It’s officially Spring, which means it’s time to update your fragrance! I’m a big believer in rotating fragrances with the seasons; here are the Best new fragrances for Spring that have crossed my desk.
Floral and fruity-floral fragrances are always popular for Spring, and this season’s crop includes some beauties. Honeysuckle is one of the florals most popular for 2016. Also popular are fragrances with “sorbet accords” or sugary accents. Finally, look for fragrances with sheer notes. Of course, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what the trend is, pick a fragrance based on what you like.
My floral fragrance picks for Spring include:
Eclat de Fleurs by Lanvin has notes of Freesia and Pear accord, Rose, and Sambac Jasmine with a sensual drydown of white Musk and Sandalwood. The bottle is exquisite, too. A flower with curved petals is carved into the glass bottle, which is topped with a rose “diamond”, and two intertwining rings, symbolizing the love that exists between two beings. So romantic!
AERIN Mediterranean Honeysuckle was inspired by the beautiful tiles of Capri. I love the AERIN brand, which conveys the essence of effortless beauty. The fragrances are no exception; Mediterranean Honeysuckle starts with top notes of sweet Honeysuckle. Italian Bergamot and sparkling grapefuit add citrus notes, followed by Lily of the Valley, lush Gardenia and jasmine sambac absolute. The azure stopper on the bottle is a call to the waters of the Mediterranean. Lovely!
Marc Jacobs Daisy Blush opens with waterlily and pear, mixed with honeysuckle and lily of the valley. The drydown is skin musks and precious woods, so the fragrance does have staying power. This fragrance reminds me of a happy bouquet of flowers. Plus…I’ll never get tired of the adorable bottle!
Amaze Express eau de parfum was inspired by some of the world’s most beautiful flowers. The opening note is honeysuckle mist and apple blossom, followed by White Orchid and Jasmine, with Blond Woods and Vanilla as the drydown. This is a sexy fragrance!
Would you believe one of my favorite florals, philosophy’s Amazing Grace, turns 20 this year? Amazing Grace stands the test of time. Always soft and feminine, I get complements every time I wear it. The sensual notes include Bergamot, Muguet Blossoms and Musk. This year, Amazing Grace comes in a special-edition 20th birthday bottle.
MAC Air of Style is a new release that will get your pulse racing for spring. It’s a heady scent! With top notes of red dates and wild peonies, you know right off the top that you’re wearing something different. Transition into the middle notes of absolute tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine, followed by leather, rare woods, and a dash of amber crystals at the base. This is what I call a “warm” fragrance; great for hot summer nights–and the rollerball is only $22!
If floral scents aren’t your thing, no worries. I found some wonderful, light fragrances that are perfect for Spring:
Marc Jacobs Splash Cotton is a clean scent that captures the simplicity and crispness of summer, in a bottle. Wonder what ‘cotton’ smells like? It’s a floral, woody, musk fragrance with crisp, green notes. Who knew the smell of cotton was so complicated? The reality is, when you spray on and wear this fragrance, it comes off as simple, uncomplicated and unstructured. And the modern esthetic of the bottle conveys the same tone. Marc Jacobs = brilliant!
Calvin Klein CK2 is a gender-free fragrance that celebrates the diversity of connections between two people. In true fashion, there is a duality of notes in this fragrance; a kind of ying and yang. A top note of spicy wasabi is by mandarin and violet leaf absolute. This develops into mid notes of wet cobblestones, orris concrete and rose absolute, followed by a drydown of vetiver, incense and sandalwood. CK2 has a freshness to it that reminds me of the original CK1.
I couldn’t update fragrances for spring without including Antica Farmacista, one of my favorite brands of home scents. New for Spring, the Antica Farmacista Home Ambience Perfume in Cucumber & Lotus Flower imparts a beautiful aquatic experience to any room. When I opened the bottle, cucumber is the predominant note, with subtle hints of aloe and Lotus flower, along with green notes. Suitable for any room, the Cucumber & Lotus Flower scent has a spa-like quality. Beautiful!
Have you found a new Spring fragrance yet? Let me know in the comments!