Florals For Spring? These Inventive New Scents ARE Ground-Breaking

Lisa Patulny

Forget Miranda Priestly—it is possible for florals to feel both familiar and fresh. Fragrance-wise, the trick lies in giving old-school notes like rose and jasmine a modern makeover by blending them with unexpected elements like smoky incense and saffron. Think you don’t like bloom-based scents? Get ready to be surprised.

From big, bold florals to subtle blends, these unique perfumes are anything but boring. Keep scrolling for our favourite spring floral picks!

Aerin Rose de Grasse ($290)

This spritz is to rose perfumery what Andy Bowdy is to baking—the ultimate. Crafted from precious ingredients (including prized rose otto from Bulgaria), it smells like a bunch of the real thing.

Jo Malone  Mimosa & Cardamom ($185)

If you prefer your florals sultry, this intoxicating mix of cardamom, mimosa and tonka bean could be right up your alley. Subtly spicy, it’s as wearable as a syrupy chai latte is drinkable (read: very).

Miu Miu Miu Miu ($130)

A mix of crisp lily-of-the-valley and earthy akigalwood, it’s fresh and green but still girly. Bonus points for the covetable retro flacon—you’ll want to keep it even after the juice runs out.

Givenchy Dahlia Divin EDT ($112)

Lighter than the original, the addition of a juicy peach note takes this jasmine-soaked scent to a brighter, sunnier place. Sweetly sophisticated, it’s like sipping on a Bellini in a spring garden.

Demeter Lotus Flower ($30)

Don’t make the mistake of passing over this unassuming spritz in favour of a kookier blend like Birthday Cake. It’s a spot-on interpretation—part aquatic, part powdery and completely ethereal.

Bella Freud 1970 ($168)

This is how cool girls wear rose. Inspired by the spirit of the ‘70s, expect a rich cocktail of rose, saffron, smoky incense, patchouli and vetiver. Things it’s definitely not: soft, subtle, basic.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae Forte ($264)

A citrus-spiked floral inspired by the meeting of sun and sea, you’ll smell a combination of fresh air and sunshine thanks to lush orange blossom, ylang-ylang, and warming cinnamon.

Jimmy Choo Illicit ($70)

It starts off zesty with splashes of ginger and bitter orange, then morphs into something softer thanks to heady jasmine and a honey-amber accord. In a nutshell: it’s easy and elegant.

Bottega Veneta Knot Eau Florale ($166)

Like the smell of his cologne better on you? This made-for-the-girls version has the same simplicity of a traditional lavender and citrus blend, plus peony and neroli for a hefty dose of femininity.

Library Of Flowers Forget Me Not ($100)

Fresher than sun-dried linens, it’s pure and delicate. An interesting rice note gives this fragrance a comfortingly earthy vibe, and apricot-like osmanthus keeps it sweet and youthful.

Are you a floral fragrance fan? Which fragrance will you be investing in for spring? Sound off in the comments below.

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