No this is not another post on tuberose, although Shakespeare’s character perhaps got it wrong with the rest of that line. (I do adore rose, though). Spring has sprung and now I am forced to bite my tongue regarding the chill in the air. I try not to complain, but alas, bring on the heat. It took Lee, Dusan and a few others to point out to me over the course of a few years that I seem to be drawn to flowers. The bottles I reach for over and over are all dominated by a single stem. From the outrageous tuberose to the demure lily of the valley, I want my florals to showcase a leading lady. I do love tuberose to a fault. I will buy unsniffed anything with tuberose as a dominant player. And truth be told I am rarely disappointed. (I did not adore By Kilian’s Beyond Love, but to me there just wasn’t much to love). There are plenty of gorgeous florals in the bottles that crowd the shelves, so I thought I’d share my current favorites (because next week, they will all change….fickle is such an ugly word. In early Spring, hyacinths always give me pause. I hover over gardens of them even in public to inhale the intoxicating, almost sweetly astringent air. It’s as though I am enjoying a scent I’m not supposed to love….like gasoline (not my cup of tea, but many do love it). Diptyque’s Jardin Clos is a beautiful garden of hyacinths, but they’re screaming to be heard. They are fighting over the bees and moths but the symphony begins to fall flat about 45 minutes into the show. I do love it, but there just isn’t enough to hold my attention for long. L’artisan’s Jacinthe des Bois is turly gorgeous…discontinued, the idiots, but gorgeous. I spray this on and the power is intoxicating. Then, the sweetness of the hyacinths (or blubells, I don’t discriminate) begins to temper the eau. I do love it and now we’re forced to horde….to make room for what I ask you??If roses make you blush, Dior’s Collection Particuliere is magnificent. Probably my favorite Rose to come along in years. The Rose dominates, but in a classically sophisticated way. The scent is simply stunning. The pimento (a note I thought I’d hate) adds just the right “heat” for lack of a better word. Frederic Malle’s Une Rose is dark and gorgeous, but I really have to be in the mood for such a rich rose. So, what are your favorite flowers for the skin?