Puckrik on Perfume

Katie Puckrik ON Apr 16, 2010 AT 10:38 am

Katie Puckrik: Photographer Martin Shaw

By Katie Puckrik

This week’s PoP from Katie Puckrik is all about spring scents as she bring us “6 Scents That Sing ‘Spring!’”

My perfume collection is laughably un-springlike. If, say, Scheherazade needed to borrow something for a hot night at the harem, she’d be in luck. I have oriental mystery by the casbah-full. But for the tender, temperamental season of renewal, I’m not really prepared.

But since I wanted to hum along with the song of spring, I decided to dig through my perfume samples. Here’s six that sang the most affecting melodies:

Van Cleef & Arpels Gardénia Pétale

I call Gardénia Pétale a “gardenia sorbet”, because it’s sheer and refreshing, rather than the full-fat ice cream of an Estée Lauder Tuberose Gardenia or Frédéric Malle Carnal Flower. Gardénia Pétale is a sleek ingénue next to those badonkadonks: light on her feet and not so prone to theatricality. Jasmine, with its olfactory reference to suntan lotion, supplies some of the sunshine here. Your good mood when you wear Gardénia Pétale supplies the rest.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Fleur de Narcisse 2006

Not everything evoking spring smells “pretty” – not even flowers. L’Artisan Parfum has bottled up the 2006 crop of narcissusessssssssssss from the daffodils’ favored French stomping ground. And let me tell you, these narcissi ain’t no sissies.

In fact, I can’t even make out anything approaching floral in Fleur de Narcisse. Instead, the insinuating blend of smoked hay, tobacco, moss, and faint rootiness invokes the pregnant earth, bloomtime imminent, with the freeze of winter not yet forgotten.

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