Perfumes Inspired by Asia


Asia’s unprecedented and unspoiled beauty has been an eternal inspiration to designers of perfumes, who simply cannot suppress the urge that is constantly tugging the creative strings in their mind at creating Eastern themed fragrance masterpieces.

Some of these perfumers are inspired by the Silk Road, some find inspiration with the versatility of the bamboo, some in the quiet temerity of the tea ritual and almost all of them are blindsided by the incredible beauty of the cherry blossom.

The following perfumes aim to recreate the unique blend of sensory perfection: the smell of Asia in its finest glory!

Wicked Style Baby by Harajuku Lovers Scentbird

Wicked Style Baby by Harajuku Lovers

Harajuku Lovers is a fragranced homage to the youth-oriented, street-fashion trend in the area surrounding Harajuku Station in Tokyo.

Imagine the world of perfume without the uber modern Japanese pop culture that produced digital pets, a horde of teenagers dressed in scorching bright fluorescent colors: Wicked Style Baby by Harajuku Lovers turned the monochrome olfactory world upside down and painted it into bright scented kaleidoscope.

It’s powdery, sweet, innocent, youthful perfume that tells the story of an entire generation caught somewhere between youth and maturity while maintaining its own voice and character throughout the journey.

The heart of the perfume is comprised of fluffy-bubbly-sweet vanilla, red apple, orchid, candied peach and tropical frangipani. It is mouthwatering, inviting, youthful scent that simply dares you to go skinny-dipping or to finally let go off the bars of your bike.

Chocolat Mat by Masaki Matsushima

 Chocolat Mat by Masaki Matsushima

While Westerners perceive chocolate as the ultimate guilty pleasure with the words comfort tagged to its existence, for Asians chocolate simply resonates on another level: primordial, sexy food with aphrodisiac propensities.

A blend of cocoa powder with rose and watermelon is enough to throw anyone on its knees and offer its final sacrifice to the Gods of Ultimate Indulgence.

This is a perfume that talks about answering the call that resonates deep inside you: to stir and wake up the hibernating Goddess with the drink fit for the Gods.

A gourmand perfume that successfully evades being gourmand in its essence: it is sexy, rich, warm scent, like mastered womanhood.

Extraordinary by Oscar de la Renta Scentbird

Extraordinary by Oscar de la Renta

Personally, this scent’s composition prompts me to think about the rare and luxurious ingredients, which were transported on the Silk Road.

I imagine the perfume kissing the necks of the Japanese Kabuki actresses and their portrayal of unhappy heroines. Their mysterious yet enchanting beauty is hidden underneath a deep facade of makeup, narrating a story of lost love.

A perfume which denotes the ingredients of Asian love: delicate as an orchid, fleeting and beautiful as japanese cherry blossoms and breathtaking as magnolia blossom.

L'eau d'Issey EDT by Issey Miyake Scentbird

L’eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake

If modern perfumery had its own Hollywood Walk of Fame, Issey Miyake would have been awarded with the biggest, badass olfactory monument ever.

It is the perfume that tugs heavily on the zen ideology’s strings of being present in the moment and savoring life. Its freshness and exquisiteness reminds me of the prowess of Imperial Japanese Gardens.

It’s Japanese perfection meets futurism: a whisper of wood drenched in a dense, cloudy mist of citrus. It is like being trapped underneath a waterfall, yet you are thirsty for more, unable to control your thirst…

Eau Parfumee Au The Rouge by Bvlgari Scentbird

Eau Parfumee Au The Rouge by Bvlgari

Yunnan, the Chinese red tea variety with its intoxicatingly rich aroma gives way to balance and sensuality in this velvety smooth unisex Bvlgari perfume.

Unlike the white, black or green tea fragrant compositions that exude qualified earthy sense, the red tea is all about hot, burning passion. It’s the flower that takes a dip into the rich concoction of pink pepper and fig.

It is an understated and sensual scent that comes alive when being mixed with the skin. Like tea leaves that need water to fulfill their purpose in life, Eau Parfumee Au The Rouge by Bvlgari craves the skin so it will reveal all of its marvels.

Should come with a health warning that you can actually smell so intoxicatingly close to nirvana and yet being firmly landlocked, here on Earth.

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Travel does not always require a passport. Sometimes all you need is just a few dabs of perfume…

If you’ve always daydreamed about going to Asia but this journey is yet to be planned, then maybe you can satisfy your cravings by bringing the scents of Asia on your skin.

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Unsung Perfume Hero: Amoureuse (DelRae Roth/Michel Roudnitska) 2002+ Sexy Curves Ahead Draw


Odalisque, Adrien Henri Tanoux, 1920

Make me a perfume that smells like love” Christian Dior famously demanded. While many fragrances are named for desires of the heart, Amoureuse from Parfums DelRae is one of the very few to evoke its sensual aspects, so how can a perfume whose name implies love have received so little of late? Parfum DelRae’s  Amoureuse  was created in 2002 by the artistic creative director DelRae Roth (whose fragrances are inspired by her travels to Paris and  her home in San Francisco)  in collaboration with Michel Roudnitska in 2002. In addition to the thousands of niche perfumes on the market since it launched, Amoureuse has often been eclipsed by its sumptuous sibling, Bois de Paradis, which came out the same year along with Debut. Bois de Paradis is indeed lovely in its floral opulence. But just wait till you meet little sis – she is all grown up, all that and a bag of chips.


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Nigella Lawson Cover Interview 2010

Amoureuse is Mad Men’s Joan Holloway, a languorous odalisque on a bed of silken pillows, the Nigella Lawson of perfumes: voluptuous, luscious and unapologetically female. With its take-no-prisoners sexuality, this is no ingénue’s perfume.


Christina Henricks as Joan Holloway of Mad Men

It is all woman and as sexy as a direct gaze.

Apollinaris M Vasnetsov's In the shade of linden trees Demyanovo 1907

Apollinaris M Vasnetsov’s In the shade of linden trees Demyanovo 1907

Amoureuse was created after M. Roudnitska and DelRae Roth walked through San Francisco’s boxwood-lined streets in summertime. “I thought for years that the scent of these trees, combined with the feeling of sunshine and the fresh marine air, would make such a beautiful perfume,” says Roth. “It is the scent that really inspired me to create Parfums DelRae. Amoureuse captures this feeling of contentment and happiness.” The Tahitian lily note was a nod to Roudnitska’s time spent living in the south Pacific.


Monica Belluci, photo by Fabrizio Ferri

Embodying its different French meanings — a female lover, amorous, in love – Amoureuse is a languid brew as sultry as an invitation to dance under a hot night sky. It opens with a sweet, citric tang of tangerine juice and a liquid cascade of honey – the richest, deepest, wildflower honey. The juice and indolic honey drip over fleshy white flowers – jasmine chiefly, followed by tuberose — lying on a mossy base. Cardamom then begins to curl like an exotic tendril around the lush honey and the sweet piquancy of the fruit. A little later, a gingery lily surfaces and sandpapery sandalwood cuts through the dense bouquet.

Christina Hendricks flowers'Flare' May 2013

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