Catherine McNeil understands the power of fragrance
We tried and tested dozens of fragrances to bring you our picks for the absolute best for Spring. We’ve narrowed it down to 11 scents we feel epitomize the season, whether you’re looking for something classic or completely edgy. Take a look at our picks and tell us your favorite Spring fragrance in the comments.
Marc Jacobs’ scents have always attracted our attention, but his latest Daisy Eau So Fresh, is truly a marvel. With lush notes of violet, raspberry, grapefruit and plum, the fragrance is positively bursting with energy and vitality. One spritz and you instantly feel the youthful and whimsical vibe captured in the ads with Hannah Holman.
Byredo La Tulipe
Inspired by the scent of fresh tulips covered in morning dew, Byredo’s elegant fragrance is a touch of magic. With one spritz you’ll be transported to a lush garden, even on the rainiest April days. Interesting fact: Byredo’s Ben Gorham began his career as an athlete before heading into the world of perfumery.
Estee Private Collection Jasmine White Moss
Leave it to Estee Lauder to give you a vintage classic with modern edge, their Private Collection Jasmin White Moss is based on an fragrance idea from Estee herself, that was never completed during her lifetime. Taking the initial scent and reworking it into a beautiful fresh chypre with notes of mandarin and black currant and jasmine they’ve created a new classic.
Narciso Rodriguez Essence Eau de Musc
You can’t talk about sophistication without thinking of Narciso Rodriguez’s minimal designs and his range of fragrances perfectly captures the refined spirit of his brand. Musk isn’t a note we automatically associate with spring, but the light and clean musk featured in this latest scent is perfect year round. Iris, bergamot and bergamot, spices round out this intoxicating blend that is sure to get you noticed.
Composed of three different types of sunflowers, as well as blackcurrant buds, freesia, jasmine, raspberry, sandalwood, No. 3 is a sweet and heady blend that instantly draws you in. Paying tribute to sunrise, midday and sunset, the fragrance changes as you wear it, moving from a light burst of fruity floral and turning into something darker and deeper as the day goes on. Act fast on this one as it is a limited edition!
Like the perfect little black dress, Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire 2 accentuates all the positives and brings the sex appeal in spades. The unexpected and decadent combination of iris, violet and marshmallow makes for a sugary rush that fades into a sexy ultra-feminine scent.
A compelling scent for a man (or woman) who is tired of the usual fare and interested in trying something new. Cool mint infused with anise, geranium, vetiver and incense makes for a scent that is crisp and never overpowering. The perfect accent to a bespoke suit and that worn in pair of Fratelli Rossetti oxfords.
An effortlessly charming combo of pink pepper, neroli and blond woods that adds a touch of class no matter the occassion. The cologne formulation makes it easy to splash on but for those looking for an even more discreet accent, Bois Blonds also comes in a matching soap.
Sambac, magnolia, honeysuckle, attar – sumptuous notes to compliment Mabille’s cutting edge designs. Taking the popular 70s Eau Fraiche formulation and re-imagining it with exotic ingredients, perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux creates an intoxicating blend for men and women.
Given the quality of their candles, room sprays, soaps and body products, you could scent your entire life with Diptyque fragrance. Their latest, 34 Boulevard Saint Germain takes that idea and runs with it, combining the scents of multiple Diptyque classics and combining them into one spicy chypre knockout of a fragrance.
BONUS : CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN SCENT
If you’re anything at all like us you like the idea of having a scent that is yours and yours alone. Of course a course in perfumery and trip to Grasse may be slightly out of your budget right now, but Jo Malone’s signature fragrance layering allows everyone to create a truly individual blend. The latest from the line, the Tea Fragrance blends are a luxury take on quintessential British traditions. Scents like Fresh Mint Leaf and Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne can be layered with each other or on top of your current fragrance, to create a refreshing new experience.
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