I’ve never been one for bold fragrances. To me, perfume is about instinctively layering scent into my overall persona, rather than wearing it as a statement accessory. Lucky for me, powdery fragrances that meld seamlessly into the skin are part of an unfolding trend of sheer, sensual scents this season. 

From bottles crafted in pretty blush shades to descriptions of the contents as “velvety” and “delicate”, the mood these perfumes evoke is one of being an intimate, second skin. There is a whole host of ingredients that can create a powdery effect in fragrance. Musks represent clean, fresh elements, but a beautiful earthiness is achieved using violet or moss. But personally, I feel that iris is really the loveliest powder expression of all- one of my all time favourites being Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue. Dusty with a kick, a couple of spritzes of this lasts from morning until night.

Subtle, soft and sensual, this year has seen the launch of a slew of  sophisticated new fragrance nudes that have a quietly compelling charm that feels modern yet familiar. If you’re a fan of powdery scents, these are a few you need to try.

Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau de Parfum Poudree

Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau de Parfum Poudrée

A softer interpretation of the original seductive musk version. Both qualify as second-skin scents and are housed in gorgeous minimalist flacons. This edition blends rose and jasmine with warm, creamy woods creating a long-lasting, velvety aroma.

Valentino Valentina Poudre

Valentino Valentina Poudre

Hiding within this truly lovely bottle lies a light floral-oriental made with iris, tuberose and sandalwood, on a powerful vanilla base. Overwhelmingly feminine both inside and out.

Iris Poudre Edition de Parfums Frederic Malle

Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle Iris Poudre by Pierre Bourdon

Despite the name, this fragrance is neither excessively powdery nor overly iris-heavy.It envelops you in a  balmy, creamy cloud of aldehydes and sweet flower petals, with a subtle hint of cool iris. Works surprisingly well for both men and women.

Stella by Stella McCartney

Stella by Stella McCartney

I’d class this scent as a fresh powder. Everyone’s old favourite rose takes on an amber twist and has been freshened with an added spritz of citrus, a flush of peony and a dash of violet, with some freesia added for a little depth.

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