5 Japanese-inspired scents to try this season
Get your fix of yuzu, shiso and cherry blossom
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / October 02 2018
Famous for its ornate temples in Osaka, sprawling bamboo gardens in Kyoto and slurp-worthy bowls of ramen in Tokyo, there’s so much to love about Japan. If you’re not able to get on the next flight out to the Land of the Rising Sun, you’re in luck - these five heavenly fragrances have just hit shelves, and all feature a special ingredient that’s local to Japan. Get spritzing.
Nomenclature Shi_So EDP
Nomenclature fragrances are far from ordinary, and Shi_So EDP is a prime example of that. This green herbaceous scent stands out from the rest due to its composition, which consists of shiso (a leaf that’s a close relative to mint), ivy leaf, cardamom, spearmint, verbena, and blackcurrant for a touch of sweetness. We predict that this perfume will become incredibly popular, especially as the weather gets warmer.
Floris Cherry Blossom EDP
With notes like bergamot, orange, rose and musk, it’s easy to think that Floris Cherry Blossom EDP could smell heavy or bold. In fact, it’s the total opposite - the addition of cherry blossom ensures the fragrance smells delicate and dainty, just like the tiny flowers that grow on sakura trees. Spritz it all season long if you’re after something gorgeously light.
Olfactive Studio Still Life EDP
Each one of Olfactive Studio’s fragrances are the collaborative work between a photographer and a perfumer, and celebrate the synergy between sight and smell. Still Life EDP is housed in a modern bottle and is a combination we’ve never smelled before: Yuzu (a delicious Japanese citrus fruit), pink pepper and black pepper collide with spicy star anise, before settling into notes of smoky dark rum, cedarwood and ambrox. It’s something that we’ve been misting on repeat in the office as it’s truly unique.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Femme EDP
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Femme EDP is a spritz that takes you around the world. It features lemon tree flower (which you’ll find in Japan), Californian orange, Jamaican amyris and Haitian vetiver, with the additions of florentine iris and musky amber to ground the scent. Unapologetically feminine and simply beautiful, this perfume is great for those that like to play it safe.
Comme Des Garçons Hinoki EDT
Inspired by the stillness experienced when soaking in a Japanese hinoki tub, Comme Des Garçons Hinoki EDT is a pared-back fragrance that features fresh notes like frankincense, moss, vetiver, cedar (a tree that’s endemic to Japan), thyme and pine. The juice is interesting without being distracting or hard to wear, and is great for all sexes.
Which of these Japanese-inspired fragrances catches your eye the most? Tell us 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 previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.