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We’re hanging on to these last precious days of summer but can’t resist the urge to start fall fragrance shopping. Here a trio of scent trends to try if you’re looking for the new and note-worthy.
TREND: THE DARK ROSE
Our infatuation with dark magic- and fantasy-inspired television shows and movies such as Witches of East End, Constantine and Dracula Untold continues. What better symbol to portray seduction, drama, mysticism and ever-lasting love, which now includes the reincarnate, than the rose? Its scent is intoxicating, its touch is velvety and rich, and its thorns piercing.
Key notes: Rose, patchouli, white flowers, black and white cedar, vanilla. Emotional character: Intense.
Inspiration: Narciso Rodriguez, Narciso EDP, $106 (50 ml), www.narcisorodriguez.com, at Hudson’s Bay www.thebay.com; and Jean Paul Gaultier, Classique Intense EDP, $107 (50 ml), www.jeanpaulgaultier.com, at Shoppers Drug Mart www.shoppersdrugmart.ca
TREND: BERRY EXPRESSIVE
The YOLO buzz. (FYI for you non-pop-culture watchers out there, that’s “You only live once.”) For months, everyone’s been talking about seeking deeper connections, taking chances and looking for purpose. It’s the preferred lifestyle choice, perpetuated through multimedia: Russell Simons’ bestselling Success Through Stillness, Oprah Winfrey’s top-rated series Super Soul Sunday and YouTube’s multi-viewed Martin Dionne video, Live Your Dream. And it all aligns perfectly with the berry. Renowned in perfumery for its depth, texture, complexity and creative expression, dark, rich, plump and juicy berries add a sweet-smelling layer that is seemingly, ever evolving. This is not your garden-variety, one-dimensional fruit.
Key notes: Blackberry, raspberry, black currant. Emotional character: Layered.
Inspiration: Lancôme, La Vie Est Belle L’Absolu de Parfum EDP, $135 (40 ml), www.lancome.ca; exclusively at Hudson’s Bay www.thebay.com; and Vera Wang, Princess Power EDP, $49 (30 ml), www.verawang.com; exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart www.shoppersdrugmart.ca
TREND: BOTTLED SERVICE
The new mixed-drink delivery method. A tradition that lost ground during Prohibition, high-end bottled cocktails have been slowly creeping back into style since former Housewives star Bethenny Frankel mix-mastered Skinnygirl Margaritas. Since then, the trend has extended to London’ A-list-only restaurant Chotto Matte’s apothecary-style licorice negronis, celebrity mixologists’ cocktail labs and the American over-the-counter Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye Cooper Spirits. Driven by quality control, convenience and the growing popularity of aging mixed drinks in barrels, it’s only natural that perfumery has followed suit.
Key notes: Whiskey, rum, gin. Emotional character: Sophisticated.
Inspiration: Commodity, Whiskey EDP, $108 (100 ml) www.commodity.com; and Tokyomilk, Gin & Rosewater No.12 EDT, $30 (29.5 ml), www.tokyo-milk.com
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