Relive the nostalgia of a hedonistic past that gives a glimpse into the inspiration behind some of today’s hautest fragrances
Revamped versions of classic perfumes are quite in demand
Fashion is cyclical. So to it is, in the world of perfumery where a much adored classic is rechristened to recreate the aura of the past in a contemporary form. Indulge in these sinful classic notes that recently underwent a revamp.
Black Musk by The Body Shop
A sweeter, juicier version of the white musk. It opens with luscious bambinella pear, pink pepper and bergamot, a heart of sensual heliotrope scent oscillating intoxicatingly between marzipan and almond, entwined with aphrodisiacal licorice root, the seduction complete with warm, bewitching black vanilla, black musk, earthy patchouli and chocolatey vetiver.
Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent
Bold and edgy this one’s not for the faint-hearted and is invented by a team of four perfumers. Nathalie Lorson created the joltingly sharp coffee accord leading to the softness of white jasmine sambac, absolue de fleur d’oranger, ambrosial vanilla enwrapped in woody notes of cedar and patchouli.
Omnia Paraiba by Bvlgari
Omnia Paraiba tourmaline swirls around the passion flower, capturing Brazil’s spirit. Mineralesque, salty notes reverberate with striking beachiness. Perfumer Alberto Morillas merges Bigarade orange and maracuja-citrus accord that grabs attention, a heart of passionflower and gardenia, underlined with cocoa beans and vetiver essence for depth.
Must De Cartier Gold by Cartier
Marked by a heavy presence of jasmine and vanilla, Must is underpinned with galbanum. Osmanthus colour-bursts send a jolt through the legendary sensuality of the fragrance. Demure elegance is enhanced by tangy blackcurrant bud, the final, contemporary twist to a much revered classic.
La Nuit Tresor by Lancome
The ultra feminine black rose, with a distinctive chypre flourish, Damask rose vibrantly opens to zesty lychee accord. This blend travels through swirls of incense, enhanced by patchouli, benzoin resins and papyrus merged with Vanilla tahitensis Orchid –a rare, ingredient. Praline notes finally take this seductive union of two sublimely beautiful flowers to the hilt of glory.
By: Anjali Vaswani