Top 10 Perfumes for Spring and Summer, in no particular order.
And I have to say this was so hard. There are a bazillion great spring and summer perfumes, and I wish I could have a top 50! So because I can’t, I’m going to cheat like crazy to make it seem like I’ve picked only 10 when I’ve really slutted a few extras in. Now I know what Hugh Hefner feels like. I’m normally an intensly loyal person, to the point of being a huge, yawning snore, but when it comes to perfumes, I just can’t keep my hands off the little darlings and want to make sure they all feel loved and admired. I will stop short of putting bunny tails and ears on them, but I do think all the bottles would be cuter like that.
Santa Maria Novella Eva — Spring in a bottle — convertible with the top down, breezing down the Pacific Highway. The cheaper version of this is 4711 in a Yugo on the Gulf Highway. Both are great for what ails ya. Rainy out? Spritz on some Eva. Everyone forgot your birfday? Spritz on some Eva. Everyone remember your birfday? Spritz on some Eva. Not enough time to shower before you run to the store? Spritz on some Eva. Fat pants not fitting? That’s right… spritz it like you have it.
Osmanthe Yunnan — I’m not sure why I like this one so much, but it haunts me. It’s that sour, dry grapefruity open with that tea under it all. Just when I think it is gone, it will waft so delicately around me and sends my nose hunting for it again. Much as I love Vetiver Tonka and Rose Ikebana, and they please me more than Osmanthe Yunnan generally, this is the Hermessence that will be heavenly for me in summer. Laying in the hammock in the shade of my weeping birch, just pondering how this wispy scent can be so enchanting.
Ormonde Jayne — all of them, but Frangipani has found a special place in my heart this spring. It is just charmingly lovely. Rich, buttery, like a hot island filled with flowers. The base in the Ormone Jayne perfumes scream joyful weather, and I wear them all year round, but they seem to be even more ebullient in warm weather, like a wonderful flower that smells heavenly year round but saves its sweetest perfume for the heat.
Parfums de Rosine Un Zeste de Rose — Y’all didn’t really think I’d miss out on doing a Rose perfume in this list, did you? Love this one, citrusy rose done like no other, I just want to drink this darn thing. Right behind it is Rose D’Ete. More fruity rose, but also summer in a bottle.
Hermes Un Jardin Sur le Nil — Anyone disagree? I didn’t think so.
Malle En Passant — As I mentioned before… laying in a pile of grain with a little bouquet
of lilacs pressed up to my nose. This is a perfume that makes me feel young again, and that’s all about springtime. Just stunningly beautiful.
Chanel Bois de Iles — I can’t leave this one off of a list again. I tend to ignore this during the winter months, but it is just perfection once the weather warms. Woody, Chanel-y perfection. I always feel like I need to put on my little sundress, pearls, hat and little white sandals, grab a bottle of gin and find a garden party to crash. (Picture from the artist Judy Free found at this gorgeous Seattle Gallery site)
Serge Lutens Un Lys or Malle’s Lys Mediterranee — Lillies have to be on a spring list, and these are my two favorites (oh, no, I know I’ve forgotten one!). Lillies don’t remind me of sad things, like funerals. They remind me of renewal and beginning, of rebirth and hope, of finding great beauty when you least expect it. They are such an impractical flower, and they don’t grow so well in Colorado some years, but I must have them because they are always beautiful against the odds, and then they flop over and wilt and get brown, but they come back again just as beautiful.
Either SL Fleurs D’Oranger or L’Artisan Fleur De Oranger or Le Labo Fleur D’Oranger – Again, there must be an Orange Blossom or nine on the list, and these three are gorgeous, but different aspects of the same smell. See March’s wonderful review from a while back on the Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger. Sunshine in a bottle, but not all-out sunshine. It is shrouded, muted, in shade some of the time and out burning hot other times.
Marc Jacobs (Essence, Blush or the regular) – White flower heaven, any of these are just beautiful and made for the warm weather months, though they work perfectly well any season. One of the few designer perfumes I am totally smitten with.
SL Bois de Violette — Has to be a violet on this list, and this is my very favorite. Runner Up is Laura Tonatta E. Duse. She might have been in first place, except I haven’t gotten around to buying a bottle and drowning myself in it — I really need to do that soon!
MY TOP SUMMER SCENTS
The Daphnes that grow outside of my old house, Russian Olive blossoms, the salty skin of sweaty babies who have been in the ocean, and smoky barbeques. As much as I love perfume, the smells in nature will always show them to be just imitations. But imitations though they may be, getting a sniff of one that brings back a time and place and emotion is just magic and why perfume is the most fun thing to have as a hobby — obsession — fun thing to do!
Patty, alot of people have said they find Apres l’Ondee melancholy. I think of it as more wistful and contemplative than sad.
Add me to the chorus of people who love the paintings you post! Isn’t it interesting how a visual image can convey things about a fragrance? 😕
CW, love you rlist, a few of them I haven’t tried, but it gives me some more to sample!
Lily Dior, that sounds promising, hadn’t heard of that. I knew I’d forget one, and Petite Cherie should have been on the list.
Apres L’Ondee is indeed stunning. I should think of it for spring, but it’s my weepy scent, so I just don’t associate it that way. Weird.
Katie, have not tried the C&S Neroli. Oh, dear, now I have to go find that.
Weird about the Blush. I actually had it. I have it, the regular MJ and the Essences MJ, and I kept thinking the Blush was just overkill, so I swapped it, and now have done nothing but keep lamenting my stupidity for swapping it away.
Pam, do you not just love those paintings? Googling certain words in the Images tab can return some of the most beautiful result. I have so much fun just finding those things!
Ooooh, Fabulous List! So many to try! Do you mind if I list some of my faves? I curious to see what others like for spring as well.
Like you, I adore lillies, and I associate them with freshness and renewal. Lily Dior is a favorite of mine. Am dying to try Serge Lutens’ Un Lys.
I am also an orange blossom freak, and am going to see if I can score a sample of the Ltd. Edition Fleur d’Oranger from L’Artisan. It just sounds heavenly to me. Sadly the Serge Lutens version was way heavy and sickly on me. The lovely March forwarded me a decant of a ltd edition Neroli from Annick Goutal, and I thought it was stunning.
Here are some of my other spring faves:
Guerlain Acqua Allegoria Lilia Bella: This is another nice Lily of the Valley. Also has whiffs of lilac in it which I adore.
Lulu Guinness: This is such a pretty girly flirty concoction! I think its been discontinued so I may stock up.
Chanel No. 19: Super green – but I love it. I prefer the sparkly EDT to the heavier EDP. Makes me think of peridots when I put it on.
Annick Goutal Petite Cherie: This has to be one of the oddest scents I own, but I just love it. On me it smells of fresh cut grass, a hint of floral and sliced pear. Layers beautifully with other AG perfumes.
Jo Malone Orange Blossom: This is what started me on my orange blossom quest. A nice transparent fragrance that doesn’t last unfortunately.
Guerlain Apres L’Ondee: Another decant forwarded by Miss March. Quite simply one of the most beautiful fragrances I’ve ever smelled. Makes me think of soft purpley spring evenings.
I also have a couple spring perfumes winging their way to me in the mail (unless customs decides to be nasty):
Yves Rocher Pur Desir de Lilas: a cheapie but a goody from what I hear. Lilac soliflore fragrances are hard to find cheap or not, so I’m excited to try this one.
Ines de la Fressange: This fragrance is by a former Chanel model turned designer. I sniffed it briefly while in Sephora last year, and have been longing for it ever since. It’s being sold on Sephora’s on-line site for a mere $20, so it must be on its way to being discontinued. Hope it lives up to my memories.
Sorry for writing such a rambling post, but I get so excited by spring weather, flowers and of course perfumes!:d
Oh that’s a lovely list Patty! Lots of lemmings in there to be sure. Lilies never speak to me of funerals either…. I always think of them as hopeful in a way, because in my father’s garden, he inevitably winds up having some bloom deep in winter giving a taste of the spring to come. Well, that and for some reason those are the one flower my dog for sure takes an interest in. He doesn’t “do” anything to them like eat ’em or pee on ’em: he just stands there with his nose a’sniffin. (Pretty funny to see, actually.)
And you and the orange blossoms! Have you tried the Czech and Speake Neroli? If you have not, you *must* promise me that you will at some point.
First Victoria, and now you too are digging the Blush. I’m curious now!
Dusan, no! You haven’t tried any? Have you put your name in for our weekly give-aways? I adore my fellow perfume bloggers too, they are all just a class act and lots of fun.
Whew. After reading Dusan’s post, I don’t feel suh bad. I have Bois des Iles (you are so right–it blossoms in warm weather) and SL’s Fleur d’Oranger, plus a bit of Un Lys, but have never sniffed any of the others. It’s fun to read about them.
The paintings by Sophie Anderson and Judy Free are just gorgeous. What another fun and also lovely post!
Oops! I just love reading your blog, and it’s a great thing there are such wonderful people on the Net as Robin, March, Colombina, Victoria and yourself: you all make a day funnier and richer in all kinds of ways! Living vicariously isn’t such a bad thing after all :-)) Keep up the great job!
Beautiful review! Haven’t tried none of these beauties, but I’m sure your descriptions do them justice. I
Cait, can’t wait to see your list. I don’t know if you’ll like Eva. I allow that I may be biased to it, but I completely adore it for my happy-happy days.
Carolyn, I am so glad you like my list! Given your taste in perfume, I am humbled. 🙂 Hope all is well with you!
I need to try Eva and also the Blush since you and the Victorias love it so. Gotta get going on my own list here soon.
Okay, I’ll leave mine alone, but I’m already feeling guilty about some of the bunnies I neglected. PS Your rocks went out today. Also I showed Ava the bunny with pancake photo and she laughed for 5 minutes.
Fabulous list! I need to add several of these to my “to try” list. And I agree that Bois des Iles is perfect for warm weather–in fact I think it’s perfect for any weather. Just perfect all around.
Great list! I’ll have to try the Eva.
Hi, R!! I just love OY for warmer weather, we so agree on this! It’s just refreshing and invigorating.
I did forget the Rose D’Argent! Oh, no, now I will have to go apologize to my poor little darling and wear her the rest of the day.
I’m still not sure if you will like the EP and LM. I *think* you will.
(Psst, even if you don’t win, I’ll send you some so I can hear what you think of them.)
OMG, I am wearing Osmanthe Yunnan today. It’s perfect for this gorgeous spring day that we are enjoying here in LA!
And, of course I love the Rosines, but did you forget something? The warmer months scream Rose D’Argent! b-)
I admit that I am not an OJ fan, but Chanels’s Bois des Iles is an interesting choice. I will have to try that in the warmer weather, Patty.
And…if I win the Malle samples (hint, hint!), I’ll be right in there with you on En Passant and LM. 😉
Hugs and love!
Marina, at least we agree on a few! Nobody can resist salty-skinned babies. With grown boys, they have grown-up sweat, and it’s just not the same, as you might imagine. :d
Christina, I do think we are pretty close to scent twins. Almost everything you like, I like too. The Frangipani I passed over the first time, then tried it again and was just stunned.
No, no, no, March, you can’t change yours! You have to do yours so I can lament all the ones I forgot. I’m all about the self-mortification with hair shirts. 🙂
“Now I know what Hugh Hefner feels like”
Har Har Har
From your list I love…Bois des Iles, Bois de Violette and the salty skin of sweaty babies. The rest I really like too…the only one that I would not ever wear is En Passant.
I think you and Christina are scent twins! 😡
Fantastic list Patty!I’m severely craving the OJ Frangipani!!It’s so freakin’ gorgeous!!!I’ve got to get some!Everything you chose was perfect!
See, this is why we’re so compatible as scent sluts — we like a lot of the same notes. Hmmmm, I might have to revise my list based on your list…