Clear out your collection of eau de toilettes and get ready for what could be a scent revolution. With fragrance lovers seeking out more natural ways to smell their best, there’s been a gradual move away from alcohol-based sprays and a resurgent interest in cream and solid-based perfumes, or so The Cream Perfume Company would like us to believe. The brand, known for its Nuts line of perfume solids (which come cleverly packaged in the center of a hollowed-out nutshell), might actually be preaching the truth, however. As the ink dries on its freshly signed contract with Sephora, the niche California-based company is about to go big with its custom-designed French fragrances concentrated at 20 percent and carried by sweet almond oil and beeswax. Due at the beauty retail giant in January, the future of fragrance looks solid.
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Salacious makeout scenes and girl fights aren’t the only things you should tune in for on tonight’s episode of Gossip Girl: The CW show will also host the debut of Sofia Coppola’s new commercial for Miss Dior Cherie, the luxury brand’s classic couture scent designed for the slightly younger crowd. Marking the director’s first-ever collaboration with the French house, Coppola’s um, cinemercial features model Maryna Linchuk (who also stars in the fragrance’s print campaign) during a playful romp through the streets of Paris and an impromptu fitting at the Dior atelier, all set to Brigitte Bardot’s, “Moi, Je Joue.” Much like the fragrance itself, the whole thing reeks of strawberry leaves, violet, and pink jasmine. (Success).
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Even if you’re a hater of all things patchouli, Serge Lutens’ Borneo 1834—a fragrance very much rooted in the earthy note of hippie-loving fame—is worth a sniff. The scent, which was released as part of the perfumeur’s exclusive collection three years ago at his flagship store on the Palais Royal, just made its way stateside in time for the holiday season and, like his other choice offerings, bears all the marks of the scent artist’s expert craftsmanship: Signature rectangular bottle with brushed-aluminum circular cap, check. Well-arranged accords of floral notes, galbanum, chocolate, and moss to compliment an Indonesian patchouli base, check. A good conceptual backstory to lay the framework for the fragrance, check. Here it is: Borneo 1834 materialized out of Lutens’ vision of the smell of silk rolls on Southeast Asian trade ships as they were being unloaded into nineteenth-century Paris—a far cry from the images of dreadlocked Birkenstock wearers that plain old patchouli usually evokes.
Serge Lutens’ Borneo 1834, $140, available exclusively at Barneys New York.
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Feeling up to eight years younger is as easy as a few spritzes of Ageless Fantasy, or so fragrance manufacturer Harvey Prince and Co. is hoping you’ll believe when its new “smart scent” goes national with a televised QVC debut on November 15. The perfume, which launched at a few drugstores in New York this summer, was created under the pretext that smells can trigger some kind of antiaging reflex just as easily as they have the ability to create a sense of calm or excitement. Ageless Fantasy is thus heavy on the grapefruit, a smell that’s believed to have the opposite biochemical effect of rose, which focus studies and the entire fragrance industry have deemed “the scent of old ladies.” The patent-pending elixir also boasts hints of jasmine, musk, mango, and pomegranate, as apparently, tropical flavors have been known to bring on a feeling of comfort often associated with positive childhood memories. There’s already a wait list for the pink bottle at Harvey Nichols, according to London’s the Daily Mail, which also reports that the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago has been working on a spicy floral fragrance that makes men see women as up to 12 pounds lighter, as well as a eucalyptus, camphor, and menthol combo that supposedly increases empathy. (Truth serums and love potions are no doubt also in the works.)
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Fans of Viktor & Rolf’s addictively explosive perfume—packed with a mixed bouquet of jasmine, orchid, rose, and other floral favorites layered over a backdrop of patchouli—will be excited to know that there will be more than a few get-while-the-getting’s-good, limited-edition offerings of the fragrance to keep you in stock this holiday season. Differently sized box sets (lined with the design duo’s pink harlequin diamond pattern) will include an assortment of eau de toilette sprays, shower gels, body crèmes, and lotions—all boasting traces of the fragrance in varying degrees of intensity. The pièce de résistance in the collection, however, as far as we’re concerned, is the eau de parfum spray that comes in a silver sparkle bottle, which has keepsake written all over it. Add it to the shrine-building section you’ve currently got going in your medicine cabinet and remember to spritz often.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Extreme Limited-Edition eau de parfum spray, $135, will be available at select Nordstrom and Saks locations in November.
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