Top 10 Spring Fragrances 2014

daffodil on yellow

Where I live, it’s as if we fell off a cliff from frosty mornings and rain-slicked trees into yellow tufts of daffodils. Chives spring up in clumps in the vegetable garden, and my plum tree is puffed with blossoms. Heck, that guy in accounting even shaved off his beard. No question about it: It’s spring.

For my top 10 of spring, I’m going to be perfectly frank about the perfume I’ll be wearing. I’m not going to force-fit recent releases to show you how on top of it I am or sprinkle in variety for the sake of a well-rounded post. No, I’m going to tell you exactly what favorites I’ll be dragging from the back of the perfume closet. Judge me as you may.

Guerlain Chamade: As soon as I smell daphne in the neighborhood, I go straight for my atomizer of Chamade Eau de Toilette or my precious decant of Parfum — or sometimes both…

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Serge Lutens Laine de Verre ~ fragrance review

Serge Lutens Laine de Verre

Serge Lutens made a reasonable enough showing in our latest poll on scrubbers (as did most major brands, mind you). Contenders included Iris Silver Mist (those people are obviously crazy), Jeux de Peau (surely a love-it-or-hate-it fragrance), Arabie, Fille en Aiguilles, and the subject of today’s review, the new Laine de Verre. Laine de Verre, named for everyone’s favorite source of fragrance inspiration, fiberglass, is the third fragrance in the L’Eau series that includes 2010′s L’Eau Serge Lutens and 2012′s L’Eau Froide, and if you’re too busy to read a whole review today, I’ll just start off by saying that reader Lady Murasaki’s comment comparing Laine de Verre to Lemon Pledge was too kind. Really.

We never get full lists of notes from Serge Lutens, but the short list for Laine de Verre — citrus, aldehydes, musk and cashmeran — sounded innocuous enough…

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Prestige via limitation

I won’t die because there’s a bottle there or here. And more and more I find it very stupid to create prestige via limitation. It’s a little jerkish. It’s as if prestige were to be found nowhere. What is exclusive, is us. It’s you. It’s you who are as a person, who chooses. If something is difficult or hard to find, it’s not that which confers value for me...

 — Serge Lutens, on why he decided to make all of his fragrances available at his US web store (previously, many of the fragrances were only available in his Paris boutique). Read more at An Interview With Serge Lutens at Grey Magazine.