Dawn Spencer Hurwitz La Belle Saison ~ fragrance review

lilacs

Independent perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has just launched La Belle Saison (“The Beautiful Season”), an all-botanical fragrance designed to evoke “late Spring in full bloom.” More specifically, it’s an ode to lilac. Are we experiencing a lilac mini-trend? Vilhelm Parfumerie and Amouage are also offering lilac perfumes for Spring 2016. I haven’t tried those, but I’ve been spending a few April days with La Belle Saison.

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April Aromatics Ray of Light ~ perfume review

lime slices

Berlin-based indie botanical brand April Aromatics has been around since about 2011, but as usual I’m way behind. I’ve tried a few but no more — if you have a favorite, do comment and tell us what it is! I was impressed by the ylang-sweetened jasmine-fest Jasmina, but today I’m going to talk about Ray of Light, a unisex aromatic citrus that debuted in 2014. The brand description is pretty on target, so I will repeat some of it here:

Picture a classical still life: citrus fruits surrounded by mint leaves, a pipe on the side – this is how an artist would capture this fragrance in a painting…

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