Scents of adventure
The festive season offers a chance to give or receive the latest examples of the perfumer's art, writes Victoria Ip
The holidays are a time for renewal. For those who love fragrances, they are also an opportunity to try out a new scent or two.
Diptyque's newest, Volutes, is for the adventurous. It was inspired by the journeys Yves Coueslant, one of brand's three founders, made on the luxury liners that travelled from Marseilles to Saigon.
Diptyque worked with perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin to blend an intense tobacco with a note of Amsterdamer blend, complete with accents of dried fruit, honey and wax.
Honouring the iris pallida, the floral symbol of the city of Florence, Iris Nobile Sublime from Acqua di Parma features the freshness of mandarin and neroli with powdery ylang-ylang and a woody, musky base.
Dedicated to Team Luna Rossa, which won the international Extreme Sailing Series last year, Prada Luna Rossa is blended by Daniela Andrier.
The men's fragrance features lavender absolute and bitter orange as the top notes, clary sage and spearmint nanah as the middle notes, and ambroxan and ambrette absolute as the base notes. Designed by Yves Béhar, the bottle is inspired by extreme sailing boats.
Fragrance echoes fashion in the case of Stella McCartney's Stella The Print Collection, which features three graphic limited editions of Stella eau de parfum. Each bottle is clad in a geometric print from the Stella McCartney 2012 summer collection. Top notes include rose essence and mandarin while heart notes encompass peony and rose absolute.
Guerlain's Christmas fragrance Habit Rouge Travel Edition has citrus top notes and a hint of vanilla. Designed for men who are always on the road, the clean-lined bottle is dressed in a top-stitched travelling coat.
Are you ready for your 15 minutes of fame? Lady Gaga Fame's bottle is designed in collaboration with renowned photographer Nick Knight. The cap tips its hat to the monster claw in tribute to the celebrity's signature gesture.
The perfume is a concoction of saffron notes, honey, apricot nectar, jasmine sambac and tiger orchid.
Swarovski Edition is the first in the brand's collection of limited-edition fragrances.
The design evokes the shimmering evening clutches Swarovski creates for stars on the red carpets of the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Oscars.
Celebrating Shiseido's 140th anniversary, Zen Secret Bloom Eau de Parfum Intense is blended by perfumer Michel Almairac, who also blended Zen Eau de Parfum in 2007. The floral blend contains freesia, patchouli, black vanilla and jasmine absolute.