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Friday, April 18, 2008

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
Perfume Posse
Scentzilla (link to the post is coming up shortly)

The image is by Katie of Scentzilla.

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100 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see, I've been on a patch kick lately as well.
PG Intrigant Patchouli
Coze
Eto Patchouli
Ava Luxe Midnight Violet
I've just discovered Apres L'Ondee's beauty too, hurray!
PdN Vie de Chateau
New York
Guerlain Flora Nerolia
LZ Chado and Chrysalis
I'm dying to try Real Patchouli thanks to you, Marina!
Would love to be in the draw, thanks.
Veronica

11:37 PM EDT  
Blogger Haus von Stone said...

Hmm. Please enter me in the drawing. Lately I've been into Tam Dao after ignoring my sample for 15 months!

11:47 PM EDT  
Blogger benvenuta said...

Apres L`Ondee
Eau Imperiale
O de Lancome
Olene
La Chasse
Miss Dior
Mitsouko
The Healing Garden Lavender
Avon Today (surprisingly good, at least on my skin)
Cabaret EDT

I`m waiting for warmer days to wear L`Heure Bleue. It`s beautiful, but depressing, so I can wear it only on sunniest of bright spring days.

Please include me in the draw :)

12:39 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

privet colombina - this is my first time posting, but i've been reading your blog for 2 years now, your writing has always enchanted me and has taught me so much about perfume. i too am thrilling to a newly purchased bottle of l' heure bleue.
also hermes caleche, rochas absolu, and norma kamali incense (the last a strangely resistant choice for spring, i know!) please enter me in the prize draw.
- lena

12:41 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes please on the draw.
Spring - hmmm... I seem to be craving earth smells and can't get enough of Guerlain's Djedi these past few days. I also love chypres in spring so today doused myself in Mitsouko. Other spring favourites are Sisley's Soir de Lune, Guerlain's Sous le Vent, Lutens Iris Silver Mist. Can't wait to try the new Chanel Sycamore to see if it has enough earth/root smell to be wonderful in spring.
Kim

2:21 AM EDT  
Blogger bt said...

I've only recently come round to how apt & calming Guerlain's Vetiver is for those days when the rain gets incessant while the sun's struggling to shine through.
Please enter me for the draw too.

2:44 AM EDT  
Anonymous sol said...

I live a place where the flowers still has not come, and we have traces of snow. So spring is first and foremost light, and the knowledge of the explosion of greenness and flowers that will come..
Perfumes I use at the moment is: Coeue d'été by Miller Harris, Iris Nobile and Mandorlo di Sicilia from Acqua di Parma, White Iris Trish McEvoy, No 19 by Chanel, Bois de Violette from Lutens, and, as always, Chanel no 5
I would very much like to be in the draw!

Sol

3:46 AM EDT  
Blogger Ines said...

Hm, well to enter the draw :) here are my spring favorites (already looking forward to summer though)
F. Malle: Angelique sous la pluie
Eau de Cartier
Hermes Hiris
CB Black March

4:24 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Veronica,
High five on patch and Apres! :-)
You are in the draw.

6:34 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

S,
I have tried Tam Dao so long ago, I almost don't remember what it smells like :-)
You are in the draw.

6:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

B,
I agree, L'Heure is a bit on a brooding side, like many classic Guerlains, no? Do you find Mitsouko solemn as well?
You are in the draw.

6:39 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Lena,
Dobro pozhalovat'! Thank you for your kind words. I totally see the appeal of Incense or incense in gemeral in spring!

You are in the draw.

6:40 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Kim,
So earth, Guerlain and iris for you...our lists are very similar!
You are in the draw.

6:41 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

BT,
Nothing better than Guerlain's Vetiver!
You are in the draw.

6:42 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Sol,
irises and violets and beautiful classics- great list!
You are in the draw.

6:43 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Ines,
So earth for you too? Nothing earthier than Black March!
You are in the draw.

6:44 AM EDT  
Blogger lady jane grey said...

I've never been a floral one, and a lily of the valley one even less - therefore it's stunning to me (what's wrong with me ???) that this very spring I fell for A.Goutal's "Muguet". It explodes with gasoline on my skin, which disappears in a sec. and I'm here with something utterly clean and soft and simple. Simple but wonderful.
PLS put me in the draw.

7:33 AM EDT  
Blogger marchlion said...

Hey, I forgot to say, thanks for that bottle of Derby, which I am pretty sure I originally got from you! Isn't it nice to know our noses are so very refined! ;-) LT says so.

And I wanted to mention I tried the Real Patchouli at Barneys, and it was *amazing.* Lovely scent.

7:46 AM EDT  
Blogger lilybp said...

Hmm. ..this is as always, impossible, so I will try to do it without thinking. . .(not really a top 10, more "what I am wearing now")
New purchases I'm enjoying a lot (green and purple):
Bois de Violette
Ormonde Woman
Sycomore
CB Wild Hunt

Hold over from winter loves: CdG Luxe Patchouli
Diorling
Chanel Cuir de Russie

Yeah, I know it's simple, but I'm addicted:
Montale Red Vetyver

My inner floral girl:
CB Cradle of Light
Carnal Flower

8:31 AM EDT  
Blogger Theresa said...

Jardin sur le Nil, Yves Rocher Gardenia, and Guerlain Angelique Noire, depending on my sweet tolerance that day. Please enter me in the drawing:-) Thanks.

9:15 AM EDT  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

Marina, you've made me curious about trying some patchouli scents. I'd love to be included in the draw.

My list:
FM Lipstick Rose
Hermes Hiris
Vero Profumo's Onda, Kiki, & Rubj
Parfums DelRae Amoureuse
Chanel No. 22
PDN Sacrebleu
Amouage Jubilation 25
Tauer Lonestar Memories

9:19 AM EDT  
Blogger Beth Gehring said...

This time of year on the East Coast it is nothing but Diorissimo....But if I had to choose another it would be YSL Paris. But I also discovered last week when I was in Scottsdale that the Magie Noire that I grabbed in a rush, was fabulous in the springtime desert, really musky, smoky and good. The 90 degree heat really brings out the tuberose and the narcissus, I was truly surprised! Oh yes, and I don't want to forget Jo Malones French Lime Blossom, which I adore all by its wonderful self or mixed with a bit of her Tuberose. Sometimes I use a bit of it with the Diorissimo and the alchemy is wonderful!
Simply Springtime in Paris!

9:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Melinda,
Once upon a time I wasn't floral either :-)
You are in the draw

9:44 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Judith,
I've never even heard of Montale Red Vetyver!! Am officially intrigued.

9:45 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

March,
we are so refined, it's scary :-)

9:45 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Theresa,
I've yet to try YR Gardenia. I've great things about it.
You are in the draw.

9:46 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Suzanne,
I counted 5 favorites on your list!
You are in the draw

9:47 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Beth,
In my humble opinion, strong floral notes perform particularly well in warm weather, so I am not surprised!

9:47 AM EDT  
Anonymous Julie said...

Marina,
A lurker finally posts! I too am wearing Drole de Rose. Also En Passant, Shalimar Light, Fresh Sugar, and Becker Eshaya Golden Amber.

Yes please to the drawing.

Julie

10:25 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to be in the draw! I've been lurking for a couple of years, and my tastes are just beginning to catch up to some of the other posters, so I guess I'll list my favorites. Jicky Pure Parfum goes at the top of any list, rain or shine, summer or winter. I just got my Guerlain Pure Parfum sampler from The Perfume Court yesterday and after a sniff last night, I'm sure that Apres L'Ondee, L'Heure Bleure, Shalimar and Vol de Nuit will be added to my list of spring favorites, however I am still not sure about Mitsouko. Also, Kai and Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess will go on the list, although I guess Bronze Goddess would qualify as a summer fragrance. I've just found a patch fragrance I can wear, Patchouly by Profumum, and I love it and I've been wearing it to work for the last couple of days. I'm kind of funny about patch fragrances. When I came into work today, however, a co-worker jumped on my case and told me that my perfume had been making her sick. I guess it probably doesn't matter that it's also spring here in eastern North Carolina, which is allergy central anyway. And I still love Black and White Aoud by Montale, winter or summer. I'm still working around to getting to some of the other scents I read about on here, and I'll get there some day. My husband and I do estate sales, and I found some vintage parfum bottles, one with Organza, one Amariage, and one Chanel Coco with just a dab in the bottom that smelled GOOD. I just love Tom's posts. Everyone have a great weekend!

mbsheisey

10:35 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love lists. :-)
Diorissimo
Miss Dior
Diorella
Chanel No.19
Mitsouko
L'occitane Cote d'Azur Mimosa
L'occitane Green Tea with Jasmine
Yes, please, include me in the draw.
lavinia_d

11:23 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay.. favourites for Spring : Bel Respiro, La Pausa, No. 19, and 31 Rue Cambon. Also Guerlain Lovely Cherry Blossom (yes, with the gold sparkles..it's just so girly!)And TDC Jasmine de Nuit, for evening (of course). Would love to be in the draw. Thank-you,
Karen G.

11:26 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you tried Mazzolari Patchouli? On me it is very creamy instead of some of the sharper patchouli scents I've tried. I'm not much a fan of rose scents, but I've been layering Mazzolari Patchouli with Voleur de Roses, and it is wonderful!

11:34 AM EDT  
Blogger Ducks said...

I would love to be in the drawing.

I am on a vetiver kick again, which arrives every time there is warmer weather: Encre Noir or Sel de Vetiver suit me down to a T.

Isabella Capeto. Oh my. It's gorgeous -- spicy, floral, lush, tremblingly delicate, perfect. I want a bottle and have no idea how to score one on the internet. *clutches decant*

Mimosaique for its delicate floralcy.

Monyette Paris for its easy to wear white-flower va-va-voom.

Anything with tea -- my lowbrow love High Tea by Possets makes me happy, layered with anything.

The Froot Loop innocence of Lostmarc'h Lann-Ael.

And... CB I Hate Perfume's Burning Leaves. I've gone mad for it all of a sudden, even when I think it's an autumnal aroma.

11:37 AM EDT  
Blogger Jennifer said...

JenniferR here, with google/blogger id issues:
Lists and draws, oh my! I've posted very little of late, but this'll bring anybody out!
Before I forget in the frenzy of list-making, please enter me in the draw.
It's been a patchouli spring for me, too, although not as extensively.
Borneo 1834 started it last fall, and hasn't gone away.
And you continued it, with Ombre Fauve, which I absolutely adore. Thank you so much for introducing me to it!
I suppose that you are also responsible for my recent forays into white florals. I doubt I'll ever be able to wear Fracas, but right now Carnal Flower and Tubereuse Criminelle are getting lots of love.
And I've fallen very hard for Piver's Cuir de Russie.
Still wearing CdG Avignon and Kyoto a lot, too. Need *more* incense ...
Oh, and L'Artisan Timbuktu.
Time to stop now ...

12:14 PM EDT  
Blogger Caviglia said...

First-time poster here.. And my first spring to play with perfume! So here are my favorites so far:

Folavril
Bulgari pour Femme
Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert
No. 19
Philosykos
Un Jardin en Mediterranee
Un Jardin Sur le Nil
Premier Figuier Extreme
Infusion d'Iris

12:19 PM EDT  
Blogger Caviglia said...

Oops, and please enter me in the drawing!

12:20 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disteza here, finally de-lurking; please enter me in the draw!

I just discovered Louanges by Parfumerie Generale, can't get enough of those lillies! Have also been on a Vero Kern bender with ultra heavy rotation on the Onda and Kiki. If if gets colder I break the Rubj, or even Aftelier's Cepes and Tuberose.

12:39 PM EDT  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

No. 1 is Apres L'Ondee! It is some sort of futureshock in which we have identical tastes, M.

Great list all around!

12:43 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous:

Thanks for the recommendation of the Mazzolari Patchouli! It got glowing reviews on Lucky Scent. I shall give it a try.

mbsheisey

12:59 PM EDT  
Blogger Claudia said...

Right now I'm obsessing over my sample of Bond No. 9 Chinatown, and saving my pennies to buy an actual bottle!

I've always been a huge fan of Patchouli. Thanks for the post, and please enter me in the drawing!

1:08 PM EDT  
Blogger Existentialist said...

Black March - it has that eerie, nauseating, digging in the garden smell that I recall from childhood. I am amazed once again at how good CB is at these true-to-life scents. Also, La Haie Fleurie du Hameau, Vent Vert, L'Heure Bleue (they should have subtitled it "de rigeur"). And my new boyfriend, Domenico Caraceni, for those cold days. I love Apres L'Ondee, but I feel like it is too light and youthful for me. But it is beautiful.

1:57 PM EDT  
Blogger oedipa said...

Great post, please enter me in the drawing!

Here's my list:
1. Annick Goutal Chevrefeuille
2. Same, layered over Jalaine vetiver oil
3. AG Songes (for a date)
4. Chanel No. 19
5. Guerlain Vetiver
6. Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert
7. Bulgari Pour Femme
8. AG Duel
9. For horrible, cold, rainy days, which we have in Chicago spring: Kenzo Amour
10. Montale White Aoud

Dying to try: Apres L'Ondee, Feminite du Bois

2:07 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My fave scents for spring (and beyond...)

In no particular order:

PG Corps et Ames
SL A La Nuit
Stella McCartney
Ormonde Jayne Frangipani
SL Un Lys
Ormonde Jayne Woman
Ormonde Jayne Man
Estee Lauder White Linen
SL D'Oranger
L'Artisan La Chasse...

Please put my name in the drawing!
Thank you!
Molly

2:54 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Julie,
Welcome, and you are in the draw!

3:16 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

mbsheisey,
Welcome, I am so glad you are enjoying the blog. You are in the draw.

3:17 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

lavinia_d,
I adore 4 scents on your list! :-) You are in the draw.

3:18 PM EDT  
Blogger kalina said...

...So i was visiting SF from Chicago for a couple of days and was thrilled to find out that there was a bottle of Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille just two blocks away from my hotel calling my name! I knew I would love it even before I bought it, especially back in cold & windy Chicago...except that - surprise- Chicago is no longer cold & windy! On my way out of Neiman's, I happened to smell the new Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily: its amazing! who knew?! Now *that* is a Spring scent! Vanille Double Exquise will just have to wait until the Fall...I actually got several compliments that evening on the Jo Malone from complete strangers...

My other springtime faves are:

SL Un Lys
AG La Chevrefeuille
CB Memory of Kindness
AG La Violette/L'Artisan Verte Violette mixed with Memory of Kindness

Do please enter me in the drawing!
thank you
k.

3:18 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Karen G,
I would totally wear and enjoy everything on your list! You are in the draw.

3:18 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Dear Anonymous,
I tried it and want to re-try it now, badly.

3:21 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Linda,
Everyone raves about that capeto scent, now you do too... I guess I should drag myself to Bendel.

3:21 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved your list, especially your mention of patchouli fragrances. SMN Patchouli has been another recent discovery for me. Love it!

Vika

3:42 PM EDT  
Blogger Cait said...

This post and everyone's comments have me scribbling down things to want and try. I would thus love to be entered in the drawing.

My list is on Legerdenez.. It's full of weird fruit and perfumes from different times in my life.

I wish all of my online perfumista folk were up here. I'm going to the mini sniff event at Nordstrom here in Anchorage. Have a great weekend, everyone!

3:43 PM EDT  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Hooray for the pin-up roses! One of my favorite floral genres. Drole de Rose and Lipstick Rose are favorites of mine. :)

3:50 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to be entered in the draw!

off the top of my head- the fragrances that i love in spring:
SL Tubereuse Criminelle (I love love the smell of tuberoses and this scent comes closest to that beautiful smell)
Chanel gardenia
I really enjoyed Andy's RdJ last spring (must get myself some more)

I usually will love anything with a base that combines patchouli, sandalwood and frankincense, in any weather..:)


Lavanya

4:08 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This year, Hermes is my source of spring scents. I could choose from any of the following: Eau d'Orange Vert, Terre, or the Jardins. Each one has a special place at the tip top of my spring rotation. BUT, that said, my favorite thing to do, fragrance wise, this spring is something I just discovered sort of by accident... Start with Jardin en Mediteranee LOTION and top off with a pulse points misting of Jardin Sur le Nil. This is perfect perfect perfect... It's like walking around in a breath of fresh air. I hope some of you try it because it's really wonderful.

And being the patchouli fiend that I am, I would love to be entered in the drawing.

Thank you!
-ANTHONY

4:28 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the drawing!

This spring I feel like the only two fragrances I need are Chanel No. 22 edt & Lorenzo Villoresi Musk...they both feel perfect all the time.

-Lindsey9107

4:39 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My spring favs have been:
Drole de Rose
Intense Tiare
Aoud Flowers
Fleurs de Citronnier
Teint de Neige
Chinatown
Madison Soiree

I'd love to enter the draw but I have to say, the only patch I've ever had success with has been PG Intrigant Patchouli.

Parisa

4:44 PM EDT  
Anonymous edwardian said...

I'm rediscovering my love for Guerlain this spring, and Chamade suddenly seems perfect again, but since it's still very cold in Italy I haven't abandoned Nahema yet. Another scent much easier to wear for me, L'Artisan's Navegar, gets me through the long hours at work, along with Tactics by Shiseido.
Creed's Green Valley and Penhaligon's Bluebell are my top outdoors scents of the moment.
Put my name in the draw, thanks.

5:12 PM EDT  
Blogger TMH256 said...

What a list Marina! All of you have done a fab job with this! Maybe some day the lowly Divina and I can be part of your group. Hehe! Until then, I thoroughly enjoy your picks and will be checking into a few that you mention. Thanks!

7:11 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of my favorites that haven't been mentioned:

Tauer Reverie au jardin
L'Artisan L'Eau de L'Artisan
TDC des Sens & Bois

I like Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum and Ellie, but they are my late Spring to Summer transition perfumes.

Cathleen

7:21 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just digging myself out of the (literal) dirt again (as in gardening), catching up on reading some blogs here and there. Just read your last two posts. How I can relate. AlO and LHB are two beautys that took some time for me to appreciate, but I can see their heartbreaking beauty now. What I'm into this spring:
LHB
PdG BdC
Diorella
Dioressence
PdG Ether de Lilas
Jules
but above all else my feel good scent Drole de Rose. Something about it makes me happy.
And, of course, I'd love to be in the draw, please.
Sabina

7:49 PM EDT  
OpenID slferguson said...

Tauer Reverie au Jardin, certainly...while I love Apres l'Ondee, I'm finding that it simply disappears on me, and that is heartbreaking against the promise of spring. Perhaps Manuel Canovas Ballade Verte?

Still very new to this perfume odyssey...but I'm thinking Cabotine might be on this list...for a warmer, damp kind of spring? or perhaps I am being overly influenced by the green leaves haunting my peripheral vision as I write this? No, it's a late spring, early summer thing, right?

Please, consider me for the drawing...more to learn!

8:33 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

JenniferR,
Lovely to see you here again! I love everything on your list,e specially L'Ombre :-)
You are in the draw.

9:14 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Caviglia,
Oh Folavril is such a springy scent! You are in the draw.

9:15 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Disteza,
Welcome! You reminded me about Cepes. Want!
You are in the draw.

9:16 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

R,
But you still dislike Real Patchouly, right? If so, the world is still in balance :-)

9:17 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Claudia,
Chinatown is utterly unique!
You are in the draw.

9:17 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Existentialist,
I wish there was a way I could wear Black March :-(
I think Apres L'Ondee is ageless and timeless *swoons* :-)

9:18 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Oedipa,
What an interesting layering idea!
You are in the draw.

9:19 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Molly,
Your list could be my list, give or take a Stella or a Frangipani :-)
You are in the draw.

9:20 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Kalina,
That Malone sounds wonderful!
You are in the draw.
PS. I love your (nick)name!

9:21 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Vika,
I am thinking that maybe I should re-visit all SMN line, especially things that totally did not appeal to me before.

9:23 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Cait,
How great it is to see you posting again!
You are in the draw.

9:24 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Jessica,
Pin up roses rule :-)

9:25 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Lavanya,
I love that kind of base as well.
You are in the draw.

9:25 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Anthony,
I wish I had some JdeM lotion!
You are in the draw.

9:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Lindsey,
Two but such wonderful ones! I could easily just stick with Apres L'Ondee and Lipstick Rose and be quite happy. I can't believe I just said that :-)
You are in the draw.

9:27 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Parisa,
what a feminine, chic list you have.
You are in the draw.

9:27 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Edwardian,
So we are both rediscovering Guerlain, cool.
You are in the draw.

9:28 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Tamara,
Thank you!!

9:29 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Cathleen,
Loukhoum is challenging for me, to put it mildly, but everything else on your list I enjoy!

9:30 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Sabina,
100% love everything on your list :-)
You are in the draw.

9:31 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

slferguson ,
Apres does not last on me too. But I feel that it makes it all the more appealing to me, that elusive beauty one can't hope to hold forever.
You are in the draw.

9:32 PM EDT  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

No one has mentioned L'Artisan's Mechant Loup, which I find to be the very essence of spring - woods and leaves and nuts that start out chilly and get warmer and softer and gentler. I love it as much as I love spring!

Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

9:33 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Elizabeth,
i have never thought of it as spring-like, but now that you put it that way....yes, of course it is!
You are in the draw

9:39 PM EDT  
Blogger Elise said...

I'd love to be in the draw! (I posted very late last night, but somehow I don't see my comment)

And, for spring:

Lys Mediterranee
Champaca

11:20 PM EDT  
Blogger cornlily said...

For me, the scent that comes to mind for spring is Malle's En Passant. I used to walk through streets near Harvard Square that were lined with lilacs, all blooming at once. I had a perverse pleasure for the scent of lilacs there, where it mixed with the smell of auto exhaust, the faint tinge of gasoline. Malle said, of course, lilacs need that touch to balance the scent; otherwise they'd be without interest.

Please enter me in the drawing.
Cornlily

12:59 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Elisa,
Beautiful choices!
You are in the draw

6:41 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Cornlily,
I wish so much that En Passant worked on me :-(
You are in the draw.

6:42 AM EDT  
OpenID SLFerguson said...

Columbina,
Yes, the fleeting nature of Apres has a lyrical appropriateness to it...ironically, I had worn it the day before your post...perhaps I am not quite ready for the pain, since winter has been SO long here, and spring has already decided to eliminate a stretch of those delightfully cool days full of promise. Perhaps tomorrow I shall indulge again in the pain.

Thanks for your ever entertaining, informative, thought provoking blog.

11:15 AM EDT  
Blogger Noy said...

Would love to be entered in the drawing! For spring, I love Apres L'Ondee, En Passant...I am timid about florals, but have found Acca Kappa Calycanthus to be green/citrusy enough not to overwhelm...

11:21 AM EDT  
Anonymous Delfina said...

Here in northern Italy the last three weeks have been colder and more rainy than usual for spring months, so in no particular order, here are my "cold spring" favourites:

OJ Ormonde woman
OJ Frangipani
Hermès Ambre narguilé (rainy days mostly)
Tauer Incense rosé
Montale Aoud roses petals
Eau d'Italie Sienne l'hiver
FM Le parfum de Thérèse
Tauer l'air du désert marocain
Comme des Garçons Jaisalmer
FM Iris poudre

I'm not very much longing, on the other hand, for leathery scents I usually love, like Dzing! or Bandit. I'll see if it's a temporary spring crisis and... would love to be in the draw!
Thank you very much

11:50 AM EDT  
OpenID dark-phoenix54 said...

I seem to be intent on using up my tiny amount of the original Anne Klein lately! I shall mourn when it is all gone. I ignored it for a long time; now it seems perfect to me.

And yes, please enter me in the drawing!

12:53 PM EDT  
Anonymous Janet in California said...

Songes,
CB Violet Empire
CB At the Beach 1966
La Chasse Aux Papillons
Fragipani Absolute

And my favorite- Le Parfum de Thérèse

Please put me in draw.

Thanks!

3:03 PM EDT  
Anonymous GGS said...

Love to be in the drawing!
This spring, I've been wearing Osmanthe Yunnan
Chanel 31 Rue Chambon & No.18
TDC Jasmin de Nuit
Ormonde Jayne Woman
Un Jardin Sur le Nil
Bulgari Eau The Rouge
DSH Fire Opal
Safran Troublant

--Gail

9:35 PM EDT  
Anonymous zeram1 said...

Spring = Selection Verte or Aubépine Acacia. Please enter me in the drawing as well.

1:42 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you please enter me in the draw?

I've been getting into AG La Violette, AG Duel, Laura Tonatto Oltre (especially layered with others such as Rosine's Ecume de Rose).

I've been trying to find a tester of Hiris to no avail. Sigh.

And I, too, join the ranks of those who initially hated Mitsouko and are learning to love it!

Morag

9:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Madelyn said...

Hi Marina,
Greetings from Rosltn. I would love to be in the draw - My 10 top favorites fro Spring are
Miss Dior
Diorissimo
Diorella
Chanel No. 19
ANnick Goutal - Passion EDP
Chantecaille - Tiare
La Chasse Aux Papillons
Opium(yes opium)
Gucci III
Sisley's -Eau Du Soir
Sweet Scented Regards

4:33 PM EDT  
Anonymous Minou 2 said...

The draw- yes, please!
Tops for spring:
Rosine Zest de Rose
Diorissimo
Chanel 22
Bond No 9 Peace
L'Artisan Mimosa
Fresh Pomegranate and Anise
Guerlain Jicky
Shisheido White Rose
Private Reserve Marie Antoinette Violette

My most favorite spring scent- the hyancinths in my garden!
Thank you for your beautifully written and crafted column, and for your sharp and insightful intellect, Marina!
Estee Lauder Pleasures

10:21 PM EDT  

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