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Tried-and-tested: 5 Fragrances from September that you’ll absolutely love


By Redzhanna Jazmin

Tried-and-tested: 5 Fragrances from September that you’ll absolutely love

What is your poison? Citrusy, woody, earthy, or floral? Whatever your vice, September’s newest fragrance launches have got all facets of your olfactory senses covered.

From Diptyque’s homage to Italy’s most romantic city to Marc Jacobs’ reimagining of a classic, here are the best new fragrances to revamp your collection with:


Venise EDT Nomades, RM409

“Don’t we all miss travelling? Every destination is always full of inspiration, and if you’ve been there, it comes with memories too. Diptyque, for example, is celebrating its 60th birthday this year, and as part of its celebrations, the brand is inviting all on a Grand Tour of some of the places the founders were most in love with, and the second stopover of this tour is Venice.

“Captured in a single bottle, the scent carries the wearer not to the Grand Canal, but to an island. La Serenissima is affectionately known by the locals as “the vegetable garden of Venice”, with the scent of grass, flowers, vegetables, and herbs also come the scent of the lagoon carried by the wind. Venise, the fragrance, is woody and green, fresh and spicy. It’s a rather young scent that I found myself reaching out for throughout the day for a much-needed perk-me-up for the senses.” — Rachel Au, Editor


Calvin Klein

Defy 100ml, RM411

“This fragrance really took me by surprise—it has a very fresh and invigorating quality to it that I find quite addictive. Woody notes of responsibly-sourced vetiver oil are at the heart of this scent, contrasted with stunning citrus, bergamot, and lavender absolute for a bright kick to the senses (in the best way possible). Base notes of warm amber then round off the scent beautifully, making way for a subtle, alluring dry down.”— Redzhanna Jazmin, Beauty Writer

P.S. For those on the lookout for a great gift for the Libras in your life, you can get the Defy gift set, complete with the 50ml fragrance and a scented shower gel.


Frédéric Malle

Synthetic Jungle by Anne Flipo, RM639

“A fragrance that reminds you of the jungle? That’s a first, in my books, at least and true to its name, the new Frederic Malle fragrance by Anne Flipo is every bit as lush a tropical jungle. It’s bright, green, and a little mossy, which brings to mind a scene of trekking on damp earth with tall trees overhead, dripping with rain droplets. Its floral heart of lily of the valley, hyacinth, jasmine, ylang-ylang is soft and doesn’t intrude the nose while its base of oakmoss and patchouli makes the fragrance clean and sharp. Because of its uniqueness, I daresay it’s great for all genders too.” — Rachel Au, Editor



Petite Chérie EDP, RM849

“‘Perfume is an act of love,’ Annick Goutal famously declared during her lifetime. She also believed that happiness is fragrance’s ultimate goal. Both values are apparent in all her creations but, perhaps, most of all in Petite Chérie. First released in 1998, the fragrance was a gift to her daughter, Camille, who was then 20.

“Inspired by Camille’s youthful femininity, the older Goutal composed a tender and comforting gourmand scent. One of the first fruity scents of its time, it’s also an affectionate challenge to take risks and embrace a world of possibilities.

“For Goutal’s 40th anniversary, the Maison released a limited-edition packaging of the EDP—with a gold velvet bow, a medallion emblazoned with the fragrance’s name on the inside, and a perfume bottle pouch. All 40 units that found their way to Malaysia are no longer available but fortunately, the standard edition of Petite Chérie is a mainstay of the brand.

“I say this as it’s a delightful fragrance for the young and young at heart. On me, the medley of rose and pear, cocooned within notes of vanilla and musks, is delicate and fresh. The EDP is uplifting, as well as pleasant to my nose and those around me. I like having it on while working from home and on brunch dates.” — Adelina Tan, Deputy Editor


Marc Jacobs

Daisy Eau So Intense 100ml, RM488

“If you’re a fan of the original Daisy fragrance, this new launch from Marc Jacobs Beauty is for you. Daisy Eau So Intense reimagines the cult-favourite fragrance with a deeper interpretation, placing soft vanilla and crisp green moss at its base and sweet honey and rosebud at its heart; an intoxicating blend that is elevated by top notes of sparkling strawberry and pear.

“Needless to say, it’s a stunning fragrance that captures the spirit of the original while completely reinventing it. I love the sweet, powdery florals and the stunning, earthy dry down, and the gorgeous flacon is just the cherry on top of a beautiful scent.” — Redzhanna Jazmin, Beauty Writer

Available at Isetan stores, Isetan Online Store, Metrojaya, and Sogo.

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