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EauMG’s Spring 2013 Perfume Picks

Last year I put together my list of lesser known perfumes that I thought were perfect for spring. They’re still perfect for spring. But, I know how you guys are, you always want to hear about something new 😉

I’m usually very predictable and traditional when it comes to spring. I like the florals. I really, really like the “purple” florals like violet, lilac, hyacinth and iris. This isn’t my personal list of “most worn for Spring 2012”, these are my pics of perfumes that I think are pretty for spring. And because I’m so into the purple florals, I have to admit that this list is very “femme”.

1. Annick Goutal Grand Amour EDP – Spring florals in a bottle. So pretty, so grand, so perfect. Here’s my review.

2. NEST Passiflora EDP – This is a green, watery spring floral with lily of the valley and passion flower. And the bottle is gorgeous. Here’s my review. It’s available in roll-on and spray with prices ranging from $30-$115 at NEST.

Ramon Monegal Impossible Iris

3. Ramon Monegal Impossible Iris EDP – To put it simply, this is a really good iris with a hint of fruits. It isn’t a powdery iris. The 1.7 oz retails for $185 at Luckyscent.

4. Phaedon Rue des Lilas EDT – This may just be my favorite lilac perfume ever. It’s powdery like spring lilacs but it has a nifty “lilac rot” to it. It’s really vivid and realistic. The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $125 at Luckyscent.

5. Ulrich Lang Lightscape EDT – It’s a clean, powdery floral with violet and iris. It’s crisp and fresh. Here’s my review. Retails for $110 at Beautyhabit.

Maria Candida Gentile

6. Maria Candida Gentile Lady Day parfum – This is a crisp, green gardenia with a hint of jasmine. I love how it wears on my skin on a cool, humid spring day. It’s perfect for those April showers. The 1 oz parfum retails for $165 at Parfumerie Nasreen.

7. Sonoma Scent Studio Voile de Violette – This is a violet soliflore with depth. It just may be my favorite violet soliflore. Here’s my review. Retails for $65 at Sonoma Scent Studio.

8. Caron Nocturnes EDT – Aldehydic lilac. A classic. Pair it with a mauve matte lippie. It’s available at Fragrancenet. (at a discount)

9. Cartier Baiser Volé EDP -This is what I call a powdery “cosmetic” lily. And I love the vintage lighter packaging. Here’s my review. Retails for $100 at Sephora.

Neiil Morris Storm

10. Neil Morris Fragrances Storm EDP – This is a hyacinth floral with lots of musk. I think of it as a hyacinth for dude because of the musky base. It’s the hyacinth for those that grow tired of florals quickly. The 2 oz bottle retails for $95 at Neil Morris Fragrances.

11. INeKe After My Own Heart EDP – It’s a fruity green lilac that doesn’t have a care in this world. Retails for $95 at Beautyhabit.

12. Penhaligon’s Peoneve EDP – Pretty, pretty pink bouquet with jasmine and peony. Here’s my review. Retails for $125 at Beautyhabit.

What have you been wearing this spring? Do you find yourself switching to “lighter” fragrances or wearing more florals?

*NEST, Beautyhabit, Fragrancenet and Sephora contain affiliate links. Thanks! All product pics are from Fragrantica.


16 thoughts on “EauMG’s Spring 2013 Perfume Picks

  1. Seems like iris is high on your list of favorites for spring;) Have you tried ODIN 04 Petrana? It’s very strong with iris. We have it on sale for 30% OFF with coupon code 30OFF while supplies last.

    We also have Neil Morris perfume including Storm! They are all 40% OFF with coupon code 40OFF while supplies last at

    I’ll have to check out Annick Goutal Grand Amour the next time I’m in NYC. I’m looking for a new spring scent and I love her fragrances. That one sounds lovely!

    1. Thank you for sharing the coupon codes! Those are great deals.

      I like Petrana, oddly the husband started wearing that one. It’s unlike anything else he usually wears.

      Grand Amour comes in EDT and EDP. I prefer the EDP because the lily is “large” in it. Some people prefer the EDT. When you test, be sure to note which one you’re trying as they are different.

    1. Same here. I do like Donna Karan Gold which is a big ‘ole lily but I don’t wear it frequently.

      I feel like the Cartier is more subdued. Like if lily were makeup, the Donna Karan one would be blue eyeshadow all over the lid and the Cartier is a thin sapphire blue eyeliner on the top lid. I feel more comfortable wearing the 2nd one 🙂

  2. I always so enjoy your lists and picks 🙂

    I tend to have difficulty with most Spring type scents, but I’ve been really enjoying Parfum d’Empire’s Osmanthus Interdite with its Jasmine, Osmanthus, Musk, and Leather… which is about as close as I can get to a fresh Spring fragrance lol.

    1. Gather around for a story…

      I used to NEVER wear florals, I couldn’t stand them. Osmanthus was my gateway floral drug. And it’s still one of my favorite notes.

      And PdE Osmanthus Interdite is one of the best osmanthus 🙂

  3. I enjoyed your video and hearing about your Spring favorites, Victoria. I’m that scent rebel you referred to (which sounds funny even to my own ears, since I’m so not a rebel in any other regard except perfume). 😀 I wore Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique on one of our recent 80 degree days and loved smelling its egg-nog creaminess and spiciness in the heat. But when I behave myself and wear something Spring-like, I like a floral with glamour, such as Frederic Malle Iris Poudre, Guerlain Chamade and Puredistance Antonia. From your list, I join you in your love of Voile de Violette!

    1. After the rainy, mild week we’ve had, I’m ready to wear sandalwood and vanilla again!
      I do think certain oriental perfumes do awesome things in the heat. You’ll notice that they’re a little different. In my experience, they’re more “vivid”.
      I keep talking myself out of a bottle of Iris Poudre, but I love it. Maybe I should get the travel set. And Chamade, I adore it.

      I’m such a seasonal person. I eat seasonal foods, you’re not going to find me cooking the same thing in Jan. as I do in August. My closet gets switched out. I even have spring/summer rugs and fall/winter rugs. I really do not know if I could make it in a place that was seasonless (tropicl or always cool). I need to work on being a scent rebel. I’m getting so predictable, I need to shake it up!

  4. I get out Bas de Soie in March, then Flora Bella (Lalique, discontinued) in May. And the perverse side of me picks Rien by ELdO on my May birthday, even though it gives me a headache.

    1. Happy early birthday fellow May baby 🙂

      I’ve got to spend more time with ELdO. There are some good ones, I get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.

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