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New perfumes to sniff out
by Cynthia Loh & Karen Lim


What makes a perfume a classic scent?

When its very name evokes a memory that is recalled immediately by those who hear of it.

But while it's not always easy to find that one classic scent, one can always have fun exploring the many different scents that are launched so frequently in the market.

Here are some that have been launched recently:

Lacoste Love of Pink

Feeling romantic? This first sister to the Lacoste's Touch of Pink is an exciting, yet warmly romantic scent.

Blood orange and lemon peel give off a zesty top noted, while pink magnolia, quince flower and stephanotis makes for a floral, feminine heart. Cedarwood prolongs the middle notes while vanilla finishes it off with a warm, comforting scent.

The flacon shows off curves that taper gently at the waistline which then flare out at the bottom again, like the sillhouette of the female form, and the pink colour of the fragrance evokes the spirit of youth.

Eau de Toilette from $66 (30ml)


Anna Sui Live Your Dream

Feeling on top of the world? This effervescent, sparkling scent may just reflect your can-do attitude.

Fresh floral notes of lily of the valley, waterflower accord and a spicy white pepper opens the fragrance. Heart notes of sheer jasmine and bulgarian rose give it depth, while the base woody notes consisting of musk and tonka beans round off the fragrance for a sensual, satiny feel.

The bottle with its black ornamented mirror design reflects the mirrors and furniture that is found in Anna Sui's showroom, office, boutiques and even her home. A pink band that is remniscent of the fragrance's colour encircles the black cap.

Live Your Dream is the Anna Sui signature scent - one part glamorous, another part retro-hip and a whole lot of energetic.

Eau de Toilette from $71 (30ml)

Escada Ocean Lounge

This 17th fragrance in the line of Escada's limited edition seasonal fragrance collection will remind you of a breezy day by the sea on a sparking Mediterranean afternoon.

A chic, laid-back fragrance with fruity overtones and floral undernotes, Ocean Lounge has a cocktail of strawberry and lychee blended with plum and pear nectar. Its middle notes which include violet petal sorbet, purple poppy, mised with jasmine and mimosa blossom makes this an easy fragrance to wear.

Base notes of tonka bean, sheer vanilla and teak wood give it a sophisticated dry down.

The explosion of violet and fiery red on the bottle evokes a sumptuous sunset as you sip on your cocktail at the beach. Perfect to wear on a lazy afternoon beach outing.

Eau de Toilette from $64 (30ml)

Diesel Fuel for Life Unlimited

Feeling like a rebel?

Fuel for Life is inspired by the roaring twenties - think flapper girls who were inclined to disregard the perception of her elders.

Zesty, citrusy notes of lemon and mandarin provide the first burst of energy, followed with pear and guava.

Its heart notes of white flowers, tuberose, jasmine, and spicy lilies make for a heady mix with aloe and liquorice to make it more intoxicating.

Musk and sandalwood make up the base notes, and the fragrance becomes silky and sexy.

The fragrance is stored in a bottle of smoked quartz and branded with an inscription in gold. Encased in a net woven from brown and gold threads and
accessorized with a gold chain, the bottle looks like a precious treasure chest.

Eau de Toilette from $79 (30ml)

Hugo Element

This one is for the guys. Made with the urbane metrosexual in mind, this fragrance has scents to represent the four elements of earth, wind, water and fire.

Top notes smell fresh, while heart notes of spicy ginger and coriander leaf adds warmth, and woody base notes of cedarwood give the perfume its earthiness.

The bottle, inspired by oxygen tank, encapsulates the scent.

Eau de Toilette from $87 (30ml). Fragrance available from March 20, 2009.




Dunhill Black

The brand's latest fragrance is a masculine scent bottled in a simple yet classic rectangular glass bottle.

First whiff of the scent and one would find it to be rather musky, with a strong hint of green nettle top notes - extremely clean and fresh - and not too overwhelming.

This freshness is blended with transparent jasmine and lavender heart notes, giving it a sweet body, followed by a sensual suede base note, bringing to mind Dunhill's classic leather goods.

Upon settling, the scent has a strong Englishness about it - traditional, classy and gentlemanly - an appropriate gift for the mature man.

Although it might sound like an older man's perfume, the seduction of Dunhill Black lies within its ageless quality - mixing the old and new, and giving it an all-rounded perfection. Edgy, classic and sensual.



readers' comments
I tried the Escada Ocean Lounge, although a tad too sweet for me but it was fresh and uplifting. Sort of like drinking a fruit cocktail!

I would wear it to a pool party :)
Posted by po jua girl on Fri, 13 Mar 2009 at 10:42 AM

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