Here is our Top 12 Best Fragrances picks amongst the new, recently-introduced department store fragrances for a last minute shopping spree. They are all worthy of being on your shopping list and can be offered in all confidence as being the most interesting and/or qualitative of the crop. We think that for a scent to be just-out-of-the-gates adds a festive, fashionable character to a perfume gift. You can say "It's the latest..."
We kept to the department-store counter selection for purposes of practical convenience. They would make it even on a list including confidential, niche brands.
For an old-school, qualitative feel, especially in the Eau de Parfum version. Dark, plummy, velvety and iris-y (see review)...
A masterful and beautiful fruity and milky-creamy scent leather for women.
An ethereal, airy leather fragrance. When the scent of a leather bag turns into a gossamer material (see review).
Boucheron Eau de Parfum
Remastered, it smells of a grand, operatic armful of heady and honeyed white florals kissed, nay, smacked by civet.
For an update on the English rose perfume, which comes freshened up by green absinthe and a few other twists (see review).
Diane Von Fustenberg
For a qualitative, classical variation on the elegant chypre perfume genre in the lineage of Sisley Eau du Soir, Soir de Lune and Clinique Aromatics Elixir. The eau de toilette is more watery and delicate, the eau de parfum more velvety and opulent (see review.)
For a discreetly gourmand incursion into a Japanese tea house wafting of flour-dusted mochis and frequented by arty types wearing Kenzo and Comme des Garçons garbs (see review.)
Narciso Rodriguez for Her in Color
The juice remains its perennial, great self with some added vanilla absolute, while its limited-edition fuschia glass-encased bottle is to die for. A synesthetic reminder.
The aloofness and aristocratic airs of iris root are made more approachable and newly endowed with a sense of humor, yet still classic, thanks to a perfectly dosed sweet caramel.
A balanced, non-stereotypical and qualitative men's perfume is always to be sought out. Feels like an instant classic.
Thierry Mugler The Taste of Fragrance - Le Goût du Parfum Collection
For your foodie friends and relatives, pick one in the collection: Angel Cacao (see review), Alien Caramel, Womanity wirth fig chutney, or A*Men with red chili peppers.
For a return to bold perfume, with a strong signature statement -- Yes, even and especially for the legendarily shy violet which stops shrinking for once (see review.)