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Friday 29 April 2016

Ten best perfumes

Published 16/03/2013

<b>Michael Kors</b?
Very Hollywood's flashy bottle and gold stopper have a distinctive whiff of old school glamour about them, as does the fragrance itself. It's like a sparkling starlet, with notes of mandarin, gardenia & raspberry giving way to a luxurious base of amber and vetiver. Who said glamour was dead? <b>Price </b>£46.98 veryhollywood.com
Michael KorsPrice £46.98 veryhollywood.com
Chanel Beige is the twelfth in the Les Exclusifs de Chanel series of fragrances originally composed by Ernest Beaux, but reinvented by Jacques Polge for the modern woman. It's a subtle mix of frangipani, lily, heliotrope and ylang ylang mixed with a generous helping of sweet honey. And you'll have a seriously chic 200ml bottle to flaunt on your dressing table. Price £160 chanel.com
Issey Miyake This simple etched glass bottle will appeal to all you design snobs out there, as will the thoroughly modern A Scent. The name and its play onwords perfectly captures this ethereal, elusive fragrance that subtly references L'Eau d'Issey without copying it. Hyacinth, verbena & jasmine combine with cutting edge fragrance technology to produce a modern, unisex scent.
Jo Malone Vanilla and Anise Cologne is the latest offering from the Jo Malone stable, and is perfect for warming up the winter months. Although it sounds like an odd combination, the sweetness of the Madagascan Vanilla is suitably tempered by the spiciness of the Star Anise, and as it is produced and sold as a cologne, the effect still manages to be light and fresh. Feminine but not cloying. Price £64 jomalone.co.uk
Miller Harris Fleurs de Bois was launched earlier this year, and will appeal to those of you that prefer clean, uplifting scents to heavy perfumes. Inspired by a walk through Regents Park, it initially exudes grass and rosemary before giving way to English garden flavours of rose and iris. The etched glass bottle and the zingy absinthe packaging are stunning. Price £55 millerharris.com
Prada The latest addition to their Classic range, L'Eau Ambrée joins Prada's ever popular Amber, Amber Intense and Amber pour Homme fragrances. This version lays more emphasis on may rose making it a lighter, fresher offering, but no less sensuous or covetable. The modern bottle comes complete with a stylish black atomiser. Price £46.48 debenhams.com
Lancôme Hypnôse Senses is a feminine fragrance that will appeal to those who like sugary scents. The sweetness of the apricot and osmanthus is cut through with pink peppercorn and mandarin which gives it zing, while patchouli and tonka beans add warmth. The twisted, curvaceous glass bottle also hints at seduction, making this an attractive addition to the popular Hypnôse range. Price£29 lancome.co.uk
Estée Lauder Private Collection Estée Lauder herself started to create this perfume before she died; it was found in the vaults and dusted off by her granddaughter Aerin, who has cleverly recreated it in Jasmin White Moss. Top notes of Jasmine combine with earthier moss and wood in this classic and timeless scent. Price £220 estéelauder.co.uk
Alberta Ferretti Her legions of fans will be pleased to hear that Italian designer Alberta Ferretti has created her first perfume, and very lovely it is too. Freesia and sweet pea inject glitz, and patchouli warms things up. The fragrance mirrors her feminine designs perfectly, as does the bottle. Price £35 selfridges.co.uk

Chosen by Beth Dadswell



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