The Best Spring Scents

Jourdana ON Apr 11, 2013 AT 2:14 pm

Spring Scents

Givenchy Dahlia Noir L’Eau. £47.50 for 50ml. Debenhams.com
Givenchy’s Dahlia Noir has had a refreshing citrus and neroli update for Spring. With the original heart of rose petal untouched, a base of patchouli blends with cedar and musk to give this the warm chype sensibility that makes it perfect for a delicate and distinctly feminine spring scent.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Oud Silk Mood£275 for 70ml. Liberty.co.uk
Majestic, rich and intense, Arabian ouds are not what you would typically associate with spring-time freshness. Yet trust the masterful Francis Kurkdjian to reshape the scent using just enough of a hint of Bulgarian rose, blue chamomile and papyrus to add an airy-light petal-soft touch that makes this a surprising, warm and emotive addition to our fragrance wardrobe.

Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne. £38 for 30 ml. JoMalone.com
The fragrance itself may not be new, but the red paint-dipped bottle most certainly is. Courtesy of the brand’s new style editor, Charlotte Stockdale, the classic seven-rose blend with hints of lemon and a base of honeycomb comes as a limited edition for Spring with just 300 of the 100ml designer bottled available.

Cath Collins Lily Fandango£35.50 for 50ml. Cathcollins.com
A new launch for the 20 year Brit perfumer, Lily Fandango is quite unlike most other typical floriental fragrances. There’s an unexpected hard-to-put-your-finger on brightness to it. It takes you on a journey through sizzling citrus top notes though a bouquet of Lily, Jasmine and Cassis bud all the way to a heady base of Cedarwood, Patchouli and Oakmoss.

Byredo Inflorescence. £130 for 100 ml. Byredo.com
Take your cue from Byredo founder Ben Gorham in envisaging “a wild garden and a floral scent that would capture the strength and beauty of its blossoms, just as they reach their dramatic peak” and there you have Inflorescence. The ultimate feminine modern floral with a heart of Magnolia blossom and Lily of the Valley, an unusual Jasmine base and the addictive and intoxicating honeyed tones of pink Freesias.

Yardley Polaire. £19.99 for 50ml. Yardleylondon.com
Inspired by the emerging trend for the classical chypre florals of the 1920s, Yardley’s Polaire offers a seductive and sophisticated new season scent.  Atop a heart of spicy rose, ginger and pink pepper are spring-fresh notes of fruity pear and sumptuous freesia all of which wear down to the classically powdery and sensual base of patchouli and amber.

Marni Eau De Parfum, £48 for 30ml. Harrods.com
We’re totally addicted to Marni’s first ever fragrance, although it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why. Alternating between hot and cold accords, with top notes of Pepper and Bergamot giving way to a cool spicy blend of Cinnamon Bark and Cardamom that adds edge to a classic heart of rose and a woody base that offsets Patchouli, Vetiver and Cedar with an unexpected, typically Marni twist of Incense.

Stella McCartney Stella Summer, £40 for 100ml. Selfridges.com
Stella McCartney’s classic Stella eau de parfum has been updated with a lemon, apple and tangerine twist for the season. Based on the signature rose scent, it’s unmistakably Stella and is as feminine, refined and delicious as ever. The sunshine-bright bottle alone is worth a purchase.

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