The New Fragrances You Need to Know About

Each season a plethora of new fragrances And because nothing uplifts the senses like an enchanting scent, we’ve rounded up the best new fragrances you need to know about below. 

1. Forget about it is winter, spring arrives early with Elizabeth Arden’s newest additions to the White Tea family, Wild Rose and Vanilla Orchid (100ml EDT, $99 each). A blooming bouquet of pear tree blossom, Bulgarian rose, and blush peony bewitch the senses with one spritz of Wild Rose, while the notes of bergamot, gardenia and vanilla essence in Vanilla Orchid are as equally enchanting.

2. Rose appears to be the note of the season with Dolce & Gabbana The Only One 2 (100ml EDP, $195) starring vibrant red rose with juicy pear and blackberry wrapped around it.

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3. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb gets a mysterious family member with its latest flanker, Night Bloom (100ml EDP, $229). Mesmerising black currant, patchouli and freesia feature, but it’s the scent’s heart of night-blooming jasmine that makes this fragrance one of a kind

4. Trust Tom Ford to push the boundaries and take classic lavender and transform it into an aromatic oriental masterpiece with Lavender Extrême (50ml EXP, $500), the latest addition to his Private Blend Collection. Not one but three distinct varieties of lavender are accompanied by unexpected notes of Italian bergamot, carrot seed oil and wild-grown tonka bean to create a lavender fragrance like no other.

5. Giorgio Armani Si returns once again this season, this time with an undeniably feminine bouquet at the heart of this covetable scent. Si Fiori (100mll EDP, $232) opens with sparkling top notes of mandarin and blackcurrant nectar before blooming chypre neroli, indulgent vanilla and white musk round out the mesmerising fragrance.  

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6. YSL’s latest Black Opium iteration, Intense (90ml EDP, $274), will undoubtedly turn heads with decadent and mesmerising notes of black coffee, liquorice absolu and sandalwood essence.

7. Narciso Rodriguez’s unforgettable heart of musc makes a comeback with Pure Musc Eau de Parfum (90ml EDP, $225). This time the fragrance’s signature note is enveloped in a bouquet of bewitching white florals.

8. Gourmand notes of juicy berries and black cherry and enchanting jasmine sambac absolute in Emporio Armani In Love With You (100ml EDP, $199) bewitch the senses in just one spritz.

Still not sure where to start when hunting for a new fragrance? Here’s all the advice you need from a fragrance expert. 


Everything You Need to Know to Combat Dry & Dehydrated Skin

Once winter arrives it’s not only our immune system that suffers thanks to plummeting temperatures. Blasting air-conditioning, hot showers and icy winds that come hand in hand with the chilly season all wreak havoc on our complexions too. Couple the aforementioned with a drop in air humidity and you’ve got a recipe for unhappy, dehydrated skin. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to make dehydrated skin a thing of the past. To find out exactly how to do that and to clear up the confusion about dehydrated and dry skin, we spoke with Sothys National Technical Trainer and skincare expert, Vanessa Feehan-Meldrum.

When going for a treatment or looking for new skincare to invest in we’re usually asked what our skin type is. It’s not always an easy question for people to answer! Do you have any tips for identifying skin type?

I think it is important to give your therapist as much detail as possible. Tell them how your skin feels, what you see when you look in the mirror, what products you use and how often. These all enable a therapist to create a profile of your skin and then they can truly identify your skin type.

We often hear people saying they have dry skin but what is the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?

In very simple terms, dry skin is lacking lipids – oils whereas dehydrated skin is lacking water. 

How can you tell the difference?

Dry skin has certain characteristics – small pores, no visible oil flow on the skin, skin can feel rough and uneven. These skins may feel they need more moisturiser added after their first application. Dehydrated skin has a crepe-like look to it – when you smile you may see fine
lines around your eyes that look like crepe paper – this type of skin often feels tight.

Many of us suffer from dehydrated skin over the winter months. Why is this?

In winter we tend to increase all the heating in our homes, workplace and the car. We have hotter showers and tend to drink less water. Our skin is the last organ to receive water and with all these components contribute to the dehydration of our skin. That dehydrated feeling starts to creep in very quickly.

What steps can we take to treat dehydrated skin in winter?

You may want to look at changing your cleanser – maybe move to cleansing milk rather than a wash – try Sothys Comfort Cleansing Milk. Add in a hydrating serum, such as Sothys Intensive Hydrating Serum,  before your moisturiser and look to use a night cream that will give the skin an extra boost overnight. My favourite thing to do to beat dehydration is to implement a hydrating mask over the winter months. 

How does lifestyle play a role in whether our skin is dehydrated or not?

Lifestyle plays a huge role in our skin; your environment can impact on skin in ways we wouldn’t have thought of. We need to remember that exercise, those extra coffees to keep you warm, windy days and extra heating are depleting our skins natural hydration levels.

What role does exfoliation play in helping dehydrated skin? And dry skin?

Exfoliation is important to the hydration of the skin – we need to remove dead skin cells to help with the penetration of products. As for dry skin, cell turnover can be slow and generally needs a helping hand but be careful not to exfoliate every day – this can contribute to dehydration in the skin by stripping the all-important layer of oil that helps retain and lock in the skin’s natural moisture. If we over exfoliate, we remove this oil barrier and increase the skin’s dehydration as water can escape freely from our skin.

I think I have a dry skin type. What should my beauty routine look like?

Having dry Skin is a process of getting it to be healthy dry skin. You want your skin to feel comfortable, nourished and hydrated. I would recommend that your routine be a cleanser (not a wash or gel as this can dry the skin out), a moisturising toner, a hydrating serum and a skincare oil at night – try Sothys Essential Lipid Elixir.  Look to use a moisturiser that supports dry skin specifically and look to introduce a night cream and weekly mask. These small actions do really help your dry skin to be a skin that has more balance and health.

How important is the right moisturiser when it comes to caring for naturally dry skin?

The right moisturizers are critical – dry skin does need more help as it can suffer badly through winter months. We want to be using a moisturiser that helps to contribute to the skins own natural oils such as Avocado, Macadamia, Omega 3,6,9 and Hyaluronic Acid.

These oils do not block the skin but help to support a specific layer in the skin. They provide nourishment but also protection. Dry skin can become sensitised if it has lost its protective layers.

Are there any skincare ingredients that you tend to recommend for dry skin?

Try skincare that has been formulated with the following: Omega 3,6,9; Shea Oil; Jojoba Oil; Hyaluronic Acid; Macadamia Oil; Avocado Oil.

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