The Report: Top Notes
Written by Mare Punzalan
Illustrations by Yusun Kang
With warmer weather well on its way, it’s time you switched out your winter fragrances for a selection of scents that celebrate the oncoming of spring. Not only does the season mark the beginning of new life, but also an introduction to an array of new fragrances from some of the top perfumers around the world. Here are a few that we recommend.
Tom Ford Soleil Blanc
One of the most celebrated American designers of our time, Tom Ford’s name has become synonymous with modern luxury. Much like a summer holiday in a bottle, his latest fragrance beams with chic decadence. Amber and floral notes make up the dominant traits, resulting in the perfect companion for a tropical getaway.
Cartier La Panthère Légère
Cut like a fine jewel, this stunning bottle is as much an art piece on its own as it is a vessel for Cartier’s fragrance. Carved into the visage of a panther, the signature symbol represents femininity and independence. But you’ll discover it’s the dazzling composition of Tahitian gardenia, chypre and velvety musk that will illuminate your feline senses.
Valentino Valentina Poudre
Encased in a beautiful matte bottle, the latest release from Valentino’s master perfumers will leave you breathless and wanting more. An intoxicating mix of powdery terra-cotta, creamy floral notes and sweet vanilla come together to form this infatuating spring scent.
Burberry Mr. Burberry
As much a part of British culture as Savile Row, Burberry has long been a shining ambassador for its native country. Paying homage to its roots, the ingredients — which include notes of zesty grapefruit, cardamom and sandalwood — are inspired by the heritage of British male perfumery. Other elements include a gabardine tie around the neck of the bottle, the same material used in the brand’s iconic trenchcoats.
Givenchy Gentlemen Only Parisian Break
Much like its name, this elegant new scent is like an invitation to a pleasant stroll along the Seine on a summer morning. Hints of lemon, Nepal mint and sage make for a refreshing concoction that will carry a man effortlessly from the start to end of his day.
Alfred Dunhill Icon
Nothing says masculine spirit than a sleek and steely design. And who better to spin the style but none other than the guys over at Alfred Dunhill. Complementing its bold casing lies inside a unique chemistry of ingredients, which include infusions of Italian bergamot, lavender and smoky oak moss.