- Diorissimo, Dior
Perhaps I’m biased because this is my perfume, but I love smelling like the spring all year round. Diorissimo is a muguet soliflore, and lily-of-the-valley always reminds me of May. It’s light, sweet, and gentle, like a morning in late spring.
- Iris Nobile, Acqua di Parma
Irises are flowers that I generally associate with the autumn or winter, because the fragrances they give off are so powdery and dry. However, this one belongs firmly in the spring category. With so many sweet floral notes (ylang-ylang, tuberose, orange blossom) you’d think it’d be overpowering but it’s remarkably quiet, lightly sweet, citrusy and subdued.
- La Tulipe, Byredo
I have never smelled tulips (I was not even aware that they had a fragrance, despite always trying to smell them in my garden), but I’m certain that if tulips had a smell it would be this.
- Lilac Path, Aerin Lauder
Lilac trees signal the beginning of spring, and this perfume reminds me most forcefully of lilac. It’s a very clean fragrance, but a true, realistic lilac.
- Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca, Guerlain
This reminds me of a Roman herb garden I once wandered into. There are sharp notes of mint and green tea, edged with citrus. It’s a herb garden in the rain.
- Kerbside Violet, LUSH
Another gentle floral perfume, this smells of a cottage flower garden on a rainy day. The earthiness in the perfume comes from the rosewood– its mildness makes it wearable and that’s also what gives the perfume the smell of wet soil and wood.
- Ylang 49, Le Labo
Not as sweet as the name would have you think. It’s a cold, musty perfume, perfect for those walks in the woods on earlier spring days. The oakmoss and patchouli give it that slightly smoky, foggy aroma.The ylang-ylang here is subtle and lightly floral.
- Angéliques Sous La Pluie, Frederic Malle
Another rain fragrance, this one is tempered with berries (juniper) and spice (coriander). It goes from sharp and bitter to cosy and gentle as the spices fade away and the musk takes hold. It’s a refreshing and quiet fragrance that lingers for hours. Unobtrusive, but not characterless.
- Florabellio, Diptyque
This is an unusual fragrance: there are notes of the sea, slight bitterness, leather, malt, and yet it manages to hold up a floral character. I love the dichotomy of marine notes and floral notes here, and the unmistakable coffee that can be smelled right away.