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The power of scent is undeniable. It can conjure the most vivid of memories and remind us of nearly forgotten details of places, people, and milestones. And because it's so attached to memories, it also means you can use it to earmark new moments as much as use it to take you back in time. Here, accessible choices and new releases that could let you experience the power of scent in the most remarkable of ways.

 

D&G Light Blue Forever
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D&G Light Blue Forever

The D&G Light Blue to stay forever indeed, this newest version is a celebration of 20 years of the iconic fragrance, and comes in two iterations, Pour Femme and Pour Homme. Its original maker, master perfumer Oliver Cresp, created a new twist to his iconic masterpiece, a whole new scent that's fresh and sunny but still distinctly Light Blue.
Pour Femme is a bright and sensual scent evoking memories of long summer days by the Mediterranean Sea. Expect the opening to be Light Blue in every way with its signature top notes of Granny Smith apple and tangy Calabrian lemon. It blooms with a new sunny floral heart of orange blossom and white flowers, and lingers with its signature trail of Virginia cedar and cashmere woods. A must-have for everyone who's ever loved Ligh Blue and those who want to discover this modern rendition. Rustan's

P3,450 | SHOP NOW

 

Bulgari Rose Goldea Blossom Delight
Rose

Bulgari Rose Goldea Blossom Delight

A modern rose that dries down to be nearly like a skin scent with its Bulgarian rose, white musk and amber base. We love how this is delightfully a youthful rose without being too sweet. Rather, it's energetic. It opens with the vibrance of violet leaves, green papaya, and jasmine, before the roses bloom at its heart. It's an inoffensive true rose great for every day. Rustan's

P7,000 | SHOP NOW

 

JML Marmalade Dreams
Collection

JML Marmalade Dreams

We never thought Jo Malone London would ever deviate from its original bottle design, but it did and it’s done it marvelously. Here’s another major drop and a collectible bottle design from the fragrance house that just never seems to run out of creativity. The scents, on the other hand, are remarkably delectable and quintessentially JML, aka British. Meet the new limited edition Marmalade Collection, inspired by nostalgic scenes and the British pastime of making fruit preserves. Our favorite is Rose Blush. It's the rose we’ve long been waiting for from JML; it has the sweet, fruity element that you don’t find in Red Roses (its classic rose cologne) which makes it instantly youthful and vibrant. Basil, lychee, and white musk make this rose juicy, modern, delectable. This has got to be in the permanent collection one day. Rustan's

P4,400 | SHOP NOW

 

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Forte
Collection

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Forte

The balance and the in between. Maison Francis Kurdjian’s newest innovation reinvents its popular Aqua line in a new format called Cologne Forte, an obvious in-between of the cologne and the forte. Now the Aqua Universalis, Aqua Vitae, and Aqua Celestia come in fresh and enriched Cologne Fortes, which we personally think are perfect for our weather, being a lot less dense than the Fortes but last longer on the skin than the colognes. Bergamot (a key note in agua de colognes) is at the heart of these fragrances being in the Aqua line, but each provides a distinct character perfect for anyone obsessed with skin scents. Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte is our favorite in this line; it smells quite distinct from the Forte that we have. Bergamot is tinged with fruity notes (black currant, raspberry) and jasmine with strawberry, apricot, and peach accents. Gradually, it mellows with a musky accord for the most delicious skin scent. Rustan's, Adora

P6,450 | SHOP NOW

 

Bulgari Allegra
Collection

Bulgari Allegra

This masterpiece collection is an ode to the Italian lifestyle, created by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier. Allegra is high perfumery at its finest with 5 beautiful perfume experiences in its core collection and 5 exclusive essences—a first in the industry—featuring singular notes for mixing with any Allegra EDP for your own unique scent and creating entirely new fragrances. This set is definitely a must-have for perfume collectors.

A favorite from the collection is Fiori D’Amore (red), a fresh, velvety, fruity rose. The raspberry notes ultimately modernize and temper what could be an explosion of roses with a variety featured here, and the result is a sensual, youthful, fresh rose fragrance that’s addicting and easy to love. Rustan's

P10,350 | SHOP NOW

 

Diptyque Ilio
Limited Release

Diptyque Ilio

We never thought we’d ever associate Diptyque to a very sunny, summery fragrance—perhaps because our experience with it was limited to its usually deep and warm eau de parfums—but true to its character, it delivered another happy surprise with this 3rd installment for its 40th anniversary year. Meet Diptyque Ilio, aptly an eau de toilette named after the Greek word for “sun” and is truly a concentrate of summer.

A tribute to the Mediterranean, where the brand’s founders frequently traveled to during the summer, Ilio’s heart features a juicy, warm pear, and bergamot, expectedly, for that bright, fresh, and lively note. Jasmine adds a floral facet, albeit very subtle. And the final touch is iris, providing a roundness and softness to the otherwise bright scent, making it still distinctly Diptyque. To say it’s perfect for our warm weather is an understatement. Rustan's

P7,550 | SHOP NOW

 

Dior Miss Dior
Millefiori

Dior Miss Dior

The brand’s biggest fragrance launch of the year is here—the new Miss Dior. That it seems to be a true millefiori fragrance carrying notes of countless flowers makes it an interesting rebirth of the iconic Miss Dior. Still essentially a rose perfume, it features Centifolia rose, known for its honey and peppery notes. We’re pretty convinced it’s bordering toward the gourmand realm especially with the fruity notes of peach and apricot and the prominent vanilla aspect to it.

Our verdict? We love it. The addition of peach makes all the difference. We think it’s an easy and comfortable sweet floral that blooms in warm weather like ours. The immensely sweet opening, which many have been commenting about, eventually settles into a subdued and softer floral, ultimately adding depth into its composition.

We’ve worn this in the day, during a workout, and to bed and in all instances, we found it to have an impressive projection. It’s a Miss Dior with so much more character, also seen in its bottle design that’s decorated with a haute couture fabric bow. A fun, youthful, sweet rendition of the iconic EDP, this new Miss Dior could just be the one to last the brand for years to come. Rustan's Shangri-La and Cebu; SM Makati, Podium, and Mall of Asia.

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Jo by Jo Loves
Fruity

Jo by Jo Loves

Jo Loves is the independent brand that perfumerJo Malone put up after leaving her namesake brand which she sold to Estee Lauder. Here she's been able to carry on creating some of the most intriguing and unique scents with the iconic Jo Malone touch of transparency and lightness. Jo by Jo Loves is among our favorites from her collection. "Over the last 25 years I have created fragrances for all kinds of reasons, but this one I created for myself," she says of this fragrance that opens with sparkling notes of grapefruit, bitter orange, lime, and spearmint, "sitting on a bed of powerful guaiac wood, cedarwood and vetiver with a lingering ribbon of hedione and black pepper." The opening to drydown is so distinctly Jo, with the fragrance evolving marvelously. It's bright and fresh yet full-bodied, a testament to the pleasant complexity we've all regarded the perfumer for. A must discover for those who are fans of her original scents. joloves.com

£115 | SHOP NOW

 

Tom Ford Bitter Peach
Sensual

Tom Ford Bitter Peach

Sweet, sensual, and quite resinous, this is one of Tom Ford Private Blend's greatest releases. A complex perfume with a juicy peach and blood orange opening, its sweet and delicious introduction is quickly replaced by boozy notes of rum and cognac. This isn't your regular fruity fragrance. The drydown is marvelous and lingers for hours with rich base notes that include patchouli vanilla, sandalwood, tonka bean, benzoin, and vetiver. Rustan's

P18,000 | SHOP NOW

 

Paco Rabanne Phantom
Breakthrough

Paco Rabanne Phantom

What the brand calls a “Welcome to the Future Scent,” this innovative AI powered bottle comes with a code to scan that will transport you to this futuristic world. It provides a neuro scientific approach to trigger feelings when the fragrance is smelled, according to Paco Rabanne.Metallic, assembled, modern, avante garde are key words to describe this citrus, creamy, vanilla fragrance for men and women. A genderless perfume, it defines an all new scent category: futuristic aromatic oriental. Rustan's

P4,700 | SHOP NOW

 

Perfect Marc Jacobs
Playful

Perfect Marc Jacobs

Fruity, floral, and delicate, it's a modern gourmand 'perfect' for anywhere and any time. A celebration of self love with the tagline "Perfect as I am," it's a aptly a comforting floral that opens with rhubarb and daffodil and then a dash of almond milk before cashmeran and cedar base notes embrace and linger. If the bottle with cute charms isn't telling enough, it's a fun and playful fragrance that's still true to the Marc Jacobs DNA that's sophisticated and modern. Rustan's

P5,698 | SHOP NOW

 

Glossier You
Skin Scent

Glossier You

Glossier describes what turned out to be this huge breakthrough scent for the brand as an "addictive musk scent that adapts to your unique skin chemistry." Perhaps one of the most pleasant skin scents you'll ever smell (or others would smell on you), this is really you but better. It opens with woody top notes and spicy pepper before its soft, warm, personal drydown with ambrette, ambrox and musk. Glossier.com

$60 | SHOP NOW

 

Diptyque Fleur de Peau
Skin Scent

Diptyque Fleur de Peau

Do not be fooled by its name, Diptyque’s Fleur de Peau doesn’t smell like florals, which is what makes this soft, warm, musky ‘floral’ masterpiece a major hit. It’s the best, most addictive Diptyque in our book, a 10/10. It opens with a distinct burst of pink pepper and aldehydes, before a sparkling iris note brightens the mood. Then the fragrance settles with its soft cottony warmth and a clean yet sensual smell emerges from its musk, ambrette, leather, and amberwood base notes. Fleur de Peau has an incredible lasting power, a distinct sillage, and the most pleasant baby-like drydown you’ll want to smell over and over again. The fragrance doesn’t dissipate into what’s called ‘olfactory adaptation;’ it will linger here and there and you will smell wonderful remnants of it throughout the day. It’s the perfect scent to wear to bed, linking your skin and your pristine white sheets, and you wake up to a gorgeous, clean whiff from your neck.

P9,150 | SHOP NOW

 

The Body Shop Pomegranate & Berries Hair Mist
Hair Mist

The Body Shop Pomegranate & Berries Hair Mist

A juicy, fruity hair mist that makes you locks and scalp smelling fresh all day. The sweet and tangy scent somewhat reminds us of a joyful Christmas season, making this a favorite all year round. thebodyshop.com.ph

P995 | SHOP NOW

 

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume
Hair Perfume

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume

A delicate hair fragrance that smells like flowers, vanilla, and honey, this honey infused favorite also has minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants to protect and moisturize your strands. It also adds a luminous finish to your hair. Sephora.com

$44 | SHOP NOW

 

Diptyque Paris Candle
Candle

Diptyque Paris Candle

This limited edition is part of the brand's 60th anniversary celebration. Inspired by Paris and its Left Bank where the brand's story started, this collectible is a warm woody fragrance with essence of myrrh and accords of old books, wood patina, and Paris stone with some spicy vanilla. A perfect home scent to keep you wam in the holidays. Rustan's

P5,150 | SHOP NOW

 

Acca Kappa Artistic Aromatic Atmosphere Raspberry & Tomato Leaves Scented Candle
Candle

Acca Kappa Artistic Aromatic Atmosphere Raspberry & Tomato Leaves Scented Candle

Fresh, bright, and distinct, this reminds us of happy days of summer with the tomato leaves adding fresh green note to juicy and tangy raspberry. Rustan's

P3,250 | SHOP NOW

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