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The arrival of the New Year always comes with a familiar itch to totally reinvent ourselves. Let’s remove the pressure and instead thoughtfully reshape our lives one detail at a time, starting with a new signature scent. Studies show that fragrances can influence our perception and mood, making perfume a powerful tool to embody a new mindset. Whether you want to embrace bold confidence or channel a mysterious persona, these 7 fragrances will help set the tone for a fresh New Year.
We’ve all been impacted by the Santal 33 hype one way or another. Well, we’re happy to report that Le Labo is on the up and up with an arsenal of other fragrances that hit all the right marks, too. Described as an “addictive dirty potion,” Another 13 provides an aromatic experience that’s distinctly different person to person. This exquisite clean musk will help you leave a sweet cloud of mystery in your wake.
The Internet agrees: Chriselle Lim has great taste. So it’s no surprise that her fragrance line, Phlur, has taken social media by storm. Somebody Wood is the latest addition to her fan-favorite family of scents. Leading with a bold burst of bergamot balanced by saffron and sandalwood, this fragrance is cozy, sexy and undoubtedly wrapped in cashmere.
l’Homme à la Rose
Maison Francis Kurkdjian dares to innovate the timeless elegance of rose fragrances with l’Homme à la Rose. The scent starts with bright green notes of grapefruit and clary sage that give way to an elegantly earthy rosy heart. Where others embrace a sweet, powdery tradition, this beloved brand delivers a rich, masculine floral that’s perfect for embarking on a year of bold sophistication.
One of Ben Gorham’s earliest fragrances, Bal d’Afrique is universally likable but not one bit ordinary. A symphony of bergamot, violet and cedar-vetiver harmonize in a warm, rich fragrance that will lift you off the ground and float you through the good times (and even the bad) like a cartoon character who caught a whiff of fresh pie. Magic is only one spritz away.
Wood Sage & Sea Salt
Inspired by British beaches, Wood Sage & Sea Salt showcases the beauty of restraint without being married to simplicity. Scent pairing is core to the Jo Malone brand, with each layered fragrance designed and created to bring out the unique in you. Case in point: In a 2016 interview, Meghan Markle revealed her preferred pairing of Wood Sage & Sea Salt with Wild Bluebell Cologne; now she’s married to a prince. Coincidence? Who’s to say.
One Umbrella for Two
Floraiku pays homage to Asian culture through beautifully refined scent experiences. One Umbrella for Two is simultaneously tantalizing and romantic. Cedarwood oil balances the fruity sweetness of black currant and opens to an unexpected note of toasted rice from genmaicha tea. Complex and intimate, it’s a fragrance that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
Embodying an unconditional joy of life, Atelier Cologne delights the senses with Trèfle Pur. This organic gender-neutral scent combines notes of basil, cedarwood and petitgrain to capture the sweet smell of freshly cut grass after the rain (is there anything better?). It’s bright and nostalgic, daring you to slow down and appreciate the little things in life.