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EauMG’s Spring 2012 Perfume Picks


A popular theme in fashion and beauty magazines is to list perfumes that either A. everyone wears or was launched when the publication was printed or B. list perfumes that they *think* nobody wears. They usually end up choosing something with a weird name or unusual concept in print. I applaud them for trying. I even applaud the listing of popular fragrances since any fragrance news is good news to some extent. This is my eau de evangelical side of me talking.

I’ve decided to put together my list of “lesser” known perfumes that I think are great for spring…and are easy to wear…and in a variety of price points. These perfumes may be cliché to some extent with notes of spring flowers but it’s spring. Be cliché. Enjoy sunshine and new blossoms.

1. Bourbon French Parfums Perfume of Paradise EDT – This is a “vintage” feeling green floral. The lily of the valley adds a needed innocence to the humid jasmine. This scent goes from spring days to summer nights. It retails for $36 and is available at Bourbon French Parfums. Here’s my review.

TokyoMilk Waltz EDP

2. TokyoMilk Perfume Waltz EDP – I know I’m being predictable with this suggestion, but it’s spring. It’s the time to go floral. This is a big, fresh linden with floral waters. Go big or go home. Here’s my review.

3. Tommi Sooni Tarantella EDP – Tarantella is a sweeter, green floral. Elegant, beautiful, feminine. It’s fresh but the base has some salty, animalic notes that I love. It retails for $185 at Luckyscent.

4. Opus Oils Dapper EDP – This is a violet raspberry muffin. If you want a richer violet, try this. It’s a little bready but that’s why I like it.  Here’s my review.

Histoires de Parfums 1826

5. Histoires de Parfums 1826 Eugénie de Montijo EDP – Now this is a floral that I love to wear. It’s peach blossoms and pretty, sheer florals over this spicy amber and patchouli. It is both light and heavy. It’s a patch-head’s spring floral. The 2 oz bottle retails for $125 at Histoires de Parfums.

6. Serge Lutens Bas de Soie EDP – This one keeps growing on me. It’s a damp iris and hyacinth. It’s springy. It’s like a rainy spring day. Here’s my review.

7. Smell Bent Vocabulary Collection in Floral EDT – This perfume smells like the top of vintage Guerlain Chamade. Seriously, I was surprised by this. It’s a damp green floral with this powdered almond base. So, so, so good on me. I get so many compliments. This stuff loves my skin. The 1.7 EDT retails for $49 at Smell Bent.

Sonoma Scent Studio To Dream perfume

8. Sonoma Scent Studio To Dream EDP – This is a soft heliotrope floral with almond nuances over this soft woodsy base. It really is a dreamy fragrance. It mixes nicely with fresh lilacs in bloom and that’s why it’s one of my spring perfume picks. The 34 ml EDP retails for $80 at Sonoma Scent Studio.

9. 1000 Flowers Reglisse Noire EDT – I have this one on here for those that dislike flowers. Reglisse Noire is a spicy licorice with a zesty opening. The base is warm, comforting but sheer making it nice for warmer weather. The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $110 at Indie Scents.

10. i Profumi di Firenze Ambra de Nepal EDT – Here’s another for those that dislike flowers. Ambra de Nepal is a sweeter amber but this is how it’s different – It’s sheer. It’s everything you love about amber but sheer enough for warmer weather. It’s also great for cooler springs. It retails for $99 at Beautyhabit.

11. Pacifica French Lilac EDT – Lilac is the scent of spring to most people. If for some reason you are no longer around lilacs in bloom, I highly recommend this cheap-o fragrance. French Lilac is a simple, heady honeyed floral. The 1 oz retails for $22 at Sephora.

Huitieme Art Naiviris perfume

12. Huitieme Art Naïviris EDP – Naiviris smells like a cold tube of lipstick to me. It’s a damp iris with a cosmetic powderiness. It’s simple but it works well with the natural smells of spring. The 1.7 oz retails for $125 at The Perfume Shoppe.

This isn’t my list of most worn perfumes of spring. Expect that at a later date…when it actually starts to feel like spring here 🙂 My seasonal allergies prove that spring is here…so I should shut up.

*Sephora is an affiliate link. TokyoMilk pic from TokyoMilk. HdP and Hutieme Art pic from Fragrantica. Sonoma Scent Studio pic from Sonoma Scent Studio.

22 thoughts on “EauMG’s Spring 2012 Perfume Picks

    1. I don’t mean to be. I really don’t. As you could see, I only have 2 FBs out of the list. Thank goodness for good fragrance friends and their decants…

  1. Well, I beat bloody frida – I’ve tried three on that list, but now I really want to try some others. (Still not spring here, trying veeeery hard to be zen about it. This is the downside of being part of an international community.)

    1. Not really spring as most people know it here. However, my allergies have been awful this year so I know it’s spring. I think I’m drawn to florals for spring because it’s not so springy here. I really want to see florals instead of smelling only like them.

  2. Your timing is so perfect. I am trying to get into the Spring floral action but still have my heart planted with Orientals. You have a couple of suggestions that really intrigue me – especially 1826 and Tarantella. Thanks for the suggestions!

    1. Glad you liked it!
      If you want a spring floral-oriental, try 1826. It’s a good compromise for people like us that love Orientals but are also excited about spring.

    1. I find that it’s difficult to find a simple lilac soliflore. I love i profumi di Firenze’s Lillas (but it’s $100) and there’s that limited edition Jo Malone one that didn’t last very long on my skin but smells great. This Pacifica one is under $20 and smells very springy. For some reason I have the solid 🙁 wanted the spray.

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