Your favourite perfume might not be everyone else’s. The ones here are universally pleasing – they don’t “pollute” another person’s air, leave no scent trail behind and cause no headaches or wrinkled brows.
1 Salvatore Ferragamo’s Punta Ala EDP ($400) reminds us of a Mediterranean scrub – a calming concoction of Italian citrus fruits, flowers and woods. It has bergamot, jasmine and cedar wood.
2 Zesty and bright, Berdoues’ Assam of India EDP ($145) makes for an energising everyday scent, with lemon and Indian tea in it.
3 Serge Lutens’ L’Eau Serge Lutens EDP ($165) is possibly the closest to what a breath of fresh air smells like. It has citrus, magnolia and white mint in it.
4 Goutal Paris’ Le Chevrefeuille EDT ($250) is cheery and uplifting, and smells of honeysuckle flowers and honey.
5 Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris’ Aqua Universalis EDT ($410) is a clean, comforting scent – like fresh laundry. It has bergamot, citrus and musk in it.
6 A sensuous bouquet of white tuberose flowers is what Miu Miu’s Fleur D’Argent EDP (from $114) is, artfully balanced with musk accords.
7 Those who love warm, smoky scents will enjoy Tom Ford’s Oud Wood EDP ($350), a winning concoction of oud wood, sandalwood, rosewood, tonka beans and vanilla.
8 The first word that comes to mind with this: pure. Eight & Bob’s Annicke 1 EDP ($265) gently caresses you with lily of the valley, jasmine and white musk.
9 For a sparkling citrus scent, Estee Lauder’s Beautiful Belle EDP (from $92) is a good bet. It has lychee and gardenia.
TEXT CHELSEA TANG