52 Fragrances and How to Think About Them

Black Opium Eau de Parfum (2014), Yves Saint LaurentIn 1977, Yves Saint Laurent launched Opium, a robust, sensual scent crammed with ylang-ylang, jasmine, rose, clove and cinnamon that regardless of, or maybe due to, the fury brought on by its title, would come to outline the ’80s. The model eliminated the scent’s shoulder pads, so to communicate, with its 2014 launch of this refined, barely subtler take. What is definitely lacking is the clove, whereas additions of espresso, pear and pink peppercorn tie all of it collectively. Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Black Opium Eau De Parfum, $155 (150 ml), yslbeautyus.com.Dries Van Noten (2013), Editions de Parfums Frédéric MalleDries Van Noten is named a hyper-intellectual designer, and Bruno Jovanovic, beneath the inventive course of Frédéric Malle, honored that facet of him completely with this heat, spicy scent that forces you to rack your mind so as to place what it’s you’re smelling, particularly sandalwood, vanilla, saffron and sacrasol. Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Dries Van Noten, $330 (100 ml), fredericmalle.com.African Rooibos (2021), Chris CollinsRooibos, that means “pink bush,” solely grows in a small mountainous area of South Africa’s Western Cape province, and is normally used to make a candy, smoky and vanillic tea. Chris Collins has managed to flip that great style right into a perfume, one that’s candy when it hits the pores and skin and, after it dries down, turns into extra smoky and dusty. World of Chris Collins African Rooibos, $175 (50 ml), chriscollins.com.Rima XI (2012), Carner BarcelonaSara Carner based her model, which seeks to create fragrances that unearth reminiscences and feelings, in 2009. Rima XI was impressed by a love poem by the Nineteenth-century Spanish author Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, and reads like an explosion of spices. It incorporates cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon, in addition to vanilla and saffron, mint and coriander. Carner Barcelona Rima XI, $120 (50 ml), carnerbarcelona.com.Taosi (2016), Therapeutate ParfumsTaosi was created by perfumer Rodney Hughes, who wove three sorts of freshness round one another: citrusy (lime, bergamot), floral (essentially lavender, with some rose and ylang-ylang for good measure) and natural (nutmeg, black pepper and oak moss, with a woody and astringent vetiver to help them). Altogether, they create a fragile, ethereal high quality that makes this a great gourmand for spring. Therapeutate Parfums Taosi Eau de Toilette $430 (100 ml), tpeta.com.Cierge de Lune (2016), Aedes de VenustasAedes de Venustas is a jewel of a New York City boutique that’s crammed with candles, lotions and all method of intoxicating perfumes, together with these of the home line, which the store’s very useful house owners, Karl Bradl and Robert Gerstner, launched in 2012. Cierge de Lune, created by Fabrice Pellegrin, interprets to “moon altar candle” and is a homage to night-blooming cereus, which smells like a spicy vanilla. I believe it is without doubt one of the strangest gourmands I’ve ever encountered — akin to a baked alaska nonetheless in flames. Aedes de Venustas Cierge de Lune, $245 (3.4 oz), aedes.com.Saint-Germain-Des-Prés (2019), Celine by Hedi SlimaneNamed for a Left Bank quartier in Paris, Saint-Germain-Des-Prés is probably too elusive for anyone perfume class — orris root makes it powdery, vanilla and almond make it scrumptious and petitgrain and neroli make it citrusy. What is definite is that it’s a wealthy, heady building that, above all, channels a sure form of French glamour. Celine by Hedi Slimane Saint-Germain-Des-Prés Eau de Parfum, $220 (100 ml), celine.com.

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