It may not quite feel like spring yet in my fair city, but my mindset is already there. Ready for the tulips, chirping birds and promise of summer, I’m pulling out some of my favourite fragrances to feel springy.
A massive perfume lover, I’m constantly acquiring new scents, but these are some of my favourites right now, with a couple that will always have a place in my collection.
This fragrance is quintessentially “spring” with its lovely notes of pear, raspberry, apricot, Himalayan jasmine and Rose de Grasse. Grasse, btw, is a small town on the French Riviera known to be the world’s capital of perfume.
Happiness in a bottle, this perfume picks up your mood when you look out the window and see that it’s snowing again…in April. Oh Canada! It also comes in a handy rollerball format perfect for toting around in your purse…not that you really have to. This fragrance has lovely staying power.
Lastly, the bottle is just as lovely as the fragrance. A real showpiece for my vanity!
A long time favourite, Jo Malone’s Basil & Neroli was a gift from my husband. The guy sure knows his perfume. Totally unexpected, this perfume is light, airy and completely feminine. I used up my first bottle almost immediately, I fell so in love with this popular fragrance.
This perfume is uplifting and bright with top notes of basil, drying down to a lovely middle note of neroli. Its base notes are some of my favourite: white musk and vetiver.
You may want to invest in the purse-sized option and/or body crème as this perfume, while sophisticated and beautiful, doesn’t have the best staying power (sillage). I get a solid 5 hours out of it compared to other perfumes that linger the full day.
Both fruity and spicy, Giorgio Armani Si Passione is sparkling and fun! I received this perfume as a gift from Armani Beauty on my birthday last year, no less.
I love this perfume’s notes of pink pepper, pear, blackcurrant, rose and jasmine. This perfume also has a lovely warm vanilla scent to it that makes it light and pretty, perfect for this time of year.
This scent lasts very well also, like all Armani perfumes and seems to be a real crowd-pleaser, garnering tons of compliments each time I wear it. The bottle is beautiful too.
Penhaligon’s Violetta is always hold a special place in my heart as my Grandmother used to wear it. It’s soft, powdery and redefines “feminine”. Violet is one of my favourite scents, and I couldn’t think of a better representation of this delicate flower.
Launched in 1976, it was sadly discontinued about three years ago. Sigh! I bought the last two bottles at the Covent Garden store during that’s year’s trip to London (true fan).
This perfume is fresh and light, and truly “old-fashioned” as I have been told, but I love it. I get many compliments on this perfume and it’s sillage is impressive, lingering softly from morning ’til night. The loveliness of this perfume lays in its green freshness…a hint of cedar, sandalwood and musk make this truly special.