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April 05, 2011


By Departures Dispatch | Shopping


Spring is in the air—and with it, the desire to change one's fragrance. Here, two new options to consider. Bulgari's Mon Jasmin Noir is a multifaceted floral scent inspired by the black jasmine, a fictional flower that symbolizes feminine sensuality and whose scent changes depending on the time of day. Parfumeurs Olivier Polge and Sophie Labbé created a blend of golden cedrat, musky nougatine, precious woods like cashmeran, cedar and patchouli, and two types of jasmine (sambac absolute and angel wing). Maison Martin Margiela just introduced its first perfume, called (Untitled) in keeping with Monsieur Margiela's custom of not appearing in public. The unisex scent and distinctive bottle are also consistent with the house's knack for reincarnating forgotten traditions. The fragrance relies on green notes, the unsettling, almost bitter freshness created by galbanum, box green, lentiscus, cedar and bitter orange. The vial resembles something out of an olden-day apothecary with its round stopper, Olivetti typewriter font and white string-tied neck. Mon Jasmin Noir, $105, is available at nordstrom.com. (Untitled), $140, is available at saks.com.

Photo Courtesy Bulgari