Sexy Fragrance from Tom Ford and John Galliano

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That Tom Ford should produce another one of his seductive fragrances is no surprise. What is surprising to me is how much I like it - I found the original Black Orchid spritz too heavy to wear myself, though I like it on others, and his Private Collection suite is packed full of dangerous juices I'm just not brave enough to tangle with. So the fact that I like his newest, White Patchouli, so much came as a bit of a shock to me.  But it's gorgeous. Genuinely not like any other fragrance I usually wear - I'm pretty much a white florals gal, through-and-through - this baby has a sharp, sit-up-and-take-notice top note that I adore. This is not patchouli as I knew it in college - this is posh, sophisticated and very high end. Married with tuberose, coriander and white peony, it's just delicious - and it looks amazing, too. From €55, buy at BTs or Harvey Nichols.


And the other scent my usual judgement has abandoned me for? John Galliano's eponymous debut. Check out that bottle - it's even nicer in the flesh, and inspired the designer to create a dress based on it, no less. And the juice? Any good Catholic gal will immediately notice it's pretty damn churchified - there's an immediate impression of incense, along with a lot of rose, bergamot and cedar. Grown up and heady, prices start at €60, and you'll get it from Brown Thomas.

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