We have snow in the forecast as I'm writing this post, so it doesn't feel like spring; yet here we are. Looking back at my lists of favorite spring fragrances from 2008 and 2013, I've decided to do something different this time. I'll never stop loving Après l'Ondée or L'Eau d'Hiver, but I gave myself a new assignment for this round: I sampled lots of new releases and chose ten that I'd want to continue wearing in the coming months. I've been feeling for a long time that I just can't keep up with the tide of new launches, but this is my deliberate small effort at feeling more current (even just for one season)!
Spring is the season when I enjoy white florals the most, and Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Je Suis La Lune (I Am the Moon) is a jasmine fragrance that smells more like a creamy, slightly salty lily to me. I also love the name, since I'm a Cancer moon-child, astrologically speaking.
Along the same lines, I'm still enjoying the Miu Miu Eau Rosée that I reviewed a while back. After its tart black currant top note, it's "a clean, peppery lily-of-the-valley. . . trailed by a sheer layer of aldehydic white musk," as I described it. Plus, that cute bottle!!
Scents with art references can go any which way for me. Fort & Manle Impressions de Giverny doesn't remind me much of Monet's waterlily series or the Japanese bridge in his garden, but it's a very pretty, non-diva tuberose fragrance with crisp green and fruit notes that suits the season.
If your idea of gardens involves more hands-on contact, St. Clair First Cut may appeal to you. It smells like a blend of fresh and dried grasses, white petals and beeswax. I'll be wearing it on the first warm, coat-free day of spring.
In dressier moods, though, I'm reaching for Neela Vermeire Créations Niral, a classical yet chic blend of iris, tea and spice inspired by cross-cultural influences on the Indian silk industry. There's never a wrong season for an elegant yet wearable floral scent, in my book.
On the other hand, there's always room for fun, too. Tocca Maya is basically a Lolita Lempicka clone, with lots of violet leaf and dark berries on a somewhat flimsier patchouli-musk base than the original. I've been wearing the real Lolita Lempicka for years and years, but I'm still enjoying my sample of Maya.
In the same vein of "new, yet strangely familiar," when I breezed through the Jo Malone English Fields testers at a local department store, I paused at Oat & Cornflowers. A toasty nut note, soft musk, lots of powdery, flour-y sandalwood; what did it remind me of? Ah yes...it feels like a younger sibling to L'Artisan Bois Farine.
Since I still like light gourmands for spring and beyond, I was also happy to encounter 4160 Tuesdays Rhubarb & Custard 1:29, a blend of tart rhubarb and sweet vanilla. It's described as the "perfect autumn/winter scent" but I think it's just the right weight for spring rather than cold weather!
A dose of quirkiness is something else I can embrace year-round, and when I finally got around to trying some Zoologist fragrances, I was intrigued most by Dragonfly. Its distinct steamed-rice note is complemented by watery (yet bitter) green florals and a pale musk. It's oddly appealing (not the "aquatic" sneeze you might expect, and definitely unisex) and I kept wanting to try it again.
Lastly, I spent a drizzly day basking in Kerosene Walk the Sea, a long-lasting scent that gives the effect of dried-out driftwood and salty beach air. It made me look forward to our annual May trip to the seaside, and to the warmer temperatures that might, just might, arrive by then.