It’s officially spring. When I left Seattle, spring was in full bloom. The East Coast is a bit behind but it’s starting to look a lot like spring! And in spring’s honor, here’s a list of perfumes that should get you through all of your springtime activities.
These are my picks for spring activities such as visiting a tulip festival, flying a koinoboir kite or eating an entire package of Peeps 😉
DSH Perfumes 1000 Lilies EDP – I love a good lily perfume but they’re hard to find. This Egyptian inspired one by indie brand, DSH Perfumes, is one of the good ones. It’s a robust lily and narcissus floral with a hint of spice. Retails for $110 at DSH Perfumes. Full review here.
Balenciaga B. EDP – This is a fresh, green floral by Alexander Wang that goes well with a lazy Sunday. Retails for $110 at Nordstrom.
Providence Perfume Co. Ivy Tower perfume oil – Ivy Tower is a lovely “green” spring floral with a cool, dewy narcissus and a powdery mimosa. It’s a roll-on so totally portable. Take it with you! Retails for $50 at Providence Perfume Co. Full review here.
For April Showers
These are the sort of fragrances that I think pair well with damp spring days.
Charenton Macerations Asphalt Rainbow EDP – This indie line has done it again! I love this metallic floral. It’s like a chrome rose with this intriguing ozone component. It’s like a garden in the city after a rain shower. Retails for $100 at Charenton Macerations.
Tom Ford Private Blends Jasmin Rouge EDP – For some reason when there’s a warmer rain, I always want to wear jasmine. Jasmine does well in humidity. And this slightly peppery jasmine does well in the rain. Trust me. Retails for $215 at Nordstrom.
Dior Aqua Fahrenheit EDT – In my opinion, there are very few masculines that are any better than the original Fahrenheit. But, for a flanker, this one is rather good. It’s like a brighter version of Fahrenheit but it still has that nice damp woods thing going on. Retails for $86 at Sephora.
Mandatory Purple Flowers
One of my favorite things about spring are the “purple flowers”. I love violets, irises, lilacs, hyacinths…
Oriza L. Legrand Violettes du Czar EDP – I love violets and leather together and this has that combo. It’s more of an old school “masculine” violet. It’s more green than sweet. Retails for $165 at Luckyscent.
Yves Rocher Lilas Mauve EDT – I love lilac scents and the good thing about them is that you don’t have to spend a lot to get a good lilac thrill. Lilas Mauve is one of those cheapie lilacs that I like. Retails for under $30 at Yves Rocher.
HEELEY L’Amandière Extrait de Parfum – I love this delicate, green floral with notes of linden blossoms and hyacinth. It really does smell like spring. Retails for $230 at Luckyscent. Full review here.
For those of us that don’t get the luxury of a spring break, we can at least pretend we do with these fragrances.
D.S. & Durga Debaser EDP – This fragrance gets cool points for many reasons (Hello, a Pixies reference!) but the biggest reason is that it smells really good. It’s like an iris-coconut-fig. It’s beachy without smelling like drugstore tanning oil. Retails for $145 at Beautyhabit.
Demeter Fuzzy Navel Cologne – In theory I should dislike a perfume that smells like peach schnapps and orange juice but I like this. It’s fruity and fun. Whoo spring break!!! PARTY! Retails for $20 at Demeter.
Date Night – Feminine
These are my picks for “special” perfumes for those that like more “feminine” style perfumes.
Chanel Misia EDT – I’ve fallen madly in love with this powdery rose and violet that is to remind one of makeup. I wnat to wear it all of the time. Retails for $160 at Chanel.
Penhaligon’s Iris Prima EDP – Iris Prima is a lovely balance of vetiver and leather with a lovely addition of a rooty iris. It’s a nice spring fragrance for those that aren’t so crazy about florals. Retails for $125 at Beautyhabit.
Honoré de Prés Sexy Angelic EDP – This is a sheer almond fragrance that is both bitter and sweet. Retails for $84 at Beautyhabit.
Date Night – Masculine
These are my picks for “special” perfumes for those that like more “masculine” style perfumes.
Bruno Fazzolari Five EDT – It’s a “classic” eau de cologne with herbs and citrus except it has more “umph” than the classic stuff. It’s fresh, clean and perfect for a casual weekend date. Retails for $85 at Bruno Fazzolari.
YOSH König EDP – Smoke, leather and apples. This sounds weird but it really works. Together it’s dark and mysterious yet it has a freshness from mountain flowers and fruits. Retails for $130 at Luckyscent.
Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir EDT – This is a woodsy green tea fragrance. And I swear, every single time I smell it on a stranger, I want to hang out with them. There’s something about this one that always gets my attention. Retails for $65 at Sephora.
Want more ideas? Here’s my post from 2014.