Chinese New Year is fast approaching, so we thought we’d give you an auspicious number of citrusy fragrances to start your Lunar New Year on the right foot. We’re swapping out our holiday-ready scents that we partied nights away last December with these refreshing lineup that share one main accord—that of citrus, obviously.
From zesty lime and grapefruit to crisp Sicilian oranges, let these decadent fragrances energise you in time for all the CNY visiting this festive occasion. Those who prefer a more unique take to citrusy offerings can look out for sui generis picks in our list, from Louis Vuitton’s limited-edition collaboration with Yayoi Kusama to Aesop’s crisp and green yuzu concoction. Below, find our favourite citrus fragrances that will take you for a ride this Chinese New Year:
Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama
If you’re a fan of afternoon swims, this unisex cologne has everything you could possibly looking for in a citrus fragrance—the rare Sicilian orange takes centre stage here, backed by notes of mandarin and bergamot for a jolt that will leave you invigorated for the long weekend.
Available at Louis Vuitton stores in Suria KLCC and The Gardens.
Chance Eau Fraîche
An energetic take on a floral bouquet, Chanel’s zesty pick from its Chance range reimagines sparkling citrus and jasmine accents with teak wood and patchouli to create the ultimate olfactory experience.
Available at all Chanel Beauty stores and counters nationwide, or online here for RM535 (100ml).
Limone di Sicilia
Bring the bright sun and citrus groves of Sicily into your life with Aerin’s Limone di Sicilia. Radiant notes of lemon primofiore, Italian mandarin, Egyptian jasmine, oak moss, bergamot and lily of the valley are reminiscent of the island.
Available in 50ml (RM964) and 100ml (RM1333) bottles at Estée Lauder, Suria KLCC or online here.
Tacit Eau de Parfum
Crisp, green, and bright—that’s Tacit. Aesop’s best-selling fragrance in Malaysia is the perfect companion for the Lunar New Year festivities, subverting the classic yuzu citrus scent with a healthy balance of Basil Grand Vert and vetiver heart to keep the senses intrigued.
Available in 50ml (RM450) here.
Velvet Tonka 100ml, RM864
Orange blossom is a winner for the best supporting act in this fragrance. Part of a trilogy of tonka bean, and almond against an amber base, orange blossom adds a bright top note to this woody, velvet scent. It’s not an in-your-face citrus scent by any means—rather, the tart zing of citrus comes through as more of an airy floral.
Available in-store at Amaris Suria KLCC and online here.
Oyedo Eau de Toilette
Yuzu, the quintessential asian citrus zest, is the heart of this fragrance. It is blended with notes of juicy raspberry and thyme, which makes for a delicious scent to treat yourself with this Lunar New Year.
Available in 50ml (RM399) and 100ml (RM599) bottles at here and Diptyque Pavilion.
Replica Under The Lemon Tree Eau de Toilette
For those who want a lemony-fresh fragrance that isn’t too sweet nor too tart, this invigorating scent is bound to please. Featuring a combination of lime accord, petit grain essence, cardamom essence, mate absolute, green tea extract, cedar wood extract and musk, the intriguing blend is perfect for the free-spirit who loves the summertime.
Available here online.
Jo Malone London
Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne
Sharp basil and white thyme compliment the lime and mandarin notes beautifully in this fragrance. An easy, breezy choice for every day of the 15 days of Chinese New Year.
Available in 30ml (RM280) or 100ml (RM550) bottles in stores and at Sephora.
Aqua Allegoria Orange Soleia Eau de Toilette
If this doesn’t bring you some joy during this festive season, we don’t know what will. This refreshing fragrance blends notes of blood orange and bergamot with light hints of mint that will follow you all throughout CNY.
Available in 75ml (RM381) bottles here.
Ambrette 9 is one of Le Labo’s most unique formulations, containing the Ambrette grain as the main note, which adds a natural musk to the citrus and amber notes that underly it. A beautiful choice for this new year.
Available at Le Labo, Suria KLCC.
Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Love For Her
This sparkling scent by Tiffany & Co. features its star ingredient, the woody blue sequoia, against a backdrop of basil and grapefruit. A single whiff of its unique floral heart and a base of vetiver and cedarwood is enough to intoxicate the senses—it’s not your average citrus fragrance at all.
Available at Tiffany & Co. stores in Pavilion and Suria KLCC and online here.
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