Spring Summer 2007 New Fragrance Releases


Every Friday, the perfume article packed issue of Women’s Wear Daily lands on my desk. Following my usual habit, I jot down the fragrances to be launched and place an asterisk next to those that capture my attention. Below is the list of a few such fragrances (in no particular order.) I would like to know what launch you are anticipating.

Hermès Kelly Calèche (June 2007)
Floral leather created by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, Kelly Calèche sounds like a fragrance made just for me. I am almost afraid to try it, for the fear of being disappointed. The best description comes from WWD: “One of the first things I wanted to do when I entered Hermès was work with leather,” said Ellena. He also kept in mind a passage from French author Jean Giono’s “Jean le Bleu,” in which the narrator speaks of his departed father, a cobbler, as “making soles in angel leather. … Jean-Claude wanted to do a floral leather,” explained Fulconis. To that end, Ellena combined notes of iris, mimosa, tuberose and climbing rose to create Kelly Calèche.”

Narciso Rodriguez For Him (July 2007)
Created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian of Takasago, Narciso Rodriguez for Him follows the successful Narciso Rodriguez for Her. According to WWD, the fragrance is inspired by “the great fougères of the Eighties.” It will includes notes of violet leaf, musk, amber, and patchouli notes.

Eau Sauvage Fraîcheur Cuir (May 2007)
Can the lily be gilded? Is it possible to improve upon the original. Well, I remain skeptical, but I am still interested in trying the new variation of the classical Eau Sauvage. It is described as a spicier fragrances, with the heavier wood and amber notes.

Dior Homme Cologne (May 2007)
In same vein, I am curious if it is possible to make the original Dior Homme (created by Olivier Polge of IFF) even more appealing. The cologne will include citrus fruits, bergamot, tangerine and orange blossom, in addition to iris and vetiver.

Chanel Allure Cologne Sport (launched in March 2007)
I kept ignoring Allure Cologne Sport for quite a while, but apparently, it is an excellent modern cologne in the spirit Thierry Mugler Cologne, much more interesting than Allure Sport. Therefore, it is now on my list to try.

Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia (August 2007)
Tuberose Gardenia is the first fragrance of a series of fragrances inspired by Private Collection, which was introduced in 1973. Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia includes notes of neroli, lilac, tuberose, gardenia, orange flower, jasmine, carnation white lily, rosewood and vanilla bourbon. I also like the fact that Tuberose Gardenia will be available in the parfum.

Missoni Acqua (July 2007)
While niche lovers might scoff at it, Missoni (2006) was one of my favourite launches of the last year. Its fantastic pairing of orange blossom and chocolate against the watery muguet note is appealing and intriguing. I have similar hopes for Acqua, so the time will tell… Meanwhile, WWD tells us that “Acqua has top notes of bright bergamot, juicy melon, fresh grapefruit and sensual narcisse; a heart of velvety violet, voluminous peony, blue freesia and crisp muguet, and a drydown of Tuscan iris,” jasmine and musk.

Sean John Unforgivable Woman (August 2007)
Ok, I am just very curious as to what Sean John is up to this time. Unforgivable Woman includes notes of bergamot, orange, neroli, cassis, grapefruit, apple, cucumber, piña colada, orange flower, jasmine, violet, muguet, freesia, cyclamen, amber, tonka beans, coco de mer, vanilla tears, cedar, sandalwood, oak moss, patchouli, vetiver and iris.

Sarah Jessica Parker Covet (July 2007)
Lovely was very appropriately named, and now I am wondering about Covet. WWD reports that “Covet, created with fragrance consultant Ann Gottlieb and Firmenich’s Frank Volkl, has top notes of wet greens, geranium leaves, Sicilian lemon, lavender and chocolate; a heart of honeysuckle, magnolia and muget, and a drydown of musk, vetiver, bois de cashmere, teakwood and amber.”

Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel (May 2007)
Although I am not the biggest fan of Miller Harris line, Lyn Harris’s philosophy appeals to me, and I am always curious to try her new fragrances. Her website describes Fleurs de Sel as “a personal interpretation of a small village in Brittany called Batz sur Mer where Lyn Harris has a family home and has spent some of her happiest times. Earthy top notes of red thyme oil, rosemary and clary sage are bound with wild flowers of iris nobilis, narcisse flowers, rose and a hint of ambrette seed, finally blending them on a base of woods, vetiver grass and moss with a note of leather.”


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  • Benvenuta: I am curious about all but Missoni and Sean John (hate the man, and the advertising copy I read on Scented Salamander was repulsive).

    Dior Homme Cologne and Tuberose Gardenia sound best to me and I`m looking forward to testing them.
    Looking at its notes, I think that Tuberose Gardenia will be a white floral explosion more intense than Jardin Blanc and Olene combined. (fill in your own ideas of white floral storms). May 19, 2007 at 1:57pm Reply

  • Style Spy: Ooooooh, I’m very torn about the Kelly Caleche. I hate all this mucking about with fragrances I already love, like Caleche. OTOH, I do adore Jean-Claude and I want to trust him. OTOH, I was a little underwhelmed y the last two Hermessences, I didn’t think they were up to his usual standard… Oh, dear… May 19, 2007 at 11:47am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: A, I feel the same way. On the other hand, I trust JCE to create something fantastic. That being said, while I loved Osmanthe Yunnan, Paprika Brasil was somewhat of a let down. Perhaps, it was simply because it did not match with the mental image I created of it. May 19, 2007 at 12:13pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: B, it does sound like a rich white floral. Given that there are so many ways to render the opulent florals like jasmine and tuberose sheer and airy, I think that this is the direction where EL might go. That being said, I am all for a white floral storm! May 19, 2007 at 2:11pm Reply

  • k-amber: Victoria, I could not agree with you more on Kelly Caleche. The photo is very tastful.

    Kaori May 19, 2007 at 9:08pm Reply

  • agritty: I am really intrigued by the Fleur de Sel. It sounds like it might be a very interesting scent for the hot humid days ahead. I love Sel de Vetiver, so I will definitely seek this one out. May 20, 2007 at 12:00pm Reply

  • rosarita: Of the notes listed for each fragrance, NR for men sounds the most like what I would like. I adore some white florals but mainly those that are jasmine heavy as tuberose only likes me in small doses. So many of the scents listed sound like TUBEROSE! Hoping that Kelly Caleche is more leather than floral. Covet sounds quite ambitious. It will be fun to read about it all on your lovely blog and others! May 20, 2007 at 12:37pm Reply

  • ezhinka: Dear Vika,
    I’ve already tried the Kelly Caleche. You will be a bit dissapointed I’m afraid:
    And here some info on the new fragrance from Pucci:

    p.s. Have you got my mail? May 20, 2007 at 1:20pm Reply

  • Judith: I am dying to try the Kelly Caleche (though ezhinka post gives me pause), and really curious about the Fleurs de Sel. May 21, 2007 at 7:52am Reply

  • violetnoir: Fleurs de Sel does sounds very interesting, but Kelly Caleche definitely has my eye (and nose!).

    Hugs! May 21, 2007 at 12:58pm Reply

  • minette: of your list, i am most looking forward to the new private collection, which i wore in the early ’80s and still appreciate (along with tuberose and gardenia), and miller harris fleurs de sel – mostly because i love her aesthetic and quality and the notes sound like something i’d dig. and, i’m with you – can anyone actually improve on eau sauvage? one can only sniff and find out. maybe it will be like the surprisingly handsome and winning brother we haven’t yet met. i will, of course, check out all the others, just in case. i wear dior homme, so will be curious about its new sibling. May 21, 2007 at 3:58pm Reply

  • carmencanada: Oh, definitely the Hermès, though Ellena’s style is not the one that touches me the most. But anything with a leather note is sure to grab my attention and he is an acknowledged master… I’m a bit doubtful about the name (very Crazy Horse Saloon), the pink juice and the price point, but my wrist is ready!
    Tuberose Gardenia sounds a bit scary — pairing off two big white flower divas — but tempting nonetheless. May 21, 2007 at 6:48pm Reply

  • carmencanada: Oh, definitely the Hermès, though Ellena’s style is not the one that touches me the most. But anything with a leather note is sure to grab my attention and he is an acknowledged master… I’m a bit doubtful about the name (very Crazy Horse Saloon), the pink juice and the price point, but my wrist is ready!
    Tuberose Gardenia sounds a bit scary — pairing off two big white flower divas — but tempting nonetheless. May 21, 2007 at 6:48pm Reply

  • Skin Care Beauty Zone: Wow lovely blog on perfumes…I love perfumes and make up….thanks for sharing….

    New here wanted to start my journey by saying “Hi” to you… May 22, 2007 at 3:30am Reply

  • moi: I’m just now beginning to more seriously indulge my lifelong interest in perfume and I love your blog. The writing is spectacular.

    Looking forward to:
    Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia and Sarah Jessica Parker Covet. May 22, 2007 at 2:43pm Reply

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