My allergies have alerted me that it is indeed springtime. As I sit on the sofa sneezing with a box of tissues at hand, I’ve put together my “picks” for Spring 2014 (since I can’t smell; I can’t test new things). Here’s a list of perfumes that should get you through all of your spring activities.
Here are my picks for various spring-related outdoor festivals and gatherings:
Joya No. 6 Perfume Oil – This is an evergreen gin and tonic. It’s fresh forest scent that reminds me of being in the great outdoors. And trust me, if you’re at some music festival smelling fresh and foresty isn’t a bad thing when you’re surrounded by stinkers. Full review. The roll-on retails for $28 at Beautyhabit.
Tocca Giulietta EDP – This is one of those sheer, delicate, inoffensive florals. Now Smell This calls it a “summer vanilla” but I think it’s a spring vanilla too It’s mainly on my list because it’s laid-back – a good Sunday brunch perfume. But, also it’s on here because of tulips. And those are beautiful festivals. (Tulips are listed as a note). Retails for $68 at Sephora.
For April Showers
I think these do well in humid, cool rain. And they also are rather literal in that they are dewy florals.
Ralph Lauren Lauren EDT – In my opinion, this is the only Ralph Lauren feminine worth trying. It’s a crisp, green floral with a lovely woodsy, slightly powdery base. It’s such a pretty choice for a balmy spring day. Retails for $54 at Ralph Lauren.
Mandatory Purple Flowers
Purple flowers always remind me of spring. They’re my go-to for the season.
Pacifica French Lilac EDT – It’s a simple lilac soliflore that just so happens to smell so good. That’s why it always shows up on my spring lists. Retails for $22 at Pacifica.
Tom Ford Private Blend Ombre de Hyacinth EDP – I’m still on the hunt for the perfect hyacinth for me but for now this clean chypre will have to do. Retails for $210 at Nordstrom.
Here are perfumes for the beach or those that may remind you of spring break. Why can’t I get a spring break? I really need one.
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche - It launches every year when we’re feeling like “Winter, I’m going to murder you“. It reminds us that winter has to end. This is a salty, tropical floral. Retails for $62 at Nordstrom.
Demeter Frozen Margarita Eau de Cologne – If you can’t make it to trashy beach parties, then bring the trashy beach parties to you! This is a sweetened lime fragrance that may or may not bring back pleasant memories. Retails for $20 at Demeter.
Date Night – For Feminine Types
Here are my picks for “special’ feminine scents for spring.
Jul et Mad Stilettos en Lex EDP - This is a sweet, powdery fruity-floral that manages to smell sophisticated and “grown-up” while still being a sweet, powdery fruity-floral. Pairs nicely with your highest, most alluring peep-toes and other fancy things you haven’t worn in at least half a year. Full review. Retails for $280 at Beautyhabit.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Forte EDP – I absolutely love this clean, fresh fragrance. I love how it projects. It’s the best of this sort of “luxury clean towels” genre. There’s something incredibly approachable yet sexy about this one. Full review. Retails for $275 at Parfumerie Nasreen.
Keiko Mecheri Camellia EDP – This is a pretty lemon-tinged spring floral – magnolia and white tea. Pair this with red lipstick or whatever lipstick you’re wearing this spring. Retails for $115 at Luckyscent.
Date Night – For Masculine Types
Here are my picks for “special” masculine scents for spring.
Parfums de Nicolaï New York EDT – This is on my spring list but it’s a year-round pick for me. So, I’m cheating. It’s an excellent “date night” masculine for any time of the year. Retails for $115 at Beautyhabit.
Marc Jacobs Men EDT – A woodsy, green fragrance with fig! It’s sweet and warm. It’s a good “spring break” scent for masculines too. Retails for $58 at Sephora.
Parfums Retro Grand Cuir EDP – This dapper leather opens with castile soap and champagne and dries down to warm woods and leather. Even if you aren’t dressed up, you’ll smell dapper while wearing this. Full review. Retails for $155 at Luckyscent.
Want more? Here are my picks from Spring 2013.