It’s an untold truth that a woman’s scent is a seductive weapon. This has been the case for centuries and even science backs it. Not only are the olfactory senses a powerful means of attraction, but it also evokes a surge of self-confidence. The lingering fragrance long after an embrace is the alchemy containing pheromones that toy with the chemicals in our brains to induce attraction.
Out of 365 days (or 366 this year), there are going to be some special moments that call for a lasting impression. But since sensuality is such an obscure matter, with a fine line between flirtatiousness and provocation, we’ve rounded up some of the most seductive fragrances that are the most appealing, to suit any taste, personality and preference.
Reinterpreting the multi-faceted peony flower that is both delicate yet exuberant, and supple yet energetic is the Peonia Nobile. The scent opens up with top notes of black pepper and raspberry, a core of peony, geranium, freesia and Turkish rose, with an Indonesian patchouli and ambery base. As expected from the notes and its bottle, it is sweet yet surprisingly delicate with no traces of being overly aggressive or vulgar. This is an easy spritz that is well liked and a safe bet for gifting purposes too.
It’s been almost two decades since Coco Mademoiselle was first introduced and it has grown in popularity and loyalty until its updated version Coco Mademoiselle Intense, a bolder version of the original, was launched. The blend of fresh citrus with sophisticated patchouli and vertiver with notes of much-loved rose and jasmine, the fragrance was designed to capture the young spirit of Coco Chanel. The essence is a bold and free woman with a strong personality and surprising freshness. Coco Mademoiselle has great staying power too, so it can last and evolve throughout the day.
A fragrance that captures all the senses of femininity and a declaration of love is what À la Rose is. Along with sweet pea accord, magnolia, violets, musk and cedar wood, two hundred and fifty freshly bloomed Grasse roses go into each bottle. With such a high rate of natural ingredients in the recipe, each bottle will vary slightly (just like wine). The crisp and recognizable rose scent is delicate yet lasting and deeply evocative.
According to its name, one would imagine that Black Orchid is a floral fragrance. And while it is, it won’t register immediately as its floral core is countered with woody base notes of chocolate and leather to exude a more alluring and mysterious sense. It is thanks to these rich and dark accords that Tom Ford’s best selling fragrance has become an iconic scent for both men and women to wear, and appeal to.
The original fragrance was created as an ode to Florence in Italy, a place widely considered one of the most romantic destinations on the planet. Now, Salvatore Ferragamo’s newest release is a rendition of the iconic Gilio which first launched in 1960. The modern take on the classic is an air of soft wooden accents harmoniously blended with a floral bouquet and crisp verdants. Find jasmine, sandalwood, vertiver and patchouli in this mesmerising new scent commemorating 60 years of Gilio.
This story first appeared on PrestigeOnline Hong Kong