Spring Favorites and a Prize Draw
Ta’if, by Ormonde Jayne: The surprise hit of my spring was the velvety, pepper-dusted saffron rose of Ta’if. It’s a perfume I normally wear in winter—the cold, dry air makes its rich jewel-tones sparkle—but this year, on the days when my spring favorites were simply too tender, too open, it gave me polish and grace without armor.
I can’t help it.....in the spring it’s always Diorissimo. Absolutely no other perfume will do for this time period where the world is greening and the air smells fresh , hopeful and alive with the promise of that fertile passion.
Serge Lutens Gris Clair. This is like standing in the French countryside surrounded by lavender and sweet herbs and smelling whiffs of frankincense coming from an ancient church up on a hill.
I have been reaching consistently for Jo Malone's Vanilla & Anise this spring. In addition to the titular notes, there are licks of saffron and orange blossom that give it some subtle va-va-voom. Its transparent sweetness is perfect for our clear, crisp weather.
Uns Fine Crafts Irian Jaya Select mimics Spring in it’s cool, vapourous topnote, midnotes of moss and herbs, it’s warm woody drydown, and surprising hints of pepper and nutmeg which add liveliness and excitement to this lovely pastoral oud from Indonesia.
Donna Karan Iris has been my go-to scent this spring. The cool rootiness of the central accord is a perfect match for the chilly spring we have been having. The green transparency of the fragrance is in tune with the fragility I feel in the air every spring...life is taking its first steps after the darkness of winter, and seems so delicate, a strong gust of wind might nip it in the bud...What I also like about Karan's new Iris is that it is not overly true to life: it is a fairly perfumey perfume, and I enjoy its easy, classical elegance.
I've been wearing Baieido Zukoh, and Shoyeido Tokusen body powders a lot this spring; not technically perfumes, they are finely ground Japanese incense spices typically worn by Buddhist monastics, very grounding and centering, and based on aloeswood, sandalwood, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and borneol camphor.
This years spring fling is Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio, with its whisper of lavender, woody citrus and slightly musky fig.
To check other lists, please visit: Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc, Now Smell This and Perfume Posse.
Image, New York Spring in Central Park by Guy Dessapt, is from artnet.com
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