The weathers not only getting warmer, but it’s also starting to sizzle. We are tucking our tweed blazers into the back of our closet. And we’re starting to fantasize about a cold glass of white wine, with lots of ice, by the pool. Facebook has even started to target us with bikini, bright manicures, and floral mini dress ads.
This Summer is a little different though, we’ve just found a new variant of COVID, called Omicron, some of us are planning our weddings and some of us are birthing new life. The new year has never seemed so uncertain, yet we as South Africans have never seemed so hopeful. These are five newbies on the market, let us know what you think, if you’ve tried any of them. If you haven’t and you are just on the hunt for a new, fine fragrance then we hope you enjoy this as much as we do.
Giorgio Armani: Acqua di Gio Profondo Lights Limited Edition
This fragrance offers a new, fresh intensity and with its glow-in-the-dark bottle, Acqua di Gio Profondo Lights Eau de Parfum Limited Edition is a call to dive into the unknown and dare embrace the unexpected. The fragrance’s top notes are composed of luminous and juicy facets, as green mandarin essence meets the bright cardamom essence. Then fuses with a powerful marine accord. At the heart, aromatic elements unite with the marine accord, expressed in notes of lavandin heart. Rosemary essence, cypress essence, lentisk absolute and balsamic notes. Finally, the base dives deeper, as Acqua di Gio’s original woody signature takes on a resinous power due to the natural strength of vetiver essence and patchouli Guatemala essence.
The Limited-Edition bottle graduates from a deep blue tone at the neck, which then changes to a phosphorescent effect in the darkness, ending with a luminous halo of light at the bottle’s base. Unifying the bottle is the legendary Acqua di Gio logotype, created in the striking, turquoise-toned phosphorescent effect. Meanwhile, the bottle’s navy-blue metallic cap is engraved with the Giorgio Armani monogram, while the silver-toned metal collar reflects light to contrast with the depth of the bottle’s blue.
75ml is R1 950 and will be available exclusively at Foschini stores
Valentino: Born in Roma Yellow Dream
The new fragrances for her and for him. This fragrance was inspired by the character traits of the Valentino woman, sparkling, vibrant, confident. The bergamot essence awakens the senses with its radiant and sparkling take-off, energised by fizzing, zesty notes of Italy’s primofiore lemon. A citrusy burst to illuminate the dripping, gourmand, juicy notes of a lychee accord. This celebration of colour from the fragrance’s very top notes highlights the energy and joie de vivre of the modern Valentino woman.
The airy, yet tender freshness of peony flowers enlighten Turkish rose essence. Obtained by re-injecting rose water into a solid form, rose essence simultaneously reveals the flower’s fresh green facets, together with its silky, opulent trail. This floral heart is soothed by reassuring, comforting notes of a pure accord. A white musk accord continues this clean accord of sweet and carnal notes. In total contrast, the trail is built gradually between the reassuring power of white musk’s and the addictive signature of a creamy, spicy Madagascan vanilla absolute with a vibrant Virginia cedarwood.
100ml is R2 500 available from select Edgars, Truworths and Foschini stores.
Viktor & Rolf: Spicebomb Night Vision
Spicebomb is an instant olfactory detonation. An overturning convention which reveals a fragrance that makes no concessions. An explosive concentrate of masculine sensuality. The bottle, a reworked, custom-built grenade for a perfume made up of explosive scents, is encircled by a black band that cannot contain the force of the fragrance. Spicebomb Night Vision Eau de Parfum is a mysterious explosion of vibrant Black Spices and sensual Green Woody Notes. Incense and green resin are the notes that bring a mysterious facet. The sensual, rich, and intense inflections of these notes also perfectly enhance the freshness of the black spices and lemon essence.
90ml retails for R2 050 available from select Foschini, Edgars, and Truworths Stores.
Mugler: Alien Goddess
Alien Goddess brings the origins of life into a brilliant future. This new fragrance is a manifesto for a new, inclusive, and optimistic kind of neo-femininity. The Bergamot coconut duo blossoms into a combination of aquatic, green, fruity notes for a soothing sense of calm and serenity. The first notes reveal a burst of bubbly Italian Bergamot essence. Paired with an overdose of unexpected coconut, the scent immediately releases a dazzling explosion of light. At the heart of Alien Goddess resides a profoundly sensual and feminine fusion of Jasmine Grandiflorum and Heliotrope. The Jasmine Grandiflorum is more powerful, modern, and dazzling than ever.
The lingering notes are an endless trail of addictive Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, magnified by the vibrant and woody intensity of Cashmeran. Sustainably grown, the vanilla pods are diluted into a unique infusion. An exquisite amplification of the original vanilla for an intense and long-lasting elixir. Mugler’s iconic bottle has dressed up for Alien Goddess in a dazzling golden dress. Drawing supernatural powers from its sensual and vibrant moonstone capsule. The weight of its glass casing contrasts with its voluptuous curves. Its power is revealed when cradled in the palm. Like moonstone, this new talisman is an empowering symbol of femininity and fertility. Shine in the light of the sun with Alien Goddess perfume and celebrate your femininity: your fragrance is as extraordinary as you are.
Alien Goddess EDP 100ML – R2150-00 available from select Woolworths, Truworths, Foschini, Edgars and Dis-Chem stores.
Marigold by Gert-Johan Coetzee
Gert-Johan Coetzee has just launched a new fragrance that promises to be the scent of the season. The limited edition ‘Marigold – Eau de Parfum’ is a statement perfume for daring and confident individuals. A bright, bold, stop-in-your tracks fragrance. Made for the person who is drawn into passion and embraces all things new, with a rich and spicy aroma. This bottle is the ultimate expression of individuality. It is a collector’s item as there are only 100 bottles that have been made of this intoxicating scent. This luxurious elixir was born through fusing French Marigold with sugary facets and aromatic cloves, which delivers sense provoking visions of a golden African sunset. As subtle amber and floral notes caress the skin like a gentle summer breeze, balanced with added nuances of earthy moss and dry woods.
R4 500, available in a 100ml bespoke bottle, purchase this perfume off www.shopgert.com with free shipping worldwide.