...DOT Marc JacobsThis lush, juicy floral won the best women’s prestige fragrance at the US Fifi 2013 awards, as well as Best New Fragrance for Woman and Readers’ choice award for women, at the 2013 Fifi Awards in the UK. It’s described as ‘floral-fruity, surrounded with exotic notes of coconut and wrapped in soft vanilla embrace.’ Main notes are red berry and Pitahaya (Dragonfruit). From $95 (30ml EDP).Florabotanica Balenciaga ParisThis sophisticated, somewhat oriental, floral was voted the best women’s luxury fragrance of 2013 at the US Fifi awards in June. Balenciaga is a long-established and celebrated couture fashion house with an equally long fragrance pedigree. Kristen Stewart is the face of Florabotanica, and its main notes are rose and carnation, with freshness added by mint and vetiver*. From $110.00 (30 ml EDP).Girlfriend Justin BieberThe second fragrance from the teen idol won the Women’s popular fragrance and Consumer Choice awards at the USA’s Fifi awards in June (2013). It’s a fruity floral with main notes of blackberry, mandarin and strawberry. Good going into the warmer seasons, and aimed at those who would like to be Justin Bieber’s girlfriend. From $49 (30 ml).Jo Malone Osmanthus BlossomThis limited edition ‘delicately exotic’ white flower has only been on counters in New Zealand for a few weeks and it’s already selling fast. Devotees love Jo Malone because you can mix the different fragrances to customise your own. From $110 (30ml)La Petite Robe Noir de GuerlainDescribed as ‘the essence of Parisian elegance', La Petite Robe Noir (Little Black Dress) won all the awards in its category at the French Fifis (2013). It’s a gourmand* fragrance, with main notes of licorice, macarons and vanilla.From $110 (30 ml). Prada Candy L’eauJacqui Davies, fragrance buyer at JR Duty Free tells us “with the launch of the original Prada Candy, sales were phenomenal...I think the juice*** is better than the original.” The fragrance is playful and seductive - check out the super-cute promotional video featuring French actress Léa Seydoux and directed by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, on the Prada website. Main notes are caramel and benzoin****. From $112 (30 ml) - on counter from 8 September (retail) and a little earlier at Duty Free.Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane EDPCultish and special, Serge Lutens fragrances are said to have become ‘an underground favourite worn by an initiated class of style connoisseurs.‘ Main notes are osmanthus (a white flower), jasmine and mandarin. 50 ml $227 at Mecca Cosmetica.Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y AbsoluteThis is the new “absolute” version of the popular L.I.L.Y fragrance and will be available from 22 July. Deeper than the original, its main notes are Patchouli, Lily of the Valley, and Pink Pepper. 50ml RRP$157Wonderstruck Enchanted By Taylor Swift This ‘Oriental Gourmand**’ won the Celebrity Fragrance of the Year award at the USA’s Fifi awards (2013). Main notes are sugar, vanilla and wild berries. It has just hit counters here in a smaller size - from $59 (30 ml EDP.- Stuff
...Bought the sample pack. I tried them when the weather was hot and unfortunately had to pack them away for our winter. Relique D'Amour was my favourite but could not compete with others on my wish list, such as Tauer. I won a sample pack of Roxana's Illuminated perfumes, three concentrations of 'Impromptu' and found great similarity in the genesis of Impromptu with Oriza L. Legrand's range. I am not their champion but I respect them very much. There is a link to Aveda's Dune Primrose, the scent of daisies and herbal infusions, coumarin maybe, exist in these three lines.