What’s next in fragrance

In celebration of Fragrance Day, Harper's BAZAAR UK asked eight of the biggest perfumers in the world to spill the beans on the latest perfume trends. Keep an eye out for these in 2019.

Juicy fruit
“Passionfruit, blackcurrant, and rhubarb. We’re drawn back to nature right now, and these ingredients allow us to escape back to an idyllic place. We’re also seeing alcohol-free fragrances, which is inspired by the clean beauty movement,” Symrise perfumer, Nathalie Benareau, told Harper’s BAZAAR.

Try: So...? Superstar Eau de Toilette

Coffee beans
"Personally, I’ve been playing with a Coffee Pure Jungle Essence, which is a 100 per cent natural roasted ground coffee bean extraction. It has a vibrant woody, roasted note, somewhere between a gourmand and a smoky wood, and it’s genderless,” said MANE perfumer, Patricia Choux.

Try: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

Sustainable scents
“Fragrance transparency is growing, and consumers are eager to know the stories behind the materials that make their fragrances unique. With our society becoming eco-friendlier, it’s important to share these stories of sustainable ingredients that have impacts on local communities,” said Robertet perfumer, Donna Ramanauskas.

Try: The Body Shop Elixirs of Nature Kahaia Eau de Parfum

Warming, earthy notes
“There’s a yearning to find comfort in what can sometimes be a cold, digital world, and ingredients that have a ‘skin touch’ [can help counteract that]. Earthy, amber notes also provide a warm sensuality that serve to ground us,” said Givaudan perfumer, Adriana Medina.

Try: AERIN Amber Musk

“There’s a greater awareness in nature, and the result is an unconscious desire for fragrances that reflect these qualities,” said Firmenich perfumer, Frank Voelkl.

Try: Less is More Green Magic Organic Cologne

Raw fragrance
“We’re seeing more green, vegetal influences. Ingredients that ground us to the Earth like beetroot and carrot. This isn’t surprising, since so many of us are embracing healthy lifestyle, like juice, detox blends, and mushroom-infused drinks. We’re using a whole pantry full of ingredients,” said Firmenich perfumer, Sabine de Tscharner.

Try:  Giorgio Armani Oranger Alhambr

“It’s one of the only notes I see as a defining driver,” said IFF perfumer, Jean-Marc Chaillan.

Try: Essenze by Ermenegildo Zegna Javanese Patchouli

Woods, ouds, and leathers

“Cult fragrances like Tom Ford Tuscan Leather have helped get the public familiar with scents that aren’t focus-grouped, [so they’re] not too fruity or sweet,” said IFF perfumer, Celine Barel.

Try: Jo Malone London Cologne Intense - Bronze Wood & Leather