Spring is in the air! Or your wrist.. hair.. wherever!
Spring is almost here. Can you feel it? One of the best ways to lighten my mood and get me ready for spring is with an uplifting scent. Here are a couple of my tried and true favorite Spring scents that I look forward to each season.
Yves Saint Laurent Paris Roses des Bois
- This is a flanker of YSL's iconic Paris created by Sophia Grojsman. For those who aren't up on 'fume terms, "flanker" means a tweak of a fragrance already in existence. Examples of good flankers: Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Coffee, Mitsouko Fleur de Lotus and Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere. Examples of flankers that flunked: Vera Wang Preppy Princess, DKNY Be Delicious in any variety (in most of these cases, the original has no place on this earth to begin with). This is discontinued but is available at some online fragrance discounters.
Guerlain Quand Vient La Pluie
- When The First Raindrops Begin To Fall
, if the translation doesn't just give you the quinessential image of spring, I'm not sure what will. Top notes:bergamot, orange blossom and rosemary; Middle notes: heliotrope, jasmine and violet; Base notes: patchouli, praline and musks. This was made in limited quantities, but try the Guerlain counters at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and Guerlain's Las Vegas store.
- One of the highlights from my perfume collection. This tiny bottle was only available for one day in the month of May and usually only at the Guerlain flagship in Paris. Bergdorf Goodman occassionally gets bottles in, but in recent years, the renditions of Muguet have been mixed with other notes and just not as beautiful. This bottle is from 2006(?) and is in a Baccarat crystal bottle. I can't even talk about how much this cost for 20ml EDT. This is no longer available. You can buy decants at The Perfumed Court
or check with Alena at at Bergdorf Goodman (212) 872-2734 to see when this year's edition will be in.
Le Labo Tubereuse 40
- One of Le Labo's annoying City Exclusives. I want to protest these exclusives because I'm against the idea of them being exclusive to one city and not being available for mail order. What gets even me more is that they are DOUBLE the price!! Ranting aside, I do find this tuberose uplifting and happy. Available at Barneys New York
on Madison Ave. and at Le Labo
in New York.
Frederic Malle Une Fleur de Cassie
(in Beurre Exquis/body butter) - This literally smells like a flower blossoming on your skin. The body butter is appropriately named; it's exquisite! The concentration of scent in this product does not make you feel like you are missing out. I actually prefer this scent in this form. It makes it much more wearable and takes some of the edge off the scent. Available at Barneys.com
and Frederic Malle
I have quite a few scents that I love and will be bringing you more perfume posts! What are some of your favorite fragrances for spring? Any new scents that you are dying to try?