Fragrance Found: The Perfume Pursuit
We deconstruct four fragrance icons to help you find a new scent that fitsRead more
Naturally, we’re all drawn to certain fragrance families. In real terms, this means note-for-note similarities can connect us with our must-try perfumes, simply by considering those we’re already smitten with. Currently wearing one of these cult classics? Whether you’re looking to break up with your fragrance or throw perfume imitators off the scent, take this as your personal roll-call of love-at-first-spritz alternatives.
LE LABO | Santal 33
TOP NOTES: Violet Accord, Cardamom
HEART NOTES: Iris, Papyrus, Ambrox
BASE NOTES: Cedarwood, Leather, Sandalwood
Fragrance doesn’t get more ‘cult’ than Santal 33. It’s the smokey ode to sandalwood that’s started countless conversations, layering its namesake wood with aromatic cedar, spices, and floral notes of violet and iris. Need a change? Seek out cedar or sandalwood-based scents which look to violet and other florals for lift, like Serge Lutens Féminité du Bois or D.S. & Durga Bowmakers.
Ones to try
FRÉDÉRIC MALLE | Portrait of a Lady
TOP NOTES: Rose
HEART NOTES: Blackcurrant, Raspberry, Clove
BASE NOTES: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Frankincense
A sensuous oriental known for its trail, Portrait of a Lady’s heady dose of rose unfolds among resin, sandalwood, patchouli and musk, for a complex character that’s long had us hooked. Move on to Laboratory Olfattivo Kashnoir or lighten up with Le Galion Sortilége, each kindred spirits in scent, matching rose with aromatic woods and the incense-like glow of benzoin or amber.
Ones to try
CREED | Aventus
TOP NOTES: Bergamot, Blackcurrant, Apple, Pineapple
HEART NOTES: Juniper Berries, Birch, Patchouli, Jasmine
BASE NOTES: Musk, Oak Moss, Ambergris, Vanilla
Creed Aventus’ magnetic allure is in no small part due to its rich, multi-faceted finish, rounding off sharp fruit and juniper with tarry woods and oak moss. Distinctive and spirited, fans will find much to love about Laboratory Parfums No.004 Tonka’s pink peppercorn fire or the unisex modernity of Comme des Garçons Serpentine, with its asphalt-infused twist of juniper and gaïac wood.
Ones to try
BYREDO | Gypsy Water
Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Pepper, Juniper Berries
Heart Notes: Incense, Pine Needles, Orris
Base Notes: Amber, Vanilla, Sandalwood
As enthralling as the scent itself, Byredo Gypsy Water’s infinite charm lies in the free-spirited nature it evokes: the essence of the outdoors with citrus, juniper, pine and licks of smoke. Similarly bergamot-based with green freshness and a milky finish, try D.S. & Durga Debaser or Tom Daxon Sicilian Wood for its union of bright citrus with the smooth, smokiness of sandalwood and amber.