5 perfumes: pretty spring florals

spring again

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…

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Le Soft Perfume Parisian Rhapsody, Striptease Flowers & Rock ~ perfume reviews

Le Soft Perfume solid fragrances

Remember Crazylibellule and the Poppies? Six or seven years ago, I was obsessed with their solid perfume sticks and I owned a few: Après-Midi en Douce, Rose à Saïgon, Joséphine Jonquille, Amoureuse. . . I was very sorry when the brand apparently closed its doors circa 2010, and I was happy to learn last year that Crazylibellule’s founder, Isabelle Masson, had returned with a line called Sabé Masson Le Soft Perfume.

Le Soft Perfume’s twist-up perfume sticks are now available in the United States, and I’ve finally started testing them. I’m trying sample amounts of their solid scent in tiny plastic pots, but from what I can tell in photographs, the packaging for this new collection is as cute as ever…

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Serge Lutens La Religieuse ~ perfume review

Serge Lutens La Religieuse brand graphic

Deliver us from Good!
Jasmine petals are as white as snow.
Black is my religion.1

I will say this for Serge Lutens, he continues to tempt me. And if you find elaborate but cryptic back story appealing, he is obviously your man.2 But it’s been some time since I’ve parted with my money for a new Serge Lutens fragrance, and my piggy bank is safe from La Religieuse.

La Religieuse, if you have been paying attention, is billed as the brand’s latest take on jasmine, following A La Nuit (“This jasmine has only one thought in its head: paint the town white!”) and Sarrasins (“I took white jasmine and contrived to make it as black as a panther, as black as night, which is embodied in this fragrance.”).3 The name has obvious religious connotations, but also calls up the pastry, shown just below in a (likewise enticing) violet version from Ladurée. Add to this the few notes mentioned in the press besides jasmine — musk, civet and incense — and yes, you could say I was interested…

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Rundholz Parfums Sept.21.1966 ~ fragrance review

Rundholz Parfums Sept.21.1966 brand image

Have you ever wondered what portion of fragrance sales is due to branding and what part is actually owed to the fragrance itself? This thought crossed my mind when I began investigating Rundholz Parfums Sept.21.1966. The fragrance comes in a stylish cylinder with hip lettering (see below). The Rundholz website features casual, avant garde clothing and shoes with an earthy European, yet hip hop, edge. The perfume’s name is mysterious. (I had to wonder if any of Rundholz’s customers are actually old enough to remember 1966. Maybe stylish Germans trend older than stylish Americans.) Then there’s the enigmatic, beautiful photo of the girl blowing on a dandelion. Does it have anything to do with the fragrance?

We all know it: Nouveau niche fragrances are more common than houseflies these days, and many of them get by — at least initially — through the “cool” factor. A consumer thinks, This brand is cool; this packaging is cool; I’m cool; therefore I will buy this perfume and certify my coolness. More than half the time the perfume is simply not cool…

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The Monday Mail ~ help Maneki find a new perfume

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Maneki, who lives in Sweden, wants our help with a very particular scent quest. She’s primarily interested in finding the right samples, so price isn’t an issue. Do read on and see if you can help:

I’m dreaming of summer evenings, of sitting on a hill watching the sunset while a gentle wind blows in the hair. And there’s one scent I imagine being part of this scene: coumarin. Or, rather, the coumarin-laden plants on that very hill: “vanilla grass”/sweet vernal grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum) and sweet grass (Hierochloe odorata). While I can always go sniff the sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) in our garden …I’d love a scent for those grey and cold days when I long for the beautiful white nights of June…

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