There are two categories of people: those who stick to one perfume all their life and those who like to switch things up. If you belong to the latest, these are the hottest fragrance launches of 2022. All perfumes are extremely giftable and have a solid potential to become your signature scent.
Prada Paradoxe Eau de Parfum
The new trendy perfume reimagines who the Prada woman is in all her forms. The idea is that she paradoxically combines so many seemingly uncombinable traits while remaining her unique self. Same for this fragrance: it’s floral, ambery, and musky simultaneously, but all these different perfume families effortlessly blend in one vibrant and sensual scent. The Prada logo-shaped bottle is refillable and sustainably produced.
Top Notes: Pear, Tangerine and Bergamot. Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine Sambac, Neroli Essence, and Neroli. Base Notes: Bourbon Vanilla, White Musk, Amber, and Benzoin.
Shop: $142 at Sephora.
MCM Ultra Eau de Parfum
MCM’s new fragrance has mind-blowing packaging that is a show-stopper. The backpack-style bottle feels substantial, is made in the best traditions of MCM’s expert leather craftsmanship, and belongs to a display shelf in your house. The scent is fruity-floral but with an attitude: when you enter the room wearing MCM, people will notice you!
Top Notes: Black Currant, Pink Pepper, Pink Lady Apple, Bergamot. Heart Notes: Apricot Nectar, Tuberose, Jasmine Sambac. Base Notes: Cedarwood, Golden Amber, Tonka Bean, Moss.
Shop: $90 at Bloomingdales.
Matiere Premiere Santal Austral
Based upon the concept of single, all-natural ingredients, Matiere Premier is a niche brand that impresses with the elegance and complexity of scents. Exclusively available at Saks, the Santal Austral fragrance is built around Sandalwood Oil from Australia, framed with Iris, Almond, and Tonka Bean notes. This ultimately luxurious scent has been my signature since I discovered it a few months ago.
Top Notes: Iris and Almond. Heart Notes: Sandalwood. Base Notes: Tonka Bean and Benzoin.
Shop: $260 exclusively at Saks.
Viktor & Rolf Good Fortune
An allusion to mysticism is nothing new for Viktor & Rolf, and the latest fragrance launch is not an exception. A refillable bottle topped with a crystal topper looks like a magic ball, while a magnetic scent of a new fragrance is designed to explore one’s destiny. The Spiritual Glamour Haute Couture Collection inspired this scent, cultivating a mystical “do-it-yourself” aesthetic.
Top Notes: Fennel and Gentian. Heart Notes: Jasmine Superinfusion. Base Notes: Bourbon Vanilla Infusion.
Shop: $129 at Sephora.
Dior J’adore Parfum D’Eau
The fashion house’s iconic fragrance, J’Adore, received an oil-free makeover. Produced via a patented nano-emulsion process which entails blending floral oil concentrates and water under high pressure, this water-based variant is a perfect match for those sensitive to oils. In line with the rest of legendary J’adore’s scents, the gold-decorated bottle reveals a new to the line opalescent white hue.
Top Notes: Chinese Magnolia and Jasmine Sambac. Heart Notes: Neroli and Carnal Rose. Base Notes: Honeysuckle.
Lake & Skye Saffron Dusk
During the cold season, a spicy and woody perfume is the way to go. This memorable scent brings a soul-centering vibe than warms up your day. It’s one of those easy-to-remember but hard-to-forget scents that you’d want to come back to every time the sweater weather comes.
Top Notes: Saffron and Pepper. Heart Notes: Leather, Neroli, and Rose. Base Notes: Vetiver and Sandalwood.
Shop: $98 at Bluemercury.
Cover photo by Anna Iakovleva.