Giovanni Maria Versace, Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, described perfume as the "finishing touch" to elegance. He further went on to say that it was a detail that subtly underscores look – an invisible catalyst that completes a man and a woman's personality without which one feels like something is missing.
Signore Versace's words could not be truer. Since the days dating back to ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Cyprus to present day award shows, functions and cocktail parties, perfume has been a dedicated companion for both men and women. These days it is hard to imagine going out without having a jet of spray from that all-important bottle of Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and what not.
By the time you have finished reading this article you might be thinking, "I have to get one of those elegant bottles used by my favourite musician or actor. Can I get one of them and that too right here in Bangladesh?"
Do not panic! As your desired perfume bottle can also be found in Bangladesh. The past few years have seen a rise in demand for foreign cosmetics in Bangladesh with one of the sought-after commodities being fragrance. This has propelled a niche market for luxury perfumes targeting those eager enough to vie for the renowned brands.
Foreign perfumes are costly, and there have not been many physical shops dedicated to selling original branded products. Having said that, with increasing popularity, companies have taken a keen interest in investing in this business.
One such store providing avid customers with the original products is Perfume World; the ultimate destination for fragrance lovers.
Starting their journey back in May of 2009, the largest brand fashion fragrance distributor of Bangla Perfumes has been catering to Bangladeshi fragrance lovers with all the branded perfume bottles your hands are able to grasp.
Mr Zakir Hossain- Director of Perfume World Ltd says, "we are committed to provide a unique experience to all consumers to smell good and feel special."
He also added that they are all devoted to customer satisfaction by ensuring product authenticity, quality and customer satisfaction.
Renowned fragrance brands from across the world are available in Perfume World with all of them being genuine and original, distributed directly from their parent company.
Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, YSL, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Boss Hugo Boss, CK, Mont Blanc, Azzaro, Mercedes Benz, Muglar, Diesel, Burberry, Lacoste, Issey Miyake, Dsquared2, Davidoff and many other popular brands are exclusively available at different branches of Perfume World in Dhaka & Chittagong.
Zaber Hassan wanted a fragrance for his mother. "Something smooth and classy for an empowering woman. My mother means a lot to me and I could not go anywhere else other than Perfume World. When it comes to good fragrance and original brands, they are my go-to place," replied the young content writer with a blush.
With so much to choose from so many options, you might feel like Alibaba, thinking which brand to select from the other. Well fear not! Below, some premier options are presented for you, which might help you turn heads the next time you visit a party.
Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme
Gucci Guilty's top notes include leather. Yes! You heard me right leather. Leather accord and goldenwood are custom mixed with natural extract of Nootka Cypress. The resulting scent features ultra-dry woody notes. The perfume's composition is intensified with three forms of patchouli oils and earthy vetiver.
Price: Tk7,425 (50ml), Tk9,760 (90ml)
Dolce & Gabbana "The Only One 2"
Dolce & Gabbana Beauty introduces "The Only One 2", the second chapter of The Only One's story. With notes of red roses at its heart, this new fragrance celebrates The Only One woman – empowered and irresistible, making her more than ever the centre of attention. At the heart, The Only One's iconic signature of violet and coffee is blended with a heart of red rose super essence, lending a warm and sensuous aura to the scent. Smooth, sweet notes of tonka bean and patchouli in the base amplify the fragrance's addictive quality.
Price: Tk 9700 (50ml), Tk 13,880 (100ml)
Versace Eros Flame
For this one, Versace has tinkered its original masculine Eros from 2012. While the pillar is an aromatice-fougere, the new scent goes into a very different direction with citrusy spicy, woody and ambery accords that has been described as "cold and hot, sweet and spicy, light and dark." The perfume's concept is based on the interpretation of passionate love, marketed as a fragrance for a "strong, passionate, self-confident man who is deeply in touch with his emotions."
Price: Tk7,355 (50ml), Tk9,750 (100ml)
My Burberry Black
The 2016 Eau de Toilette contains notes of jasmine at the top, candied rose and peach necter at its heart and amber and patchouli.
Price: Tk7,000 (30ml), Tk9,750 (50ml), Tk12,500 (90ml)
Jimmy Choo Fever
Jimmy Choo Fever follows the signature started with the premier fragrance Jimmy Choo in 2011. Fever promises a different archeosphere and ambiance compared to the original in the form of a powerful composition appealing to glamour.
Price: Tk4,700 (30ml), Tk7,250 (50ml), Tk 9,650 (100ml)
Giorgio Armani Aqua De Gioia
Presented in March of 2010, the seductive sea aroma in the new fragrance are put into first plan and used as the creator's inspiration. Composition of the perfume is compared with a woman who is described as "strong, dignified and free spirited but in perfect harmony with nature."
Price: Tk6,400 (50ml), Tk8,600 (100ml)