These are some newly launched luxury fragrances that are light and airy with floral or citrusy tones, yet full of character with musky notes. Crafted by some of the most skilled olfactory noses, they are one-of-a-kind and poignant for the last days of summer.
Acqua di Parma Zafferano
Launched this month, to spice up your fragrance choices, Acqua di Parma’s new Zafferano scent, a part of their Signatures of the Sun line is exotic to say the least. With orange blossom and jasmine sambac essential oils, along with woody tones of amber and vanilla, and saffron- yes, the spice used in cooking, it’s a bridge between East and West.
3.4 oz | Available at AcquadiParma.com
Cartier Pasha Noir Absolu
There’s something exotic about the black bottle that the new Cartier Pasha Noir Absolu fragrance is housed in, which is refillable and an eco-friendly touch. Made in France it’s available at SaksFifthAvenue.com and an ode to the blue cabochon, an inspiration to Cartier’s watchmaking icon. The fragrance is likened to burning wood and caramelized sugar, effects that are a challenge to fit into a bottle.
$138 | 3.4 oz
Acqua di Parma Arancia la Spugnatura
The total opposite of Zafferano is the sunny, lemony, Sicilian orange, and mandarin notes of Acqua di Parma’s Arancia la Spugnatura, a limited-edition creation. The citrus tones are contrasted with bitter almond and black pepper, which elevate the texture of the fragrance. Cedar wood and musk make for a strong base of the fragrance. Created by parfumier Francois Demachy, it’s housed in the quintessentially shaped Acqua di Parma bottle, but in a porcelain bottle.
$235 | 3.4 oz | Available at NeimanMarcus.com
Parfums de Marly Valaya
Launched this year, Valaya is all things floral, musky, and woody rolled into one. Inspired by the 18th century and the fact that women wore layered cotton. The layer of a woman’s petticoat closest to their skin was known as, “le secret,” so French perfume brand Parfums de Marly sought to incorporate a secret ingredient in this fragrance. Composed with top notes of Bergamot, mandarin, and white peach, heart notes of orange flower, mahonial, nympheal, and vetiver, and base notes of akigalawood, ambrofix, and vanilla. “This new launch highlights the duality of the brand as fresh but sensual, delicate but diffusive and contemporary while still evoking universal sensation and an essential vision of femininity,” shares the brand in collection notes.
$355 | 75mL
This made in France eau de parfum launched this month is quite strong but not overbearing when you first spray it. As the hours pass it sweetens on the skin where the Jasmine notes purge through. It’s woody in essence gets its strength from Nepalese sandalwood, sage, bitter orange petit grain natural oil, and jasmine essence. Created by perfumer Emilie Bouge, it is inspired by oriental philosophies and their purification rituals that were based on wisdom.
$240 | 100 mL | available at trudon.com
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540
Named for the French luxury house of fine crystals Baccarat, and its 250th anniversary, it is an eau de parfum that is a part of the amber, woody, and floral family. Its top notes contain jasmine and saffron, while the middle notes include ambergris accord, and the base notes are comprised for cedar accord and fir balsam. It’s a classic and sought-after scent that is so unique it will make you turn around and inquire of the wearer asking, “who makes what you’re wearing?” The 540 comes from the metamorphosis of crystal when exposed and brought to fusion with 24-carat gold powder at 540°, giving a scarlet hue. Housed in the Maison Francis Kurkdjian signature bottle, it’s one-of-a-kind and should be on every person’s dresser.
$325 | 2.4 fl. oz. | Available at franciskurkdjian.com