A person’s scent and what they choose as their fragrance is deeply personal. The senses are strong and how you decide to present your smell to others can be just as expressive as what you’re wearing. Your scent has the power to uplift and inspire your confidence; it can also reinforce memories of the past that you wish to hold dear. There are even some who value their personal fragrance so much that they won’t share the name of their perfume with others (you know who they are).
In this first month of the New Year, which always feels like an opportunity to forge hopeful new pathways for a renewed, healthy lifestyle, we’re more inclined to make changes—or, at least, commit to the resolutions we vowed to undertake on January 1. And on a superficial level, (ain’t nothing wrong with that) we are more likely to change our appearance to fit these new beginnings. As you embark on this new year, why not consider changing your signature scent to fit your new aspirations? We’re tracking the newest scents released in 2022 here, all of which will surely inspire and, more importantly, make a positive first impression and express your mood and personality before you even utter a hello to whomever is in the room.
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A harmonious ode to the delicate and fragrant violet flower, the distinctiveness in Hermès’s newest scent lies with the very end notes that contain a tasteful aromatic hint of the famed Hermès Volynka leather. It’s also clearly evocative of their clientele; reserved but compelling and confident without needing to announce it to the whole world. It’s an exceptional fragrance for those who prefer lighter scents with substance.
Kate Moss’s foray into beauty and wellness is a definitive triumph. Her newly launched scent from her Cosmoss line is a beautifully crafted, mood-boosting fragrance with top notes of sumptuous orange flower and bergamot, which parlay into a floral incantation of tuberose, geranium, and timeless jasmine. The end note has a pleasing oak moss that gives the scent an aura of sensuality.
Vintner’s Daughter Understory Perfume Oil
Another new entry into the fragrance sector: Vintner’s Daughter, which has put forth its own scent on the light and herbal side. The aroma is verdant while encompassing wispy layers of fragrant violet, moss, bay, and jasmine that vividly culminate images of lush forests. It feels sophisticated, calm, and green. We loved the rollerball application, as well.
Christian Dior La Collection Privée
Three distinguishing scents recently redefined by Dior Perfume creation director Francis Kurkdjian, this fragrance trilogy revives the founding notes of La Collection Privée Christian Dior, which Kurkdjian re-released for the first time since their creation with a sleek, understated design. The three fragrances revisit with elegance and originality the fundamentals of perfumery: Eau Noire
is a rhapsodic lavender with a deeper middle base; Cologne Blanche is a powdery orange blossom, and Bois d’Argent is a melodic ode to the iris flower against a harmonic frankincense note.
Amouage Opus XII Rose Incense
This is one of the sexiest takes on the musky rose realm to ever be created—and it surely deserves a place on our best fragrances list. This smoldering scent is almost an incantation for getting intimate, and should be worn by those who know how to handle its power. Breathe in the bouquets of Damascus rose dancing around the lighter notes of frankincense and faint vanilla upon application.
One of the more unique scents to come out this year, Leland Francis’s La Reina really smells divine if you prefer cleaner notes on your pulse points. Sage and bergamot blend with geranium and rose for a lush, green element—with very light hints of patchouli that blend warmly with labdanum flower to add warmth at the end notes.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian 724
The classic perfume house’s newest launch is an olfactory poesy to early daybreak in New York City. There are three notes that stand out here: sweet pea, mock orange, and Egyptian jasmine, which is universally regarded as the most potent and high-grade of all the jasmine oils. The end note is a sandalwood white musk that acts almost as a soft blanket, enveloping the scents while keeping them grounded.
Krigler Voyage au Paradis 56
This is one of our favorite Krigler scents to launch, boasting a captivating concoction of bergamot, Sicilian blood orange, caraway, and white musk. An ode to the French Riviera, Krigler has always nailed exactly what the jet set craves in terms of chic, perennial scents.
White florals jasmine and neroli are crafted together for a hearty floral with additional notes that take the scent one step further, tastefully—by combining a savory amber musk, pear, and Madagascar vanilla to center the aroma a bit so it’s not overly floral. Prada’s latest release will appeal to those who love floral scents on the warmer side.
Aerin Rose de Grasse Joyful Bloom
Leave it to Aerin Lauder to really grasp the power of the rose flower. A blend of pink Indian rosa bourboniana comes together with precious red Turkish roses; even spraying it out of the gorgeous opaque bottle feels like we’re doing something right. (It almost feels as if I just ordered ten rolls of her bespoke wallpaper for my bedroom). This will be a classic scent for the Aerin fragrance lineup, and unlike other rose scents that are either over-musked or over-sweetened, Rose de Grasse feels cultivated and distinguished. We love this as an all-year-round, signature fragrance.
Viktor & Rolf Good Fortune
The potent jasmine flower is the focal point of this aromatic and floral presentation. The brew is also infused with a creamy vanilla and bourbon ethically sourced in Madagascar. All in all, it lays on the skin nicely and keeps its fragrance throughout the day.
Bulgari Rose Goldea Blossom Delight
A garden-fresh scent that marries Lily of the Valley and cedarwood for the principal scents. It feels very clean and soft—a great casual Sunday fragrance to add some floral femininity.
This latest launch from Lancome’s Idôle collection is a sweet floral that adds a warm caramel popcorn accord and vanilla bourbon to the senses for an overall uplifting scent.
Parfums de Marly Delina Body Oil Spray
Here’s a happy, upbeat, and uncomplicated (unlike most people on this earth) scent. Marly has created a luxuriously scented new body oil in their favorite Delina fragrance, which can be worn on its own. Its citrus-y grapefruit and lychee notes dance playfully with rose and peony.
Ellis Brooklyn Vanilla Milk
Ellis Brooklyn’s latest scent layers Madagascar and bourbon vanilla beans with creamy milk accord, coco shell extract, sandalwood, and Amyris. It’s a richer take on the timeless vanilla fragrance, but remains beautifully beguiling in its own interpretation—a lovely scent to consider for fall and winter.
We were very receptive to this clean and beachy scent. Two standout attributes: the citrus notes of orange flower and lemon peel were not overly citrus, and there’s a soft amber and sandalwood that soften the scent over time on your skin. Launched earlier this month, the jovial brew was inspired by the vast, blue Malibu skies.
Carine by Carine Roitfeld
Precisely the fragrance you’d imagine fashion muse Carine Roitfeld would wear with confidence. This perfectly
concocted blend of Indonesian Patchouli weaved with jasmine and gardenia florals can be worn all day and night. The scent has an air of mystery to it, as well as a bold femininity that’s infused with pink peppercorn and cardamom. This combination both sits softly on the skin and summons images of rich silks and velvet floral petals.
Costa Brazil Aroma 1 Jungle Eau de Parfum
This vortex of exotic notes exudes the aromas of the Amazon Rainforest at daybreak. Tree resin and crushed leaves scents are echoed with top notes of White Jungle Flora, invigorating orange oil, along with middle notes of nutmeg, dry amber accords, patchouli, and vetiver. It’s an intoxicating scent ideal for those who prefer robust flavors. Plus, the red oak bottle comes in an eco-conscious, sustainably packaged refillable console.
Parfums de Marly Haltane Eau de Parfum
This bold unisex scent pivots more toward a statement fragrance, incorporating warm, herbal notes of sage, bergamot, vetiver, and musk. The base notes of patchouli and agarwood make this a great choice for those who gravitate toward fuller, heavier-scented fragrances.
The chicest iteration of jasmin—as only Dior could imagine it. The new limited-edition fragrance, Jasmin de Anges, is released from Dior’s coveted La Collection Privée Dioriviera Collection. The notes of jasmine, inspired from the majestic Dior gardens in the South of France, are in the fruity and floral vein, but they’re crafted in a pleasing manner for the senses, including subtle hints of apricot, which keep the aroma balanced.
By Kilian Kologne Shield of Protection
Fresh yet intense notes come together in By Kilian’s newly launched genderless scent, Kologne, Shield of Protection. There is a charming citrus and rosemary blend that also carries a vivid green, yet woodsy feel—thanks in part to the whispers of cedarwood that round out the notes.
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Eau & Magnolia
Fresh water envelops the heady scent of the magnolia flower in the newest summer fragrance from Issey Miyake. It’s light, but still lingers with wafts of soft rose essence and sandalwood to deliver subtle feelings of femininity. The hints of musk balance the overall aroma to give it substantial symmetry as a fresh but still adult perfume.
Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Paris
Chanel’s understated yet cool confidence is embodied in its latest eau de parfum launch. The scent was inspired, of course, by the city that forever changed the life of Gabrielle Chanel: Paris. Lemon and tangerine notes bring a clean aroma onto the skin, but in true Chanel fashion, there is a Damask rose middle note gracefully tied in. Hints of pink pepper and patchouli notes appear ever so slightly to give the playfulness some edge.
Veronique Gabai Ready for Rosé
A sweet and romantic ode to the magnolia flower, this fragrance is emblematic of languorous summer days that turn into long nights, watching the sun set and breathing in the exhilarating delights of summer. Freesia, fragrant orange blossom, and jasmine brings excitement to the mood, with just the perfect amount of amber and musk to keep it alluring. There are even notes of juicy rhubarb that bring a vibrant and sweet tone to the brew.
Clarins Eau Extraordinaire Treatment Fragrance
This uplifting fragrance will revive and awaken your senses. Incorporating jasmine, patchouli, red ginger, and citrus aromatic oils, Clarins’s bespoke concoction has been crafted to revitalize your inner strength and vitality. Natural plant extracts of organic leaf of life and acerola seed enhance the aroma’s radiance, while leaving skin soft and supple. This delicate, non-photosensitizing formula is suitable for all skin types—even the most sensitive.
For those who love soft, elegant, and light fragrances, the newly launched Floating from Liis features luxuriously effeminate top notes of peach and bergamot, spun with spicy wild orchid and fresh linen. It’s clean but still has these cashmere-like layers that end with crisp sequoia wood notes.
Jo Malone London Aqua Lemon Cologne
An invigorating but very grown-up lemon citrus scent, Jo Malone London’s newest limited-edition unisex fragrance features pops of playful mandarin, vivid spearmint notes, and delicately warmed cedarwood. It’s just a touch of happiness for those who want an upbeat but not overly robust scent.
Tocca Florence Olio Sublime Profumato
A light, classic European gardenia fragrance captured in a decadent dry oil, Tocca’s Florence Olio Sublime Profumato was inspired by one of the most romantic cities in the world, Florence. The scent infuses lush pear and bergamot with the star ingredient, gardenia, to create a timeless scent worth wearing all summer long.
The Harmonist Yin Transformation
Light, feminine but extremely sexy on the skin, this newly launched nubile scent infuses pink peppercorn, Bulgarian rose, and Calypso orchid into a super feminine aroma. There are also light hints of mandarin and white musk here, bringing an inviting energy to the fragrance.
For those who prefer bolder scents, this aroma of leather and vanilla is a fetching unisex blend. The newly launched Bulgari scent is part of their Le Gemme fragrance repertoire, inspired by the labradorite gemstone, which is implanted in the bottle cap. The intense blend also uses natural oud wood, cedarwood, blonde suede, and sandalwood to enhance and lift the vanilla components.
Louis Vuitton City of Stars
Louis Vuitton’s latest olfactory tribute to the West Coast is City of Stars, an effervescent fragrance that pays homage to the captivating energy of Los Angeles. In collaboration with renowned artist Alex Israel, the scent contains an enticing floral and citrus blend that will appeal to those craving more upbeat and jovial evening blends. Citrus sourced from southern Italy (blood orange, lemon, red mandarin, bergamot, and lime) balances out tiaré flower, monoi oil, and sandalwood, which lend a muskier end note.
Guerlain Muguet Exceptional Piece
This intoxicating jasmine and rose combination is graceful, clean, and unmistakably French-chic. Guerlain’s third Muguet iteration from in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser is an enchanting scent for spring and summer, embodying all that is fresh, floral, and pleasing to the nose. The bottle is the creation of Parisian jewelry designer Francesco Truscelli, and features exquisite semi-precious stones and metals. The scent is not necessarily sweet, but incorporates the corolla flower into a simple, precise, and elegant blend.
Byredo is always on the cutting edge of scent creativity—and this time is no different. Musky yet herbal, De Los Santos caters to those who prefer deeper aromas that still manage to stay fresh. Byredo’s newest fragrance is a tribute to the ceremonial scents of Dia de los Muertos, harmoniously blending garden green sage and earthy musk to give a serious but clean feel to the blend. The gender-neutral scent lightly smells of soft amber and iris toward the end notes.
Kindred Black x J. Hannah Drink Deep, Psyche
This scent is provocative, inviting, and very sensual—a fragrance reserved for a weekend holed up in a hotel room with your lover. The aroma elegantly captures the essence of Greek ambrosia; although on the deep side, it is still very delicate. This is not one of those over the top, sugary notes that screams across the room. Kindred Black’s latest release also comes in a beautiful sterling silver recyclable bottle designed in conjunction with the jewelry designer J. Hannah.
YSL Beauty Black Opium Illicit Green
If you’ve traditionally shied away from spicier, sweeter warm tones, you may want to reconsider—as this new YSL eau de parfum has a much fresher take. Their latest fragrance lifts the original Black Opium notes, but then also provides a nice, spicy jolt with the addition of sweet green mandarin front and center. It settles after the first hour with notes of vanilla, creamy fig, and coffee; lasts long, and is suitable for day or evening wear.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Love Pour Femme
Dolce & Gabbana has bottled the bright, passionate feeling of the Italian summer sun. Its latest perfume launch uses the original top notes of green apple and Calabria lemon from their original Light Blue scent, while the Italian Love Pour Femme element brings in a soft, woodsy feel with jasmine sambac, white rose, and soft layers of Vetiver and creamy sandalwood. It’s an upbeat and carefree scent perfect for oceanside vacations.
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Oui
This sweet and musky scent is a spicier rendering of Lancôme’s original floral scent, La Vie Est Belle. The limited release, Oui, contains interpretations of iris padilla, jasmine sambac and Turkish rose, while adding an inviting patchouli note that is sweetened with raspberry accord and ylang-ylang, which lends its own unique grounding factor. The scent can be worn day into evening—and because of the varied florals and spices notes, it’s a perfect scent to wear year-round as well.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian À la Rose Precious Elixirs
L’eau à la Rose rests on the skin delicately and beautifully, with breathtaking notes that utilize a medley of 800 damascena and centifolia roses. It feels like no expense was spared with this concoction, as the French perfumer gently rounded out the rose base with sweet pea accord, magnolia, and a mild hint of musk to ground the notes. This blend comes in a four-bottle roll-on application, making it ideal for travel—or just throwing it in your purse.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Satin Mood Precious Elixirs
Here’s another one of our favorites from Maison Francis Kurkdjian—a truly standout scent for those who love classic, chic perfumes. Its compelling elements radiate the kind of effortless European style you’d see at the Paris Ritz’s Bar Hemingway. The first olfactory element is the wood: an oud that’s sourced from the forests in Laos, giving a substantial yet still ultra-feminine depth to the fragrance. It’s not heavy by any means, and perfect if you’re looking for something sexy and chic for evening.
This sweet, fruity new scent from Ellis Brooklyn summons images of bursting sunshine and rainbows immediately upon application. Its upbeat aroma is best for the warmer spring and summer months. Fig, bergamot, jasmine, and vanilla come together in this gleeful concoction—but it’s the coconut note that makes it most appealing.
If you’re drawn to softer fragrances but still want something alluring, this is a beautifully crafted perfume for you. Decorté’s limited-edition fragrance is light, fresh, and still sexy—an ode to the fragrant Japanese cherry blossom, which is often associated with the art of poetry, purity, and romance. The delicate spring fragrance utilizes rose essence with a top note of lychee (but it’s not overly sweet), followed by middle notes of cherry blossom, peony, and lily of the valley.
Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Brûlant
Citrus, spice, and all that entices seem to be exactly what Ford’s newest scent is all about. A sultry amber aroma blends with citrus to exude the unmistakable imagery of bronzed summer bodies basking under a warm, eternal sun. Hints of orange spice and black honey deepen the scent. Like many of Tom Ford’s scents, this one surely does not disappoint.
Neon Garden by Dries Van Noten
The innovative Belgian designer has crafted a line of ten unforgettably divine scents that take the olfactory experience to another level. Our favorite is Neon Garden—a fresh but serious scent in which mint and Iris become the standout notes, heightening the senses as they artfully play with the base notes of musk and Ambroxan. Neon Garden, as well as the rest of the collection from Van Noten’s new gender-fluid line, can be easily worn from daytime well into the night.
Tom Ford Beauty Rose d’Amalfi, from the Private Rose Garden Collection
A sublime rose scent that you will surely use frequently this spring and summer. Rose d’Amalfi, one of a three-part fragrance launch from Tom Ford Beauty’s Private Rose Garden Collection, is a light and powdery iteration that is playful, alluring, and, although it is on the lighter side, there is a confidence that goes with wearing this scent. Infused with Italian bergamot, it’s timeless and fresh.
Modern Vanilla Le Petit Skunk
This is a fragrance to consider if you’re going for a sexy and alluring vibe. Vetiver is fused with spicy cardamom, smoky Jasmine sambac, and carrot seed oil to uplift the senses and seduce—plus, Le Petit Skunk Parfum uses the science of olfactory healing in its exotic all-natural, sustainable oil blend. The fragrance promotes inner healing from the ingredient’s vibrational frequencies—specifically, to awaken your third eye (attention: yoga devotees)—and sets out to clear negativity and blockages while promoting creativity and intuition. Modern Vanilla also plants one tree for each sale to help reforest regions in California devastated by record-breaking wildfire seasons.
Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Lily
The lily flower has a sweet, vibrant, floral rendition here that embodies all that is young, fresh, and energetic. It is the fifth fragrance to launch from Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce line, fusing passion fruit and rose with a base of vanilla and sandalwood to give it a richer depth at the end notes. While the scent incorporates zesty citrus, the base of sandalwood and vanilla ground the end notes to give a more solid presence. The overall combination is an ultra-cheerful play on all that is floral and sugary.
Jo Malone London Rose & Magnolia Cologne
Jo Malone London’s timeless rose scent is paired with magnolia flower to give a gorgeous aroma that will undoubtedly become a one of the brand’s timeless classics. It’s floral without the excessive sweetness—clean but also a substantial amount of presence without being too overwhelming, either.
Narciso Rodriguez Musc Noir Rose
The rose scent here is sensual, carnal, and all grown up. Combining the intoxicating power of rose with a rich base of vanilla, leather, and patchouli, Narciso Rodriguez’s latest eau de parfum works for all four seasons, day or night. There is a soft note of pink peppercorn you’ll notice at the very end that adds an extra beautiful layer of depth.
Béatus Giverny Eau de Parfum
This uplifting unisex fragrance blends a floral bouquet surprisingly well with patchouli and vanilla base notes. It comes together softly, but with some depth at the end notes. The floral notes are inspired by the breathtaking gardens of Giverny, France, with top notes of bergamot, green apple, and blackcurrant, plus heart notes of jasmine, rose, and ylang-ylang. Giverny is one of six sustainably produced fragrances released by Béatus.
Estée Lauder Beautiful Magnolia Intense Eau de Parfum
Cheerful but still reserved and chic, the richness of magnolia is key here, steadied by bouquets of iris and rose for an ultra-fresh and colorful spring potion. The formulation uses oils extracts of mandarin, violet leaf absolute, and cardamom, which delicately blend with the magnolia flower to simulate the scent of fresh, early morning blooms. The center of the fragrance—iris, rose orange flower—gives the perfume a gentle, rounded sweetness that settles nicely on the skin with a cedarwood and patchouli base.
If blush was incorporated into a scent, this would certainly be it. Ideal for the spring and summer, this is a soft, wispy, sweet sent that sits on the skin beautifully. The standout notes that are most recognizable are peach and pear blossom, which harmonize cheerfully with mandarin, bergamot and peony. It’s light and airy—but grounded in the fainter top notes by a hint of amber.
Henry Rose Sheep’s Clothing
A clean yet musky rose aroma, Turkish rose fuses with hints of spicy pink peppercorn in Henry Rose’s second floral scent to debut this week, Sheep’s Clothing. It’s certainly floral, but elegantly so, and on the warmer side. There are comforting notes of warm amber woods that round out this delicate but deep scent.
Inspired by centuries-old Korean scents, Heaven is part of a four-scent launch that honors the sacred four elements. Heaven is on the clean citrus and floral spectrum, echoing fresh and exuberant spring gardens. The rose notes synthesize crisply with green tea and a subtle vanilla to give it just a touch of warmth. This one’s ideal for those who prefer light, upbeat scents.
A flowing genderless scent drawing its olfactory expression from the vibrant Miami lifestyle and cityscapes, this not-overly-sweet strawberry note is balanced with citrus, bergamot, pink peppercorn, and leather. The result is a scent that is layered and fruity, but still smells on the crisp, cleaner side.
An olfactory masterpiece, this deeply personal scent created by Hedi Slimane drew inspiration from the passionate work of poet Arthur Rimbaud, who served as a constant literary influence for Slimane in his youth. The refined lavender notes are harvested from picturesque fields in Provence to provide soft, delicate overtones that are met with layered depths of the gentle and regal Iris flower. The genderless brew of elixirs exudes elegant simplicity and timeless sophistication.
Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle Mimosa
Aerin’s first fragrance of 2022 has managed to elevate the mimosa flower to absolute sophistication, with a fusion that is nothing short of jubilee. The scent draws inspiration from springtime in the French Riviera, encompassing the vibrant colors of the glorious architecture along the Cote d’Azur—not to mention the enchanting surrounding gardens of the region. Notes of tuberose, grapefruit, bergamot, and even hints of woodsy vetiver blend to evoke a sensual yet clean harmony.
This limited-edition collaboration with famed Los Angeles-based florist Maurice Harris is a delightful iteration of the classic rose scent, combining the smell of blooming green gardens with an effervescent mix of rose, chamomile, artichoke, and lychee. For rose perfume lovers, it’s a classic scent with just the right amount of fragrance, light enough to be worn during the day and substantial enough to be refreshed lightly well into the evening. For those preferring a clean, floral, and refined perfume, this might be your newest signature scent.
A bold and resplendent genderless fragrance that manifests excitement, adventure, and sensuality, this pleasingly fragrant potion—developed by designer and model Telli Swift—is rich with flavor but remains soft and magnetic at the same time. Top notes of red Mandarin and saffron are blended with Moroccan jasmine, sandalwood, and white musk. D’Telli is best for nights out on the town—or to an unforgettable, intimate dinner with lovers or friends.
Bvlgari Allegra Spettacolore
Bulgari’s first scent to launch this year has perfectly captured the feeling of joyous Italian festivities in an ultra-feminine fragrance that works beautifully for daytime and evening. This layered floral scent contains hints of citrus, but really veers more toward the powdery notes of the Spettacolore flower with blends of Iris as well. There is even a very light but noticeable candy scent that emerges at the end of the blend, giving it a feel of fashionable austerity and subtle sweetness.
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