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6 of the best new-season perfumes

Whether you want a fragrance that’s cool and refreshing or intoxicating and memorable, these are the new-season scents you need to know about. By LIZ HAMBLETON

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FOR A MODERN TAKE ON FLORALS Floraïku Cricket Song

Every perfume from this French-based, Japanese-inspired brand has something a little special in the mix. In the case of ‘Cricket Song’, if you’ve never smelled a magnolia flower, then prepare for a treat: blended into a fragrance, it translates as creamy, exotic and sweet in a luxurious, vanilla-ice-cream kind of way. Spritz into your hair as well as on your skin so you can catch its scent at every turn.

  • Cricket Song Eau de Parfum, 50ml & 10ml
    $350.00

FOR A CLEAN, CLASSIC UPDATE Byredo Blanche

Like pulling on a newly laundered sweater, this scent ticks spring’s boxes without any of the clichés. A great everyday scent that manages to smell fresh all day and well into the evening, the initial impact of crisp white roses and pink pepper dry down to a warm but delicate scent laced with sandalwood.

  • Blanche Eau de Parfum - White Rose & Sandalwood, 50ml
    $165.00

FOR HEADY FRAGRANCE FANS Cire Trudon Bruma

If sweet and sparkling scents simply aren’t your thing, this rich fragrance should appeal. It’s dark and alluring with a smoky base and leathery smoothness, but has a lighter, fresher energy that stops it from feeling too heavy. A splash of aromatic iris lends an earthy kick and galbanum makes for a refreshing green twist on a classic musk.

FOR AN INSTANT MOOD BOOST Diptyque Florabellio

The cocktail of top and bottom notes in this delicious scent makes for a true sensory experience. On first spritz you’ll get a hit of ocean-fresh marine accords, with a sweet twist of apple blossom. If that doesn’t lift your spirits and send a jolt to flagging energy levels, then the roasted coffee and toasted sesame aromas should do the trick.

  • Florabellio Eau de Toilette - Apple Blossom, Marine Accord & Coffee, 50ml
    $98.00

FOR A CITRUS TWIST Le Labo Neroli 36 Solid Perfume

The beauty of a solid perfume is the way the scent melts into your skin, resulting in a fragrance that is less aggressive yet no less potent. The most sophisticated of the citrus notes, neroli brings a sunny warmth to any scent – pat onto the back of your neck and behind your ears where your skin’s warmth will help the fragrance dissipate.

FOR A COOL, CRISP HIT Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Forte

The sharpness of blackcurrant and Mexican lime in this fragrance cuts through instantly, but it’s the cool mint that gets us every time. In fact, if it weren’t for the sweet, softness of the mimosa flower accord, you’d be forgiven for wanting to put a straw in it and take a sip.

  • Eau de Parfum - Aqua Celestia Forte, 70ml
    $275.00
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