Fragrances for Good Luck and Fortune This Chinese New Year
27th January 2017
The biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar is finally here when the year of the hard-working, reliable and always-on-time Fire Rooster, part of the tenth Chinese zodiac symbol, begins. And we’re very, VERY excited! Partly, because the shows and street parties are never anything other than amazing, since us Brits host the biggest celebrations outside of China and Australia. Most of all, we love Chinese New Year because it brings friends and family together and fills the streets with colourful, heavenly scents of fruits and flowers.
Some fruits and flowers, including oranges, tangerines, narcissus and plum blossom, are a lovely and really important part of Chinese New Year tradition. Homes, streets and festival venues are decorated with them as symbols of good luck, fortune, love and peace for the coming year.
So, a great way to finish off your new year look, and keep spraying positive vibes through the next Chinese year, is to spritz yourself with gorgeous scents filled with these Chinese blessed fruit and flower notes. But, why are these ingredients special and which top fragrances have them?
Best Fragrances with Orange and Tangerine
Nope, it’s not because they’re round meaning eternal life, or because they can be a sun-like colour. The Chinese believe that oranges and tangerines bring good luck and fortune for the new year because the words for “orange” and “tangerine” in Chinese languages sound the same as the Chinese word for “success”. One of the ways that “tangerine”(桔) can be written also includes the Chinese character for luck((吉).
These are our top picks of fragrances with notes of orange or tangerine:
Armani Code for women is seductive and captivating. Its soft velvety scent is wrapped in a lace silhouette. Main notes include orange and jasmine accentuated by sweet Madagascar vanilla.
Hugo Boss Boss Femme is a smooth, oriental, floral fragrance. It greets with tangerine, blackcurrant and freesia, continues with white flowers, Madagascar, jasmine, oriental lily and rose. This scent leaves a lasting impression with musk, apricot skin and Ceylonese lemon tree wood.
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy is an enticing scent of wild berries and mandarins, honeysuckle, gardenia, and jasmine. This is heavily layered over a warm amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline heart.
Ralph Lauren Polo Black is a daring fragrance which introduces with iced mango, tangerine, Spanish sage and green evervescent accord. Middle notes of silver armoise, liquid accord and hedione are finished with patchouli noir, sandalwood, timber wood and tonka beans.
Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger is a floral and fruity fragrance that opens with black currant, camelia, mandarin orange. It draws in with honeysuckle, lily, violet, mint, grapefruit, citruses and rose and ends with base notes magnolia, rose, sandalwood, jasmine and cedar wood.
Best Fragrances with Water Narcissus and Plum Blossom
Narcissus or “The water fairy” (love that name!) blooms during January and has one of the sweetest fragrances of flowers. The Chinese decorate their homes with narcissus in the hope that it will blossom on New Years Day, which is thought to bless them with prosperity and good luck for the entire year.
The beautiful plum blossom is seen as a hero flower because it bursts forth and blossoms at the end of winter on what look like lifeless branches. The Chinese believe this symbolises overcoming trials and tribulations bringing blessings of courage and hope.
Here are our top picks of fragrances with notes of narcissus or plum blossom:
Dolce & Gabbana Dolce is a gentle, feminine mix of white flowers, introduced by the freshness of the Neroli leaves and defined by the white amaryllis, a South African flower used for the first time ever in scent. It's an opulent combination of white water lily and narcissus blended beautifully with full-bodied white amaryllis.
Chloé Love Story is a romantic, clean and floral fragrance of orange blossom and plum blossom paired with delicious dewy scents. It’s pure seduction when spritzed on bare skin!
Versace Versense is a beautiful Mediterranean bouquet. It greets with bergamot green mandarin and a cocktail of prickly pear and sparkling citrus fruits. This scent continues with narcissus, jasmine and spicy cardamom, wrapped in precious woods, silky olive tree and light musk.
Vivienne Westwood Boudoir is a feminine scent which possesses a blend of classic, oriental and floral notes. These include viburnum, marigold, rose, narcissus, orange blossom, cinnamon, sandalwood and vanilla.
Eternity for women by Calvin Klein is a romantic, floral scent that breathes with the subtle aroma of a spring garden. It echoes timeless quality with a blend of white lily, narcissus & white florals, marigold and mandarin notes.
Which Chinese New Year Scent from our collection is your favourite? Do you think another scent deserves to make our top picks? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.