Desire me by Escada
Housed in a flacon shaped like the letter E, Escada’s new fragrance, fronted by actress Olivia Wilde, is thankfully not as sugary sweet as the house’s usual offerings. While it opens with light citrus notes, you can smell hints of chocolate once you let it settle on your skin. A light perfume, this one is meant for the day.
Cost: Rs 3,950
Ricci Ricci by Nina Ricci
When first sprayed on the wrist, the perfume seems bold and you can instantly sniff out Indian sandalwood. But allow it to settle on your skin and it might just turn into a floral bouquet that’s not too overpowering. Don’t save it for a cocktail dinner; the perfume fades too quickly and you’ll need to keep a vial in your purse to refresh yourself.
Cost: Rs Rs 4,100
Close by Gap
A light sporty fragrance housed in an egg-shaped iridescent bottle, Close by Gap is sporty and young. Meant for those who don’t like their perfumes to suffocate everyone else in the room. After wearing it a while, you’ll discover a flowery feel that could pass for jasmine. Perfect for an evening party.
Cost: Rs 2,500
Givenchy as a design house makes strong unforgettable garments, which is why their perfumes are a safe bet. The smell of vetiver jumps out instantly, it’s a warm fragrance and will get intensified in the Indian summer. Meant for air-conditioned rooms only.
Cost: Price on request
CH for Men by Carolina Herrera
The leather encased bottle with CH embossed all over is not the most masculine thing to display on your dresser. If you still labour on, the fragrance is deep and spicy and will mask the odour of cigarette smoke or a late night beer crawl. Perfect for the party animal, it also outlasts the heat.
Cost: Rs 3,650
Challenge by Lacoste
While the tall black and transparent bottle relates perfectly to Lacoste’s streamlined aesthetics, the perfume is a bit disappointing because it barely lasts. It’s the kind of squeaky-clean perfume you spray on immediately after a shower, but don’t expect that fresh feeling to remain too long.
Cost: Rs 3,550
Wear it right
If you spray perfume on your wrists, never rub them together, as that destroys the top notes.
Targetting your pulse points activates the fragrance, but also makes it evaporate quickly. It’s better to spray areas like the back of the neck, the stomach and the torso to increase its longevity.
Fragrances evolve on the skin depending on temperature and body heat. Allow it to stay on your skin for at least two hours before making the decision to splurge.