However, there are two mainstream September launches that has my jaded and snobby self actually excited. First up is Kenzo’s Flower In The Air created by Alberto Morillas. It’s a fresh rose scent with hints of bergamot (always a favorite of mine), pink pepper, cedarwood, and musk. It’s been almost a decade since Flower by Kenzo was launched and even though the sister scent will be sold at a department store, the time, effort, and TLC it took to create Flower In The Air is obvious in the juice itself. There’s a distinct lack of harsh rubbing alcohol undertones or watered-down notes, which I often smell in mass-distributed perfumes.
Next on deck is Paul Smith’s Portrait For Women created by model and perfumer Barnabé Fillion. The crisp blend of bergamot, black tea, peach, and jasmine resonates as a spring scent, but once the leaves start to turn and the air becomes a bit brisk, the sweetness will happily transport you to a meadow filled with roses. Neither scent is from an obscure, indie brand, but even hipsters who only swear by all things locally sourced and artisanal will become seduced.
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Kenzo Flower In The Air, $78-$99, available September at Macy's; Paul Smith Portrait For Women, $95, available September 5 at Paul Smith.