L’Occitane ‘Ambre’ This L’Occitane scent is perfect for those who like a sweeter aroma. Heavily scented with vanilla and amber, you may have to resist the urge to pour it over your pudding, but don’t wear too much – just a couple of spritzes will be strong enough to last the day.
Best for: Dinner with the in-laws. From Dhs249 at L’Occitane, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 339 8148).
Es’ee Lauder ’Sensuous Nude ‘It’s a bit like spicy grapefruit’ was the first description that floated from the mouth of one Style team member. As it develops, a more vanilla tone emerges, though the overall aroma is light and spiced.
Best for: A first date. From Dhs294 at Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall (04 330 8289).
John Richmond ‘Viva Rock’ Musk, jasmine and rose stand out in this light fragrance, designed for chic rock chicks who are more used to the VIP backstage treatment than the frenetic front line of the mosh pit. More refined nostrils will pick out fresh mandarin notes.
Best for: A picnic with friends. From Dhs320 at Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall (04 330 8289).
Narciso Rodriguez ‘For Her’ We love that this scent has the milky consistency of a magic potion, and it smells like sweet toffee apples with an almost peppery finish.
Best for: Meeting new clients. From Dhs525 at Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall (04 330 8289).
Mikyajy ‘Kool’ Despite the ‘quirky’ spelling and naff font, this eau de toilette has a more youthful feel. It reminds us of watermelons and fresh laundry, though there’s a distinctly Middle Eastern flavour (that’ll be the amber and cedar wood).
Best for: Cruising the mall. From Dhs165 at Mikyajy, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 339 8151).
Police ‘Passion’ Zest, berries and musk jump out immediately from this overall sweet scent. It doesn’t last quite as long as some of the others, but it makes a fantastically fresh day perfume (we think that’s thanks to the lotus and freesia), perfect if you don’t want to overwhelm people with heavy, spicy wood aromas.
Best for: Ladies’ night. From Dhs117 at Debenhams, various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 340 7575).