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A Rose by Any Other Name

Exotic flowers and fruit were sacrificed to make these delicious blends so you can smell as good as you look.

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Giorgio Armani Code Satin Eau de Parfum, $125, Sephora.

Sweet top notes of orange, pear sherbet and ginger for a first impression, followed by illuminating floral notes of neroli and orange blossom on a base of cocoa, praline and vanilla.

Victoria's Secret Bombshell Eau De Parfum, $129 for 100ml, Victoria Secret stores

The top note bouquet is a striking burst of of passion fruit, Moscato grapes, yellow peonies and vanilla orchid, on a base of Italian pine.

Estee Lauder Modern Muse Eau De Parfum, $192 for 100ml, Estee Lauder counters and ION Orchard store

Youthful and energetic, this fragrance boasts mandarin fruit, the nectar of honeysuckle and rich tuberose fleur and fresh lily; the base is a sensual layering of sleek woods, patchouli, Madagascar vanilla, amber wood and musk.

Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline Eau De Parfum, $134 for 65ml, major departmental and Sephora stores

This fragrance opens with the oriental notes of mandarin as it approaches its heart, a blend of iris root and vanilla, and finally the warm and creamy shades of sandalwood, Siamese benzoin and musk.

Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Eau De Parfum, $158 for 50ml, CK TANGS and Takashimaya departmental stores

Typically feminine, with floral and fruity top notes attributed to rose and grapefruit which are rooted in the musky and powdery Cashmeran notes.

Lanvin Marry Me Eau Da Parfum, $102 for 50ml, major departmental stores and Sephora stores

Wild blackberry and blackcurrant burst forth in the top note, and then a hint of neroli and bitter orange laced with a heart of white peach and jasmine and finally the soft warmth of white woods and musk.

Valentino Valentina Eau De Parfum, $185 for 80ml, selected major departmental stores and Sephora stores

Determinedly Italian in its blend, with the opening notes of Alba truffles and Calabrian bergamot which trails into jasmine, Amalfi orange blossom and tuberose, and a hit of wild strawberries before settling into a solid base note of amber and cedar.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau De Parfum, $145 for 50ml, Sephora stores.

An Eau de Parfum with the noblest ingredients of Iris Pallida, jasmine sambac absolute, orange blossom absolute and patchouli essence.


Nanny Eliana has a day job as a public relations consultant and is married to a cat and a former major from the British Parachute Regiment. Her objective in life is to retire in Bali and publish her first novel, not necessarily in that order.

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