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Our round-up of scents and perfumes worth checking out!

One way to recharge during this long drawn-out COVID community quarantine could be to pick out a new fragrance; to approach life with a new whiff on, and a positive, optimistic outlook. Picking out a scent is often a very personal choice, and it’s best to try them on first before making your selection. With safety protocols still in place, it’s fairly safe to head to the cosmetics counters at your favorite Rustan’s branch—to check out the fragrance’s sillage and drydown.


Sillage (a French word pronounced as see-yahj) refers to the wake of fragrance you leave behind as you walk by; while the drydown is the olfactory-notes evaporation rate, how quickly before you reach the bottom notes and how it reacts with your body. Each person’s reaction to a fragrance will be unique, so it’s actually advisable to spritz the scent on your forearm or wrist, walk around a bit, and smell it again after a few minutes!


Here are some 2020 fragrances worth checking out:


Irresistible by Givenchy

Irresistible Givenchy Eau de Parfum

A blend of luscious Rose and radiant Blond Wood that’s ultra-feminine, this is an effervescent, young, lively scent that works throughout the day and night. It’s floral-woody, with fruity aspects. The British model Fran Summers is the face of the new campaign. The top notes are Pear & Ambrette, while the floral middle notes are Rose Essential and Iris, with bottom notes of Virginia Cedar and Musk. For the twenty-something, or the young-at-heart women, this is an ideal choice.


Gentleman by Givenchy

Gentleman Givenchy Boisée

Here’s a men’s fragrance that’s perfect for the confident man. It’s essentially a Woody-Spicy, and the unique proposition is the strong floral heart note. The initial spicy contact is created by the Coriander, fused with Black Pepper and Green Geranium. There’s a heart of Iris, with Cedar and Cocoa. And the base of Patchouli and Sandalwood, is a particularly strong masculine wood accord. I’ve loved the Gentleman variants since they were introduced in 2017, and this new one is a welcome addition.


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Guess Seductive Noir for Women

Guess Seductive Noir Femme

If you’re in the market for a ladies’ fragrance characterized by intense, mysterious sexiness, this is the one to seek out. It’s an Oriental-Floral scent that’s rather special in lingering quality. The top notes are Bergamot, Sage & Peony, while the middle notes are Iris Pallida, Jasmine Sambac, and Muguet. Vetiver, White Suede and Vanilla complement the notes above as the rich base.


Guess Seductive Noir for Men

Guess Seductive Noir Homme

An oriental-woody Fougere (referring to scents that are clean and natural-smelling); this one has a very distinct personality. It’s Black Pepper, Pomelo and Nutmeg for your first contact, followed by a Heart of Lavender, Orange Flower and golden Apple. The rich peaty bottom notes are Tonka Bean, Amber, and Sandalwood. For the man who is big on personality and making a strong first impression.


Flower by Kenzo Poppy Bouquet 2020

Here’s a wonderful reinvention of a ladies’ scent that first came out 20 years ago. As can be anticipated, it’s a burst of floral notes, brought to a new subtlety and crispness that’s very contemporary, thanks to the fruity notes. The head is Nashi Pear, a heart of Bulgarian Rose and Gardenia, while the base note is Almond Wood. It’s deceptively simple in terms of accord, but it’s enchanting the way the floral isn’t overpowered by the fruity note. Here’s a wonderful daytime to evening scent that can just be sprayed on to increase the intensity come evening-time.


Enjoy what’s out there today; and be sure to let the fragrance ‘grow’ on you, to truly discover how it mixes with your own body scents—before making the purchase.


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