Spring perfumes 2015 – the mind turns

Spring perfumes are on my mind!  Well, that was what I planned to write about, and somehow the fact this was Monday and I should be writing sorta got away from me, and well.  Sunshine!

I Googled this topic to see what the more high class internet sites had to recommend for best spring perfumes.  I found this –

Vogue UK recommended Cavalli Paradiso (huh?) Aerin Rose de Grasse (um, okay, uninspired), Marni (I like it, but wasn’t that last year?) and Frederic Malle Cologne Indelible.  Okay, hang on a sec, why have I not heard about this?  Scheduled release is next month, notes of bergamot, lemon, narcissus, orange blossom, neroli and musks.  Okay, this was NOT an entirely wasted exercise, I ran across something being released that I had missed. I heard Night was being released here soon, but nothing about this one. It is a Dominique Ropion creation, so I’m all in for trying it. I really need to cruise the perfumed internet more often.  Okay,carrying on with their spring perfume recommends – Hugo Boss Woman (distinguished from the 3,000 other Hugo Boss scents) Elie Saab Resort (fruity floral, because we do NOT have enough of those in mainstream perfumery), Diana Vreeland Smashingly Brilliant (I do want to try some of her scents, and this one I’ve heard is good, so thumbs up on this recommendation), Jo Malone Tudor Rose and Amber (limited edition in those teeny bottles, and OMGitannoysmesomuch), Annick Goutal Eau du Ciel (classic, nice pick!) and Versace Eros (clueless, never heard of it).

This doesn’t seem that inspired of a list, though it does have a couple of nice picks, let’s try somewhere else.

Harpers Bazaar likes – Cartier Le Panthere Legere (good to see an updated classic on their list), Aerin Rose de Grasse (Lord, EL must pay a fortune to get mentioned on EVERY spring perfume list), Anja Rubik Original (described as “the kind of scent that body washes marketed as ‘invigorating’ and ‘exhilarating’ hope to be, but never are. It’s clean, fresh, spicy and sexy without trying.”  Lord, just no), Kate Spade Walk on Air (sigh), Salvatore Ferragamo Emozione (another one I have never heard of), Issey Miyake L’eau de Issey City Blossom flanker (always a no on flankers), Burberry Brit Rhythm (I like the BB scents for the most part, but they really aren’t inspired, but good for spring generally), Armani Prive Pivoine/Suzhou (peonies, I can get behind that for spring), Krigler Charming California (an interesting choice!), By Kilian Sophia Matisse Good Girl Gone Bad Splash of Neroli (um, doesn’t this defeat the purpose of the girl going bad?), Bvlgari Acqu Divina (probably smells nice and spring-like, but Bvlgari lost a lot of their originality after Au the Vert), Roja Dove Nuwa (the token ridiculously priced pick, but I can’t ever think that almost any Rojas are great for spring, am I wrong?)

Who writes these up?  Now Harpers and Vogue UK and Aerin Lauder will come and beat my ass for dragging their picks, but really?

My mind is turning to spring perfumes, and the first ones that come to mind – not an exhaustive list – I’m all in on a Frederic Malle for spring, and since I haven’t got my hands on the new one, I’ll pick Eau de Magnolia.  My perennial fave Byredo Tulipe is still at the top of my list, as is Hermessence Rose Ikebana, MDCI Rose di Siwa (these are two inspired roses – sorry, Aerin), Bvlgari au the Vert, Frederic Malle Carnal Flower hair mist, Serge Lutens Un Lys and Iris Silver Mist, CB I Hate Perfume Black March and a few others.  Which old faves are you anxious to pull out of the winter perfume closet and spritz on for these sunshiney days that are melting the snow?

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  • LaDona says:

    Florals and I have an uneasy relationship…my skin can turn the most beautiful flower into a nightmare, so I’m getting creative. San Diego is going to be in the 80’s this weekend, so I’m grabbing my husband’s Green Irish Tweed, and going for a test drive. Goutal’s Ciel is a favorite..,and may be dusted-off this weekend…if only to test my vintage against the re formulation to see what I think. Ultimately, I’d like to find something in a rose for spring. So many rose-centric fragrances come off as linear and vapid…but it’s such a lovely scent, there has to be a spring-rose worth wearing. Maybe a Tauer? Rose flash is just awful on me, but maybe one of his will hit that sweet spot? Suggestions are welcome!

  • Astrid says:

    Seems like Lauder would be spotlighting Pure White Linen this time of year. It’s the definition of Springtime floral.

  • Julie L says:

    I’m in mourning. I just can’t do those bright sunny floral ones and will stick to my usual ones I always wear. In fact, I’m now pm’s hunt for some vintage Opium after receiving a vial from one of my beautiful fairies! I have the new version and actually had tears inmy eyes smelling the original. The scent memory just kicked in big time! I bathed in that stuff and SO wish I’d have known it was going to change. Oh, wait!….I’m supposed to be commenting on spring perfumes. Let me think about it….

  • Anne says:

    Spring in this part of Australia (although we are now going into Autumn) is tumultuous and of often a blaze of heat, followed by crazy wind, dust storms and rain. The last month of winter is probably more akin to that in the Northern hemisphere. For the end of winter (warmer, calm, plants) I like sparkly roses and things like Amouge Ciel. Definitely CB Black March and Après l’ondée. For spring proper then it is more complex – usually incense based perfumes. Something about Avignon or the like that match the mood.

  • Kandice says:

    Ditto on FM Magnolia and HG Moon Bloom. I love those. I also like Grandiflora’s Magnolia Michele. I’m also interested to see more on the new FM. Hopefully it will still be well-done even though he sold out to Estée Lauder.

  • stina says:

    I unearthed my bottle of Cristalle EdT a few days ago when temps shot up and The Great Melt began (still six inches of snow on the ground here in my part of Michigan, but that’s half of what it was ten days ago).

    I hadn’t worn Cristalle in ages, and it was utter perfection… I’ve been bathing in it!

    Over the last few months, I’d been alternating between Ambre Narguile (winter comfort scent) and 28 La Pausa (wishful thinking), so 28LP is out for right now. Am trying to think of some lovely violet scents; I’m craving a nice cheerful uncomplicated violet!

    • stina says:

      And thanks for the draw, Patty! Can’t wait to try Misia (hopefully she’s violet-y on my skin).

  • Tara C says:

    Tauer Rêverie au Jardin, Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue, Le Labo Ylang 49 and Guerlain Terracotta are all on the hit list this spring.

  • SamanthaL says:

    I’m wearing M4 Room with a View by CB I Hate Perfume today. I love it.Unfortunately I can’t find my bottle of Black March, it seems to have disappeared somehow and I’ve been dying to wear it ever since I came inside from picking up leaves and working in the yard on Saturday and realized that I actually smelled exactly like it naturally! I also adore To See a Flower and Dandelion as well. CB dominates my spring every year!

  • Ann says:

    Howdy, dear Patty! I am right there with you on several you mentioned, including FM’s Magnolia and the so pretty Byredo Tulipe. And so glad to see a shout-out for AG’s Eau du Ciel — such a lovely, innocent, underrated beauty! Also looking forward to seeing what Mssr. Malle and company do with Cologne Indelible.

    • Ann says:

      P.S. Also can’t wait to wear Hiram Green’s Moon Bloom — yum! Hope you all get that over at STC; it would sell like “hots cakes,” as “Green Acres” Lisa Douglas would say. 🙂

  • Neva says:

    With the first Spring rays of sunshine my beloved Wrappings by Clinique comes out of the fridge onto my shelf in the bathroom! It’s been like this for more than 25 years now and I don’t think it will change.
    Btw, you mentioned Eros by Versace in the first list. I’ve tried it some days ago and I can say only – AFF (meaning: Another Fruity Floral)…

  • shylotus says:

    Oh so many! Green green and more green. Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’ Verte Pour Madame, and Celadon: A Velvet Green, Chanel 19 and Sycamore, Niki de St. Phalle, Dior Vetiver, AG Un Matin d’Orage, Aftelier’s Secret Garden, Guerlain Chamade and Apres L’Ondee. My very favorites for spring, though, have to be MDCI Un Coeur de Mai and Rose de Siwa, Nicolai’s Le Temps D’Une Fete, Diorissimo, and SMN’s placid Fieno. Have a great Spring, all!

  • Dina C. says:

    For me, spring is totally about green florals. So yes to No. 19, Chamade, Paris Jardins Romantiques, Envy, Bas de Soie, LL Iris 39, 28 La Pausa, and all the other iris, hyacinth and LotV scents. We had gorgeous weather today, but it started out cold, so I went with Marni, which is always a winner in my book. I got a sample of Malle’s Magnolia last year when it came out, and I like it, so I think I’ll dig that out of my sample box and use it again really soon, too.

    • Ann says:

      Hey, Dina, I’m reading your list and nodding my head happily to most of your picks, esp. Bas de Soie, Envy and Chamade, plus the FM Magnolia. Are you sure we’re not at least partial scent twins? 🙂

  • eldarwen22 says:

    Even though I pulled no 19 out early, I can’t wait to pull out Courtesan. Might have to pull it out and wear it tomorrow. Also thinking of Guilietta by Tocca even though it disapears too quick but darling bottle.

  • Caroline says:

    Almost hesitate to mention it because it was disco’d, but the edt version of Iris Nobile (’cause I’ve got a huge bottle); AG Neroli, Le Temps d’Une Fete, Terracotta, Chamade, California Reverie, and I agree with ISM & Carnal Flower. Didn’t care for Eau Magnolia, but definitely want to try the new Ropion. Yay spring!