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EAU DE PARFUM BY HELMUT LANG

From the imagination of perfumer Maurice Roucel, Eau de Parfum opens with notes of buoyant orange blossom, rich artemisia and jasmine that mellow into a heart of heliotrope, rose and jasmine. Eau de Parfum strikes a perfect balance between powdery florals, semi-sweet musks and balmy vanilla.

TOBACCO OUD BY TOM FORD

Described by Tom Ford as “regal and bold” and created by perfumer Olivier Gillotin, this smouldering fragrance marries precious oud wood resin with feathery, aromatic tobacco. Balancing a darker, sultrier richness a spice-laden song of sandalwood and nutty organic tonka call for this fragrance to remain at the top of a coveted list.

WONDERWOOD BY COMME DES GARÇONS

As a much loved and long imitated men’s fragrance, this sylvan blend of vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, guaiac wood, virginia cedar, agarwood (oud) and cypress is an ode to woodiness. Hints of sweet patchouli are settled by madagascan pepper and bergamot before a final base of sandalwood, vetiver and agarwood.

OPUS X BY AMOUAGE

This olfactory canvas of roses is wreathed in notes of rosebud, bloody rose accord and rose centifolia. The floral dashes subside into a heart of geranium and leather before unfolding the bewitching base notes of Laotian oud and metallic accord.

INTOXICATED BY KILIAN

From master perfumer Calice Becker, this unisex fragrance boasts main accords of cardamon, coffee and cinnamon that deliver a rich and viscous body. Warm notes of spice and nutmeg present as initial notes while a subtle projection of powdered cinnamon creates a lasting crystal sweetness upon dry down.

AVENTUS FOR HER BY CREED

With fresh top notes of patchouli, green apple, bergamot and violet, this uniquely feminine scent goes on to reveal sublime middle notes of mysore sandalwood, rose, musk and styrax before ending with a base of sweet peach, black currant, lilac, ylang-ylang and amber.

ESCENTRIC 01 BY ESCENTRIC MOLECULES

Geza Schoen transformed the art of scent-making by appropriating a single note, the aroma molecule, that cannot be found isolated in nature. Unique interaction with the body’s pheromones unravel notes as varied as lime peel, hedione (green jasmine bud), orris, balsamic notes and fresh musk.

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    AMOUAGE

    Bottling art and emotion

    Some of the greatest things happen by chance. Far from being on the radar, it is the unforeseen events or unexpected meetings that can change the course of one’s life. For Christopher Chong, creative director of international luxury fragrance brand Amouage, meeting David Crickmore, chief executive officer of the coveted perfume company, in 2007, was just one of the many chances that have occurred in his illustrious career spanning art, fashion and opera.

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