One of my favorites I love the smell of juniper, the pungent, zesty smell of juniper – the gin’s signature botanical. I love its dry bite in a Martini and the edge it gives to a perfume: it’s a key note in the perfume I wear the most, Angéliques Sous La Pluie by Frédéric Malle (£145 for 50ml). And juniper is the star of Terre d’Hermès Eau Givrée – Hermès’ latest fragrance for men (£72 for 50ml); a scent designed to burn ice-glazed terra incognita with elemental energy.
Frédéric Malle Angelica In The Rain, £145 for 50ml
Hermès Terre d’Hermès Eau Givrée, £72 for 50ml
“I chose juniper for its icy effect,” says Christine Nagel, Hermès in-house perfumer. “Here I think it’s sharp, lively and incisive. It feels crisp, like footsteps on ice.” Timut gives pepper “a tangy taste almost like grapefruit, it gives power and sparkle.” The addition of rare Calabrian citron gives it an extra fresh twist – a thirst-quenching counterpoint to the towering, tundra-like woodiness that is Terre d’Hermès’ hallmark.
Nagel describes the world of drinks as “full of stimulating elements. In the past I have studied Lagavulin whiskey a lot for its peaty and coppery aspect. Rum is also very interesting for its feminine and masculine notes because it gives a particular sensuality and addiction. I also think that bottles of very good wines or spirits are interesting because of their wood-alcohol combination.” She is particularly interested in the French herbal liqueur Chartreuse: “a drink made from an innumerable number of plants to a secret recipe – I believe I am not the only perfumer who has studied the mysteries of this alcohol.”
The worlds of perfumery and liquor distilling have long been intertwined. Dark Rum by Malin + Goetz (£78 for 50ml) is an old-world cologne made from rum and the leaves and berries of the West Indian bay tree. Givenchy’s latest creation, Givenchy Gentleman Reserve Privée (£71 for 60ml) was inspired by Glenmorangie master distiller Bill Lumsden and the aromas he finds in his whisky. The perfume’s more woody, amber notes are a nod to the casks in which the whiskey is aged.
Givenchy Gentleman Reserve Privée, £71 for 60ml
Squad Parfums Capsules, $125 for 50ml
Limoncello was a key note on the mood board for Italian Kush (£105 for 65ml, cultbeauty.co.uk), the good-natured new-thinking scent from gender-neutral fragrance company Boys Smells. “To me, limoncello epitomizes a hot Italian summer full of friends, laughter and the coolness of sweet lemon,” says brand co-founder Matthew Herman. Layered with pomelo, basil and pistachio, it’s designed to create nostalgia for a good time that may not have been yet – a paradoxical feeling that Herman describes as a “futuristic harbor”.
LA fragrance Capsule Parfums creates genderless fragrances ($125 for 50ml) inspired by the city’s social cliques and their signature barbells. The Squad’s floral palette of citrus, pepper and indole reflects a wild night out in Koreatown fueled by “shots of citrus-infused soju” and “jasmine liqueur”. Covey, a fragrant sketch of “tech-savvy Santa Monica socialites” with a Mojito-like mix of “lime, fig leaves, mud mint”. So you can hit the bottle as much as you want – and stay completely hangover free.