Coco Chanel summed up the importance of a good scent best: “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Spritzing that signature fragrance is a well-respected part of many a French morning beauty regimen, so when it comes to finding a spring fragrance this season, we’re taking notes from the chic European set. Sifting through the best cult French brands, we picked a handful of Parisienne-approved fragrances that also happen to embody spring. Read on to learn about five quintessentially French fragrances you’ll want to try this season.
Cacharel Anaïs Eau de Toilette Spray ($60)
You can’t talk about French scents without mentioning this light floral classic from Cacharel. It’s extremely feminine and bright and a go-to for young women. Around since the ’70s, it has gotten so popular that you can even find it at Target these days.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Eau de Toilette ($175)
Aqua Universalis is an editor favorite and the original scent from Kurkdjian’s namesake line. The unisex floral made with bergamot, lemon, lily of the valley, and orange is complemented with a touch of musky woods, and the fragrance is incredibly light but has strong lasting power. You can probably even wear this year-round—it’s that addicting. Plus, its clean, fresh vibe makes this scent an accessible signature for anyone.
Annick Goutal Rose Pompon Eau de Toilette Spray ($149)
Annick Goutal is a beloved French perfumery with international acclaim, so you really can’t go wrong with any fragrance in the line. However, this spring the brand launched its fourth rose scent, which highlights the fruity notes in rose and peony. It’s a very simple, easy-to-wear perfume, and let’s be honest: A floral perfume screams spring.
Frédéric Malle Iris Poudre ($200)
This 2000 launch from cult favorite Frédéric Malle has a distinct powdery start that’s warm and comforting to the senses. The unique and alluring fragrance shifts into a blast of iris and musk, which together are incredibly elegant. This is definitely a sophisticated scent with a lot of personality and refinement.
Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum ($69)
The luxurious blend smells like vacation in a bottle; it’s tropical, floral, and sweet without being too overwhelming. The subtly beachy scent opens up with freshness—orange blossom, mandarin orange, and bergamot—but develops into a vanilla-rich scent with lingering hints of coconut. The seasonal favorite is one of those fragrances for which people stop you on the street to ask what you’re wearing.
Do you have a favorite French fragrance? Share it with us in the comments.