A couple of times a year I go to Hong Kong for work meetings. Hong Kong is a perfume fan’s Mecca. Some of the best departments stores in the world, designer boutiques and heavily discounted cosmetics if you are bargain hunting for more mainstream brands. This trip I was shopping on a mission. I had read Guerlain are in the process of changing the bottles for Les Parisiennes. This change will affect the 3 masculines in the collection, Chamade Pour Homme, L’Ame D’un Heros and Derby. Loosing their iconic bee bottle design the new packaging will be the same as the wooden frame Arsene Lupin bottle. Harvey Nicols in Hong Kong’s Landmark is my closest stockist of the exclusive Les Parisiennes. I was determined to get a bottle of Chamade Pour Homme before the packaging change but alas I think I am too late as they were out of stock. I was lucky enough to get the last bottle of L’Ame D’un Heros in the old bee design. I expect on my next visit they will be restocked with the new packaging. I already have Coriolan and although they are the same fragrance there are some subtle formula changes I will discuss when I get a chance to write a review of L’Ame D’un Heros. The Guerlain consultant was very friendly and even remembered me from my previous purchase with her last year. She gifted me a set of ceramic Guerlain wardrobe discs that you can spray with perfume to hang amongst your clothes when they are in storage. Other fragrance adventures included the discovery of Kenzo’s UFO (Unidentified Fragrance Object) at Joyce department store on Canton Road. 1000 units were created. Ron Arad designed the unusual bottle that looks H.R Giger-esque. Aurelian Guichard composed the perfume that is intended to create the scent of skin. Eventually it does blend into your own natural scent, but when it is first applied, the orange blossom, Bulgarian rose and frankincense notes are quite beautiful. The other scent I sampled was Martin Margiela’s first fragrance. Launched last year the project has been called in true Margiela style, ‘Untitled’. The final product surprised me and to be honest I expected more. It is a green fragrance; grassy aromatic galbanum makes it clean and bright. Some jasmine for androgyny but it is the incense note that didn’t excite me. More ashtray than incense the whole scent seemed a bit of a simplified contradiction. Perhaps that is the point, but this was one highly anticipating scent that will not become part of my collection. I was also hoping to find the new La Collection Couturier Parfumeur range by Christian Dior. It seems the collection is not available in Asia yet, I am very keen to sample the Vetiver Francois Demachy has created for the brand. I still have Guerlain Chamade Pour Homme on my shopping list. Hopefully a trip to Paris in September will resolve this. I highly recommend a visit to the perfume area at Joyce department store on Canton Road. They have a slightly bigger selection than other branches. Some of the collections you will find there are Frederic Malle, Annick Goutal, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, L’Artisan, Diptyque and Cire Trudon candles.