fragrance

How to buy an Hermès fragrance

How to buy an Hermes fragrance

There are many ways to buy an Hermès fragrance. In department stores, at airports, online. But for the best experience, in keeping with the poetic Hermès approach, I’d recommend buying from an Hermès store. This way, you get personal service (hunt out the charming perfume ambassadors in Bond Street, and Sloane Street) and get to experience all the delightful little Hermès touches, of which of course, there are many. (Here’s one I experienced: when I tested the scents, they were sprayed onto an Hermès ribbon, which was then tied to my wrist. Fabulous, no?) (more…)

Jo Malone London ups its luxury game with Rare Teas

Jo Malone Rare Teas Collection

Jo Malone London has been a tad hit and miss for me in the last year, but things have picked up with its latest release, Rare Teas.

I’m currently doused in Darjeeling Tea, one of the new limited edition Rare Teas colognes, which retail at a premium £ 240 for 175ml. The essence of this collection is taking six revered rare teas from exotic locales including Morocco and Japan and infusing them straight from the leaf into a fragrance. It’s a ritualistic process and actually unheard of in fragrance until now. Each tea is blended with other ingredients to create a completely new but tea-centric concoction. (more…)

Smell the roses

Diptyque Eau Roses and Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Rose

A good way to get into spring mode, even if it’s still coat whether outside, is scent. Specifically rose, which these days manages to be both fresh and outdoorsy yet calm and comforting. Diptyque’s Eau Rose (£65, below) is a non-cloying everyday eau de toilette that smells very ‘full’ on first spritz but quickly dissipates into something gentler and greener. This is one for casual days to wear with a chunky Barrie sweater, white 501s and biker boots. (Buy it at Diptyque, Net-a-Porter and Space NK.) (more…)

Long read: The rise of the scented object

Scented ceramic objects at Avery Perfume Gallery at Selfridge, London, UK.

I first became aware of the power of ceramic as a scent diffuser at a Chanel beauty launch. We were given tiny ceramic tiles in the shape of a camellia that were scented with Chanel no 5. The porous surface lets the scent linger for ages on a ceramic tile, making it both pretty and useful – who doesn’t love that? A year later, I was given an Hermès scented ceramic tile in the store when testing some fragrances. So much nicer than a paper blotter, no? And keepable too. (more…)