Best party fragrances for women 2011

Forget the Jimmy Choo handbag, the fragrance makes a great party accessory too!

Prada Candy (EDP Rs 4950 / 80 ml): Crafted for the unconventional young woman (Who isn’t these days?) this is a bold attempt from one of the most distinguished fashion houses. The bottle may evoke the packaging of classic beauty products but the bright band of pink saffiano leather that hugs the bottle reveals the funky streak. The fragrance combines a cocktail of musks with an explosion of almost edible caramel – high quality ingredients in excessive proportions. Sweet, instantly likeable yet very feminine – does that describe you?

Burberry Body (EDP Rs 3050 / 35 ml): British actress Rosie Huntington Whiteley is the face of this all-new fragrance from Burberry and with cleverly placed images of her all over fragrance stores this is likely to be the fragrance most gentlemen are likely to buy for the woman in their lives. It’s Burberry’s most sensual fragrance yet and it opens with peach, rose and sandal before finishing with warm vanilla and musk note. A versatile fragrance that is perfect for all day use and has enough refined ingredients to make you stand out at a party.

Jimmy Choo (EDP Rs 5900 / 100 ml): No brand has been to more red carpet events in the last decade than Jimmy Choo. Handbag, shoes and now with the brand’s debut fragrance, you are ready for the best parties in town. The packaging is standout – a bottle inspired by jewel coloured Venetian Murano glass. The fragrance is bold and full of warm, rich and woody depths with a seductive Orchid heart. Perfect for the confident woman who is likely to be on every guest list that counts.

Gucci Guilty (EDT Rs 4100 / 50 ml): You will love the bottle – A stunning fusion of glass of metal with Gucci’s signature interlocking G that reveals the bottle’s glass interior under the bottle’s gleaming metallic surface. An intense floral-oriental fragrance, it opens with a sparkling burst of citrus and a hint of black pepper that make way for fruity and floral notes like lilac before finishing with a rich amber base. Modern, with a daring sensual edge and yet very wearable for any night on the town.

Belle d’Opium (EDT Rs 3500 / 50 ml) by Yves Saint Laurent: Opium is probably one of the most enduring women’s fragrances ever created and there’s a good chance you might have spritzed some of your mother’s Opium for your first party in high school. Belle Opium may not be able to fill those big shoes but two accomplished perfumers (Honorine Blanc and Alberto Morillas) come together to craft a lighter, contemporary interpretation of this classic with notes like lily, sandalwood white pepper and jasmine and the result is an all-new fragrance experience that is distinctive enough to let you make a big impression.

This feature was published in the December 2011 issue of Wedding Vows, a leading South Asian Wedding & lifestyle magazine  


Best sporty fragrances for men

Italian sporting equipment designer Renato Montagner gave the Issey flacon its very sporty look and feel

You can always use an extra dose of energy from any source. These sporty scents are just what you need to kick-start the day especially after a wild weekend and make for great summer fragrances that are crisp and easy to wear:

  1. L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme Sport: Cool blue bottle inspired by sporting gear with the fresh whiff of grapefruit and bergamot.
  2. Lacoste Challenge Refresh: Interesting bottle cap design inspired by a tennis racquet with spicy high-energy notes like cardamom, oregano and rosemary
  3. Porsche Design Sport: Nice mix of citrus, woody and aquatic notes; the Porsche hot wheels can wait!
  4. Dior Homme Sport – Christian Dior: Grapefruit, Amalfi lemon with the strong presence of ginger
  5. Davidoff Champion Energy: Same Dumbell shaped bottle of Davidoff Champion in a frosted white and red hue with citrus and cold spices.

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Best men’s fragrances for a date

Narciso Rodriguez instructed perfumer Francis Kurkdjian to incorporate Rodriguez’s personal signature scent – Egyptian Musk oil as one of the key ingredients.

Your fragrance can strike up more than conversation. Choose from one of these sensual fragrances for a dinner date.


  1. Calvin Klein – Obsession for Men
  2. Sean John – Unforgivable
  3. Hypnose Homme by Lancome
  4. Narcisco Rodriguez for Him
  5. Yves St Laurent – L’ Homme


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Best Men’s fragrances for office wear

Perfumer Francois Caron got her inspiration for this relaxing fragrance from a summer cocktail!

Make a statement at work, keep your female co-workers interested and choose from one of these scents that last longer than a full day at the office:

  1. Carolina Herrera 212 Men
  2. Zen for Men – White Heat edition by Shiseido
  3. Kenzo Homme
  4. Gucci Pour Homme II
  5. The One for Men – Dolce and Gabbana

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Unique Men’s fragrances

Jean Paul Gaultier - Le Male in an impudent male torso bottle

Every fragrance claims to be unique, so it’s never easy to shortlist five men’s fragrances that will make you standout in a crowd. But this list of 5 is an interesting mix of the distinguished, bizarre and the exotic. And yet there are quite a few unusual scents that could have still made this list:

  1. Bulgari Black
  2. Loewe 7
  3. Paco Rabanne – Ultra Violet Man
  4. Jean Paul Gaultier – Le Male
  5. Versace Dreamer

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Best Men’s fragrances for the night

The gold ingot style bottle for One Million; just one of the many distinctive features of this bestselling scent

Whether you are going clubbing or want a sensual scent for a romantic dinner engagement one of these scents should work:

  1.  Giorgio Armani – Armani Code
  2. Van Cleef and Arpels – Midnight in Paris
  3. Thiery Muegler – A Men
  4. Yves St Laurent – M7
  5. Paco Rabanne – One Million

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Best aquatic fragrances for men

Acqua di Gio: One of the best selling fragrances of all time continues to inspire rip-offs!

If you live in hotter climes, this list of aquatic fragrances work round the year for day use and if you don’t these cool scents are just what you need for your summer holiday:

  1. Giorgio Armani – Acqua di Gio
  2. Bulgari Aqua
  3. Versace Man au Fraiche
  4. Davidoff – Cool Water
  5. L’Eau par Kenzo pour Homme

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