Today’s post is a group blog effort in honor of scents that bring the spirit of spring to our hearts. Thanks go to Ayala Sender of Ayala Moriel Parfums for organizing another great blogging topic!
Two scents are musts for me every spring, or else it just doesn’t feel like spring! One is L’Artisan La Chasse Aux Papillons, which is like spring in a bottle to me. The combination of linden, jasmine, orange blossom, and tuberose is cheerful and spring-like without being at all heavy or cloying. For me, lasting power is very good, but some people have trouble with staying power so it’s important to test before buying. La Chasse would be hard to wear without smiling. I prefer the original to the Extreme version.
My second must-wear scent each spring is Creed Fleur de The Rose Bulgare, which is a clear and simple but very true tea rose soliflore. It has light citrusy notes that keep it fresh. It smells oddly realistic, yet it is so linear and long-lasting that it feels overtly synthetic at the same time as seeming real and that contradiction can be a little distracting. I enjoy it anyway, lol. (Don’t confuse it with Creed’s Fleurs de Bulgarie, which is a totally different scent with an ambergris base.)
I also enjoy green florals in spring, though I have trouble with green notes that smell generic, ozonic, or synthetic to me, so I have fewer green floral favorites than I do floral orientals or non-green soliflores. Three green florals that I love are Chanel 19 (great any time of year but especially nice in spring), Guerlain’s Chamade, and Patricia de Nicolai’s Temps d’Une Fete with its pretty hay note.
There are many other floral scents I love, but those mentioned above are a few that seem especially right in spring to me. L’Artisan’s Fleur de Narcisse has wonderful hay note too, but it seems less representative of spring. And I love jasmine soliflores like Serge Lutens A La Nuit, but they seem more like full-blown summer. Orange blossom soliflores like Annick Goutal’s Neroli or Lorenzo Villoresi’s Dilmun also feel like summer to me, though they are equally welcome in spring.
From my line, I enjoy Voile de Violette, Velvet Rose, Rose Musc, and Lieu de Reves in spring, though I’m still wearing the new Incense Pure these days and we have not had spring weather start here yet (still cool and rainy).
In the garden, spring starts here with the daffodils and I love their subtle scent. Then we have the early roses starting, and later the pink jasmine and star jasmine. Star jasmine has a spicier scent and is not actually part of the Jasminum genus (it is Trachelospermum jasminoides). My Mom grows wonderful sweet peas that I love every year, and I’m lucky that she shares! I have a few heirloom sweet peas that re-seed each year in my garden, but her full sun spot is better for them and they really go wild there. I don’t have wisteria in my garden, but it grows in several nearby spots and spreads its scent for yards all around the vines. Spring flowers bring their cheer when the coldest months are ending, and they herald the upcoming longer, warmer days ahead. I love summer so spring is always a welcome sign of the warmer weather to come.
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