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Illustrations by Ciara Phelan
Into the woods
Jo Malone’s new scent signals autumn’s verdant vibe with its mix of floral (damask rose, green violet leaves) and spicy (cardamom, tonka bean) characteristics. Tory Burch’s take combines lily of the valley and cedar, while Nina Ricci mixes pink peppercorns and musk. Gucci Bamboo takes a tropical approach by incorporating orange blossom and Tahitian vanilla.
(Clockwise from top left) Jo Malone London Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne, $145 at Holt Renfrew. Tory Burch Absolu, $142 at Holt Renfrew. Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum, $136 at Holt Renfrew, Murale, Nordstrom and Sephora. Nina Ricci L’Extase Eau de Parfum, $125 at Hudson’s Bay, Jean Coutu, Murale and select Shoppers Drug Mart stores.
Down the garden path
In the idiosyncratic style of its fashion-designer counterpart, Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum lists olfactory oddities like “iced vodka” in its fragrance notes. It’s part of a grouping of flowery cool-weather options that also includes peach-blossom-spiked Calvin Klein Eternity Now, freesia-laced Burberry My Burberry and gardenia-tinged Van Cleef & Arpels Gardénia Pétale.
(Clockwise from top) Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Gardénia Pétale, $204 at Hudson’s Bay. Burberry My Burberry Eau de Toilette, $112 at Burberry, Hudson’s Bay, Jean Coutu, Murale, Nordstrom, Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart. Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum, $160 at Holt Renfrew. Calvin Klein Eternity Now Eau de Parfum, $98 at Hudson’s Bay, Jean Coutu and Shoppers Drug Mart.
For a crisp spritz minus any predominant blossom notes, this foursome plays up grassy, leafy scents like wild fern (Nest’s Verde), grape vines (Body Shop’s Italian Summer Fig), mint (Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Tea Escape) and tea leaves (Vera Wang’s Embrace Green Tea and Pear Blossom).
(Clockwise from top) Maison Martin Margiela Replica Tea Escape Eau de Toilette, $115 at Hudson’s Bay and Sephora. Vera Wang Embrace Green Tea and Pear Blossom Eau de Toilette, $45 at Shoppers Drug Mart. The Body Shop Italian Summer Fig Eau de Toilette, $28 at The Body Shop. Nest Fragrances Verde Eau de Parfum, $78 at Sephora.
Market edit by Megan Kirkwood
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