If you are thinking of a new summer fragrance, or looking at expanding your fragrance wardrobe – here are 3 new and different scents that you could think about.

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Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt

summerfragrance3Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt (Available from September 2014)

This is my current favourite scent of the moment, and how I wished it is available in stores right now! Inspired by the English coast, this scent reminds me of my European summer vacations.

The top note is ambrette seed, a plant in the hibiscus family which exudes a zest of freshness and invigoration. As the fragrance settles, sea salt and sage, which forms the heart note and base note respectively kicks in with a subtle feel of mineral and a woody, sensual and slightly musky departure.

Wood Sage and Sea Salt is an interesting fragrance that illustrates the raw, fresh beauty of summer coastal wind – yet it is very sophisticated and subtle. Whilst there is no floral notes in the scent, I think it would appeal to regular users of floral fragrances too.

A unisex perfume – I like the Wood Sage and Sea Salt paired with their Earl Grey and Cucumber fragrance. The Jo Malone stores may have a sample of Wood Sage and Sea Salt although the product is not for sale yet – you may wish to have a whiff of the scent to decide if you like it or not.

The Wood Sage and Sea Salt Collection is priced at S$100 and S$200 for colognes (30ml and 100ml respectively). Body & hand wash, body creme and home candle will also be available.

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Penhaligon’s Tralala (Created for Meadham Kirchhoff fashion house)

A new launch for Penhaligon’s this year, the Tralala fragrance exudes a very distinctive personality. If you are familiar with Meadham Kirchhoff, the European designer duo (a Brit and a French) has a whimsical and psychedelic style. The partnership between Penhaligon’s – a perfume house with more than 100 years of history – and the young fashion house seems unlikely given that these 2 names appear to be polar opposites!

However, the fashion house has been using Penhaligon’s fragrances for their runway shows – for their Spring Summer 2012 show, the brand used Artemisia! Penhaligon’s perfumer immersed himself with the designers and in 2014, a uniquely Meadham Kirchhoff perfume “Tralala” is born.

As you could tell from the bottle design, the eccentric Meadham Kirchhoff style remains and the first whiff of Tralala was a rather intoxicating smell of whiskey. It reminded me of how fashion-goers get high on alcohol at parties or during fashion week. After the top notes of whiskey (as well as aldehydes, saffron and violet which were less evident), the heart notes comprised of an unlikely combination of leather, tuberose, incense and carnation. This is followed by the base of patchouli, vetiver, musk and vanilla.

Tralala is a very theatrical, distinctive and dramatic scent that is not for everybody. The mix of whiskey top and somewhat creamy, woody base does not resonate well with my personality – but I agree that it is an interesting perfume probably suitable for the adventurous and edgy audience.

Tralala is available at Penhaligon’s stores. The 100ml perfume is priced at S$340.

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Fresh Life Eau de Parfum

Unlike Jo Malone and Penhaligon’s, Fresh is not a niche perfumer as their strength lies in their skincare products. What catches the eye is the simple, sensual bottle – a very chic packaging with simple font that reminds me of the likes of Diptyque and Jo Malone fragrances.

As I received only the rollerball perfume, I will try my best effort to describe the scent.

The first burst smells distinctively citrous – with notes of bergamot, grapefruit and warm orange. It is a crisp, light and refreshing scent that feels somewhat conventional, but easily accepted. This is a ‘safe option’ for women’s fragrances – therefore I think it potentially makes an affordable gift if you are not sure of your female friend’s preference.

Fresh Life EDP is available at Sephora stores. Prices are as follows – 30ml (S$80), 100ml (S$144), Rollerball (S$36).

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