• Fine Fragrance
The first scent to don the Mercedes Benz name is hitting the streets.
INCC Group, it will be available at selected specialist retailers in the first quarter of 2012.
The juice, which was composed by perfumer Olivier Cresp of Firmenich, combines woody notes with floral freshness,
according to the German luxury automobile maker. Top notes include Calabrian
bergamot, lemon essence and Italian mandarin. The middle note features a warm,
spicy mix of bourbon pepper, nutmeg, violet and galbanum resin. The base note provides a spicy finish to the perfume and
includes American cedar wood, vetiver,
grass and patchouli.
jasmine, plum, patchouli and oak moss.
Givenchy Dahlia Noir, the first fragrance
developed under the creative direction of
Riccardo Tisci, has a multifaceted composition including mandarin, pink pepper, mimosa, sandalwood and vanilla. Prada
Candy, with notes of musk and caramel, is
feminine, sweet, sophisticated and comes
in a bottle that features joyful colors and the
iconic pink Saffiano leather stripe with
raised gold Prada letters.
Another luxury fragrance firm, Bond No.
9, has rolled out back-to-back scent stories
this fall. The first, I Love New York, features
a trio of juices. I Love New York for Her, in a
pink bottle, is a pastry gourmand of rich
vanilla frosting. The opening notes—man-
darin zest and a blueberry muffin accord—
segue into roses, pink peonies and
patchouli with a drydown of musk, vanilla
bourbon and soft leather accord. I Love
New York for Him, in a blue bottle, has
opening notes of grapefruit zest, juniper
berry and ginger, with midnotes of laven-
der, geranium and leather and base notes
of sandalwood, musk and amber. Lastly, in
a black bottle, I Love New York for All is
gourmand at its heart: coffee beans, cacao,
and chestnut. Initially it energizes with
bergamot, lily of the valley and pepper, and
has base notes of patchouli, sandalwood
and vanilla, according to the luxury fra-
Scents for the Masses
While some consumers have pocketbooks
for luxury scents, lower price points can
help fragrance become an everyday indulgence for those on tighter budgets.
Bath & Body Works, for example, offers
its Signature Collection, scents that it says
An Eye for Luxury
Exclusivity sells in any luxury market, and
retailer Neiman Marcus had first dibs on
several new fragrances this Fall. Its roster included debut scents as well as new takes
from venerable perfume makers including
Balenciaga L’Essence, Bottega Veneta, Creed
Royal-Oud, A Dozen Roses, Givenchy
Dahlia Noir and Prada Candy.
Bottega Veneta—the first fragrance from
the brand—is inspired by the rolling hills of
Italy and has notes of leather, bergamot,
Keith Urban sampled his debut fragrance during the Get Closer 2011 world tour.