Now for Something a Little Different...
Attention, fragrance monogamists! If you dabble with a subtly tweaked version of your go-to spritz, it’s not really cheating. Five designers give you the option (from left): Balenciaga Paris L’Eau Rose rounds out the original scent’s signature violet note with cedar and cypress ($90, nordstrom.com). Dolce & Gabbana Desire contains the same mandarin-and-floral blend as its predecessor, the One, but vanilla-tinged caramel gives warmth ($79, saks.com). Givenchy Dahlia Noir L’Eau lightens up Dahlia Noir’s sandalwood-and-patchouli profile with neroli and peony ($84, macys.com). Valentina Assoluto is a more sultry version of its floral forebear, thanks to the addition of mossy chypre and patchouli ($88, neimanmarcus.com). Bottega Veneta Eau Légère doubles up on the gardenia in Tomas Maier’s first patchouli- and peppercorn-heavy BV creation, dialing down the intensity ($90, saks.com).
Photos: Illustrations by Cecilia Carlstedt; still lifes photographed by Tim Hout; Larkworthy: Victoria Will; all other images courtesy of Jane Larkworthy