Fruity floral is not my favorite fragrance category, so you will have to take my words with a larger than usual grain of salt...but here are two recent offerings from the perfume counters:
Délices de Cartier was launched earlier this year, and takes its name from a Cartier jewelry collection. The bottle, inspired by a Cartier brooch, is gorgeous (although oddly similar to last year's MyQueen); the fragrance was created by Christine Nagel of Quest and features frozen morello cherry, bergamot, pink, white and yellow jasmine, pink pepper, freesia, violet, tonka beans, amber and sandalwood.
Délices starts with peppered citrus; the sweet cherry joins in shortly thereafter and intensifies over the next 30 minutes or so. The dry down is sheer, well-blended florals over amber and sandalwood. After an hour, the cherry is quite subdued, and the base is now powdery and warm. It is a sweet fragrance with vanillic undertones, but in keeping with its target market of women in their 30s it is not as heavily sugared as many of the fruity florals released this year, and the Eau de Toilette version which I am wearing today is very soft and light. Nicely done, even if it is not my sort of fragrance, and less foody than I expected.
It is also available in a parfum form which I have not tried — please comment if you have! Both are available at Cartier boutiques, department stores and imaginationperfumery.
The Missoni fragrance, also launched earlier this year, has four accords, each named for a color featured in Missoni's knitwear designs. The Radiant Yellows accord has bergamot, nespolo (loquat) and magnolia; the Magenta Pinks accord is peony and rose; the Intense Oranges accord has mandarin, bitter orange and kaki (persimmon), and the Chocolate Browns accord has Gianduia chocolate (chocolate with hazelnut paste) and fluid amber.
I don't know much about Missoni as a design house, but I would venture to guess that the fragrance is geared towards a younger audience than the Cartier Délices: the Missoni is sweeter, busier, and considerably more foody. I rather liked the top notes, which are sparkling and nicely tart, but the "Chocolate Browns" accord arrives rather quickly along with the florals, and there is something about the combination of chocolate, nuts, fruits and flowers that I find rather overwhelming, as though the four accords are battling for supremacy on my skin. It does calm a bit on the dry down, but even then it is sweeter than I would like. I'd love to hear comments from fruity floral fans who have tried it; I will say that it is an interesting fragrance and it doesn't, like so many, smell like everything else on the market.
I am trying the Eau de Parfum, which comes in three sizes: 30, 50 or 100 ml. Missoni is also available in parfum (15 ml bottle or 6 ml rollerball), and can be found at Saks or Neiman Marcus.