How to Shop New Spring Scents Based on Your Favourite Flowers
I'm not here to argue with fashion visionary Miranda Priestly about the hypothetical validity of florals for spring, but I am here to say this—no matter the season, flower-based 'fumes are some of the most popular on offer. (Soz, Miranda.) Though they enjoy year-round demand, it makes sense that spring is the moment they truly shine. This time of year brings with it sunshine and an abundance of seasonal blooms, leaving a heady, sunny scent in the air. Since flowers wilt but perfume is forever, why not use your favourite blooms as inspiration for a new season fragrance that lasts? Whether you're mad for gardenia or can't go past roses (#romance), we've got you covered.
Keep scrolling for 8 flower-inspired scents to shop this spring.
Pictured: Prada La Femme ($150)
If you've steered clear of frangipani-spiked scents for fear of smelling like tanning oil, you're in luck. Prada's latest offering is heady and lush, but as chic as you'd expect. It starts off syrupy, then transforms into a blend of spiced honey, rich vanilla and heady white blooms. Boys beware.
Pictured: Issey Miyake L'eau d'Issey Pure ($125)
Carnations can cop a bad rap for being daggy, but lovers of this underrated bloom know the spicy floral scent they give off is intoxicating. This perfume isn't racy though—far from it. Carnation mingles with jasmine, rose and aquatic notes for a fragrance that's both crisp and feminine.
Pictured: Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her! ($95)
Like afternoon tea in a posh hotel, this perfume sings of jasmine blossoms, whipped cream and candied chestnuts. Warm and comforting—in the same way a pot of tea and petit fours can be—it's a solid choice for your next snuggly date night. (P.S. If you don't have a date on the horizon, it might get you one.)
Pictured: Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence ($100)
There's no missing the gardenia note in this fragrance, it's backed up with another similarly creamy floral—orange blossom. In classic MJ style, you'll also detect a splash of fizzy champagne which gives these heady blooms an effervescent effect. Expect compliments.
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Pictured: Jo Malone Basil & Neroli Cologne ($95)
It turns out neroli—the essential oil derived from orange blossom—is best friends with basil. Who knew? (Apart from Jo Malone, I mean.) This sweet-yet-green scent is seriously complex considering it's made with but a handful of notes. The freshness is addictive.
Pictured: Lalique Living Lalique ($199)
Lavender can be overwhelming in perfume—too little and you can't fully appreciate the herb's refreshing loveliness, too much and you've got yourself a sleepy time potion. This woody concoction is (like baby bear's porridge) just right. Expect a sultry blend of your favourite calmative, plus rose, spices, tonka bean and vetiver.
Pictured: Chanel No. 5 L'eau ($164)
In my experience rose-obsessives generally prefer one of two scent profiles; powdery and understated, or sweet and jammy. This falls into the former category. (The next on the list, the latter.) Billed as a modern take on Chanel's iconic No. 5, it's airy and sophisticated. The rose isn't immediately obvious but as the citrus top notes fade you'll be hit with an addictive lushness.
Pictured: Dior Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming ($99)
On first smell, this juicy fragrance is no more than a jumble of fruit—think: raspberries, pomegranate and blackcurrant. With time, the rose note makes itself known, turning the whole thing into an ambrosial concoction reminiscent of Turkish Delight. Try not to lick your wrists.