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Spotlight On…Spring Fragrances

The clock has sprung forward, the weather may (or may not) be cooperating, and it’s official — spring is on the way. Ticked off the obligatory spring clean? Switched out your winter wardrobe? Opted for a slightly lighter {moisturiser}? Check, check, check.  Time to treat yourself to some spring scents and celebrate the imminent arrival of warmer days and lighter evenings. We’ve rounded up seven of the best spring fragrances guaranteed to put the proverbial spring in your step.

Created by legendary make up artist, and fragrance aficionado, Laura Mercier, {Néroli du Sud Eau de Parfum} is a thoroughly modern interpretation of the delicate floral-citrus neroli flower. Combining two of Laura’s favourite olfactory notes, orange zest and neroli (extracted from the flowers of the bitter orange tree), this effervescent spritz evokes sunnier days. A twist of lemony verbena and fresh lavender add a hint of romance to this beautiful spring fragrance, which will have you dreaming of long, sultry days in Provence. 

An alternative twist on neroli, Byredo’s {Bal d’Afrique} makes for an unexpected (but entirely fitting) spring scent. Inspired by the abundance of African art, music and dance in late-1920’s Paris, this joyful scent blends sweet neroli with African marigold, Moroccan cedar wood and a less obviously spring bouquet of cyclamen, jasmine petals and violet. A twist of rich black amber, musk, bergamot and sharp lemon keep this beguiling scent from straying too far into typical spring floral territory.

If you ask us, nothing says spring quite like a freshly unboxed OVEROSE candle. From the tactile curvy box and insta-worthy jar to the satisfyingly perfect pink wax — it shakes up the senses before you even catch a whiff of it. Oh, and the scent.  {Anthurium} (named after the brazen flower also known as the flamingo flower) is fresh spring florals cut with the earthy tang of blackcurrants, tropical leaves and dewy dog roses. It’s fruity, floral, and just the right side of heady to beckon in those longer days.

Shake your senses out of hibernation-mode with {Art Life} from CRA-YON, a brand founded by French-Swedish perfume trailblazers Niclas and Christine Lydeen. Perhaps not your typical spring fragrance, the experimental (but oh so successful) blend of citrus, neroli and tonka essential oils — said to enhance creativity and positivity — promise to help you throw off the last of that winter gloominess. Not quite ready to pack away your winter fragrances? You’ll love the familiar and comforting warmth of soft woods and creamy fig. 

Florals for spring? Groundbreaking — but also irresistible when they smell this good. Refresh your {home fragrance} rotation with a spritz of Earl of East {Wildflower Home Mist}. Hand blended in London, it transforms the atmosphere of even the most urban abode with the evocative scent of English country gardens bursting into bloom. Expect mood-altering notes of heady jasmine, zesty gardenia and herbaceous rose geranium — all without the need for endless plant maintenance or a full time gardener.

Looking for a {gender neutral fragrance} to see you into spring? Inspired by Japanese matcha tea ceremonies, Le Labo {Thé Matcha 26} carries all the hallmarks of the best spring scents (think verdant citrus notes, creamy ripening fig, earthy vetiver), but with a quieter approach. This graceful scent sits close to the skin and is said to encourage introspection — or just for those around us to lean in a little closer. A refreshing, reflective scent, perfectly poised for the changing of the seasons.

Cheekily named and housed in an achingly chic, macaron-hued bottle, Fugazzi Fragrances {Thirsty} is the ultimate spring fling fragrance for women and men. Fresh fruits and flowers drift on a warm breeze through headier accents of musk and woods — contradictory and complementary all at once. Sharp yet sensual, this free-spirited scent features crisp top notes of bamboo, bluebell and apple, heart notes of jasmine, rose and fig, and an alluring base of amber and cedar. Be warned: a little goes a long way.



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