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Empowering perfumes that scream “I am woman, hear me roar!”

Jasmine Alimin
Jasmine Alimin • 5 min read
Empowering perfumes that scream “I am woman, hear me roar!”
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Givenchy Beauty Irresistible Rose Velvet EDP

Made for rose lovers, Givenchy combines four kinds of rose extracts into this seductive but very wearable love potion, which include Rose Essential, Rose Water, Rose Ultimate and Rose Moschata. Velvety and powdery, it opens with a whiff of succulent blackcurrant to enhance the rose notes and settles into a milky patchouli dry down before finishing off with tender sandalwood. Each bottle comprises 2% recycled glass, with the packaging made up of fibres from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)’s certified and sustainably managed forests. Like all Givenchy fragrances, Irresistible Rose Velvet is produced in the French workshops of the House, which received the ISO 14001 environmental certification in 2015.

Paco Rabanne Fame Eau EDP

Fame captures the irresistible Parisian spirit of the Rabanne woman and pays tribute to a new era of femininity. It’s playful, sensual, empowered and avant-garde. The floral-fruity fragrance is a harmonious blend of lush mango and bergamot, delicate jasmine and creamy incense, and base notes of sandalwood and vanilla --- something you can wear day and night for all occasions. The gorgeous bottle — featuring signature silver metallic pastilles and tiny piercings representing Paco Rabanne's iconic codes — is another reason to get it.

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Maison Psyché Collection by Rémy Cointreau

What if the time-honoured expertise of the perfumery and spirits worlds came together to create new blends and explore uncharted horizons? France’s leading spirit distributor, Rémy Cointreau, does the unimaginable by altering its history by creating a new perfume house, Maison Psyché, in collaboration with Swiss fragrance manufacturer Firmenich. The inaugural collection features five extraits carefully blended and left to age in the Maison Rémy Martin cellars in Cognac. The point is to give the perfumes time to soak up the delicious olfactory notes from the oak cognac barrels. Topping that off, the fragrances are bottled in super luxurious Baccarat crystal bottles adorned with gold and some with diamonds. Each scent is distinctive, from pleasantly floral citrus and woody to spicy and sensual. Alexanor contains bergamot; Bell-Dame has Centifolia Rose; Alcyone uses Jasmine Grandiflorum; Hamadryas highlights Bourbon Vanilla; and Nymphalis is infused with Patchouli. The collection is slated to launch in Singapore in March and is priced at about €5,500 a bottle.

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MCM Ultra EDP

German fashion house MCM created this aromatic-fruity eau de parfum filled with lots of character and boldness for the empowered woman. It opens with a juicy blackcurrant and lady pink apple, followed closely by a spicy-sweet rush of fresh pink pepper. Tuberose and jasmine add creamy youthful floral notes. Cedarwood, tonka, and moss fuse at heart to create an ultramodern signature layered with golden amber. Clad in Berlin Gold Visetos, the iconic Stark backpack bottle epitomises the precious nature of this ultramodern scent. MCM is supposedly vegan and made with green chemistry principles, where 74% of the ingredients are biodegradable, and also contains 79% responsibly sourced Naturals Together ingredients that make a positive social impact on local communities all over the world.

Dior Eau Noire EDP

Lavender lovers will appreciate the latest update to Eau Noire, first created by respected perfumer Francis Kurkdjian in 2004 as part of the brand’s luxurious La Collection Privée Christian Dior. After joining the maison in 2021 as perfume creative director, Kurkdjian’s first order of business was to expand the Privée library with alcohol-free perfumes such as Eau Noire, now available in a 125ml flacon. Still, just as mysterious and intense, Eau Noire is an aromatic gourmand scent that draws from three high-quality lavender absolutes and essences that intertwine with myrrh and balanced gourmand notes.

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Creed Wind Flowers EDP

Inspired by the grace and strength of a dancer’s movements, Wind Flowers is an easy breezy, fresh floral fragrance made for springtime. It opens with sweet jasmine, wrapped around the zesty scent of Tunisian orange blossom and a fruity peach note. A flurry of warm sandalwood is twisted around the floral heart of a delicate jasmine flower, tuberose petals and a sweet rose extract, adding depth and texture to this fragrance. A haze of iris and musk deepen the base, as a fragrant note of orange blossom and creamy praline offsets the dusky floral scent.

Marc Jacobs Perfect Intense EDP

An uplifting ode to individuality, Perfect Intense explores a new facet of self-love, encouraging everyone to celebrate and revel in the powerful beauty of being honest, bold, and #PerfectAsIAm. Perfect Intense is a long-lasting amber floral with creamy night-blooming jasmine releasing a honeyed sweetness that mingles beautifully with daffodil. Earthy roasted almonds arrive in the heart for a toasted nuttiness that lends the flower notes a textured, edible feel, brightened by a pink pepper that lingers into the dry-down. Sesame oil, cashmeran and sandalwood melt together in the base, enveloping the scent in a heavy veil of comforting woodiness.

Armani Privé Santal Dãn Shã EDP

Inspired by the serenity of Chinese Imperial palaces and their contemplative gardens, Santal Dãn Shã is a woody fragrance for men and women. To conjure the image of a gentle summertime breeze at dusk, aromatic trees and vegetation, and the tranquil freshness of lakes, it blends the balmy sensuality of sandalwood with the sparkling freshness of bergamot and the aromatic spices of cardamom. At the scent’s heart is elemi, a resin extracted from tropical trees, complemented by incense extract and musk. We love the signature Privé Les Eaux square bottle, which showcases the intense ochre juice to evoke the colour of sandalwood. This translucent tone supposedly symbolises the lacquered, cinnabar-toned wood that characterises Chinese palaces’ architecture.

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