By Christine-Elizabeth Laprade

Perfumes are inherent to our DNA and help communicate our traits and personality to those we cross paths with. Every mood and so many intimate details can be expressed via sultry, leathery, floral, sweet, fresh, and uplifting zesty notes. Some unapologetically opt for unpretentious, single-note and enjoyable scents, whilst others go out of their way to make sure that their scent is exclusive and made of the most precious extracts meticulously selected by a world-renown perfumer.

We believe in colognes that make us happy. While perfume is an art form, the knowledge of perfumery, just like wine, can be deepened with time and interest. While every fragrance can serve a specific purpose or occasion, here are a few new launches that proved worthy of our interest and why.


Nomade by Chloe ($122/50ml)

The luxury label’s splendid new fragrance is both feminine and uplifting. Its fresh yet woody notes make it the quintessential spring eau de parfum. Being essentially a floral chypre composition, the fragrance boasts sweet notes of Mirabelle plum, earthy notes of fresh yet intense oak moss (which gives it a particular depth), and freesia. Needless to say, the elegant yet sleek design of the bottle is absolutely dashing. The floral scent lingers delicately and will appeal to wandering spirits and fashionistas alike. A definite favourite.

Wisteria Blue by NEST Fragrances ($98/50ml)

NEST Fragrances has a knack for super neat, highly appealing fragrant iterations, be it in the form of swanky candles, soaps, or diffusers. How many of you are familiar with their perfumes?

Their newest launch, a clean, floral-watery, ethereal eau de parfum, lives up to the hype of the luxury home and fine fragrances designer/manufacturer. The 11th eau de parfum was created with the Historic District in Charleston, S.C. in mind – a stroll the founder of NEST Fragrances, Laura Slatkin, recalls vividly: “I came across a home that was covered in wisteria blossoms in the most extraordinary shades of lavender, blue, and white; it was right then and there that I knew I had to create a wisteria fragrance.” The memorable saunter led to an aquatic perfume, the fruit of a collab with Givaudan senior perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux. Featuring notes of wisteria, jasmine, and Bulgarian rose, the bottle features artwork by Russian artist Alexander Solodukho. Wisteria Blue is available exclusively in-store and online at Sephora as both a 50mL eau de parfum spray and 8 ml eau de parfum rollerball ($36).

Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense by Chanel ($129/50ml)

A breathtaking, climactic iteration of Coco Mademoiselle, the Eau de Parfum Intense, developed by Chanel house perfumer Olivier Polge, celebrates the Chanel muse with a warm amber-oriental accord and a harmonious and sophisticated dose of patchouli for hedonistic, sensual results – the Chanel way. Those who aren’t wearing Chanel will dig it. Those who already bask in the French house’s leisurely divine notes will go bonkers as this new creation sets the senses abuzz. Olfactory stimulation is achieved and conquered thanks to a deep, luminous storyline, punctuated with Tonka bean and vanilla from Madagascar, orange, bergamot, rose, and jasmine. Beyond a doubt, Chanel’s most sensual fragrance to date. Dangerously heady. Bold personalities, take note!

Aura by Mugler ($115/50ml)

Mugler has some of the best-selling fragrances in the entire world. The extravagant French house that doesn’t do mediocre and likes to play up the occult, surprises us with its latest creation: Aura. With Aura, Mugler follows through with its iconically-shaped bottle tradition, reminiscent of an emerald sculpted and chiselled by an artist, which aims to pay homage to nature, and adorned by a metal “M”. This “M” is not necessarily for Mugler, but more for “aime” (pronounced “M” which translates to love in English), the Mystic of life, and Magic, claims Thierry Mugler. Best described as carnal, botanical, and oriental, the refillable eau de parfum is as singular as it is mesmerizing and downright intriguing. With a green aquatic heart, the scents evolve with each passing minute for a final touch of wild, raw femininity and addictive, singular doses of serene botanical ingredients such as bourbon vanilla, tiger liana, orange blossom, rhubarb leaf, and Wolfwood. The previous extracts might remind some of Jour d’Hermès, a kind of vegetal, fruity composition, whereas Aura is a bit smokier and woody, with prominent notes of orange blossom. Hailed as a game-changer in the “botanical” perfume industry. Body lotion and shower milk are also available.

Marc Cain Mysteriously 1, 2, and 3 by Marc Cain ($75/40ml each)

Beloved Berlin fashion designer Marc Cain recently launched his first trio of eau de parfum for women, Marc Cain Mysteriously 1, 2, and 3. Three dissimilar vibes, with three different women in mind (although each of them is identically strong, sensual, and elegant), and three totally separate sets of headnotes incarnate the voluntarily mysterious line. Marc Cain Mysteriously No. 1 is a fruity-oriental concoction with notes of Sicilian bergamot, vetiver, rose, and cinnamon. No. 2 will appeal to those yearning for oriental floral fragrances spiked with notes of bergamot, cinnamon, vanilla, and sandalwood, whereas No. 3 consists of an oriental woody/zesty concoction (top notes of incense, grapefruit, sandalwood, and Tonka beans).

Black Opium The New Glowing Eau de Toilette by Yves Saint Laurent ($99/50ml)

Fashionistas, rejoice! The YSL house keeps getting bigger. Essentially a zesty oriental, sweet, and floral composition with a black coffee accord, this scent is a fresh take on the original 2014 Black Opium fragrance and the 2015 Eau de Toilette. Described as “the new fizzing addiction,” Black Opium The New Glowing Eau de Toilette boasts notes of cedarwood patchouli, orange blossom, bergamot, Sambac jasmine, pear, musk, citrus, and coffee, counterbalanced by a sensual, woody base. Electrifying, luminous, and addictive, quite like the glittery three letters imprinted on the black bottle.

Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale by Guerlain ($119/50ml)

The new Mon Guerlain iteration by the eponymously famed French house parfumeur will set pulses racing this spring. The solar-floral-oriental scent is supremely intoxicating with its heady notes of Sambac jasmine, vanilla, peony, and Carla lavender. Essentially an ode to femininity (with no other than Angelina Jolie as its muse), it’s rendered in a contemporary yet timeless glass bottle, as airy, luminous, and uplifting as the first sunny days of the Equinox. Arguably the Spring/Summer version of the original Mon Guerlain fragrance, this floral perfume has essentially the same woody bases notes, only with enhanced floral notes.