Essential Oils

Summer scents

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:54pm

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DKNY Be Delicious London (HK$520/50ml)

Claim: the signature green apple scent in the Be Delicious series gets remixed with blackcurrant, honeysuckle and English roses to celebrate the city of London.

Cartier Baiser Vole (HK$985/50ml)

Claim: Cartier's in-house perfumer Mathilde Laurent concocted this pure floral fragrance, meaning 'stolen kiss', based on the lily and fresh green leaves.

Marc Jacobs Kumquat (HK$490/100ml)

Claim: a zesty, tropical fragrance evoking the kumquat tree with hints of jasmine, tiger orchids and cedarwood.

Verdict:

We like the hints of sweet jasmine against the citrus in Marc Jacobs' Kumquat, which has considerable staying power and develops into a musky wood scent. The London edition of DKNY Be Delicious is pleasant but a little too generic: it smells like nearly every other fruity fragrance. Baiser Vole is intensely floral and powdery with crisp base notes of green leaves. It's peaceful and calming, but the dry-down smells slightly soapy.