Switching scents

Sweet florals or clean, green scents not your thing? Try one of this summer’s more exotic offerings


Tom Ford is not one to do things by halves, so it’s no surprise that his olfactory exploration of Asian culture resulted in not one, but four distinct fragrances , under the collective name Atelier d’Orient, €140 each. The scents range from the romantic Fleur de Chine (think classic 30s femme fatale in cheongsam and dark lipstick), to the dangerously dark Plum Japonais. 21st century glamour.

From the Cloon Keen Atelier in Galway, Lune de Givre, €70, is a soft and woody blend of angelica, orris, vetiver and galbanum and has a very modern and sophisticated finish.

Ghost Moonlight is a light, floral oriental with an amber and sandalwood base topped with ginger and orange blossom. From €34.50, at designerperfums.com.

Origami-like pleats are a signature of Issey Miyake’s fashions and beautifully translated in the bottle design of Pleats Please. Nashi pear and patchouli combine in a delicate, fresh fragrance, €45.

The precious stones and exotic flowers of India are the inspiration for Boucheron Jaipur Bracelet, an unreservedly romantic scent, perfect for a summer bride, €80.

Part of the new wave of heritage fragrances, Boadicea the Victorious: Alluring is a blend of ylang ylang and musk softened with summer fruits and berries, and the bottle has great dressing table appeal. It costs €100 at Seagreen, Monkstown and Ranelagh.

Jo Malone Saffron Intense is a rich cologne and a step outside the lighter scents usually associated with this brand. It features incense and blond wood for a stylishly different statement, €115.

Your’re guaranteed something different with a Serge Lutens fragrance and La Fille de Berlin delivers in spades. Red roses and powdered spices evoke the glamour of 30s Berlin, and the decadent appeal of Marlene Deitrich, €93 at House of Fraser

As popular today as when it was first created by Guerlain in 1919, the classic Mitsouko was inspired by the story of an impossible love between the wife of Japanese admiral and a British officer. One of the greats, from €72.