Swap a classic perfume for something fresh this fall

Swap a classic perfume for something fresh this fall

Love your tried-and-true scents, but here’s to flirting with the bright young things on the fall fragrance scene


We are proud supporters of classic perfumes. For some perfume fans, they represent an ode to vintage excellence; consider Jean Patou’s Joy, deemed the most expensive parfum in 1929 thanks to its reported concentration of 10,600 jasmine flowers and 28 dozen roses. Others believe a classic perfume must have staying power, like Guerlain’s Shalimar; its exotic spicy blend has remained a staple on department store shelves since 1925.

This is not to say however that one shouldn’t flirt with the new while keeping one’s tried-and-true classic in its rightful place on the dressing table. After all, classic perfumes have survived not only because they keep us coming back for more, but because they often inspire new and exciting generations to follow in their fragrant footsteps.

Update your classic floral perfume with a flower-power scent 

The most romantic and popular of perfumes, floral scents are perceived often as the very definition of femininity. And truth be told, there exists an exhilarating variety of bouquets to please every type of flower lover out there. Legendary floral perfumes include Christian Dior Diorissimo from 1954: a liquid incarnation of the lily of the valley. There’s also the ethereal garden that is Nina Ricci L’Air du Temp of 1948, and of course Chanel No. 5, with its iconic blend of jasmine, lily of the valley and rose. Love them all?

The new fall season is the perfect moment to try a new floral scent. Blooming alongside these perfume icons are Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever with its heart note of wisteria along with blackberry and white wood; and the light-hearted rose-and-grapefruit-laced Pink Print from Nicki Minaj. Why not have a little fun with your perfume, after all?
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever EDP, $95 (50 ml); and Nicki Minaj Pink Print, both at Shoppers Drug Mart. www.shakeupyourmakeup.ca

YvesSaintLauren_BlackOpium_2015Switch up your classic Oriental perfume with a sultry, spicy spritz

While some credit Guerlain’s Jicky of 1889 for launching this exotic and spicy perfume category, Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium is perhaps the more widely known Oriental. It rocked the airwaves when it launched in 1977. Opium’s sultry character, evocative name and controversial ad campaigns have put this scent firmly on the perfume map: Remember the original and nude Saint Laurent ad? Or Sophie Dahl in black stilettos and not much else in the ads of 2000? All has made the French perfume a cult favourite for almost four decades. Joining its ranks today is a gourmand-floral spin on the original called YSL Black Opium. There’s also Calvin Klein’s fruity-floral Oriental Euphoria Essence on shelves this fall, and the floriental Diesel Loverdose Tattoo; both are meant to whet the appetite of the spice lover.
YSL Black Opium EDP; Calvin Klein Euphoria Essence EDP, $100 (100 ml); and Diesel Loverdose Tattoo EDP; all Shoppers Drug Mart. www.shakeupyourmakeup.ca

Trade your classic gourmand perfume for a sweet new toilette

Fashion designer and perfume powerhouse Thierry Mugler forever changed the landscape of scent in 1992 with his good-enough-to-eat smelling perfume, Angel. Its cotton candy composition and come-hither quality broke the mould and launched, what is today, a tidal wave of mouth-watering spritzes overflowing with notes of juicy berries, gooey chocolate and sugary candy. This season offers up a range of new mouth-watering perfumes to sate your sugar craving.

Gourmand perfumes are often labelled as luscious, addictive and delectable. Popstar-turned-perfumer Ariana Grande added like “like a dream,” to this list of descriptors when describing her debut scent, Ari, a pretty fresh spritz with notes of flowers, fruit, marshmallow and musk. Similarly targeted to the dessert lover, is the new spritz from One Direction Between Us. Its recipe: juicy apricot and mandarin; rich floral notes of jasmine, freesia and gardenia; and sexy vanilla, patchouli, amber and candied sugar. Delicious.
Ariana Grande; and One Direction Between Us EDP, $40 (50 ml); both Shoppers Drug Mart. www.shakeupyourmakeup.ca

1618150_fpxRefresh your Classic citrus perfume routine with a zesty new name

Clean, green and more often than not with a tart twist of lemon or lime, this category is famous for its fresh and sheer presence. Originally associated with traditional colognes—Acqua di Parma’s 1916 Colonia and Roger & Gallet’s 1806 Jean Marie Farina Extra Vieille—this predominantly unisex category took a zesty turn in 1994 with the sexually ambiguous Calvin Klein CK One. Since then, we can’t get enough of fresh perfumes and thankfully, neither can perfumers. Want a new citrus to spark up your fall season? Michael Kors Sporty Citrus, with its orange and mandarin topnotes, white floral essences and creamy warm woods, is just the ticket for a fall scent switch up.
Michael Kors Sporty Citrus EDP, Shoppers Drug Mart. www.shakeupyourmakeup.ca

New season, new scent: Time to try a new aromatic perfume

Chock full of herbs and plants, and referred to as an herbaceous scent or as a fougère (fern), this fragrance category was once thought to be exclusively masculine. Ultra-feminine toilettes like Clinique’s 1971 Aromatics Elixir and Clarins’ 2010 Eau de Jardins, with its floral and mossy chypre characteristics, changed all that. Why? Because as Paul Parquet, the perfumer of Penhaligon’s 1882 Houbigant reportedly said, “when you wear a fougère, you are connecting to a tradition of olfactory greatness.”

We couldn’t agree more.

We think Hugo Boss Woman would appeal to lovers of classic aromatic perfumes. In fact, this scent crosses boundaries: It charms with flowers and fruit—iris with boysenberry and mandarin—not to mention original and rich black tea and herbaceous Himalayan grass notes.
Hugo Boss Woman EDP, $75 (50 ml); at Shoppers Drug Mart. www.shakeupyourmakeup.ca

So whether you’re dev0ted to a classic perfume or not—and we kinda hope you are—we understand the need to stray. Variety is the spice of life after all. And what’s the harm in flirting with a new-to-the-scene, bright young thing?

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Adriana Ermter is an award-winning writer and editor. The former beauty director for FASHION magazine and editor-in-chief of Salon and of Childview magazines is a monthly columnist for Among Men Mag and has hosted beauty videos for fashionmagazine.com and contributed to Men’s FASHION, Chatelaine and chatelaine.com, Flare and flare.com, Huffington Post Canada, National Post, thekit.ca and iVillage.ca. She lives in Toronto with her very spoiled feline, Trixie-Belle, and a fantastically large perfume collection.