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Wishlist: Autumn’s Must-Have Fragrances

September 3, 2014

With summer almost gone (In Dubai, it’s not autumn until October… sigh!), it’s finally my favorite time of the year, especially because my birthday month has just begun- Gorgeous weather, event season and the holidays! What’s not to like?  Naturally then, it’s also time for a wardrobe re-jig, boots haul and fragrance update. Here’s what’s on my wishlist for the season – with the number of new launches, it’s getting tougher to edit this list! Here are the ones that made the cut:

Guess Dare launches this autumn

Guess Dare launches this autumn

Guess: Dare
As the name suggests, the new autumn fragrance by Guess is all about being bold and spirited. It’s for the adventurous, vivacious girl on the move. Personally, I love the unique fruity- floral scent – a class apart from the regular heavily floral fragrances right now.

Paul Marciano, GUESS CEO and Creative Director says, “The GUESS Girl is sexy and adventurous, which is the essence of the brand and the inspiration behind our newest fragrance, GUESS Dare. We believe this scent will inspire girls everywhere to take risks, live freely and continue to challenge the norm.”

Top notes: Crisp Kumquat, Pear Blossom, Lime Flower

Heart notes: Living Palm Springs Cactus Flower, Jasmine, Wild Rose

Base notes: Blonde woods, Living Key West Coconut Palm, Musk
So it’s clear why this one made it to the top of the list! It’s definitely my autumn BFF.


The new Katy Perry Royal Revolution fragrance

The new Katy Perry Royal Revolution fragrance

Katy Perry shooting the fragrance campaign

Katy Perry shooting the fragrance campaign

Katy Perry: Royal Revolution

“In some ways wearing fragrance is like putting on an invisible suit of luxurious armor. I want Royal Revolution to inspire women to make their own rules and embrace the idea that beauty and inner confidence can come together to become your secret weapon.” – Katy Perry

I agree! I love Katy Perry, not just for her powerful voice and strong personality but also for her sense of style and her charisma, which shines through. This is why I’d definitely give this one a try.

Created by Pierre Negrin of Firmenich, Royal Revolution, is a floral scent with some pretty exotic ingredients such as the mystical Blackthorn, which was known in the Dark Ages for its magical powers and used in spells of impenetrable protection. Coo, huh!

Top Notes: Pink Freesia and Pomegranate

Middle Notes: Sandalwood, Orange Flower and Jasmine Petals

Base Notes: Black Thorn, Skin Musk and Vanilla Orchid


Chloe's signature fragrance

Chloe’s signature fragrance



I’ve literally grown up with Chloe’s signature fragrance, since it was my mother’s favorite so it’s very special to me. The eponymous fragrance from Chloe returns this season and I cannot wait to add this number to my autumn collection. The fragrance is feminine yes, but not ultra, all-out girly, which is what I love about it – just the right balance of sensuality and innocence – in all, irresistible!

Top notes: Peony, freesia and Litchi
Middle notes: Rose, Lily of the Valley and Magnolia
Base notes: Amber and Virginia Cedar


Rochas OUD Mystère

Rochas OUD Mystère


Rochas: Oud and Gucci: Oud

The newly launched first Arabic-inspired Parisian oud fragrance from Rochas, Secret de Rochas Oud Mystere, aims to appeal to those seeking the ultimate French luxury experience with a distinct Arabic flavor.

Rochas’ in-house nose Jean-Michele Duriez says, “A Parisienne will never reveal everything about herself; there’s always something about her that’s a little mysterious and hard to describe. You’re just instinctively drawn to her. All women, and perhaps especially Parisian women, desire to keep their secrets, secret.”

Top notes:  Rose accord, Saffron
Heart: Osmanthus, Secret Ingredient
Bottom: Oud Accord, Moss, Patchouli, Olibanum


 Gucci Oud fragrance

Gucci Oud fragrance


Gucci’s Oud fragrance is another very tempting addition to my wishlist. Frida Giannini, Gucci’s Creative Director, draws inspiration from her extensive travels while conjuring up the new Oud fragrance: one that is glamorous, opulent and mysterious.

Although it launched in the summer, earlier this year, this unisex fragrance caught my fancy and I’m still besotted by it.   The fragrance is created with a natural and unique source of Oud, which has been specially selected, cultivated and purified for Gucci. This special quality Oud comes from central Laos and after the distillation of the Oud wood, an additional special processing is undertaken to yield a very high purity extract that is certified as 100% natural – spells exotic!

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