If your cravings for bountiful blossoms and freshness are at a critical level after all of that snow, head straight to the fragrance aisles. It’s all happening over there!
An anti-winter haven of pastel-coloured, sweet-scented beauty, the spring fragrance launches of late are the epitome of feel-good. Think grand and billowy florals, fragrances inspired by care skin, and even a sartorial masterpiece in the shape of a shoe (yes, really – it’s every bit as good as it sounds!).
Say hello to the fragrances that are shaking things up this season – which is the one that’ll be scenting your spring?
A Tender Mood
Keep it soft and gentle with these tactile spring fragrances
Mood: A diaphanous ode to joy
Elie Saab’s couture creations are present during the most joyful moments of women’s lives, and his latest fragrant creation is inspired by one of the biggest moments of all: their wedding day. Le Parfum in White is a regal floral chypre bouquet crafted around a central thread of golden orange blossom, with a touch of cassis at the opening, and a cocooning, sensual base of musk and ambroxan to finish. Luminous, exquisitely crafted and unforgettable, it’s the sort of scent that lifts you up and makes you feel ‘done’. It’s exactly what a wedding day fragrance should be!
Mood: Addictive and understated
Comparing the brand new ALAIA Paris Nude Eau de Parfum to the original ALAIA Paris is really like comparing night and day. Whereas the original calls to mind a bold, strict silhouette, Nude is ever so tender. It’s buttery-soft leather brushing against warm, bare skin, with a sensual undertone of tonka bean and musks that quietly but unwaveringly lingers throughout wear. It’s the almost-edible addition of cashmeran that makes this spring fragrance truly addictive, though – you won’t be able to stop sniffing it.
Mood: Light-hearted fun
If you’re in the mood for something fun yet mellow, KENZO WORLD Eau de Toilette will tick all of the boxes. Borrowing the core peony note from last year’s KENZO WORLD Eau de Parfum, the Eau de Toilette explores the lighter side of KENZO style with a touch of juicy pear and glowing almond blossom. It’s a spirited spring fragrance and an extremely easy one to wear, taking you from important meetings through to impromptu lunch dates and everywhere in between.
Modern odes to flowers that are anything but ordinary
Mood: Timeless sophistication
The debut of Mon Guerlain last spring was a launch that will go down in fragrance history. Not one to rest on their laurels, Guerlain is launching a new chapter in the scent’s story, Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale, which takes the original’s mesmerising notes of carla lavender, sambac jasmin and vanilla and embellishes them with the soft tones of peony, paradisone and ylang-ylang. It’s a pastel watercolour of a spring fragrance, but that doesn’t mean its lacking in strength or charisma; Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale is pure floral sophistication in a bottle.
Mood: A bubblegum bouquet
GIVENCHY’s Live Irresistible Blossom Crush Eau de Toilette is pure joie de vivre in a bottle. It’s cheekiness and mischief abound here, and yet Blossom Crush retains that ultra-sleek GIVENCHY edge, which is thanks in part to its tempting base of chocolatey cocoa bean. This bubblegum bouquet is based upon a central theme of rose, a core note in both the Live Irresistible and Very Irresistible fragrance universes, while a romantic and blossoming note of peony lends a thread of sweetness. It’s completely charming and impossible not to fall for.
Mood: The uber-modern blossom
As anyone who’s worn MUGLER’s iconic Alien fragrance will tell you, there’s nothing quite like it. Alien Flora Futura carries on this tradition of high perfumery with its optimistic, luminous ode to an imaginary flower, pairing the cracking citrus of a Hand of Buddah accord with the seduction of Queen of the Night flower. Familiar Alien notes of amber and sandalwood are felt throughout the fragrance, to give you that famous boost of MUGLER confidence whenever you need it.
Make a Statement
Go for maximum impact with these bold and passionate scents
Mood: Pure confidence
Giorgio Armani Si Passione is inspired by the instant confidence boost that you get when you apply your favourite red lipstick. How intriguing is that for a concept? The sentiment translates beautifully into a daring spring fragrance, with attention-grabbing notes of blackcurrant, jasmine and vanilla woven seamlessly to create a powerful and memorable scent. That show-stopping lacquered red bottle adds to the adrenaline-boosting mood; it’ll be the star of your dressing table.
Mood: For power dressing
‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world’ has never been truer than with the latest fragrance launch from Carolina Herrera. Good Girl is a statement of pure, unadulterated power. Setting aside its extraordinary bottle, what sets Good Girl apart is its beautiful balance of light and dark ingredients. On the luminous side are tuberose and jasmin sambac, before deep notes of tonka bean and cocoa tell a tale of pure seduction. This is a fragrance that will well and truly get you noticed.
Mood: Intoxicating floral intensity
A new chapter in the beautifully surreal Flowerbomb story, Flowerbomb Nectar is an explosive floral fragrance. It’s all about the intensity, taking the famous Flowerbomb code of sambac jasmine, osmanthus and orange flower and transforming it with sticky-sweet blackcurrant syrup, gourmand tonka bean – and a surprising gunpowder accord! The most intense of all of the fragrances launching this spring, Flowerbomb Nectar will leave its memorable floral liqueur trail wherever you go.