Category Archives: Fragrance Trends

Diptyque: Raw Materials in Colour fragrance range

‘Raw materials are to perfume what colours are to painting’

In June Diptyque released 5 best selling creations in colours inspired by their main raw material/key ingredient. The ‘Raw Material in Colours’ collection features Do Son, Eau des Sens, L’Ombre dans L’eau, Philosykos and Tam Dao. As fragrance combining for bespoke and personalised scents is such a big trend at the moment, the brand also suggests key combinations from the bodycare line that can be combined to make a perfect fragrance duo.

Do Son in turquoise to evoke the freshness of tuberose
Eau Des Sens in golden yellow reflecting the bright notes of orange blossom
L’Ombre dans L’eau in pink echoing the fruity and tangy rose notes
Philosykos in green mirroring the scent of fig leaves
Tam Dao in sweet orange reminiscent of the woody heat of sandalwood

Mindful Beauty with Boots new Live + Be range

Four new scent directions and all products under £5.50 the new Boots Live + Be range with aromatherapy style products that focus on wellbeing and self-care.

We reported on the new Boots Live + Be range back in our May New Product Report for Bath & Body. The range brings aromatherapy style benefits and the idea of self care through scent to the forefront. Beauty that works on your body and mind, hence #mindfulbeauty! Click here to download the Live + Be section from the May 2019 Report.

To help consumers understand the concept the brand released a mini blurb with the range; “Boots Live + Be is about finding time for self-care in your day-to-day routine. Each of our four fragrances have been carefully selected to support the practice of mindfulness every day: being thankful, time to pause, focusing on the present, and the breath.

Each of these mindful concepts are carefully paired with a supporting woody, floral, fresh or oriental fragrance. Our beautiful scent and self-care stories are designed to help you understand which note you connect with, to give you a sense of personal discovery. Make sure you read the back of pack to see what four key areas of mindfulness we suggest you focus on as you indulge yourself.

Recent figures shared by The NPD Group reveal that the mindful beauty trend is going mainstream and growing in popularity, especially in the UK, where consumers are turning to natural scents for their beneficial and soothing properties.

According to Cosmetics Business “sales of lavender-based beauty products grew by 552% in Q1 2019. Stress and anxiety reducing frankincense products are also proving popular with consumers with a sales increase of 200%. Meanwhile, rose products are having a resurgence with a 5% uplift and lemongrass infused items saw a 6% rise”.

This is not surprise as Lavender has been trending across niche, premium and mass for quite a while and Rose is a megatrend ingredient – that is always on trend in one interpretation or another. However, the new Boots range is incorporating a blend of more complex notes in their new budget collection.

The new range is vegan (a must in 2019) and contains masks, bath fizzers, showers creams and whipped body butters amongst other items (download the pdf if you haven’t yet for full details), organised into four themes with accompanying scents;

*Beautiful Connection: Positive – Loved – Grateful – Connected with notes of rosewood, peony, lily of the valley, amber.
*Captivating Pause: Thoughtful – Slow – Peaceful – In Control with notes of nutmeg, jasmine, coconut and black sugar.
*Awakening Glow: Present – Aware- Awake – Invigorated with notes of mandarin, yuzu, mimosa and almond.
*Woodland Whisper: Pure – Recharged – Calm with notes of fennel, coriander, cardamom and charcoal.

PS. I only just noticed, but I think someone made a little oopsie on this point of sale shelf shot, but everything is correct on the web and the floral is a pretty rose scent.

I know I’m going to prefer the oriental scent, but I’m going to take a shot at saying that the fresh collection will be a top seller. We are seeing lots more collections focus on citrus notes such as the This Works Morning Expert Collection and the soon to launch Bath & Body Works aromatherapy collection; Grapefruit & Mint. Alongside stand alone products this range is exceptionally ‘giftable’ – you can even get a matching gift bag. So an all round well thought out, amazingly priced and bang on trend collection – well done Team Boots! Lets hope we see this range and lots more #mindful beauty ranges take centre stage in the new concept store that’s just opened in London.

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A night at the ‘Fragrance Oscars’ with the French 2019 FIFI winners

The 27th French FIFI Awards took place on June 13th 2019 in the centre of Salle Wagram (Paris), bringing together hundreds of professionals and guests of the perfume industry. The French FiFi Awards differ from the UK and US ceremonies with their 3 distinct voting categories.

  • Prix du public – determined by the vote of Internet users
  • Prix des professionnels – determined by the vote of professionals whose companies are members of the Fragrance Foundation
  • Le prix des Experts – determined by the vote of a group of journalists and evaluators of adherent companies.

The public and the panel of professionals vote for perfumes belonging to the same categories and the industry experts, meanwhile, focus on the field of niche perfumery, as well as the exclusive ranges of major brands. Lots of events photos can be found here if you want to people spot! But now..drumroll please..the winners…

Prix du Public Best New Masculine Fragrance: Kenzo Aqua pour Homme

For Him, a dive into a contrasted water. Pink Berries splash the Walnut Leaf with their fresh, fusing notes, a one-on-one with singular, addictive vegetal accents. Crisp and gourmand Sandalwood marries with Cedar in a refreshing duo to surprise us: unctuous, precious, it lends subtle savory notes and vibrates with sensuality to sign this fresh and stylish woody scent.

Prix du Public Best New Feminine Fragrance: Cacharel Yes I Am

Top Notes: Mandarin, Raspberry, Cardamom.
Heart Notes: Ginger Flower, Jasmine, Gardenia.
Base Notes: Milk, Sandalwood.

A bold and daring perfume that will give you the confidence of a bold red lip. The oriental fragrance opens with fruity Mandarin and Raspberry before diving into a spicy floral heart of Ginger Flower and Gardenia. A creamy base of Milk and Sandalwood rounds off the captivating scent. Housed within an eye-catching lipstick bottle.

Prix du Public Best Feminine Luxury Distribution: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Intense

An oriental, woody and ambery fragrance with an extreme character. The fragrance is structured around an overdose of patchouli, warmed by an ambery accord of Vanilla absolute and Tonka Bean. A heart of rose and jasmine and the contrasting freshness of citrus add their notes to write this powerful score.

Prix du Public Best Masculine Luxury Distribution: Azzaro Wanted by Night

Cinnamon, Mandarin, Cumin, Incense, Cedarwood, Tobacco and Cypress

Prix des Professionnels Best New Feminine Fragrance: Givenchy L’Interdit

The elegance of white flowers; bright orange blossom, addictive jasmine and creamy tuberose, paired with an ‘Intense Black underground’ accord made up of smoky vetiver, earthy patchouli and a sensual ambroxan.

Prix des Professionnels Best New Masculine Fragrance: Hermes Eau de Citron Noir

Inspired by Black Lime or Noomi Basra, a very flavourful dried lime (without the fresh notes) used in Middle Eastern cuisine. A striking and explosive scent with its innovative juxtaposition of accords including black tea and Paraguayan wood. Citrus fruits are bright and invigorating, while the smokier, woodsy aroma of black lime excites the senses. 

Prix des Experts: Best Independent Niche Fragrance: Memo Moroccan Leather

Recalling the white-meets-blue tones of Chefchaouen city and the delicate iris fields splayed throughout Morocco, this musky scent will transport you to the indigo city. Key notes of floral iris butter and ylang ylang combine with leather accord and smoky vetiver fraction oil to create the perfect balance of uplifting freshness and alluring richness, which lingers irresistibly on the skin.

Prix des Experts: Best Affiliated Niche Fragrance: Diptyque Fleur de Peau

A tribute to the mythical love between Psyche and Eros, which led to the birth of their daughter, Hedone. One scent can convey this legend: musks. At the heart of Fleur de Peau, they are cottony, soft or moist. Highlighted with iris and ambrette seed, they reveal their full tactile dimension.

Prix des Experts Best Fragrance in Exclusive Collection of Major Brands: Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano XIV – Melagrana Eau de Parfum

Fresh and radiant, the EDP perfectly captures the aromas of spring’s awakening, with enticing notes that evoke the rebirth of flowers and fruits, anchored by an intense and resinous cedarwood base. Recalling the bursting vibrancy encapsulated within the juice-filled pearls of plump, ripe Pomegranates, tempered with the bright rays of early morning sunshine, the delicate pale pink juice boasts a sunny fragrance with hints of Mandarin and sweet Blackcurrant buds yet to bloom.

A night at the ‘Fragrance Oscars’ with the 2019 USA FIFI winners

Recently the US Fragrance Foundation held their annual awards ceremony celebrating the best new launches voted for by industry professionals and consumers. They also have a brilliant page of more info with packaging, social media and an Awards Journal published on Issu (sample below). Read on to see who won the votes to get one of the industry’s most coveted awards.

Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Luxury: Tom Ford Lost Cherry

Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry is a full-bodied journey into the once-forbidden; a contrasting scent that reveals a tempting candy-like gleam on the outside and a luscious flesh on the inside. Centred on black cherry, it’s accented with voluptuous fruit and breath-taking florals: Turkish rose and jasmine sambac for waves of sweet and tart. Peru balsam and tonka are juxtaposed with sandalwood, vetiver and cedar – giving freshness to the dry down.

Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Prestige : Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana

The wildness of honeysuckle, winding through the English countryside.
Climbing. Twisting. Ever more alluring after dark. Fresh with rose and the aromatic, fruity twist of davana. Woody with moss. Warmed by sunshine.

Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Popular: Ariana Grande Cloud

This addictive scent opens with a dreamy blend of alluring lavender blossom, forbidden juicy pear and mouth-watering bergamot. The heart of the fragrance is a whipped touch of crème de coconut, indulgent praline and exotic, vanilla orchid. Sensual musks and creamy woods add a cashmere like feel that seduces the senses.

Consumer Choice: Women’s Prestige: Marc Jacobs Daisy Love

This gourmand radiant perfume for women reveals its first notes in a vibrant burst of sweet cloudberries. Delicate daisy tree petals mingle with sparkling cashmere musks and driftwood to create a lasting and memorable gourmand twist

Consumer Choice: Women’s Popular: Victoria’s Secret Rebel Tease

You have no rules. So that’s how we made this fragrance. We asked our perfumers to create a floral that broke from tradition. And they delivered Tease Rebel, an urban bouquet tied in white leather. Wild Rose clashes with two types of Violets, a pretty mess of florals. Our signature White Leather note is sueded and softly musky. Unexpected. Edgy. A rebellious floral

Fragrance of the Year: Men’s Luxury: Bleu de Chanel Parfum

An aromatic, intensely woody fragrance. It opens with powerful freshness, then lingers with a precious accord of New Caledonian sandalwood that unfurls its generous, powerful notes in a dense and sophisticated trail.

Fragrance of the Year: Men’s Prestige: Dior Sauvage Eau De Parfum 

The powerful freshness of Sauvage exudes new sensual and mysterious facets, amply renewing itself with the signature of an ingenious composition.
Calabrian bergamot, as juicy and spirited as ever, invites new spicy notes to add fullness and sensuality, as the woody ambery trail of Ambroxan® is wrapped in the smoky accents of Papua New Guinean vanilla absolute for greater virility.
François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator, drew inspiration from the desert in the magical hour of twilight. Mixed with the coolness of the night, the burning desert air exudes profound fragrances. In the hour when the wolves come out and the sky is set ablaze, a new magic unfolds

Consumers Choice: Men’s: Paco Rabanne 1 Million Lucky

Woody top notes pulse over addictive hazelnut. A fragrance with a beat. Stimulating the senses

Home Collection of the Year: Diptyque 34 Collection

The 34 boulevard Saint Germain candle has a scent which reveals itself as fresh, green and spicy accords. Damp mosses, crumpled blackcurrant leaves, sun-dried fig leaves all favorite raw materials.

Hall of Fame: Donna Karen Cashmere Mist

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, is the iconic scent that started it all. A sheer, soft veil of Moroccan Jasmine, Lily of the Valley and Bergamot with warm undertones of Sandalwood, Amber and Musk. Created to seduce the senses, by a woman known for her great passion for all things cashmere.

Perfume Extraordinaire: A Lab on Fire Hallucinogenic Pearl

The air is warmed and stilled, the sky a hazy shade of blue. Here, free of all restrictions we stay up too late, rise too early, just to be here. Here, the gaze focuses, then looks past. Here, a sense of genuine divinity is felt between skin tones and Venetian blonde, leather and lace. And more, much more than this, we do it our way.
Top~ ambrette seeds, bergamot, pinkpepper berries
Mid~ violet, Iriseine De Laire, orris
Dry~ suede, blond woods, musks

A night at the ‘Fragrance Oscars’ with the 2019 UK FIFI winners

The UK’s 27th annual FIFI awards held by the Fragrance Foundation took place in May in London. The award winning fragrance products are listed in the article below and you can click to find information about best new media campaign, packaging or Retailer. Plus if you wanted to find out what brands and products were submitted for the awards you can click through to the Fragrance Foundation Finalists page. They also have a great Instagram page full of all the award winners and more, which is definitely worth following whether you are in the industry or just fragrance obsessed! So to kick off the fragrance Oscars..the first awards goes to….

Best New Home Fragrance Product: A Midsummer Dream – Roja Parfums

The enchanted woodland of Shakespeare’s imagination is able to come to life. Notes of Patchouli, Oakmoss, Tree Moss and Vetiver stage the forest floor whilst zesty Grapefruit blends with the liveliness of Cardamom and Pink Pepper to bring the whimsical spirit of the story to life. Titania, Queen of the Faeries, is written to have slept on a bed of Musk and Rose, which are both used in this potion, whilst the powdery balsamic tones of Carrot Seed blend with Orris and Musk to create an ethereal, dream-like state where fantasy and reality blur.

People’s Choice for Women: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP Intense

An oriental, woody and ambery fragrance with an extreme character. The fragrance is structured around an overdose of patchouli, warmed by an ambery accord of Vanilla absolute and Tonka Bean. A heart of rose and jasmine and the contrasting freshness of citrus add their notes to write this powerful score

People’s Choice Men: Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum

Spicy & juicy bergamot unfurls a woody trail enveloped in vanilla absolute.

Best New Independent Fragrance: Cloon Keen Atelier Roisin Dubh

A mythic Irish rose
A dusky haze of Damascena rose, entwined with a dry paper accord and ink-stained patchouli, unfurls into a brooding base of smoky incense, black pepper and tobacco absolute.
Róisín Dubh (little black rose) takes its name from a subversive 16th century song, which has become an enduring emblem to Irish writers.

Perfume Extraordinaire & Best New Women’s Fragrance: Diptyque Fleur de Peau

A tribute to the mythical love between Psyche and Eros, which led to the birth of their daughter, Hedone. One scent can convey this legend: musks. At the heart of Fleur de Peau, they are cottony, soft or moist. Highlighted with iris and ambrette seed, they reveal their full tactile dimension.

Ultimate Launch: Dior Joy

Zested Bergamot and Mandarin explode in unison with flowers. Grasse Rose, in both Essence and Absolute form, as well as heady Jasmine, blend with these delectable fruits in a vibrant smile. Warm and creamy sandalwood embraces us in softness. An intimate signature, the clear and powdery whisper of musks creates a tender and sensual skin-on-skin effect

Best New Men’s Fragrance: Diptyque Tempo

During the 60s, a certain scent was changing the world: patchouli. It conveyed a sense of freedom and spirituality that was closer to nature, and the hopes of a generation that was reinventing the future.
Tempo is a tribute to this olfactory icon. It is a nuanced composition of three patchouli extracts from the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi, that hovers between elegant and woody, enveloping and earthy. Elevated by violet leaf, Tempo vibrates on the skin with remarkable sophistication.

Holiday Fragrance Product of the Year: Diptyque Sapin de Lumiere

And that the stag spirit appears in the twilight forest! From this light is born the flaming fragrance of the fir trees, warmed by the delicate, neighbouring cedars.

Best New Fragrance Limited Distribution: Women: Alexander McQueen Parfum Collection

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Best New Fragrance Limited Distribution Men: Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscana

The time-honoured fougère with an Italian slant that’s at once modern and classic. Evoking a cool breeze, it opens with a refreshing star anise and elemi accord that’s illuminated by sparkling notes of orange and petit grain. Sage and lavendin introduce an aromatic heart before a woody base of cypress and pine alludes to the serenity of being silently surrounded by nature.
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