Sunday 18 February 2018

Scents hit both high and low notes

Library photo. Getty Images.
Library photo. Getty Images.
Rowena Walsh

Rowena Walsh

The latest perfume releases reviewed.

Estee Lauder Lauder Sensuous Noir

Just arrived on the shelves, this is a woody floral perfume (€46) with notes of purple rose, jasmine and black pepper.

My initial impression of this scent, with its citrus top notes, was that it was overwhelmingly sweet.

The heaviness made it seem old-fashioned -- and not in a good way -- particularly when compared to the earlier product, the younger, fresher and lighter Estee Lauder Sensuous.

All in all, it's a disappointing scent from the company responsible for such unforgettable perfumes as Bronze Goddess.

Roger & Gallet Cedrat

Napoleon was a great fan of Roger and Gallet and apparently had a special R&G fragrance flask fitted to his boot. But the famous perfumer has moved on since those musky days and its latest scent (€39) is light and fresh.

The refreshing mix of lemon and mint says summer all over, but don't let that stop you using this little gem well into the autumn.

It's just the thing for your autumn/winter boot flask!

Tom Ford Azure Lime Eau de Parfum

What to make of Tom Ford's new fragrance? With its masculine, angular brown-and-gold bottle, the latest scent (€140) in the designer's exclusive Private Blend collection certainly looks like men's aftershave.

One spritz later, and it certainly smells like a man's scent. But it is, apparently, designed to be unisex, a fact confirmed by the assistant at the Tom Ford counter in Brown Thomas.

"We didn't want anyone to feel left out," she explains. And after leaving the scent on your skin for a few minutes, it all begins to make sense.

After its initial, a little-too-blokeish musk punch, it softens into a seductive citrusy, woody scent that will appeal to both sexes.

Ford wanted the summery scent to evoke the paradise holiday island of Mustique.

If that's what Mustique smells like, I'd like to go please.

Irish Independent

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