7 of the best new fragrance flankers of 2019
Looking for a new spritz this spring?
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / September 26 2019
Being anything but first - such as being second, third or fourth - has long been associated with being subpar. Well, not in this case. We’re calling it now: the fragrance flanker, also known as the younger and cooler sister of an iconic fragrance, is what we’re spritzing this season.
Still don’t get what a flanker is? “Flanker is a jargon term used to describe a fragrance that is a derivative of an existing, usually successful, fragrance by the same fragrance house,” explains Michael Edwards, founder of Fragrances of the World and author of Perfume Legends II. “Flankers often give new life to a classic fragrance or they help extend a fragrance’s audience to people who may not wear the parent fragrance. Some flankers are also seasonal or limited editions. To succeed, a flanker must be compatible with the original scent but add a new, appealing note to the original scent; not a copy, but a new scent that makes people say ‘wow’.
The truth is, flankers are more common than you’d think. In fact, they’re absolutely everywhere at the moment. We’ve rounded up seven of the best fragrance flankers most worthy of spritzing.
Hermès Twilly d’Hermès Eau Poivrée EDP
With ‘Eau Poivrée’ in its name (which directly translates to ‘pepper water’ in French), Hermès Twilly d’Hermès Eau Poivrée EDP is a spicier take on the original Twilly d’Hermès EDP, and features a top note of sparkling peppercorn. But don’t just assume that this spritz is bitingly sharp and difficult to wear; inside, it’s carefully layered with whispers of rose and patchouli, making it a classic in the making.
CHANEL Gabrielle Essence
From the moment we came across CHANEL Gabrielle and its blossoming notes of ylang ylang, jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose, grapefruit and sandalwood, we knew it’d be a fragrance worth remembering. And Gabrielle Essence is much the same, except with the additions of glittering citrus, moreish red berries and grounding white musk and vanilla. This scent is addictive, to say the least.
Tom Ford Sole Di Positano Acqua EDP
Who knew that Tom Ford’s Sole Di Positano EDP, which is a refreshing blend of bergamot, lemon, mandarin and shiso leaf, could get even better? Sole Di Positano Acqua EDP brings together those notes, but layers it with jasmine for a feminine touch, and ylang ylang and sandalwood to add depth and longevity to the juice.
Dior Joy Intense EDP
Building on the memorable scent of Dior Joy EDP which features bergamot, mandarin, rose, sandalwood and musk, Dior Joy Intense EDP is exactly what the name suggests: expect a head-turning composition of citruses, along with centifolia rose, jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli, and creamy vanilla that lingers on skin for hours and hours to come.
Lancȏme La Vie Est Belle en Rose EDT
This new scent is a no-brainer if you can’t get enough of rose fragrances. Instead of juicy pear and blackberry (which you’ll usually find in the original La Vie Est Belle), La Vie Est Belle en Rose shows off yummy red fruits, and is paired with peonies and roses, along with sandalwood oil to round out the scent. The result is totally wearable for all ages.
Tiffany & Co Sheer EDT
If you loved Tiffany & Co’s original EDP, which contained notes such as verte de mandarine, iris, patchouli and musk, then we’re sure you’ll fall for the new Sheer EDT. The airy scent is filled with blackberry (which is a nice fruity twist), and even features rose oil for an undeniably feminine touch.
Paco Rabanne Olympea Legend EDP
Building on the immense success of Paco Rabanne’s Olympea EDP scent (who could forget the invigorating blend of water jasmine, ginger flower, salty vanilla, cashmere wood and ambergris?) comes Olympea Legend EDP, a compelling perfume that captures ginger flower, and so much more. Think salt, apricot and syrupy plum. Mmmm….
What’s your favourite fragrance at the moment, and why? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Main image credit: Sevak Babakhani
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and previously in SHOP Til You Drop and Cosmopolitan.