Summery perfumes that offer a hint of much-needed escape

Wanderlust unfulfilled? Seek olfactory escape with the newest fragrance releases that transport you to another time and place. Radiant solar notes recreate the sunshine in scent form, sea spray misting on the shore is bottled like magic, and delectable gourmand vanilla and sweet honey notes offer an instant mood transformation. 

Here’s our selection of the best new perfumes to pick up that will brighten your day and provide the sort of escape we’re all craving right now.

  1. Diptyque Ilio 100ml EDT, $225  A Mediterranean-inspired green, fruity scent that conjures a sense of being bathed in light, wandering the shoreline with many elements mingling on the breeze. Initial fresh, juicy notes of prickly pear, then bergamot and jasmine, brighten the scent while iris rounds it out with a velvety softness.
  2. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Nettare Di Sole 125ml EDT, $189 The seasonal entry in Guelain’s lightweight Aqua Allegoria eau de toilette collection this is another fresh, sun-kissed scent centered around the fragrant green bergamot citrus as well as orange blossom but with a warm base of honey, it sings of summer getaways.
  3. YSL Libre Eau De Toilette 50ml EDT, $180 Your after-sunset scent, this is slightly lighter and fresher take on the original Libre with an opening of lavender and orange blossom and hints of vanilla with a chic, slightly powdery finish.

4. Tom Ford Soleil BruÌ‚lant 50ml EDP, $551. Look at the bottle and you almost know what you’ll get. A bright and brilliant mix with opening notes similar to previously mentioned scents, ie bergamot and honey, but with a distinct warm, slightly smoky amber base.
5. Amouage Ashore 100ml EDP, $499 Intended to conjure a white-sand beach in the Middle East when the sun is at is highest and the sea spray is misting back on your face. That means elements of jasmine and rose mingle with pink pepper, turmeric and salty elements.
6. Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau Néroli Ambrée 50ml EDT, $143 Heady, tropical frangipani meets orange blossom and neroli, but woods and amber along with Narciso’s classic musky base bring it back down to a more elegant, sexy finish. 

7. Thierry Mugler Alien Goddess 50ml EDP, $184 A sweet coconut and vanilla personality but with plenty of sunny ‘beach holiday’ jasmine notes.
8. Jimmy Choo I Want Choo 50ml EDP, $139 Sweet, juicy peach, but make it classy. That’s the vibe here with additional notes of – what else – jasmine and vanilla, Not a complex scent but an easy summer wear that has wide appeal – and a stunning bottle.
9. Maison Christian Dior Eden-Roc 250ml EDP, $560 Dior’s ode to one of the most famous luxury hotels along the French Riviera: the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. A woody floral with sea salt, citrus and mineral notes.

10. Byredo Open Sky 100ml EDP, $376 Open Sky is intended as a tribute to the ‘romance and seduction of travel’ (remember that?!) with aromatic pomelo mingling with hemp leaves, pepper and vetiver.  Think unusual and unexpected – quite divisive.
11. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Intense 50ml EDP, $129 A ‘yummy’ spritz that opens with bursts of strawberry and pear but settles into a deeper heart of honey and rose and vanilla elements can be smelt on skin hours later.
12. Ellis Brooklyn Bee 50ml EDP, $178 Dripping with honey, warmed with dark rum, and loaded with the addictive notes of vanilla bean, sandalwood and cocoa absolute, it’s warm and soft and delicious, a must-try if you are a fan of the golden stuff. 


Microbiome science provides soothing recovery solution for stressed skin

Have you heard of skin ‘rewilding’? It’s currently a buzzworthy trend in the world of skincare, and borrows the term from conservation efforts to restore ecosystems to a point where nature can recover and flourish.

Similarly, skin rewilding acknowledges we are facing increasing challenges with our complexions. A fast-paced lifestyle, along with environmental and UV damage can result in irritation, sensitivity and breakouts. Our skin’s natural flora, known as its microbiome, can be thrown out of balance and skin’s protective barrier is subsequently compromised.

Rewilding simply means seeking out dedicated products that seek to return that natural balance by introducing the nutrients that sustain beneficial microorganisms, now known to be fundamental to healthy and radiant-looking skin. When the microbiome is balanced, skin is better able to defend and recover.


While people are certainly talking about the skin’s microbiome right now, it’s far more than a passing trend for Lancôme. The iconic skincare brand has led the way in skincare formulation to soothe, strengthen and hydrate skin and has done so since it introduced its original Génifique serum back in 2009 that addressed an array of skin concerns including radiance, texture, resilience, firmness, clarity, tone and fine lines and wrinkles.

Lancôme scientists put years of research into the original formula, but skincare science moves on significantly each year, and in the interim those experts sought to learn more about how our skin reacts and deals with modern, ever-evolving situations. As a result, microbiome science has gained increasing focus. The resultant discoveries informed a reformulated serum, Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate formulation launched in 2019, and has gone on to become a skincare smash hit of icon status.

It’s powered by seven prebiotic and probiotic fractions that work to enhance skin in two unique ways: to bolster the quality and diversity of the skin microbiome with its prebiotic nutrients; and to nourish the skin with its unique cocktail of probiotic fractions and hyaluronic acid. Remarkably, each dropper full of Advanced Génifique contains 30 million prebiotic and probiotic fractions that work to supercharge the skin’s recovery mode.

Within just seven days of use, studies have shown the skin is resilient, stronger and more youthful-looking, not to mention plump and radiant.

Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate (L) and Advanced Génifique Sensitive.


In today’s world, skin issues are on the rise. Along with increasingly managing environmental challenges that impact skin, wearing a mask has become a necessary part of our daily routine, and skin can easily become impaired beneath it. As its barrier is compromised, our skin becomes visibly unstable. Soon, imperfections such as redness, discomfort, excess oil and visible pores can appear.

It’s why Lancôme has extended its microbiome knowledge to a dedicated short-term treatment serum to help address the specific demands of skin experiencing sensitivity, or simply skin that’s not looking or feeling its best.

New Advanced Génifique Sensitive serum is a 30-day recovery treatment designed to soothe, hydrate and rebalance skin that’s out of kilter. That includes treating redness, visible pores, and excessively oily skin.


Designed as a night-time serum to complement the use of Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate in the morning, Advanced Génifique Sensitive is made up of two concentrates in different compartments, freshly sealed and separated until activation to preserve freshness and potency.

Before use, it’s necessary to blend and activate the two freshly sealed concentrates of the formula by pushing and twisting the black cap clockwise to release the blue concentrate into the base concentrate. Then shake the bottle until the two concentrates are evenly mixed, unscrew the black cap and replace with the dropper to use the product.

Apply to skin after cleansing. Its weightless serum texture sinks in quickly, leaving skin feeling beautifully fresh and hydrated.


Dual concentrates are freshly sealed and separated until activation to preserve their freshness and potency.


Harnessing Lancôme microbiome science, it contains 7 pre-and probiotic fractions selected for their complementary action on the microbiome and its environment. In addition, the base also contains hyaluronic acid known to help skin retain water; it helps smooth and replump the skin with moisture.


It is enriched with ferulic acid pure at 98% and vitamin E in order to deliver potent antioxidant protection against free radical damage that can accelerate signs of ageing and soothe the skin. Together, they help revitalise skin’s protective barrier to improve its texture, promote an even complexion and protect against environmental aggressors.

To learn more about new Advanced Génifique Sensitive serum, visit