiffer’s line Henry Rose can now find the five nontoxic scents in convenient roll-on applicators, perfect for traveling. Our favorite: Dark Is Night, a sultry infusion of vanilla bean and patchouli that is destined for heavy rotation. $120/50 ml, Henry Rose.
Esteemed London-born, Paris-based perfumery The House of Creed has introduced Aventus Cologne, a fresh, unisex take on the original bestselling Aventus, which launched nearly 10 years ago. First, you experience a sharp hit of vetiver, then sparkling notes of mandarin are rounded out by Indian sandalwood, musk and tonka bean for a sophisticated impression that is equal parts uplifting and inspiring. $435/100 ml, The House of Creed.
Feature image: Photo by Annie Spratt/Unsplash.
Nov. 5, 2019
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