There’s something about this summer that is causing us to shun the classics in favor of a new breed of fragrance that blends bold, unusual ingredients with unexpected inspirations – Greek mythology, Egyptian antiquities, and weeds included. So before you go stocking up on your signature scent, take a pause to shop Savoir Flair’s picks of the new perfumes that are not only olfactory delights, but will also bring something entirely new to your beauty routine.
Diptyque 'Eau De Minthé'
Thought mint was reserved solely for toothpaste and lemonade? Think again because Dipyque’s latest olfactory offering is the epitome of ‘minty fresh’. Inspired by the Greek myth of Minthé (who was transformed from nymph to mint plant by king of the underworld Hades), it’s a fresh floral perfect for a refreshing spritz on a hot summer’s day.
Notes of sharp, sweet mint – two unique species to be exact – enhance the floral geranium heart, while a woody base of patchouli adds depth and softness. We’re declaring mint this season’s must-have scent ingredient.
Transport yourself to the streets of Cairo with just a whiff of Penhaligon’s new perfume. Perfumer Christophe Raynaud was inspired by his travels to Egypt and the Louvre’s vast Egyptian Antiquities collection to create a scent that is reflective of the city’s rich history and diverse mix of cultures and traditions.
A melting pot of notes that takes you right to the heart of the Egyptian capital and its ancient spice trade route, ‘Cairo’ features spicy hints of saffron, exotic burning incense, decadent Damascan rose, sweet vanilla, aromatic cypriol, and sensual woods of Sri Lankan sandalwood and Atlas cedarwood. Just like its muse, the city of Cairo, it captures you instantly but develops to reveal deeper treasures – this is a fragrant journey like no other.
But if it’s the French Riviera you’re longing to visit, Chanel’s latest addition to its ‘Les Eaux de Chanel’ collection is just the ticket. Each scent is inspired by destinations dear to Gabrielle Chanel, and in the words of perfumer Olivier Polge, “‘Paris-Riviera’ is a floral and luminous fragrance that reflects the joyful, sunny spirit of the Côte d’Azur in the 1920s.”
Chanel loved driving through the winding streets of Monaco, strolling along the shore of Cannes, and frequenting the elegant bistros and stores of Saint-Tropez, where she built her ‘La Pausa’ holiday villa. A beautiful, sunny blend of jasmine, orange blossom, and neroli, this light, airy scent is a trip to the Mediterranean coast – sans plane ticket.
L'Occitane x Pierre Hermé 'Black Lemon'
French pastry chef and chocolatier Pierre Hermé might be best known for his delicious macarons and mouthwatering flavor combinations, but it turns out he makes some seriously addictive scents, too. Teaming up with L’Occitane, Hermé has created ’86 Champs’, an exclusive range of fragrances inspired by nature, creativity, and – of course – decadent ingredients. With six sumptuous scents to choose from, including the fruity and peppery ‘Blackcurrant Rhubarb’, the delicate and botanical ‘Raspberry & Matcha Green Tea’, and the spicy citrus ‘Black Lemon’, you’ll be left smelling good enough to eat. Literally.
L’Occitane x Pierre Hermé ‘Black Lemon’
Maison Margiela Replica 'Whispers in the Library'
Book worms, this one’s for you. The latest scent from Maison Margiela’s ‘Replica’ collection is inspired by none other than old libraries, full of paper steeped in history and the smell of waxed antique woodwork. A woody oriental, it opens with peppery notes and soft orange blossom before revealing a heart of cypriol and patchouli that perfectly captures the scent of a book’s pages. A warm, woody base of cedar, vetiver, vanilla, and tonka bean conjures up the feeling and fragrance of an ancestral library – this is one story we can’t wait to get our noses into.
Maison Margiela ‘Whispers in the Library’
Jo Malone 'Nettle & Wild Achillea Cologne'
Forget the usual summer florals because, this season, we’re swapping our petal-packed perfumes for one full of weeds – yes, weeds. Jo Malone’s limited edition ‘Wild Flowers & Weeds’ collection contains five unexpected scents inspired by the wild plants and unruly weeds that grow along the banks a winding river and, beautifully adorned bottles aside, they smell divine.
With ingredients such as wild achillea, nettle, willow, and hemlock, paired with more traditional notes of pepper, patchouli, bergamot, and cedarwood, they’re wonderfully wearable and light and bright – perfect for summer.