The perfume industry is the city that never sleeps, and every day, there is always exciting newness to get one’s nose on. At Escentual, we like to keep you fully up to date with the latest launches and trends. So this week, we’re diving into some need-to-know-about launches that will get your noses all excited. We have intense and lighter Eau de Toilette versions of iconic fragrances a-plenty, hand-picked by our in-house experts.
#1 Angel EDT
Let’s start with something familiar – and it’s safe to say that we’re all very aware of Mugler’s iconic Angel at this point. Angel is not everyone’s cup of tea, or gigantic vanilla cake topped with caramel, berries and chocolate sprinkles, either. It’s a divisive scent that one either loves or hates. But the new Eau de Toilette version feels like it treads the middle ground; it’s a more approachable, affable Angel. Amping up Angel’s fruity notes, the Eau de Toilette is awash with juicy berries in a sweet, sugary sorbet accord that melts into an airier, muskier version of Angel’s heavenly dance of patchouli and vanilla. It’s delicious but perhaps filled with fewer calories than the original.
The new Angel EDT is exactly what an Eau de Toilette interpretation of Angel should be: fresh, fruity and fun, fun, fun.
#2 KENZO World Power
The first thing I should tell you is about this perfume is that it’s a flanker to the iconic 2016 Kenzo World; you know, that fragrance that had a woman jiving in the ad, or dance video even. What I’d prefer to say to you, however, is that this scent deserves its own spotlight because it’s so different from the original. That’s right; I think Power is better than its predecessor and I’m not afraid to say it.
World Power is my kind of perfume; actually, it’s everyone’s kind of scent. Inspired by being yourself, it marries sweet and salty notes to create something delicious that isn’t at all a sickly gourmand. Instead, it feels bright, creamy and at times a little masculine with fresh facets of cypress trickling through as it settles on the skin.
Find out more about the original KENZO WORLD story.
#3 L’Eau d’Issey Rose & Rose
Rose fragrances are at the pulse of fragrance trends right now; according to Google, either everyone wants one, or wants a new one. After working with perfume for over 12 years, I’ve experienced my fair share of floral aromas: soapy, jammy and musky, and there’s only one type of rosy fragrance I’m drawn towards, and that’s a fruity rose. L’Eau d’Issey Rose & Rose is not to be mistaken with an old fashioned heady scent. It’s a contemporary take on a classic fragrance note that both rose and non-rose fragrance fans will enjoy wearing.
Discover our favourite pink rose fragrances here.
#4 Rose Goldea Blossom
First up, can we can talk about this bottle? That beautiful shade of baby pink, the jade-coloured collar? Ugh, it’s so beautiful! Luckily, the fragrance is on par with the vessel that carries it. Which is to be expected with BVLGARI because whatever they do, one can always guarantee that it is going to be exceptional. Rose Goldea Blossom Delight is an essay in rose, painting a picture of a single bloom captured at dawn. It’s fresh, dewy and delicate, almost as if touching the petals would damage them. Lily of the valley and musk bring a soft breeze into play that feels like it’s carrying droplets of rose water on the air.
Rose Goldea Blossom Delight is a watercolour rather than an oil painting – all soft colours and watery tones. It’s a beautiful image of roses in summer served in a contemporary style.
#5 Elie Saab Royal
It would be wrong to miss Elie Saab Le Parfum Royal from this list. It’s the new scent of royalty after all. A bold and sophisticated chypre scent, Royal isn’t for the faint-hearted. It’s a perfume you’d wear to get noticed with creamy vanilla, and bright neroli at the heart of its composition.
Le Parfum Royal is a show-stopper I will tell you that, and although beautiful when first spritzed the magic, for me, happens much later on. After a few hours, I could smell citrus-fuelled vanilla warming up on my skin, and it made me instantly think of my last holiday.
#6 Scandal A Paris
It’s no surprise that the cheeky Jean Paul Gaultier – L’Enfant terrible of French fashion – has not one, not two, but now three fragrances bearing the name “Scandal”. After all, he is quite risqué, personality and fashion-wise. Gaultier has always been about drama and fun. There is a theatrical element to everything he has done, and this new version of Scandal, a dazzling ode to the city of Paris, is no exception. Lighter and more summer-appropriate than Gaultier’s other Scandals (he’s had a few, the scandalous gent), Scandal a Paris boasts a delicate jasmine heart dripping in sweet honey, with dewy pear bringing the freshness.
Don’t get me wrong; this is still a sugary sweet blast of floral honey that is going to cause a riot when you wear, it’s just a bit more shimmery and light!