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Artist creates special edition perfume to mark Yves Saint Laurent’s four golden decades

The emblematic tassel is hand-made by a Moroccan female cooperative

Artist and gilder Manuela Paul-Cavallier was called upon by Yves Saint Laurent Beauté to transform its iconic bottle of the “Opium” fragrance into one that speaks of contemporary expression to mark the brand’s 40 years of success and audacity.

Leveraging on her “know-how” as a gilt restorer, Paul-Cavallier reworked on the bottle using pointed brushes and applied various meticulous and highly skilled techniques, and completed the craft with touches of striking gold as a symbol of a metal object that was very dear to Yves Saint Laurent at that time.

The opaque red lacquer with a glass window on the right side offers a glimpse of the fragrance within.

The new scent from the anniversary edition evokes memories from the story, based on the legendary Opium fragrance which began 1977, has a symbolic meaning to the addiction of life and love, described literary as “translating the passion that can unite two people right from their first spellbinding look.”

Inspired by small Japanese lacquered cases called inrō, the “Opium” artisanal fragrance bottle has a black silk tassel, with a bead added to bring a couture touch to the design.

Uncap the bottle and the top notes linger of mandarin, combined with middle floral notes of jasmine and miniature carnation, and a base comprising amber and patchouli, created to shake up the codes of ready-to-wear and couture.

The scent’s bottle is made to look bold and outstanding in association with the various faces of the Opium women who were feisty and audacious with an attitude. “Charismatic and passionate well-known figures including Jerry Hall, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss and, more recently, Emily Blunt, have all fronted the perfume.”

New luxury fragrances for him: Gems and scents make the Bulgari Le Gemme Collection for Men

Bvlgari Le Gemme Collection for Men. Image Courtesy of Bvlgari

Bvlgari Le Gemme Collection for Men. Image Courtesy of Bvlgari

Back in 2014, Bulgari, that is best known for its jewellery creations launched the Le Gemme Collection for women and are now following up with the Le Gemme Collection for Men. Inspired by the discoveries made while in search of precious stones, the collection comprises of six fragrances for him, that have been developed by Jacques Cavallier. We take a look at each scent to find out what inspired — three of which will be available here.

Bulgari Le Gemme Gyan. Image Courtesy of Bulgari

Bulgari Le Gemme Gyan. Image Courtesy of Bulgari

Gyan (The Sapphire)

These fragrances come in some good-looking bottles and Gyan might be the best-looking one. This perfume might have given Cavallier some trouble. He had to work with a notoriously difficult ingredient that plays hard to get (right) Patchouli — which meant taking away anything that might make you annoyed to get its smell-worthy essence, then add Jasmine. You should really thank the man when you smell great.


Bulgari Le Gemme Garanat. Image Courtesy of Bulgari

Bulgari Le Gemme Garanat. Image Courtesy of Bulgari

Garanat (The Red Garnet)

What on earth is rose doing in a men’s perfume? That was our first reaction when we realised Garanat is essentially rose and incense. We arent  Master Perfumers, so we humbly submit to Cavallier’s talent in creating a masculine scent with the flower.


Bulgari Le Gemme Ambero. Image Courtesy of Bulgari

Bulgari Le Gemme Ambero. Image Courtesy of Bulgari

Ambero (The Amber)

Don’t stare into this bottle for too long. with the Sun being the main inspiration, that may actually be some sound advice. Okay, so we more than exaggerate. You get Vetiver and Indian ginger scents full of energy like the star we orbit around all in one bottle.

You can purchase Bvlgari Le Gemme Cyan, Garanat and Ambero from The Heeren Robinsons, Takashimaya, and Escentials Paragon at S$499.00 each.

New fragrances for him: Bottega Veneta’s Pour Homme Parfum reinvents the signature fragrance

Dressed in a sleek bottle influenced by industrial accents, the Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum is a scent for the strong, charismatic man. The scent features model Zak Steiner as the face — with his intense gaze and confidence against a black and white backdrop paralleling exactly what the Bottega Man embodies. The new Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum is the classic scent with an added kick.

The Bottega Man is described as adventurous; spending hours hiking in the crisp, cool mountains. As he retreats, he stretches out onto aged leather cushions, and the rich scent fuses with the fresh essence of cedar leaves clinging to his skin from the outdoors. The weaving of these sensual aromas creates a sophisticated intensity, marking the evolution of the signature scent into a richer rendition with long-lasting diffusivity.

The Scent

Lauded to be a subtle classic scent, the fragrance opens with its signature earthy tone: hints of wood and spice notes weave their way, with punches of cedar leaves and rich cardamom. Creating an image of snow-capped trees and warm fires; this paves the way to the heart of the scent, unfurling to reveal the strong fir balsam and pimento. Rounding off, the scent melts into its endnotes with a sensuous leather accord, blending in harmony with bursts of Tonka bean to add a hint of pepper.

Only fitting that such a classic scent comes in a bottle to mirror it. The Parfum Box reflects the design house’s quality craftsmanship. Housed in Murano glass bottles alongside an intrecciato base and screw motif, the bottles come in three colours: jet-black, a smoky grey and gold. Available in two sizes, 50ml and 90ml, the scent is a twist on a classic.

This scent is a continuing partnership between master perfumer Daniela Andrier, Tomas Maier and perfumer Antoine Maisondieu. Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum is a vision of masculinity and a bolder variation of the brand’s original signature fragrance.

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New luxury fragrance: Giorgio Armani’s ‘Si Rose Signature’ dressed in a new couture design

Launched in 2016, Giorgio Armani “Si Rose Signature” is an ode to the modern woman, with a busy and bold, yet elegant persona. Like a rose—the scent’s hallmark ingredient—”Si Rose Signature” blooms each springtime with a collector edition bottle this 2017. With actress Cate Blanchett as the face of this campaign, the scent is reinterpreted with a new couture design showcasing the fragrance’s feminine and sensual sides.

The “Si Rose Signature” fragrance remains unchanged in this collector’s edition, with the same floral aroma as the 2016 original. The scent has a double rose accord — with May rose and Turkish rose — enriched with notes of bergamot, mandarin, freesia and blackcurrant aromas of Cassis Neo Jungle Essence. This is matched with iris and osmanthus, ambrette and vanilla notes. This is followed by base notes of ambrette absolute, Pure Jungle vanilla extract and patchouli.

This year, Giorgio Armani has dressed “Si Rose Signature” in a silky powder pink ribbon that winds around the fragrance’s Onyx lid and falls down over the glass bottle, where its two ends cross. The ribbon evokes the décolleté of a haute couture gown, with delicate and refined style. A discreet black circular badge bearing the fragrance’s name holds the ribbon’s crossover ends in place, echoing the deep black finish of the lid, which has golden rings at its base.

Developed by perfumer Julie Massé, who created “Si Intense” with Christine Nagel, this Eau de Parfum stands out with its twin rose notes. In fact, “Si Rose Signature” inherits the signature May rose notes of “Si” and pairs them with Damask rose.

Giorgio Armani “Si Rose Signature” is available in 50 ml (€89) and 100ml (€128) Eau de Parfum formats.The 2017 collector edition of “Si Rose Signature” is available now February 2017.

New luxury fragrances for him: Introducing Bentley Momentum and Bentley Momentum Intense

Luxury car manufacturer Bentley is bursting back into the fragrance scene with Bentley Fragrances’ vibrant new scent — Bentley Momentum. The new addition comes in two intensities, each with its distinctive character: Bentley Momentum Eau de Toilette and Bentley Momentum Intense. Described as successful, style-conscious and driven, the Bentley Momentum man is inspired by challenge. Lauded as a masculine scent, the fragrance is a combination of aromas that wind around each other to bring a powerful essence.

Created by master perfumer Nathalie Lorson, the Eau de Toilette opens with an aquatic wave, spinning in sparkling bergamot and a breezy green violet. Refreshing this combination is a subtle sprinkle of the herbaceous clary sage that acts as a prelude to the next act.

The fragrance builds to a crescendo. The heart of the fragrance is weaved by the cashmere wood and ambergris, softened by a touch of Jasmine to produce a sweet, earthy scent. Sensual and reminiscent of deep forests, the heart opens to reveal a mix of sandalwood and tonka bean, anchored by a stream of musk and moss.

The Bentley Momentum Intense leverages on this foundation by increasing the intensity of the blend. Introducing new ingredients into the mix amplifies the strength of the aroma, highlighting the contrast between the top and base notes. With Elemi, a resin that boasts green, zesty and peppery facets, the added punch lifts the clean lavender and geranium harmony. The woody finish of ambery notes propels the vibrancy of the blend.

What is a sleek fragrance without a bottle that is just as sleek? Using New York’s breathtaking skyline as a muse, Bentley Momentum’s bottle design parallels the strength and confidence in its aroma. Made out of luxuriously heavy glass, the front and back of the bottle is printed with Bentley’s iconic “Flying B” logo as well as the name of the fragrance.

Both bottles come in silver hues, with Bentley Momentum Intense sporting a darker shade. Juxtaposing the bottle’s angular corners, the metal stopper is rounded and embossed with Bentley’s signature knurling. On the Bentley Momentum the knurling motif is seen in light grey with metallic silver sides and top while the Bentley Momentum Intense features it in a dark grey with a dark silver top and sides.

For more information, visit www.bentley-fragrances.com


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Tom Ford Private Collection: Les Extraits Verts

Three new fragrances join the Tom Ford private collection, centered on reintroducing lush green scents for today.

Vetiver is the note most immediately thought of when green is mentioned in perfumery. It is, however, nefariously capricious. Depending on where the plant is from and the extraction methods, you can get a spectrum of crispy astringence to earthy woodiness. Tom Ford’s unisex Private Collection Les Extraits Verts ($330 each, for 50ml) is his foray into unearthing – pun unintended – and savouring the varied qualities of these green notes.

Perhaps the most feminine of the collection, Vert Bohème plays up a gorgeously sun-kissed jasmine and magnolia accord, and juxtaposes that warmth and brightness with the moodier sulk of Haitian vetiver. There’s a lilting quality to this scent – at times, sunbursts of honey break through and lift the scent up again, bringing it life through its impressive lasting power. Bohème simultaneously summons the plushness of footstep-muffling carpets with its inviting floral accords and the wet crunch of leaves underfoot from crisp vetiver – a commendable feat of charming perfumery.

The incense quality of Vert d’Encens is created through a smoky accord of oud and ambergris. After the initial explosion of heavy woods and spiced smoke, a striking note of bitter orange comes to the fore, wrapping up the scent with a modulated geniality. There’s also a crunchy effect of starfruit – you can almost feel the stark bite, swirling ever so slightly underneath the namesake haze of incense. Encens isn’t so much an ode to the religious rituality of Japanese or Indian incense sticks, but leans toward a Lutensian treatment of oriental bases with overripe and sweetened plums. While the opening is polarising and vivid, it settles very quickly into a smoky skin scent with a refined side of complimentary greens.

The woody entry in the range, Vert des Bois brings a more masculine smouldering sensuality to the other’s relative femininity. Its opening blast is redolent of sandalwood and spicy pepperwood. It’s a dichotomising entrance that recalls the sour acridity of dried woods: easy to hate, but rewarding when endured. Minutes in, the floral notes of jasmine, olive leaves, and aged plum come to the fore, smoothing the edges of the opening’s brusqueness. This isn’t a fragrance for fans of evanescence dancing atop skin – rather, it sits with legs firmly crossed. This fragrance has a duality that recalls the great Orientals of the ’70s with its unabashed weight and smokiness, along with modern gourmand tastes (jasmine, poplar seeds, and tonka bean).

This story was first published in l’Officiel Singapore.

Lily-Rose Depp Chanel No.5 L'Eau

Lily-Rose Depp Stars In Chanel N.5 L’Eau Film

Lily-Rose Depp is not just Hollywood royalty — she is the daughter of actor Johnny Depp and French singer Vanessa Paradis for those who are unfamiliar. The model and budding actress is also the youngest face of Chanel. For the upcoming holiday season, the brand has introduced a new N.5 L’Eau fragrance. With the younger Depp starring in the Chanel N.5 L’Eau film “You know me, and you don’t”, we get to learn more about the fragrance and what is store for the senses.

To watch the video, head to L’Officiel Singapore.

L'Envol de Cartier Men's Fragrance

L’Envol de Cartier: Taking Flight

This must be what the Gods of Olympus smell like — at least according to Mathilde Laurent and French luxury powerhouse Cartier. The in-house perfumer for Cartier has come up with the brand’s first men’s cologne, L’Envol de Cartier, in eight years and it is set to take everyone to greater heights. To create the scent is to bring to life an idea so that everyone can share it, according to Laurent. She shares that the fragrance was inspired by the exploration of self, where one has to overcome fears and have courage.L'Envol de Cartier Men's Fragrance

The main ingredient for the fragrance stems from ambrosia, a food that was consumed by the Greek gods conferring them with immortality and longevity. Of course, ambrosia doesn’t exist so Laurent had her work cut out for her. With accents of honey, wood, patchouli and musk, the eau de parfum is said to be strong yet not overpowering. In a nutshell, the fragrance is perfect for those who like to smell good without making a statement, as if that is their natural scent.L'Envol de Cartier Men's Fragrance

Cartier could have gone all out to seal the honey-colored scent in a complicated and artistic bottle. Instead, the firm chose one that was unique yet not over-the-top, much like the fragrance. Stored in a glass capsule, the fragrance is covered by a detachable dome that helps to capture and reflect light as it shines through the bottle. The idea behind the bottle, comes from having to protect something precious The refillable bottle also features the brand’s signature guilloche motif on the metal filligreed top. The result of the thought and care that goes into creating l’Envol de Cartier is a fragrance that is fuss-free and invigorating for anyone who wears it.


Philippe Starck Launches “Parfums Starck Paris”

If you’ve always wanted to take in more of Philippe Starck’s ingenuity, your wishes have been granted. The French designer and architect has moved into the world of perfumery with his artisanal fragrance range “Parfums Starck Paris”. Don’t expect to see the exclusive series at your neighborhood departmental store though. The set of three eau de toilette scents will only be carried exclusively at Neiman Marcus and its online store.

And because the fragrances bear the Starck name, they’re housed in one of the coolest bottles we’ve come across. The scents are equally mystifying; named ‘Peau de Soie’, ‘Peau de A’llieurs’ and ‘Peau de Pierre,’ they were personally concocted by Starck for three years to achieve unusual olfactory concepts, such as the scent of “elsewhere” in ‘Peau de A’illieurs’.

A risky move for the renowned designer to enter the already-saturated market for perfume but the abstract bottles and scent of “elsewhere” might just be what you’ve been looking for your whole life.


Bottled Luxury: Les Parfums Louis Vuitton

You might know Louis Vuitton for its timeless leather accessories and sturdy travel trunks, but now, the French luxury brand is also delving into the world of fragrances. As the first series in almost a century, it’s safe to say that the Maison is going all out in achieving the perfect scents for the collection, entitled Les Parfums Louis Vuitton.

The seven scents – Rose des Vents, Turbulences, Dans la Peau, Apogee, Contre Moi, Matiere Noire and Mille Feux – were exclusively designed by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud using special extraction techniques, so you can expect the purest of floral and leather – no surprises there – accents within.

The fragrances are set to be released in 100- and 200-ml sizes, and cost $240 and $350 respectively.

Find out more about Les Parfums Louis Vuitton at L’Officiel.com now.

Bulgari Rose Goldea Fragrance

Bulgari Rose Goldea: From Egypt, With Love

They may be known for their love of serpents — hence the Serpenti collection — but that has not stopped Bulgari from delving into the aromatic world of fragrances. With Egypt’s famous Cleopatra as a source of inspiration, the luxury brand brings us the Rose Goldea. To be precise, Bulgari drew from Cleopatra’s love life, to produce a fragrance that is feminine and sensual. If the tales of the Egyptian Queen’s love for snakes is true (and suicide by snakebite) then this pairing is one that was meant to be.

With the help of master perfumer Alberto Morillas, the Italian brand has created a fragrance that not only brings to mind the love rituals of Egyptian women but also fabled passion of ancient times. Having helped create several iconic fragrances such as Calvin Klein’s CK One and Lancôme’s Miracle, you can be rest assured that this creation is one that was created by a knowledgable nose.

Moral las explained his creative process: “The creation of Rose Goldea was an extraordinary adventure because we wanted to interpret the emotional dimension of a delicate flower: the highly prestigious Damas rose. The fraction that I used does not have the same scent as a classic rose: with this new fragrance, I wanted to illustrate the flower’s true natural freshness, youth and luminosity with the most translucent notes of musk.”

The fragrance reportedly opens with sparkling top notes of rose petal extract, pomegranate heart and musk, combined with Damas rose and jasmine grandiflorum. The base consists of notes of sensual musks, creamy sandalwood and incense. In a gold and pink bottle, the shiny surface is a nod to the Serpenti design by Bulgari.

To learn more about the Rose Goldea eau de parfum, visit Bulgari.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Scents of Paris

Forgoing the usual boundaries separating men’s and women’s fragrances, Maison Francis Kurkdjian recently released two new scents that capture the company’s interpretation of night and day. Named the Petit Matin and Grand Soir, the scents are inspired by the city of Paris where dawn is fresh and quiet and evenings host the spotlights that shine from the monuments.

Petit Matin

Petit Matin

With Petit Matin, the brand interprets the time of day when the air is fresh and inviting. Using the Indonesian plant litsea cubeba and Calabrian lemon for the opening notes, the fragrance gives way to lavandin and hawthorn. Following the heart of the scent are the base notes of amber and musky aromas.

For the Grand Soir, the Maison invites one to revel in the magic, energy and mysteries that Paris has to offer when the sun goes down. Slightly more dramatic and intense than the first fragrance, the Grand Soir is a mix of vanilla, bensoin and tonka beans from Brazil as well as cistus labdanum from Spain.

Grand Soir

Grand Soir

In the words of Francis Kurkdjian: “The fresh feeling of early morning (Petit Matin). The energy of a big night out (Grand Soir). I live in sync with the rhythms of Paris, this enchanting, luminous city. These special moments have inspired two new fragrances which take us on an olfactory journey in the City of Light”. The two fragrances will be launched exclusively in Paris at both Maison Francis Kurkdjian stores and at La Belle Parfumerie within the Printemps store. Come September, they will be made available at all approved retailers.

To find out more about Petit Matin and Grand Soir, visit Maison Francis Kurkdijan.

4 Luxury Summer Fragrances for Men

Confidence comes from the perfect outfit and the right attitude. At Men’s Folio Singapore, they know that what seals the deal is the right fragrance. We share an office with them and can always smell them before we see them yet they never overpower our senses, which is a compliment, we assure you. The experts at men’s fashion and lifestyle share with us four luxury fragrances for men that will not only add character but also shape your identity.

To read on about the fragrances, visit Men’s Folio Singapore.

Flower Power: Annick Goutal Rose Pompon EDT

Even before you spritz or smell the Annick Goutal Rose Pompon EDT fragrance on yourself, you “hear” it first. The bottle comes with a black cord and a couple of tinkling charms around its neck.

Perfumer Camille Goutal, daughter of the late Annick who passed away from cancer in 1999, tells L’Officiel Singapore Contributing Editor Pearlyn Tham that the creation of Rose Pompon was inspired by the energy of youth. “I looked at my younger friends in their 20s and love how they have so much fun and how everything is possible when you are young,” the 41-year-old said when she was in Singapore recently for the launch of the perfume.


To capture “the joyfulness and dynamism of young Parisian women out for drinks with friends”, Camille bottled Rose Pompon in a sugary deep pink flacon (most of the brand’s other fragrances come in clear glass bottles). She made the scent a fresh and playful rose – using Bulgarian rose essence – but added blackcurrant and raspberry to give it a more sparkling, fruity edge.

“Rose Pompon is more sugary but not too much,” Camille added when asked to compare her concoction with the increasing number of rose-infused perfumes in the market.

The scent is light and breezy, more fruity than floral at first. But the initial zest soon settles down into something more feminine. Yet, it never becomes overpowering or too floral.

The secret, Camille shares, is in how the brand uses a lot of natural ingredients, not synthetic ones that can make perfumes smell too heady. “The quality of the ingredients is important. For instance, when one uses synthetic jasmine and not real jasmine, you can smell the difference even when you know nothing about fragrances.”

In Singapore, it is available exclusively at Escentials Paragon and Escentials Tangs.

3 questions with Camille

What smells do you love most?
“The scent of my daughters’ necks for sure. And also the smell of horses and the leather of their saddles. The smell of the leather drives me crazy! Maybe it reminds me of the freedom I experience when I’m horse-riding.”

Annick Goutal Violette

Which are your daughters’ favorite Annick Goutal fragrances?

“They are 13 and 17, and love Rose Absolue and also La Violette, which is popular among French women.”

Annick Goutal Songes

And yours?
“Songes, which I created for myself. The formula is very complex with a lot of spices and frangipani, and the name means ‘to daydream’.”

Story Credits
Text by Pearlyn Tham

This article was originally published in L’Officiel Singapore

Toni Garrn is face of Elie Saab ‘Le Parfum’

German model Toni Garrn has been revealed as the new face of haute couture mainstay Elie Saab’s “Le parfum.”

Photographs from the campaign feature the German beauty wearing a backless silk chiffon gown that billows in the wind, contrasting with the high-rise urban landscape seen in the background.

Garrn first broke into the international modeling scene in 2008 with a Calvin Klein contract. She has since gone on to walk the runway for brands including Stella McCartney, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Previous fragrance campaigns include her role as the face of “Simply” by Jil Sander.

Le Vestiaire des Parfums

Yves Saint Laurent creates a wardrobe of scents

Le Vestiaire des Parfums

The French luxury fashion brand presents a new fragrance range entitled “Le Vestiaire des Parfums” based on olfactory reinterpretation of YSL’s cult wardrobe pieces.

Iconic items like the Tuxedo, Caban (pea coat), Saharienne (safari tunic dress), Trench and Caftan (kaftan) have been transformed into exceptional scents that represent the origins and spirit of each piece.

After having conceived, sketched and designed a complete feminine wardrobe, Yves Saint Laurent beauty is now composing a perfume wardrobe inspired by iconic items that define the label’s history.

Caftan, trench, saharienne, caban and tuxedo are all pieces that have a masculine element to them if not simply gender neutral, yet each of these items have become a fixture of feminine chic in the style of Yves Saint Laurent. Now each iconic garment has been transformed into a signature scent for women.

A tailor-made perfume wardrobe

YSL Le Vestiaire des Parfums

The spirit and universe of each selected garment has been examined and analyzed to better understand its character before choosing the ingredients required. The aim of the fashion house was to create five fragrances that not only represented as truthfully as possible the original piece but also would evoke what each piece signified to the designer.

Characterized by the color black and a matte texture, the Tuxedo scent is represented by a mix of spices and patchouli; the comfortable aspect of Caban is interpreted by tonka bean and pink pepper whereas the sunny luminosity of the Saharienne is felt through notes of neroli and white musk. The exotic character of the Caftan is highlighted by notes of incense and benzoin while the refinement of the Trench is expressed through citrus-fruit notes and iris flower.

The Le Vestiaire des Parfums collection are launching this month in select stores and through the YSL site. Price: €240 for 125 ml (eau de parfum)

Sauvage Dior

WATCH Johnny Depp’s Short Film for Dior Sauvage

After releasing a teaser clip back in August, the full, director’s cut of Johnny Depp’s Dior Sauvage campaign has finally been released.

The ad, filmed by Jean-Baptiste Mondiano, shows Johnny Depp driving out of Los Angeles in a vintage Dodge Challenger. Depp says into the camera, “I gotta get out of here. Which way? I don’t know… Dior.”


Sauvage Dior

The film also features an original track from slide guitarist Ry Cooder. The scent, due out on September 2, takes off from the original 1966 version but attempts to make it more modern, strong and masculine.

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler to make first foray into fragrance

Proenza Schouler

American fashion label Proenza Schouler will be launching its first perfume with L’Oréal.

Under a new, long-term licensing agreement with the beauty giant, Proenza Schouler will create and develop fine fragrances bearing its brand name.

Proenza Schouler will join a part of the division that also houses Viktor & Rolf, Diesel, Maison Margiela and Cacharel.

Sisley presents its newest fragrance “Soir d’Orient”

 has unveiled its latest fragrance, Soir d’Orient (“Oriental Night”) which is directly inspired by the warmth and mystery of Andalusia, a Southern region of Spain where the culture was fundamentally influenced by the Arabs who ruled the land for over 500 years.

More than simple summer night stroll through Andalusia, this unisex variation of Sisley’s iconic Eau du Soir takes us to a gothic palace in Seville, dating back to the 13th century, where oriental and western cultures intermingle.

It’s not surprising then that this floral and spicy fragrance exudes notes from both of these geographical areas, starting with Italian lemon, Iranian galbanum and a saffron accord.

This blend is enhanced by black pepper from Madagascar, Turkish rose and Egyptian geranium. It all comes together with scents of sandalwood, Somalian incense and Indonesian patchouli.

The Soir d’Orient eau de parfum is already available on Sisley’s e-shop, but will not be available in other points of sale until September 1.

Price: €124 for a 50ml bottle, and €182 for a 100ml bottle.

Edie Campbell Black Opium campaign

YSL’s Black Opium now in an eau de toilette

Edie Campbell Black Opium campaign

Nearly a year after the release of Black Opium, the luxury brand is reimagining its most addictive fragrance as an eau de toilette.

For this new blend, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté has selected a blend of tart blackcurrant and pear to join notes of citrus and green mandarin peel. Jasmine-scented tea and orange blossom then take over before giving way to the olfactory signature of the fragrance: coffee.

The coffee grains in this varation mix with creamy white musk and a blend of white woods, turning the floral coffee of the original Black Opium into a green coffee for the eau de toilette.

The overall design of the bottle remains unchanged, with the exception of pink gold reflections, recalling the nuance of the fragrance’s essence.

Black Opium Eau de Toilette will be available for purchase in France as of August 24, starting at €49 for a 30ml bottle.

YSL Black Opium