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May 19, 2007

Spring Summer 2007 New Fragrance Releases


Every Friday, the perfume article packed issue of Women's Wear Daily lands on my desk. Following my usual habit, I jot down the fragrances to be launched and place an asterisk next to those that capture my attention. Below is the list of a few such fragrances (in no particular order.) I would like to know what launch you are anticipating.

Hermès Kelly Calèche (June 2007)
Floral leather created by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, Kelly Calèche sounds like a fragrance made just for me. I am almost afraid to try it, for the fear of being disappointed. The best description comes from WWD: "One of the first things I wanted to do when I entered Hermès was work with leather," said Ellena. He also kept in mind a passage from French author Jean Giono's "Jean le Bleu," in which the narrator speaks of his departed father, a cobbler, as "making soles in angel leather. ... Jean-Claude wanted to do a floral leather," explained Fulconis. To that end, Ellena combined notes of iris, mimosa, tuberose and climbing rose to create Kelly Calèche."

Narciso Rodriguez For Him (July 2007)
Created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian of Takasago, Narciso Rodriguez for Him follows the successful Narciso Rodriguez for Her. According to WWD, the fragrance is inspired by "the great fougères of the Eighties." It will includes notes of violet leaf, musk, amber, and patchouli notes.

Eau Sauvage Fraîcheur Cuir (May 2007)
Can the lily be gilded? Is it possible to improve upon the original. Well, I remain skeptical, but I am still interested in trying the new variation of the classical Eau Sauvage. It is described as a spicier fragrances, with the heavier wood and amber notes.

Dior Homme Cologne (May 2007)
In same vein, I am curious if it is possible to make the original Dior Homme (created by Olivier Polge of IFF) even more appealing. The cologne will include citrus fruits, bergamot, tangerine and orange blossom, in addition to iris and vetiver.

Chanel Allure Cologne Sport (launched in March 2007)
I kept ignoring Allure Cologne Sport for quite a while, but apparently, it is an excellent modern cologne in the spirit Thierry Mugler Cologne, much more interesting than Allure Sport. Therefore, it is now on my list to try.

Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia (August 2007)
Tuberose Gardenia is the first fragrance of a series of fragrances inspired by Private Collection, which was introduced in 1973. Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia includes notes of neroli, lilac, tuberose, gardenia, orange flower, jasmine, carnation white lily, rosewood and vanilla bourbon. I also like the fact that Tuberose Gardenia will be available in the parfum.

Missoni Acqua (July 2007)
While niche lovers might scoff at it, Missoni (2006) was one of my favourite launches of the last year. Its fantastic pairing of orange blossom and chocolate against the watery muguet note is appealing and intriguing. I have similar hopes for Acqua, so the time will tell... Meanwhile, WWD tells us that "Acqua has top notes of bright bergamot, juicy melon, fresh grapefruit and sensual narcisse; a heart of velvety violet, voluminous peony, blue freesia and crisp muguet, and a drydown of Tuscan iris," jasmine and musk.

Sean John Unforgivable Woman (August 2007)
Ok, I am just very curious as to what Sean John is up to this time. Unforgivable Woman includes notes of bergamot, orange, neroli, cassis, grapefruit, apple, cucumber, piña colada, orange flower, jasmine, violet, muguet, freesia, cyclamen, amber, tonka beans, coco de mer, vanilla tears, cedar, sandalwood, oak moss, patchouli, vetiver and iris.

Sarah Jessica Parker Covet (July 2007)
Lovely was very appropriately named, and now I am wondering about Covet. WWD reports that "Covet, created with fragrance consultant Ann Gottlieb and Firmenich's Frank Volkl, has top notes of wet greens, geranium leaves, Sicilian lemon, lavender and chocolate; a heart of honeysuckle, magnolia and muget, and a drydown of musk, vetiver, bois de cashmere, teakwood and amber."

Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel (May 2007)
Although I am not the biggest fan of Miller Harris line, Lyn Harris's philosophy appeals to me, and I am always curious to try her new fragrances. Her website describes Fleurs de Sel as "a personal interpretation of a small village in Brittany called Batz sur Mer where Lyn Harris has a family home and has spent some of her happiest times. Earthy top notes of red thyme oil, rosemary and clary sage are bound with wild flowers of iris nobilis, narcisse flowers, rose and a hint of ambrette seed, finally blending them on a base of woods, vetiver grass and moss with a note of leather."



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