Ladies and gentlemen, summer is just about here. In addition to switching your wardrobe and changing your skincare routine to match the rising temperatures, you also need to change your choice of fragrance for the new season. Anything heavy or overwhelming isn’t right for summer; instead, opt for perfumes and colognes that are light and bright. When shopping for a new seasonal scent, go for one of these top picks for men and women.
Gucci’s dressed up its iconic Gorgeous Gardenia fragrance, from the house’s Flora by Gucci collection, in a new limited-edition bottle, complete with a pink hue and lively floral packaging. With top notes of pear and red berries, mid-notes of frangipani and gardenia, and a juicy, verdant base, this much-loved perfume is basically spring in a bottle.
HK$680 (50ml) from Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2831 3908
With three brand-new luxury fragrances for men, Bulgari continues to match the mystic, holistic healing powers of gemstones and fragrances in its Le Gemme haute parfumerie collection, which first launched in 2014 for women. We particularly like Ambero, which harnesses the power of youthful and sunny amber, and takes on notes of pink pepper, ginger and frankincense for a courageous and powerful air of sophistication. Other varieties in the collection are inspired by precious stones including garnet and sapphire, and are odes to refined and charismatic gents.
HK$2,480 (100ml) from Bulgari, Shop G3, G/F, Chater House, 8 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2523 8057
Inspired by the drama and glamour of Japanese Kabuki theatres, Byredo has launched an innovative way to apply fragrance: through scented powder compacts. Available from 15 May, the Kabuki fragrances are scented talc powders encased in a black lacquer tube that comes with a brush. They come in three different existing Byredo scents: Bal d’Afrique, a warm fragrance of neroli, marigold and cedarwood; Blanche, an innocent floral scent; and Gypsy Water, a woodsy fragrance of forests, soil and campfires.
HK$480 (8g) from Lane Crawford, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2118 2288
Perfect for spending summer outdoors, the brand-new Dior Homme Sport is all about relentless energy, while retaining the scent’s iconic, woody and sophisticated character using Haitian vetiver and sandalwood. At first smell it’s all fruity freshness, which comes from juicy blood orange and cedrat essence, grapefruit and pear. It’s then rounded out by “relay notes” of pink peppercorn and nutmeg that keep up the spicy sensualness of the fragrance long after it’s applied.
From HK$590 (50ml) available at Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2831 3908
The newest rendition of Issey Miyake’s beloved L’Eau d’Issey, which debuted in the ’90s, takes the original floral fragrance and bottles it in what resembles a long drop of water. Aptly so, with a scent evoking the clean and pure feeling of spring water on skin, yet retaining a sensual and musky base.
Starting at HK$410 (30ml) from Lane Crawford, 3/F, ifc Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2118 2288
April sees the release of Jo Malone’s first spring limited-edition cologne collection: a Hong Kong- and Macau-exclusive relaunch of the popular Blossom Belle trio (HK$1,260 for 100ml), a collection inspired by a medley of Asian blooms. For those unable to get their hands on it before the end of April, you can look for the British fragrance house’s new limited-edition Star Magnolia (pictured) next month, created with white blossoms and the pristine charm of springtime in mind. It’s a fresh and flirtatious scent melding magnolia, orange blossom, lemon, ginger and shiso, and is available as a bottled cologne (from HK$630 for 30ml) and hair mist (HK$540 for 50ml).
Available at Lane Crawford, 3/F, ifc Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2118 2288
Named after one of the most prized and exotic notes in the perfume world, Oud Wood is Tom Ford’s signature blend highlighting the sweet, aromatic scent with the addition of rosewood, cardamom, tonka bean and amber for a rich, sensual, and timeless fragrance.
From HK$1,850 (50ml) at Lane Crawford, 3/F, ifc Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2118 2288