Top 10 Spring Fragrances 2016

tulip in snow

I am vocal about disliking spring. Where I live, there are always a few days in late February that feel like an elaborate set-up from Punk’d. Like newborn babes, they come: the office mates, friendly neighbors, the recently retired. They peer up into the warming blue and wonder aloud, trying to remember which way a hapless groundhog waddled weeks ago. Please don’t take spring’s bait. This year it snowed in April in the colder areas of Europe and North America and fans and news writers seemed to blame poor departed Prince. Let’s face it, in Minneapolis anyway, it usually snows in April. And snow can be the least of our worries. I am a fan of heterogeneity — I like mixed drinks and mixed company, for example — but few phrases freeze the heart faster than that euphemism “mixed precipitation”. Spring also brings wind, rain, seasonal allergies and skies the color of dead fish. Yes, the vernal months provoke a rare ire in me.

And yet, looking over my April 2011 Top 10 and Robin’s post from last year on pretty spring florals, I’ve realized I have little cause to be so sour while wearing some of my favorite fragrances. Clutching roots and branches may grow from stony rubbish, as Eliot wrote, but I have hyacinth, lily-of-the-valley, magnolia, violets and iris to console me until mid-May…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2016, part 4

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes summer editions from Jean Paul Gaultier and Issey Miyake; collector editions from Cartier; a new travel size of Acqua di Parma Colonia Club and a new solid perfume compact for Lorenzo Villoresi Teint de Neige.

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Betty Boop and Le Male Popeye

From Jean Paul Gaultier, the annual summer editions of Classique and Le Male, featuring Betty Boop and Popeye (you can see the summer 2015 versions here). Betty is in 100 ml Eau de Toilette Fraîche, Popeye is in 125 ml Eau de Toilette Fraîche. Both can be found now at Nocibe in France…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2015, part 16

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes collector editions from Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Issey Miyake and Sarah Jessica Parker; plus a new Eau de Toilette concentration of Tom Ford Black Orchid.

Giorgio Armani Sí bow edition

From Giorgio Armani, Sí “adorned with a couture golden bow” inspired by Armani’s runway designs. At Macy’s, $120 for 100 ml Eau de Parfum…

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