Friday, 30 April 2010

Scent of a woman

We are long-time admirers of Karyn Khoury, the Estée Lauder brands’ resident fragrance genius, so it was good to catch up when she breezed into London to showcase not one but two new Lauder scent launches. These are set to tantalize your noses in July (in the case of deep, sultry Estée Lauder Sensuous Noir) and early September (Pleasures Bloom). Beauty Bible has always had a soft spot for airy Pleasures – we were there when Elizabeth Hurley first launched it – and this is a truly pretty twist on the original: a permanent addition to the Pleasures collection, fruitier than the original (that’s down to raspberry, lychee, grapefruit – plus violet flower, green lily, musk, patchouli and creamy vanilla). But it’s really the intoxicating, sexy new spin on Estée Lauder Sensuous which has us excited – and it’s decidedly ‘naughtier’ than your typical Lauder fragrance. You’ll discover spiced lily, rose essence, a ‘crème noir’ accord (smells a bit like nuzzleable skin, to us). But what really seduced us are the ‘molten woods’ - in particular patchouli (verily we are suckers for patchouli), plus sexy amber, honey and vanilla. Spray Sensuous Noir, breathe in, close your eyes and imagine yourself – well, at the Guerlain counter, actually. (For us, that’s the highest scented praise we can heap on a fragrance.) We have just one word to sum it up. Mmmmmmm.

Beauty Bible blogtip: ‘One of the very best ways to enjoy your fragrance is to spray the air and walk through it. I do that every morning and it subtly fragrances my clothes, skin and hair – hair is a great “carrier” for fragrance – and I get wafts of my fragrance, through the day as I move.’ Karyn Khoury