Prepare to fall as much in love with Carven's new fragrance as you undoubtedly have their gorgeous clothes. The French label has had something of a renaissance in the last few years thanks to designer Guillaume Henry, who joined the fashion house in 2010. His fresh take on the label's heritage quickly became a favourite with celebs, fashion editors, and street-style stars. And where fashion goes, fragrance quickly follows.
Carven Le Parfum (£55) has all the trademarks of the label — it's effortless and timeless with a modern edge. Like many newer designer fragrances, it goes back to old-fashioned fragrance roots, and is a strong floral with a heady base. Top notes are mandarin blossom and white hyacinth, the heart is sweet pea, jasmine and ylang ylang, and the base is made up of white sandalwood, osmanthus, and Indonesian patchouli. The result is quite sophisticated and elegant — but what else would you expect from a French fashion house? Even if you're not sure about trying a heady floral, think how lovely this bottle would look on your dressing table!