Jasmine, rose, lily of the valley. Classic, yes. Stodgy, no, as you’ll discover in the new crop of rich floral fragrances.
Hermes Kelly Calèche
With a four-figure price tag and mile-long waiting list, an Hermès Kelly bag may be out of reach for most. Happily, its newest fragrance, which infuses leather with a floral twist, isn’t.
Audrey Hepburn was furious when Hubert de Givenchy launched this in 1957—up until then, the blend of aldehydes, rose, iris and tonka bean was hers alone. Now, in honor of its 50th birthday, Givenchy is reintroducing the storied scent.
Yves Rocher Rose Absolute
Cinnamon and tonka bean add a modern note to a profusion of Bulgarian and Turkish roses.
($47; Yves Rocher Beauty Centres)
Lalique Le Parfum
Lalique’s hand-blown bottle is as unique as its contents. Accents of laurel, almond and cumin highlight jasmine, heliotrope and Egyptian violet leaf.
($150-$750; Neiman Marcus)
Chanel No. 5 Eau Première
Perfumer Jacques Polge updates an icon with ylang-ylang from the Comoro Islands and jasmine from Chanel’s fields in France.
($125; Chanel counters)
Leiber’s first scent is as lustrous as its crystal-encrusted minaudières: Bergamot, magnolia and mimosa provide sparkle, rose and jasmine richness.
Very Michael Kors
The monogrammed flacon contains a twist on Kors’ original tuberose fragrance: Citrus, Chinese osmanthus and golden sugarcane bring out the flower’s sensuality.
($65; Lord & Taylor)
Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia
One whiff and you’ll understand why Aerin Lauder kept this blend private for years. Neroli, lilac and rosewood form the top notes; orange flower, jasmine and white lily the middle, carnation and vanilla bourbon the base.
Manuel Canovas Ballade Verte
From the French fabric house, violet leaves, ylang-ylang and ginger mingle with sandalwood, vanilla and white musk.
($95; Bergdorf Goodman)