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Best New Fragrances of 2019 | Escentual.com

Best Fragrances of 2019

We asked 20 fragrance experts to trial 8 anonymous compositions, to find the best new fragrances of 2019! After testing each, their impartial reviews are ready for you to explore, and there are a few surprises in store! Ready to find your favourite?

Paco Rabanne Lady Million Empire Eau de Parfum Spray

A: Paco Rabanne Lady Million Empire

Imagine a sweeter, candy-like interpretation of the iconic Lady Million. That's what you get with Empire. Paco Rabanne has kept the sweet orange DNA of Lady Million, but it's the new addition of brandied berries and sticky plum that give Empire a perfume kingdom of its own.
£40.35 - £70.10

Best for: Sweetness

"A beautiful fruity floral that's incredibly feminine. Definitely a trigger for compliments!"

Samantha Scriven - Fragrance Blogger

"Nice vanilla floral which settles into a warm leather/tonka bean type of fragrance."

Sophie King - Fragrance Blogger

"A beautiful smell. A light and powerful but not too overpowering scent, perfect for everyday wear."

Lucy Mary Taylor - Beauty Blogger

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Montblanc Explorer Eau de Parfum Spray

B: Montblanc Explorer

Montblanc Explorer is a force to be reckoned with, and it’s all thanks to a rare ingredient line-up sourced from all over the world. Hot and cold, Explorer’s aromatic scent takes your senses on an expedition. Perfumers and travellers, Jordi Fernandez, Antoine Maisondieu and Olivier Pescheux each picked one signature note from their travels for this scent. Instantly, you can smell the bergamot from Italy, vetiver from Haiti and patchouli from Indonesia.
£28.05 - £61.20

Best for: Staying Power

"Sexy in an understated way. It has an addictive trail that I'd happily snuggle up to."

Sarah Binns - Fragrance Trainer

"The longevity was amazing. It reminds me of sitting by the fireplace in winter."

Lauren Sayles - Beauty Blogger

"This would make a very impressive signature scent. The notes are blended beautifully."

Carl Rodger - Fragrance Blogger

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Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Wood & Wood Eau de Parfum Intense Spray

C: Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Wood & Wood

Immediately, you can recognise the timeless and fresh L'Eau d'Issey DNA; then as Wood & Wood warms, you get hit with a dark cedar and cardamom concoction that is entirely different to anything that Issey Miyake has ever created for men. But, Wood & Wood doesn’t just appeal to males, females approve too; the sweet but spicy blend has converted us all at Escentual…
£43.35 - £60.35

Best for: Masculinity

"I love the freshness and the ease of wearing it - people commented on how lovely it is, and the scent holds for a long time."

Alice Smellie - Beauty Journalist

"There’s a strange deliciousness to this, warm skin, herbs, a smoothness. It’s sexy."

Louise Woollam - Beauty Blogger

"This is a very good scent which is woody, spicy and could be worn by anyone."

Daniel Naughton - Fragrance Blogger

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GUERLAIN Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Intense Spray

D: GUERLAIN Mon Guerlain Intense

Instantly, Mon Guerlain Intense makes you forget any of the other additions; the new composition is a deeper, bolder version of the original fresh-floral that we all know and love. An example of fine perfumery made available to the masses, the star notes of Tahitian vanilla and Carla lavender within this perfume reign supreme, making this scent more dominant and long-lasting than ever before.
£72.00 - £100.80

Best for: Quality

"It smells so damn good! There is a really beautiful ambery effect, it has a gourmand aspect, and is delicately floral - all the while it stays transparent and easy to wear."

Nick Gilbert - Fragrance Expert

"It smelled the highest quality, very classic style composition. It had an intoxicating and sensual nature. This scent by far had the best performance."

Chris Wilkinson - Fragrance Blogger

"A stand out so far, with it's depth and clarity of notes. A scent that I'd love my better half to wear."

Nick Hogan - Fragrance Blogger

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Diesel Spirit Of The Brave Eau de Toilette Spray

E: Diesel Spirit of the Brave

Everything you love about Diesel fragrances is only intensified with Spirit of The Brave. The rugged masculinity associated with the iconic fist fragrance is amplified with the freshness of herbs, and the warmth of oriental resins. For men who want to smell fresh, clean and most importantly, handsome, Spirit of the Brave is the ultimate signature.
£39.95 - £53.55

Best for: Freshness

"A fresh aquatic scent with a warm woody dry down. This would be good as an every day work scent."

Carl Rodger - Fragrance Blogger

"I cannot figure out if this is a perfume or aftershave! I think it's an aftershave but I would definitely wear it. It has some really unique notes to it, and it is quite a musky scent."

Jade Cascarina - Beauty Blogger

"Bright and clean are the words that come to mind initially, then when it had been on my skin a while it settled and became more creamy and musky."

Meg Says - Beauty Blogger

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Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Rose & Rose Eau de Parfum Intense Spray

F: Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Rose & Rose

Your winner is… Issey Miyake Rose & Rose! This breakthrough perfume banishes every preconception about boring rose scents. Sweet like strawberry jam and feminine and fun to wear; it sparks joy. Notes of Bulgarian rose, famed for its luxurious aroma, and Centifolia rose bring a delicious sweetness. However, it's the sharp raspberry nuances, and silky cashmere base that make Rose & Rose an expert-approved scent.
£34.85 - £67.15

Best for: Vibrance

"The most tart, sticky and juicy of fruity, jammy roses. Like rose jam dolloped on to warm skin. Beautiful, translucent modern chypre effect underneath. Love at first sniff."

Thomas Dunckley - Fragrance Expert

"Innocuous rose-leather (perhaps even trying to play the oud card?) with aquatic, lychee notes. Simplistic, but with sufficient optimism to make it pleasantly wearable."

Persolaise - Fragrance Expert

"Chypre perfumes make me happy, and this one is beautifully made in a very contemporary way that will definitely make us redefine the term. Bright, positive and with a feel good character. An absolute winner!"

Maria Angelidou - Fragrance Blogger

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KENZO WORLD POWER Eau de Parfum Spray

G: KENZO WORLD POWER

You’re going to want to pay close attention to Kenzo World Power’s bottle and aroma; it’s more than just a fragrance, it’s an attitude; we’ll call it a high-end fashion statement too. For Power, heavy florals are out, and voluptuous creamy facets are in. This sassy scent showcases the unique and magnetic side of femininity with glistening sea salt crystals that glow and attract the addictive tonka bean base, which lingers all day long.
£39.10 - £55.67

Best for: Fruitiness

"This has all the hallmarks of a great fragrance. It's distinctive without being overpowering, the notes create a beautiful symphony together, it elicited a flood of compliments when I wore it, and it has great staying power. I would happily wear this every day."

Katie Wright - Beauty Journalist

"Coconut rum! This was my first impression as the fragrance starts off with the "booziest" note; however, it soon turns into a spiked creamy sandalwood with wafts of violets coming through. The dry down is equally smooth with just enough sweetness that complements the creaminess of the sandalwood and lingers on the skin for hours."

Maria Angelidou - Fragrance Blogger

"Very sensual but quite serious and heady, like the scent of flowers rising at dusk, and a spicy, exotic feel."

Alice Smellie - Beauty Journalist

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Jimmy Choo Urban Hero Eau de Parfum Spray

H: Jimmy Choo Urban Hero

Guaranteed to invigorate your style and mood, Jimmy Choo Urban Hero is the epitome of clean-cut fragrance tailoring for men. Athleisure, but in fragrance form, the unusual, but sexy note of grey amber is what gives this scent a street-style edge. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a smart suit paired with fresh white trainers - suave is an understatement!
£28.05 - £59.50

Best for: Everyday

"A masculine scent with character. Easy to wear, but has depth with a juniper note, and interesting green elements."

Nick Hogan - Fragrance Blogger

"Fascinating and strange. It opens with the fresh, seaweed feel of Nori and is underpinned by something dark and smoky. Both intriguing and terrifying."

Nick Gilbert - Fragrance Expert

"My first impression was a little bit shocked, as I smelled a very realistic ocean note. Quickly it becomes very smooth and handsome, and I think a man could wear it anywhere."

Thomas Dunckley - Fragrance Expert

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