Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring is in the air - My favourite Perfumes

Ah, spring! My favourite season of the year but it always goes by so quickly. That's why I thought I would do a little post on some of my favourite spring perfumes before spring is actually over.

Parfums MDCI Le Rivage des Syrtes
Probably the sweetest out of my spring selection, although luckily not too sweet for these warmer months, this perfume was created by Patricia de Nicolaï (a perfumer and founder of Parfums de Nicolaï). A surprisingly fresh mixture of orange and pineapple (don't worry, as I said it's definitely not sickeningly sweet) gives a lovely contrast to the slight ambery base. A 60 ml bottle costs 215€  (ouch!) however, their sample sets are actually a very good deal, five 12 ml sample bottles of your choice for 90€ - it was actually cheaper a few years ago when I ordered my sample set.

Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
This elegant tuberose was created by Dominique Ropion and even though I have never smelled the raw tuberose, I feel that after trying several fragrances based around this tiny and potent flower I have a rough idea about what the real thing smells like. Whereas the infamous Fracas is a very thick and intoxicating perfume, Carnal Flower is a cool green tuberose with added notes of jasmine and coconut. A wonderful floral and probably one of my all time favourites, and not just for spring!

Frederic Malle En Passant
Another creation from the Malle line, this time the perfumer was Olivia Giacobetti (she was also the nose behind one of my favourite  fall/winter fragrances, Safran Troublant by L'Artisan Parfumeur). Apparently, as Chandler Burr explains in his essay, the idea for this fragrance was born when Olivia was walking in Italy and passed a bakery and a florist and so she wanted to capture this smell in a fragrance (you can read more about this story here). I don't know whether this is true but this lilac based perfume is just so lovely. It smells strangely "wet" but not watery and at times there's a hint of rubber in there too - who knows maybe there was a car shop somewhere on Olivia's street as well.

Ormonde Jayne Champaca
I love all three Ormonde Jaynes that I have (the other two being Ormonde Woman and Ta'if) and Champaca is even extra special to me as I received it from my family as a gift for my diploma. This is a lovely green creamy floral fragrance, with neroli and green tea as most prominent notes to my nose. The green tea note is reminiscent of the Bvlgari green tea perfume however the Champaca is more floraly (after all, it is named after a flower) and warmer (basmati rice, anyone?). Again, a perfectly balanced mixture of freshness and warmth makes it one of my most reached for perfumes for spring.

What are your favourite spring fragrance? Are there any new ones on your wish list?
Luckily for me, there is a package of some fresh decants of En Passant, Carnal Flower, Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio and Serge Lutens Boxeuses on its way to me but I'm always open to new suggestions.


  1. What a fabulous selction here Klara, I did have a sample of the Frederick Malle Lipstick Rose perfume which was not for me at all but I could not help but admire the uniqueness of it - to me it was a mixture of ultra sweet sweets and that waxy lipstick smell. Maybe not for spring but the complexity makes me want to try some more FM and the ones you have mentioned sound great. Thanks for this. Jan x

  2. Thank you Jan! Oh, I didn't like Lipstick Rose either - to me it smelled very plasticky and far too sweet. But the Frederic Malle range has such different scents, I think you'd definitely find a perfume to love. x Klara



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