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Making Scents

There’s something about fragrance that lends a bit of spice to this time of year. Whether you wear it to glam up for a winter soiree or want to add it to the gift list for your hard-to-buy-for boyfriend, a well-chosen fragrance will get you noticed—for all the right reasons. Among top trends hitting fragrance counters are rhubarb, rose, peony and wood-based notes, and niche scents with unusual ingredients. We’ve nosed out four new arrivals.

1 SCENT CONFECTION What would you get if you unleashed the talents of a famed French pastry chef on a skin-care and fragrance company? That’s what L’Occitane founder Olivier Baussan explored when he invited master macaron-maker Pierre Hermé to compose a scent for holiday 2015. Pierre Hermé Grapefruit-Rhubarb Eau de Toilette is one of two fragrances he created, inspired by the island of Corsica. In addition to grapefruit essence and rhubarb, this crisp unisex scent features lemon and cypress balanced with warmer notes of clove and cedar. ($65 for 75 ml, at L’Occitane boutiques and ca.loccitane.com)


2 GOOD SPORT Designer Miuccia Prada has long riffed on androgyny in her collections, so it’s not surprising her house’s new scent for men smells creamier and sweeter than your dad’s aftershave. The latest offspring of the Luna Rossa line, Prada Luna Rossa Sport is an eau de toilette that offers up a bouquet of ginger, juniper berries, lavender, tonka bean and vanilla. ($92 for 100 ml, at Sephora and sephora.ca)

3 LUCKY NUMBER Looking for a present for your selective sis or glamour-girl BFF? Consider TWENTYSIX, a gift that gives back. The limited-edition eau de parfum was created by PR dynamo Natasha Koifman and custom-scent house Aromachology to benefit Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ). Koifman, president of the Toronto and NYC agency NKPR, and board chair of APJ, will donate all her profits on the scent to the non-profit, which supports education and other community programs in Haiti. Befitting the fragrance’s name, it combines 26 ingredients, including grapefruit, bergamot, three kinds of rose, peony, and base notes of patchouli, sandalwood and Haitian vetiver. ($75 for 50 ml, at Hudson’s Bay and www.26forapj.com)

4 HERE AND NOW Almost 28 years after Calvin Klein launched Eternity comes its latest update, Eternity Now for Men. Combining spicy and juicy qualities, the eau de toilette opens with ginger, coconut water and star anise, leading to star fruit and patchouli, and it finishes with cedar wood and Madagascar vanilla. ($89 for 100 ml, at Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutu)


Tracy Howard is a writer and editor specializing in lifestyle topics. She’s the creator of beautyinthemiddle.com, a blog that takes an inside-out approach to looking good and feeling good at any age.