Beauty: Smell great with the perfect autumn aroma
From glamorous and grown-up to feisty and fun, there's an autumn fragrance for everyone. Katie Wright sniffs out the scents of the season
NEW season, new scent – that's the adage we're trying to bring into common usage, as an excuse to splash out one of autumn's many fragrant offerings. And what a line-up it is.
Some of the chicest fashion houses are bringing out tantalising new fragrances (including one very cool debut), plus a number of pop starlets have come up with surprisingly sophisticated scents.
But it's not all sassy and sartorial - elsewhere, perfumers take the spice route and classic florals come to the fore.
Take your pick from autumn's aromatic selection...
Prada's stylish little sister Miu Miu makes its debut on the scent scene, with an eau de parfum that's as idiosyncratic as the label's clothing offering. The eponymous fragrance is a light, verdant blend that includes a unique component, peppery akigalawood, created specifically for the house.
Dean and Dan Caten don't do things by halves, and the designers' latest foray into scent is no exception. Dsquared2 Want, with its shiny lollipop-inspired lid, is a real dressing table showstopper, and the scent within is equally attention-seeking, the powdery punch of mandarin and pink pepper drying down to a woody vanilla heart.
Echoing the polished aesthetic of the Michael Kors woman, the designer's gold collection is a triple whammy of sophisticated scents, from the fresh, almost masculine White Luminous Gold to the girly Rose Radiant Gold, and the gutsy, fruity 24K Brilliant Gold.
:: Miu Miu Ea de Parfum, £66 for 50ml (www.johnlewis.com)
:: Dsquared2 Want Eau de Parfum, £56 for 50ml (available October 1; www.harveynichols.com)
:: Michael Kors 24K Brilliant Gold, £58 for 50ml (www.superdrug.com)
Take a flight of fancy with fragrances inspired by exotic escapes.
Jo Malone's latest cologne, Mimosa and Cardamom, evokes a trip to the spice markets of Morocco followed by a stroll through fragrant fields of sunset-yellow mimosa flowers.
Gold Lily, one of the five inaugural fragrances from the Chinese lifestyle brand, opens with a blast of Sichuan heat before revealing a heart of warm jasmine and musk.
:: Shanghai Tang Gold Lily Ea de Parfum, £100 for 60ml (www.harveynichols.com)
:: Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom Cologne, £85 for 100ml (www.jomalone.co.uk)
Fans of pure florals will love the trio of fragrances indebted to petals.
Housed in a stunning, antique-style amber bottle, Diptyque's new jasmine-based juice is the product of two different harvests of the heady white floral, resulting in a rich scent with a slight caramel edge.
As part of the brand's 20th birthday celebrations comes Liz Earle Botanical Essence No. 20, a lush symphony of three rose extracts, including delicate Turkish damask.
Did you know that bluebells don't actually have a natural scent? So to honour this iconic flower, Yardley has dreamt up a fresh new fragrance, blending white florals with bergamot and sandalwood to create the delightful English Bluebell.
:: Diptyque Essences Insensees Eau de Parfum, £100 for 75ml (www.diptyqueparis.co.uk)
:: Liz Earle Botanical Essence No. 20, £49 for 50ml (available in October; www.lizearle.com)
:: Yardley London English Bluebell Eau de Toilette, £9.99 for 50ml (available in September; www.yardleylondon.co.uk)
The latest songstress to turn her hand to scent is Ariana Grande, with the pom-pom-topped Ari. A succulent blend packed with vanilla, marshmallow and rose, the eau de parfum opens with a tangy flash of grapefruit and raspberry notes.
Rihanna, meanwhile, is already onto her fifth fragrance. Riri is an effervescent cocktail of passion fruit, honeysuckle and sandalwood, with a cheeky dash of rum thrown in for good measure.
Described as a 'feminist floral', the unapologetically bold Ghost Girl eau melds punchy pomegranate with tuberose and almond - it's a (girl) power-full combo.
:: Ari by Ariana Grande Eau de Parfum, £31 for 50ml (available in September; www.theperfumeshop.com)
:: Riri by Rihanna Eau de Parfum, £30 for 50ml (available in September; www.boots.com)
:: Ghost Girl Eau de Toilette, £34 for 50ml (www.boots.com)
TRIED AND TESTED
:: Laura Wurzal tries a light-emitting anti-wrinkle device - and gets some illuminating results...
"This gadget takes a bit of time to get used to and you won't see any results for eight weeks, but do persevere, as it is well worth the effort. I used it while watching TV in the evening, placing the light therapy device on different parts of my face, neck, jawline, hands and decollete for three minutes at a time as instructed (the machine gives a handy beep to tell you when each three mins is up).
"The LED fixtures shine with a bright red light, so I kept my eyes closed when I was doing my crow's feet, but otherwise there was no inconvenience using the device - it felt warm, soothing and totally painless.
"Already, I have noticed a considerable improvement on my hands, and my laughter lines around my mouth and nose don't look so deep. My skin feels plumper too. This isn't a quick-fix for treating wrinkles, but the results are absolutely worth it."
:: LightStim for Wrinkles, currently reduced from £220 to £249 (CurrentBody.com)
:: DON'T BE BROW BEATEN
Hair loss is a common side effect of cancer treatment, which is why make-up brand Studio10 is asking people to grab their brow pencils in a bid to raise awareness and money for cancer support charity Look Good Feel Better. Want to get involved? Post a selfie video of yourself trying to #raise1brow or donate £1 by texting BROW10 £1 to 70070.
:: WATER WORKS
Going to hairdresser is a treat we all enjoy, but have you ever considered the impact on environment of all that shampooing? Water innovation company Every Drop Is Precious is asking salons to consider installing a special shower head to reduce water usage and help salons cut their water bills (www.everydropisprecious.com).
STEAL OF THE WEEK
H&M has carried cosmetics for a while, but this autumn the retailer's entire beauty concept gets an overhaul, with the arrival of a huge new collection covering hair, body, make-up and brushes. The make-up is inspired by autumn trends, with prices starting at just £2.99, and some products are already starting to sell out so you'd better be quick (www.hm.com).