When I sat down to write about perfumes perfect for springtime, I realized that light, pretty florals are the most underrepresented group in my collection.
There is enough for the cold of winter, enough for the heat of summer, many great scents for autumnal walks through the mist, but springtime? Lovely, blooming, blossoming, green and tender springtime fragrances?
Among the florals I have, there are mostly dark, spicy and mysterious roses, as un-springlike as possible, or really fresh cologne-style florals, that would be more appropriate for really hot days. I had to think hard and dig deep.
That difficulty might be related to the fact that I do not especially like spring, so much so, that I could not even answer Tarleisio’s question of “Why do you love spring?” although there was a chance to win a sample of Tauer’s new perfume Zeta. But maybe it is just as well, Zeta might be to “springy” for me anyway…
Frederic Malle En Passant: ironically my very first niche perfume is a light floral. En Passant is a beautiful rendition of lilac with a whiff of wheat and cucumber by Olivia Giacobetti. I love it, but only for half a day at most, then I need to change to something else, most often a heavy oriental, just to see that I can.
Tauer Perfumes Carillon pour un Ange: in typical Tauer manner Carillon takes no prisoners, it is perfectly made, but it is there at full blast, it plays in fortissimo all the time, an enormous Lilly of the valley bouquet to lose yourself in, which can be both a good or a bad thing, depending on my mood.
Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage: gardenia, big white gardenia and magnolia flowers although presented through a veil of water, seen through a waterfall maybe, lovely and sheer white flowers, that is how I like my white flowers – transparent, diluted, washed clean.
Ormonde Jayne Frangipani, Champaca, Sampaquita, Osmanthus: for wearable florals there is nothing better than Ormonde Jayne to turn to. The line offers beautiful, sheer but excellently made florals full of character and presence without ever being too much. Love all the way!
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Floral Bouquet Numeró 2 (Airport Exclusive): I got a mini of this at Heathrow. It is a nice, fresh floral that is lovely, but not unique or extremely original. No need to get your panties in a twist, because of its limited availability.
Estée Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia: my only proper white floral perfume (so far). I love it, but I have to be really craving it, otherwise it also can get too much in no time.
Puredistance Antonia: a green floral so very enticing, it is in no way restricted to just spring time, but it is a great choice on sunny and rainy days alike.
Aftelier Orchid Solid Perfume: a pure delight, catapulting me into the lush heat of a tropical garden, but it whispers about it, never screams.
Kenzo L’Eau de Kenzo Amour: a new flanker to the lovely oriental Kenzo Amour, L’Eau is a floral oriental in a devastatingly beautiful bottle, that is a fresher, lighter take on its “mother”. It is not the bee’s knees of fragrant inventions, but a lovely and solid option for spring. A bouquet of rose and jasmine, violet and ylang-ylang rest on a warm vanilla base. Comfy and yummy, but still light.