You know it’s the time of year — when the government releases a new national day music video, jets soaring in the afternoon and every corner is decorated with a flag — yes we are talking about National Day! Although our olfactory curation is mainly from France and London, it doesn’t stop us from paying homage to Singapore through scents. Here are 6 fragrances we’ll be spritzing on come 9 August!
We’ll start off with the most obvious & probably borderline superficial — red bottles! While there are a few contenders on our list, we’ve picked Kalan and Lipstick Fever for a good reason — they are one of the cult favourites from Parfums de Marly and Juliette Has A Gun respectively.
Kalan by Parfums de Marly kicks off with a sparkling opening, with a blend of black pepper and fresh notes of blood orange. It evolves as white sandalwood, notes of moss and precious wood unfolds.
Lipstick Fever by Juliette has a Gun is a contemporary composition, gourmand, ultimately feminine. Lipstick Fever naturally focuses on the historic notes used in lipsticks : Iris, Violet absolute and Raspberry. Enhanced with woody notes (Patchouli, Cedarwood) to give it a little refinement.
Ingredients from Singapore
*Surprise surprise* and I betcha didn’t know this but both BDK’s Pas ce Soir and Tubéreuse are using Patchouli from Singapore as base notes. A hint of Singapore in a bottle - now that’s something we would proudly embody.
Pas ce Soir by BDK is an indulgent floral scent, inspired by a mysterious and sensual night in Paris. And as mentioned, the woody scent comes from Patchouli from Singapore. *Represent 🤟🏼*
Tubéreuse Impériale by BDK is a floral, solar and woody scent that leaves behind a sensual and opulent sillage. Highly recommended for those in search of an oriental and floral scent!
Appointed as a national flower on 15 April 1981, Vanda Miss Joaquim (a hybrid Orchid) was selected as Singapore's National Flower. It was selected due to its colour, hardiness and resilience - a reflection of the Singapore spirit. The two scent selection under this category contains Orchid in the scent construction.
Vanille Fruitée by Molinard embodies a woman filled with freedom and irreverence. A gourmand fragrance that seduces through its spontaneity and restores its magnificence to femininity.
Frangipani (by Ormonde Jayne) is perhaps the queen of all tropical flowers. The heart of the structure is a fabulous heady fusion of frangipani, jasmine and tuberose absolutes, elevated with plum, water lilies and green orchid oil.
Fun fact: this scent was created in 2003, and became an instant bestseller on the back of an experiment conducted by Tatler magazine, where only the perfume was presented, without any PR, advertisement or photography.