Top 10 of Spring...and a prize draw
April came "like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers", and it is time for us to touch base again, to share what scents we are all enjoying the most during this silly and hopeful and heartbreakingly lovely season.
"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt," thought Margaret Atwood, and I apparently agree with her as I have been craving patchouli like nobody's business in the past month or so. The dangerously sensual Parfumerie Generale L'Ombre Fauve, the sweetly earthy Bois 1920 Real Patchouli and SMN's unexpectedly voluptuous Patchouli are my three favorites. The wonderful thing about patchouli fragrances is that they are as comforting as they are sexy. Two of the best qualities a perfume can have, all in one note, what more could one ask for?
Well, one could ask for more sexy, please. And for that there are what I call "pin up roses". Powdery, sweet roses mixed with violets and iris, which give them a sassy retro feel and make them smell not so much like roses per se but as expensive, old-fashioned lipsticks and face powders...scented with roses. This spring and summer I choose classic femininity for my wardrobe: dresses, full skirts, heels...and my three favorite pin up roses, Lipstick Rose, Drole de Rose and Let Pot Aux Roses will perfectly compliment that style.
According to Robert Orben, "spring is God's way of saying, 'One more time!' "... and this season has been about re-discovery and re-evaluation for me. Amongst things brought back into my life by March winds was my long-lost love for Guerlain fragrances. First I reunited with L'Heure Bleue, the scent I thought I'd never be able to wear again. Then, thanks to a generous fellow perfumophiliac, I discovered the alluring harmony of ethereal, springy floral and somehow Christmassy, gingerbready accords of Quand Vient La Pluie. The creamy, dreamy, sensual Mahora is now my favorite evening fragrance. And last, but oh so not least, there is Apres L'Ondee, my probably Top 1 perfume this spring. "Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?" - asked Neltje Blanchan. Words can't, but the poignant delicacy of this melancholy and timidly joyful Guerlain creation can.
And now please share your favorites! If you would like to be in a prize draw for 7 out of 10 samples of perfumes mentioned in this post, please say so in your comment.
To read more Top 10 of Spring lists, please visit:
Bois de Jasmin
Now Smell This
Scentzilla (link to the post is coming up shortly)
The image is by Katie of Scentzilla.
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