That's right, pretty...not necessarily interesting, or genius, or iconic (although some of them may fit into those categories too). Just pretty. If spring is taking a long time to arrive in your neck of the woods, any of these five will serve to keep your spirits up while you wait, and I would be surprised if most of my picks haven't appeared on one or another of our Top 10 of Spring lists (the 2015 installment, by the way, is coming up in a couple weeks). As always, do add your own picks in the comments.
Frédéric Malle En Passant: We really don't get enough lilac fragrances, and when we do get a new one, my tendency is to compare the newcomer to En Passant and find it wanting. If you like "fresh and clean" more than I do, the more reasonably priced (but still not cheap) alternative is Aerin Lilac Path.
Parfums MDCI Un Coeur en Mai: We don't get enough hyacinth fragrances either, and I am still selfishly (and stupidly: eventually, it will go bad) hoarding what's left of my bottle of L'Artisan's discontinued Jacinthe des Bois. Un Coeur en Mai is less of a soliflore – the hyacinth is mingling with a gorgeous lily of the valley accord, all beautifully done by Patricia de Nicolaï. The more reasonably priced alternative here is surely Parfums de Nicolaï Le Temps d'Une Fête. If you don't mind paying big bucks but want something more modern and abstract, try Thierry Mugler Supra Floral.
Cartier Baiser Volé: Lily is generally too heavy to qualify as a spring flower, perfume-wise (we're ignoring bloom times here), but when done with a light enough hand, it's perfect for this time of year. Baiser Volé is more lily-esque than lily, anyway, and the cosmetic powder softens the blow a step further. Angie prefers the Eau de Toilette and Extrait versions. A more expensive alternative would be Hermès Vanille Galante, and I'm blanking on a cheaper alternative — do comment if you can think of one.
Carven Le Parfum: A bouquet of spring flowers (sweet pea, plus more hyacinth) from perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, this lovely blend does not seem to have taken perfumanity by storm — I never hear about it on the scent of the day polls, or anywhere else. The summer version is the lighter, more citrus-y Carven L'Eau de Toilette; the more expensive entry would be Maison Francis Kurkdjian Pluriel.
Hermès Jour d'Hermès: Another mixed bouquet, and more sweet peas, although personally I don't recognize the individual flowers in perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena composition, which I called "a leafy mixed spring bouquet, light and fresh and buoyant and young." I liked Jour D'Hermès Absolu a bit better, but the original is probably better suited to our purposes here.