A spring scent should be light, floral and pretty, right? Wrong, if the latest drops on the perfume counter are anything to go by.
“Spring risks being one big cliche for perfumes, in which we are encouraged to get as dainty as Sandra Dee and switch over to delicate florals like lily of the valley,” says fragrance expert Lizzie Ostrom aka Odette Toilette (www.odettetoilette.com).
“There’s nothing wrong with these kinds of perfumes, but there’s an awful lot more to enjoy beyond the usual suspects wheeled out at this time of the year.”
Here are 9 fragrances to choose from this season:
1. Jo Malone Tudor Rose & Amber
Peppered with spicy clove and ginger notes, it’s as rich and sumptuous as the red velvet band that rings the bottle top.
£42 for 30ml (www.jomalone.co.uk)
2. Givenchy Ange Ou Demon Le Parfum and Accord Illicite
Le Parfum is a feline mix of sambac jasmine and musk, while the tiny black vial of powerful Accord Illicite enhances the patchouli and leather notes of its paramour, expertly marrying the angelic and the illicit.
£63.50 for 40ml, Debenhams (www.debenhams.com)
3. The Library Of Fragrance Mountain Air
Library Of Fragrance is as clean, green and icy as the Mountain Air after which it’s named. That doesn’t mean it’s barely detectable, though – this unisex scent has surprising staying power.
£15 for 30ml (www.thelibraryoffragrance.com)
4. DKNY Delicious Delights Limited Edition Cool Swirl
Cool Swirl, a tantalisingly tropical pistachio and coconut cocktail.
£36.50 for 50ml (www.theperfumeshop.com)
5. Philosophy Fresh Cream
The recipe infuses the aroma of whipped cream with almond blossom, vanilla and carob-like tonka bean, resulting in a toffee-sweet but slightly floral scent that those in possession of a sweet tooth will crave.
£34 for 60ml (www.philosophy.co.uk)
6. Lush Stayin’ Alive
Stayin’ Alive is a heady frankincense, vanilla and caramel blend that encourages you to disco dance in the face of mortality.
£75 for 50ml (www.lush.co.uk)
7. Clinique Aromatics in White
Crisp top notes of Sichuan pepper and violet leaf make way for an orange flower and patchouli heart, before the addictive amber and musk finish.
£49.50 for 50ml, John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com)
8. Serge Lutens La Religieuse
Photographer-turned-perfumer Lutens is famed for his cerebral scents and this musky meeting of light and dark is no exception.
£88 for 50ml, House of Fraser (www.houseoffraser.co.uk)
9. Penhaligon’s As Sawira
Bergamot, saffron, absinthe, sandalwood and patchouli mingle over a dense base of oud and myrrh, the result is an intense, spicy brew that lasts and lasts.
£150 for 100ml (www.penhaligons.com)