By Livia Scarcella
adjective, sex·i·er, sex·i·est.
1. concerned predominantly or excessively with sex; risqué: a sexy novel.
2. sexually interesting or exciting; radiating sexuality: the sexiest professor on campus.
3. excitingly appealing; glamorous: a sexy new car.” (dictionary.com)
Well, I don’t know about you, but I like definition 3 best – glamorous! So, this summer, why not make yourself feel a little more glamorous with a new sexy summer scent. Here are some suggestions from your friends at RESCU:
Issey Miyake, L’Eau d’Issey Eau de Parfum Or Absolue (limited edition)
Japanese-born designer Issey Miyake releases a new version of his classic L’Eau d’Issey for both men and women…and especially for Christmas – L’Eau d’Issey Or Absolue (or Gold Absolute). For the ladies, the eau de parfum begins with lotus and candied apricots, followed by jasmine and lily of the valley and an earthy base of amber and woody notes. A great scent to enjoy all year!
For the men, Or Absolue includes a fresh top note of mandarin zest, spicy cinnamon and nutmeg, green geranium and a dry down of amber, cedar and cashmeran, which brings a musky and powdery addition to the base notes.
Available from Myer and David Jones (Women’s 50ml EDP – $145; Men’s
100ml EDT Concentrèe – $139)
Summer Night Scent
Calvin Klein, Forbidden Euphoria
If you like Calvin Klein’s gorgeous woody oriental Euphoria but want something a little fresher and fruitier for the summer months, Forbidden Euphoria may be for you. Mandarin, iced raspberry and peach blossom open into a heart of tiger orchid, pink peony and jasmine, and is rounded off by a base of patchouli, cashmere woods and skin musk. Perfect for a summer evening out!
Available from Myer, David Jones and selected pharmacies and independents (30ml EDP – $60, 50ml EDP – $90, 100ml EDP – $120)
A New Love
Ralph Lauren, Summer Romance
Are you wanting to go on a summer holiday without leaving home? Ralph Lauren’s newest edition of its modern classic Romance is Summer Romance – a tropical mix of mandarin, passionfruit, tiare flower, hibiscus, woods and apricot musk that is simply stunning on the skin. It will transport you to a beachside paradise!
Available from Myer, David Jones, The Perfume Connection and selected pharmacies (50ml EDP – $99)
Sparkle This Summer
Estee Lauder, Bronze Goddess Soleil (limited edition)
For those of us who love wearing fresher fragrances in summer, rather than a bouquet of florals, never fear! Bronze Goddess Soleil is a bright citrus scent that keeps its femininity with subtle additions of white flowers. Notes include Sicilian citron, Calabrian bergamot, tangerine, lavender, neroli, orange blossom, Mediterranean pittosporum, sambac jasmine, grapefruit blossoms, pink lily nectar, iris, blonde woods, ambrette seed and crystalline musks. A very refreshing addition to your summer scent wardrobe!
Available from Myer, David Jones, selected independents and from EsteeLauder.com.au (100ml Eau Fraiche – $100)
Green and Gorgeous
Balenciaga Paris L’Essence
Another option for the warmer months is a green floral fragrance – Balenciaga L’Essence definitely fits the bill. L’Essence focuses on the green freshness of violet leaves and is accented with vetiver, conifer and ‘forest notes’ for added dimension. These notes give a leather-like base to the fragrance, making it a bit deeper and, ultimately, more unisex!
Available exclusively from David Jones (30ml EDP – $95, 50ml EDP – $145, 75ml EDP – $175)
Sweet and Sensual
Thierry Mugler, Angel Eau de Toilette
Almost 20 years after Thierry Mugler released the modern classic gourmand Angel, the iconic scent becomes available as a lighter eau de toilette blend. With the same daringly sensual feel as the original, but with a modern twist, it features notes of bergamot, pink pepper, praline, red berries, patchouli, cedar, white musk and vanilla. Though deeper than most summer releases, Angel EDT would be great to wear at night, perhaps while stargazing!
Available from Myer and David Jones (40ml EDT refillable – $79, 80ml EDT refillable – $115)
Lavish & Luscious
Juicy Couture, Viva La Juicy Parfum (limited edition)
Looking for something a bit special? Juicy Couture releases its popular Viva La Juicy fragrance as a limited edition parfum: a more concentrated formula than the eau de parfum, but with the same pizzazz and energy as the original. With a blend of mandarin, wild berries, honeysuckle, gardenia and amber, a little of this scent truly goes a long way!
Available from Myer and David Jones (100ml Parfum – $165)
True Work of Art
Stella McCartney, Stella Print Editions (limited editions)
Stella McCartney’s limited edition Stella ‘Print Editions’ is marriage between the original Stella fragrance and the British designer’s Spring 2011 collection. Each bottle is patterned with one of three designs from Stella’s runway shows, and the stunning scent is based around the aroma of roses, with accents of mandarin, peony and amber.
Available from Myer, David Jones and selected pharmacies (30ml EDP – $82)