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Skin to Skin: The Rise and Rise of Skin Scents

Settle into the warm embrace of a musky, clean, skin-like scent
By: Shannon Peter

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Skin to Skin: The Rise and Rise of Skin Scents

Skin to Skin: The Rise and Rise of Skin Scents

Settle into the warm embrace of a musky, clean, skin-like scent

By: Shannon Peter

Perhaps it says something about our collective magnetism towards quiet luxury. Or maybe it’s a sign we’re looking for a little comfort as we ease our way into the new year. Either way, there’s one trend prevailing in the world of fragrance right now: skin scent perfumes. Scents conjured up specifically to feel reminiscent of human skin, with soapy, salty, musky clean notes that feel comforting and calming all at the same time. The kind of fragrances that make you smell just like you, only a little better. But where might you find one of these delicious blends to name as your personal signature scent? For those choosing to shop for perfume online, Liberty picks a few of the best…

Bibbi Parfum Radio Child 100ml, £225

It may be inspired by the mystery of Beethoven’s disappearing student (Google it), but in reality, Radio Child feels thankfully a lot more comforting. It’s an enveloping blend of cashmere woods and salty musks, alongside jasmine petals reminiscent of fresh laundry and topped with a sprinkling of black pepper. It’s a little earthy and a little sweet.

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Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 100ml, £94

Perhaps the original skin scent, Escentric Molecules’ much-loved fragrance features only a solitary ingredient: Iso E Super. This techy-sounding molecule emits a subtle, velvety, slightly woody note that seems to smell different on each and every wearer.

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Liberty LBTY. Fragrance Zephirine 100ml, £225

The cosiest of all the Liberty LBTY. Fragrances, its skin-like qualities come courtesy of a rich and thick suede note at the base, softened by the rose, fig, amber and patchouli that lie above. It’s the sort of scent that’ll elicit plenty of ‘what fragrance are you wearing?’ compliments. Go on, let them in on the secret…

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Byredo Blanche 100ml, £200

Like a warm and fluffy hotel towel that’s just been pulled from the dryer, Blanche is incredibly clean and powdery. But never cloying. In note terms, it uses white rose, neroli, blonde woods, aldehydes and musk, but with a tickle of pink pepper thrown in for good measure.

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Sana Jardin Nubian Musk 50ml, £95

Those who have already consulted our perfume glossary will understand the concept of a scent pyramid, by which perfumers pile up notes to create an overall fragrance. Here, creamy vanilla bean and musk lie at the base, while jasmine sambac, rose and sandalwood take up the heart section, and as for the top notes: grapefruit blossom adds a bit of zest to the otherwise soft, clean accords.

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Nasomatto Silver Musk 30ml, £130

There’s something rather magnetic about Nasomatto’s Silver Musk. Ever so simple, it uses a pure musk accord which manages to adapt to the wearer, melding with the natural scent of skin to create something rather captivating. Its magic has to be worn to be believed.

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New Notes Talco 50ml, £149

Of all the kinds of human skin, a baby’s has to be the most wonderful right? That’s what this scent by New Notes manages to capture. It creates a cloud of powdery violet and talc, with supplementary notes of jasmine, rose, tonka bean and vanilla. It’s soft and delicately fragrant.

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Diptyque L’Eau Papier 100ml, £125

This scent from Diptyque might have been inspired by the satisfying texture of expensive paper, but seemingly, paper holds many similar qualities to human skin. In scent terms, this woody fragrance blends notes of white musk, mimosa, blonde woods and rice steam accord – an unusual ingredient that has a light, soft nuttiness to it. Delicious.

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Vyrao Free 00 50ml, £135

In true Vyrao fashion (its fragrances are designed to elicit a certain emotional response in the wearer), Free 00 is all about imparting clarity and uplifting energy. And that it does. It was designed to feel sensual, blending warming vanilla with Egyptian jasmine and soothing orange flower absolute.

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