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Want to feel like seductive tonight? Just dab your wrists with the right perfume. Rochelle Pinto tries out bestselling fragrances.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 01, 2009 20:53 IST
Rochelle Pinto
Rochelle Pinto
Hindustan Times

Want to feel like seductive tonight? Just dab your wrists with the right perfume and transform yourself into a creature of fantasy.

To make sure that heads are turning long after you’re out of sight, choose a perfume that accentuates your personality. Here’s a heady sample of the season’s big sellers:

Escada, Incredible me
The pink and black bottle looks a bit tacky and may not appeal to those who like showing off their designer wares. While the initial spritz is heady with the aroma of sandalwood, a strange smokiness reveals itself after about half an hour. Not a winner for those with a fruity crush.

Tommy Hilfiger, Dreaming
The large square bottle is unwieldy and can’t be carried around in uber-tiny clutches. Yet the fragrance gains points for being ultra-feminine with strong notes of tuberose and freesia. If you’re looking for gifting options, Dreaming’s breezy
constitution will win fans.

Carolina Herrera, CH
Unlike Herrera’s other offerings, the round bottle ensconced in an emblazoned leather jacket has a classic touch. The fragrance won’t disappoint Herrera regulars since it bears the same sugar and juice concoction that made 212 Sexy a hot seller. But at least that bottle was cool enough to show off.

Jean Paul Gaultier, MaDame
This is a summery perfume for someone who likes to stand out in a crowd. The fluorescent pinkish-orange bottle has Gaultier’s trademark — a curvaceous female form — crafted into the glass. But it’s the perfume that sells itself with quirky notes of orange mixed in with warm cedar wood. Perfect for those tired of the peach and berry notes that dominate fruity fragrances.

Shisheido, Zen
Shisheido takes cues from traditional Japanese attention to detail with its classy gold bottle. Despite being difficult to handle, the elegance of design makes the bottle a scene stealer. The fragrance has a spicy beginning with warm after notes of cedar and amber that would appeal to maturewomen.

Thierry Mugler, Innocent Rock
Just like its name, the package is a pot mix of sweet and sassy. The inky bottle is easy to hold and bears the classic star-shaped cutouts. The fragrance is an eclectic blend of rose and grape tinged with black pepper. The sweet
initial notes are redeemed by the spicier undertones — you will find yourself sniffing incessantly trying to decipher the fragrance.

Ralph Lauren, Notorious
While the package may almost discourage you from buying the fragrance (strangely dressed in crocodile print) the fragrance is a keeper.

Crafted for a party girl with a motorcycle fetish, the fresh jasmine and patchouli combine in a spicy floral bouquet.
Lancome, Magnifique

Housed in a fantasy red bottle with the beautiful Anne Hathaway as spokesperson, Magnifique starts off promisingly. Sadly, the fragrance fails to stand out, its sweet undercurrents make it a disappointing buy.

First Published: Jan 01, 2009 20:39 IST