While citrus and floral fragrances are safe and popular, if you want something distinctive enough to be known as your “signature scent”, consider oriental perfumes. An oriental fragrance is usually more intense than usual perfumes, featuring notes that are warm and spicy, like musk and pepper. “Gourmand” scents that feature accords of caramel or chocolate also form a sub-category of oriental perfumes, and can be rather intriguing.

Sophisticated, oriental perfumes add a touch of mystery and exoticism to the wearer, and are great evening perfumes that you can wear to dates or parties. Here are some of the newest oriental perfumes you can consider.

1. The Body Shop Black Musk

the body shop black musk

The Body Shop is no stranger to the use of musk; since White Musk was launched in 1981, they have also released White Musk Smoky Rose, Red Musk, and Red Musk Oud. Just in February, they launched the Black Musk fragrance, which is the darkest, most sensual musk of all. An oriental gourmand fragrance, it has an intoxicating scent that is described as seductive and addictive. Besides black musk, it also features black vanilla, patchouli, and chocolate-like vetiver notes. This retails at  SGD30.90 (30ml EDT), SGD45.90 (60ml EDT), SGD55.90 (50ml EDP), and SGD36.90 (20ml Perfume Oil).

2. Bulgari Le Gemme Imperiali collection

Bulgari Le Gemme Imperiali

The new La Gemme Imperiali collection by Bulgari is inspired by the Chinese royal family, and its exquisite, luxurious taste. With scents that are reminiscent of a walk through the royal garden of the Tang empire and flacon inspired by jade, this fragrance comes in four variants: Desiria, Amarena, Splendia, and Irinia, all oriental fragrances that ooze a sense of enigma.

3. Crabtree & Evelyn Leather Musk

Leather Musk Cologne_angle, S$72.00

Designed for the well-groomed man, this blends the fragrance of rich leather with soft musky notes. Its top notes are bright, refreshing, and clean, but its base notes include accords from the Indonesian patchouli and Haitian vetiver, to lend a warm and woody touch to the scent. This is a limited edition product that retails at SGD72 at all Crabtree & Evelyn boutiques.