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Friday, April 30, 2010

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 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 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.

If you would like to participate in a prize draw for a set of 10 spring-y samples (Marina's choice, including some of the scents on this list), please, say so in your comment. The winner will be chosen at random and announced next week. The draw is closed.

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



Blogger popcarts said...

The draw: oh yes, please!

I have been wearing Quartz an awful lot these days (but then that is my way when early spring hits town) along with Amoureuse now and again and vintage Caron Violette Precieuse, which to me IS spring. It is violets in filtered sunlight and sudden cool breezes.

I've been flirting a bit with Byredo Tulipe but, lovely as it is -- I like it quite a lot, in fact -- I'm afraid it's just a little too pretty, too young and girly-girl for me. I can never quite entirely dispense with the shiv. I need my shiv.

12:22 AM EDT  
Blogger DWR said...

What a great list! It gives me a lot of scents to try I haven't considered. I'm definitely interested in the drawing!

12:23 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Very interested in the prize draw! Also I am so intrigued by the body powders that Marla mentioned. I burn Japanese incense constantly at home because it reminds me of my family and it's really comforting. I've been looking for a fragrance that captures that earthy woody quality, so I'll look into those body powders for sure. Great list!

12:53 AM EDT  
Anonymous Lavanya said...

great list! - I'm still in the mood for spicy/incense-y roses, even though it is getting warmer here (have been loving my sample of Amouage Epic and maison francis kurkdjian lumiere noir)..I have to try Taif and DK Iris!

would love to be entered in the draw!

1:13 AM EDT  
Blogger Veroushka said...

I'd love to be entered in the draw. :)

This is my first spring as a perfumista, so there's so much to try. Right now I'm loving Hermes Eau De Merveilles (but I have a feeling I will love this one even more in the hot summer weather) and Ormonde Jayne Ta'if. I usually hate rose scents, so Ta'if took me completely by surprise. I adore it!

1:59 AM EDT  
Blogger Netto said...

Terrific list! Please enter me

2:15 AM EDT  
Blogger Tama said...

I'd love to be in the draw! I'm looking forward to a few new spring purchases - I lean so much toward winter scents. This is a very interesting list! Gotta try the Ninfeo Mio.

2:30 AM EDT  
Blogger Proximity said...

I would love to be included in the draw. Spring fragrances are such an excellent category, so uplifting and hopeful.
I've been wearing Ta'if frequently this spring, and I'd been telling myself "this isn't really a spring fragrance, but I just don't care" so I'm really surprised and pleased to see it on this list!

3:21 AM EDT  
Blogger Martin Friberg said...

I was surprised to see Gris Clair on the list. Never thought of it as a spring fragrance. Will try it out fo the day.

The draw: Yes please!

3:45 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would love to be entered in the draw!

Right now I'm wearing Joy a lot -- I found a bottle of vintage extrait for next to nothing at a flea market, and it still smells marvelous! Hooray for spring 2010!

3:58 AM EDT  
Blogger Ines said...

Ninfeo Mio is one of my favorites this year as well. :)
Please enter me for the draw.

4:14 AM EDT  
Blogger carmencanada /Grain de Musc said...

No need to enter me in the draw... Seconding Tom and Ines on Ninfeo Mio, quite a wonderful, original addition to the Annick Goutal collection.
Marina's choice makes me realize I haven't included any iris scent in my own selection -- iris somehow seems a natural in this season. But now that I've actually worn some of my precious Iris Gris for a gala evening, no other iris does it for me and it would seem just plain cruel to put it in a top ten considering its inaccessibility. Why, oh why does no one put out an iris-peach? It can't be that hard, though it would be costly...

4:44 AM EDT  
Blogger Lorelie said...

This is a lovely list with many I've not tried. The Japanese body powders are calling to me. I would love to be included in the draw. Thank you for this generous offering.

5:44 AM EDT  
Blogger queen_cupcake said...

I would dearly love to try any of these scents--please enter me in your draw. Thank you!

6:10 AM EDT  
Blogger Tara said...

I have a sample of Donna Karan Iris and will wear it today, i honor of the top 10 for Spring.

Please enter me in the drawaing.

Thank you.

6:38 AM EDT  
Anonymous maggi said...

Please do include me in the draw. The weather here has been so fickle that I've kept Amouage Jubilation at hand; the cool floral incense seems like a good fit with the rain and snow! of late April, upstate.

7:04 AM EDT  
Blogger Prettywitty504 said...

I haven't found my spring favorite. I've been trying to squeeze in my patchouli favorites (I Profumi di Firenze Patchouly Rosso, Chanel Coromandel, Montale Patchouli Leaves) before it's too warm. Please do include me in the draw, and thank you!

7:42 AM EDT  
Blogger Laurinha said...

Please enter me in the draw: I find Marina's choice really interesting. Spring is a bit late this year so I've been brightening my mood with Zafferano by Gli Odori, these last few days. It works rather well! ^_^

7:42 AM EDT  
Blogger dukeofpallmall said...

The draw sounds sweet, inlude me in :)
Spring is the best of seasons. The life juices bubbling, everything blooming. My current fave is Tremlett's Hampstead Water, really very much a trad cologne-style perfume, bergamot, neroli, minty-freshness provided with muscle and longevity thanks to the little synthetic helpers. Way overpriced for what you get, but it was a gift after all :D, and quite as nice one.

7:58 AM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

So, Carter, I gotta ask, where's the shiv among those tender violets? Hidden down there in the mousse de saxe? (I love VP too, even in it's newer incarnation...)

8:11 AM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Daniele--I LOVE Eau de Merveilles in the height of summer. I don't think it gets enough love, really.

8:12 AM EDT  
Blogger krnszn said...

Love these lists! They always inspire me to try new scents. Oh the joy of perfume!!!!!

I've been sampling a vial of Amouage Dia - beautiful!!! Also love Parfums d'Empire's 3 Fleurs for those cool, rainy days. Other spring favorites - Chamade and Juicy Couture (though I wear this year round!).

8:15 AM EDT  
Blogger krnszn said...

Oh, forgot to say, and please include me in the draw!

While I'm posting twice (sorry), I have to say, that painting is beautiful!

8:19 AM EDT  
Anonymous bellemoon said...

I agree....the body powders are definately rattling around in my brain as something to try. Must. Google. Them.

I would love to be entered into the drawing. I am just expanding into the niche/harder to find frags.


8:22 AM EDT  
Anonymous Jan said...

I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thank you.

8:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Sue said...

Great list! Byredo Green and Apres L'Ondee are some of the scents on mine. Please enter me in the drawing! Thanks. :-)

8:45 AM EDT  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

What a delightfully varied array of choices! I'm kind of bouncing around here, but having a good time. What is this Irian Jaya Select? It has intrigued me...

Please do NOT enter me in the draw. Mind you, I'd *love* to get a sampler...but I won a sampler from you a couple years ago. It's wonderful. A spring happiness this year will be knowing what fun someone else is going to have... :)

8:49 AM EDT  
Anonymous ScentRed said...

I can’t wait to try DK Iris. Sounds like it will be right up my alley.

I'd love to be in the draw.


8:59 AM EDT  
Anonymous Julie Ellen said...

I have been wearing lots of Tauer's Reverie au Jardin this spring. Tried a spritz of Ninfeo Mio and may now need more. Please enter me in the drawing, I need to sample more spring.

9:24 AM EDT  
Blogger CyndiF said...

Please enter me in the draw. I am feeling like I haven't found the right scent for spring yet. Green? Floral? I am bouncing around but nothing quite works yet. Thanks for the suggestions!

9:32 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ninfeo Mio will turn out to be one of the classic spring scents, I believe. I have been wearing it almost every day. The lemon tree smoke and raw boxwood are haunting. It is the exact smell of clearing brush in the spring.

One that isn't getting enough love is MMM Untitled. It is, to me, the heavier version of Ninfeo Mio. Not as complex in the drydown, but much increased in potency and mystery in the opening. I love it just as much.

For this very moment, though, as the iris comes into full bloom, the most authentic scent of the flower, Aqua di Parma Iris Nobile, is perfection itself.

Please enter me in the draw!

9:37 AM EDT  
Blogger KiuKiu said...

I'd love to be part of this prize draw!

I've just recently gotten into the world of fragrances and I'm finding more to appreciate every day. This past Sunday I purchased my first fragrance, Chanel Gardenia Parfum and it is lovely,. Since it is the only perfume I have that I love (I have 3 given to me as gifts and I dislike all), it is my spring fragrance of the moment :)

9:51 AM EDT  
Blogger Kate said...

Ooooh please enter me in the draw. I adore Ninfeo Mio this spring since I was introduced to its lovely fig dry down in the air when sprayed prior to the Sniffapalooza Spring Fling breakfast at B-G.

9:58 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favourite this season currently is AG Mandragore. It's lemony and orange blossom-y and seems to swirl with a warmth then chill. FK APOM is also good. It's elegant and beautiful and wears like a light veil, but actually does have some substance. I'm at the perfumista point I can finally use the acronyms! Please enter me in draw...thanks to everyone else also, I have some new ideas for Spring perfume...

9:59 AM EDT  
Blogger Dixie said...

I have been trying out orange blossoms this spring and have settled on Fragonard's Fleur d'Oranger. I would love to be entered in the draw!
Thank you!

10:04 AM EDT  
Anonymous d3m0lici0n said...

It's a great list , I'd love to win some samples and try all those really cool spring scents! Please enter my name in the draw.

10:35 AM EDT  
Blogger StyleSpy said...

Wow. SO intrigued by Marla's incense powders. Wold love to try those.

Please enter me in the drawing. I can never get enough spring.

10:43 AM EDT  
Anonymous Fernando said...

Please include me in the draw. Spring-y sounds good, and I have too few scents in that style. In fact, I don't think I have any of the ones in your lists!

10:45 AM EDT  
Blogger cornlily said...

Vent Vert was the perfume I discovered in spring time at 18, worn with jeans and a big white shirt. It was perfect for that time and place and mindset. I'll wear it again today.

Yes, I'd like to be in the draw, please.

11:14 AM EDT  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

How is it that I have never heard of incense-based body powders? Off to shop...

11:16 AM EDT  
Blogger Balutakat said...

Just came back from Seattle, can't seem to find the right perfume for that city. Thanks for all these suggestions - please add me to the draw list, maybe my magic scent is in the samples.

11:28 AM EDT  
Blogger Nina Zolotow said...

I can hear Ninfeo Mio calling me from all the way across the San Francisco Bay. I'll get over there one of these days to check it out. Meanwhile, I'd love to be included in the draw because I'm still in that phase where I want to smell EVERYTHING.

11:50 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Many ideas for a newcomer into the world of perfumistas. Thanks for the post and comments.

Fragances I am using this spring:
Ninfeo Mio was love at first smell. One of the few bottles I own so far.
Cristalle (very recent discovery)
On cooler rainy days Bois de Violette or discontinued Feminités du Bois (this has been my loyal companion for years; still got some left which I treasure).

On hot days, already up to 30ºC,(this is spring in northern Spain) recently discovered Acqua Allegoria Pamplelune, refreshing and happy.
Chanel 19.
Private Collection.
1000 (enjoying a large sample)
Amouage Lyric Woman (sample)
Tauer's Une rose chyprée(a present)
Love them all, each at it's moment.

Will try some of the ones of your lists: while writing here trying out Ta'if.

I would love to be entered into the drawing, thank you.

11:52 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the drawing--thanks!

11:52 AM EDT  
Blogger snowpavement said...

I am ~dying for the 'right' flowers! Ahh, Spring!
Please enter me in the draw.

12:12 PM EDT  
Blogger Jen said...

I am very interested in the prize draw. Great list! Must try Byredo Tulipe.

12:13 PM EDT  
Blogger La Bonne Vivante said...

great list, thanks! I've been wearing Jo Malone's vanilla and anise as well! Something about anise reminds me of spring, I know not why. Please include me in the draw...

12:35 PM EDT  
Anonymous Tiara said...

Sadly, I haven't tried ANY of these. Ninfeo Mio and Byredo Tulipe are both on my next sample order list, though. Both sound yummy!

12:48 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put me in the draw

1:13 PM EDT  
Blogger Shala Kerrigan said...

Oh I enjoy your scent descriptions. Please do enter me in the drawing.

1:19 PM EDT  
Blogger Norma said...

Hey, I'd love to be entered, that would be great!

My current springtime favorite is Chanel 22. I'm loving this stuff so much.

1:41 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've been wearing Baudelaire by Byredo this spring. It has a lovely shifting quality. Something between a light leather and the smell of river and/or flowers. It isn't heavy or overpowering at all in the warmer weather. This perfume has been lambasted by some of the perfumes blogs I read and respect. I find that I disagree with the negative appraisals, and wonder if the negativity originates from the perfume's "sacrilegious" use of the name Baudelaire. Just my thoughts. Please enter me into the drawing.

1:55 PM EDT  
Blogger Dagny said...

I'd like to enter into your drawing! The list is inspiring me to try some new spring scents. So far for spring I'm loving La Chasse aux Papillons.

1:58 PM EDT  
Blogger Elisa said...

Would love to be included in the draw. My faves this spring include Kenzo Parfum d'Ete and Donna Karan Gold.

2:10 PM EDT  
Blogger Gator Grad said...

It's funny that you mention Ta'if in the list, which is my favorite in the fall/winter but doesn't work for me in the spring. Not sure why. I just don't reach for it.

I've been wearing out my OJ Tiare travel spray, though!

I'd love be entered in the drawing!

2:20 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a generous prize! Please put my name in the hat.
Because winter is mild in my part of the world-- cool and rainy, not frozen and barren-- spring changes are subtle and not so desperately longed-for. The weather here often leaps from winter to summer in about one week, so some of your spring fragrances hardly get a moment of their own. However, I've been able to discover and enjoy Chanel No 19 this season, though local temperatures will soon rule it out. Only summer fragrances can help me get through the long hot days to come!
-- Gretchen

2:46 PM EDT  
Blogger Dionne said...

As a brand-spankin' new... uh... newbie (you get what I'm trying to say here) I love these kinds of lists. Please enter me in that draw, I'd love to smell these fragrances. Right now I'm wearing Ineke's After My Own Heart. Mmmm, lilacs.

3:02 PM EDT  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

Ta'if is the nearest I've ever got to a signature scent... - in winter & in summer (in usual I'm for the most concentrated form possible - this time it's the EdP my HG)

3:38 PM EDT  
Blogger Helge Pettersen said...

My essential spring perfumes have to be Dior Homme (in the dampy spring rain <3) and Terre d'Hermès.

Aand, I'd like to be entered in the draw :D

3:41 PM EDT  
Blogger Jorid said...

Right now I'm sampling Serge Lutens Fleur d'Oranger and it seems perfect for those chilly spring mornings.

I'd like to be in the draw by the way

3:43 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Please enter me for the draw! After a long winter of ambers, leathers, and ouds, I'm ready for something new!

4:08 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'd love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks very much!! I'm dying to try the new DK Iris, btw. :)

4:12 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've been wearing Calandre a lot this spring. We had some hot days recently and that's when I discovered Penhaligon's Amaranthine's stanky charms. Yowza. Please enter me in the draw.

(I thought I commented hours ago but my comment never appeared. Maybe I hit "cancel" accidentally. I promise I'm not trying to enter twice!)

4:20 PM EDT  
Blogger elizabeth said...

I'm glad to see that there is someone else who appreciates DK Iris. I really enjoy this; I find it less rooty than most irises - very easy to wear, and very pleasing.

Ta'if has been a staple this spring, but something about its initial stage (a dreaded fruitiness, actually) has recently started to bother me, so I don't think I'll go the FB route after all. Drydown is very pretty, though, so maybe I just news to get through the first few minutes.

I'm wearing Eau Première a lot, as well as MFK Lumière Noire recently. They always make me happy!

Oh, and please enter me in the drawing! Thanks

4:40 PM EDT  
Blogger odonata9 said...

I would love to be entered in the prize draw!
Enjoying Nifeo Mio, Kelly Caleche, Cristalle eau Verte and Osmanthe Yunnan this spring

5:10 PM EDT  
Blogger Scott said...

I was shocked to discover that I haven't smelled a single perfume on the list, (save, perhaps, Diorissimo, or is it Diorella?...arrggh, who knows!) I would LOVE to correct this grievous situation by entering the drawing for the giveaway and corssing my fingers.

5:46 PM EDT  
Blogger Suzy said...

I would love to be in the drawing.

6:02 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there-- please consider me for the draw! My spring fling so far has been niki de saint phalle-- especially at night. Since we have had such a rainy spring, I have been altrernating spritzing Cuir de Lancome with Caron INfini, and some other rich leathery warm things. Tried Climat yesterday, but that was somehow not right. Thanks for the fun list!! mary

6:28 PM EDT  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Hi -- please do consider me for the draw.

My spring fling has been with Le Temps d'Une Fete. I really want to try Ninfeo Meo, too -- I'm all about the green

7:15 PM EDT  
Anonymous cherry said...

Hey girls, Why not try a dash of "Ooh La La" from Bud Parfums at Cheers, Cherry.

8:18 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Others have already mentioned a couple of my spring favorites -- I've been wearing Amoureuse more than anything else, and I love it. A close second is Lutens' Fd'O, and I've also been enjoying LV Garofano, which has seemed perfect for transitional weather. Fd'O has garnered the most compliments. -- Annunziata

8:23 PM EDT  
Blogger ARO said...

I've been wearing Carnal Flower since October. So hard to give it up, I get so many complements. But spring is here, and time for a lighter tough. Revived last summer's Osmanthus, which smells great but doesnt really last. Any suggestions?

Please enter me in the prize drawing. Thanks

8:31 PM EDT  
Anonymous ggs said...

Will throw my hat in the ring. I've been sooo tempted to break the perfumista cardinal rule and purchase the Full Bottle of Ninfeo Mio unsniffed.
Wearing this spring: Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan, Hermes Pamplemousse Rose, Ormonde Jayne Woman....

9:12 PM EDT  
Anonymous zeram1 said...

Can you tell me if Ta’if by Ormonde Jayne is sweet or not? Please enter me in the drawing as well.

9:16 PM EDT  
Blogger popcarts said...

@Alyssa: I can do no better to describe the "shiv" in vintage Violette Precieuse than to quote Marina from a post she did on the scent in 2007: "Violette Précieuse was the first violet I ever loved. It demonstrated to me what I thought was impossible, that violets were not all dainty and delicate and ladylike in a boring sort of way. It was the violet with a kick, with an attitude, with a dark, brooding Caron base and I loved it. Although incredibly elegant, it was a forceful, atmospheric scent. The violet had an almost oily, rich quality and the greenness was earthy and shadowy."

9:29 PM EDT  
Blogger Alyona said...

Please enter me in the draw: I find Marina's choice very interesting. My favourite this season currently is Diorling, Dior; Tuscan Leather, Ford and Iris Hilde Soliani.

10:11 PM EDT  
Blogger Prosetry said...

I know it's supposed to be a winter scent, but my new spring favorite is Femme Jolie by Sonoma Scent Studio. I like it because it wears so airily, but has all these comfort spices and labdanum. It's perfect for those between-days, when the sun is warm but the wind is still chilly.

Oh, and I'd love to be part of your prize draw!

10:14 PM EDT  
Anonymous Chris G said...

Great list!! Please enter me in the draw. Thanks!!

10:24 PM EDT  
Anonymous Heather B said...

Oh I would love to be entered in the draw. Thanks. I love incense scents and I really want to try those body powders. I've been wearing After my own heart, Chamade, and Infusion d' Iris this spring.

11:44 PM EDT  
Blogger Madelyn E said...

I love the favorites topics of each of the les quatres saisons..
I love Chanel No. 19, No. 22
Also Diorissimo - Miss Dior and for the warmer days Joy . I am a classics girl. Would love to be entered in the draw.
I must try Donna Karan's Iris , Chaos etc.
Thank you

3:49 AM EDT  
Anonymous Cynthia L said...

I will second Tom's Ninfeo Mio. I think one reason I love it---it's just so darn creative. What I'm loving right now is Divine L'Infante. The peony, jasmine, and blackcurrent leaves surround me in a happy pink cloud of light scent. And I know Divine is known for being really French, but this one gives me an Asian vibe (maybe the peony) which fits me like a glove here in Singapore. And please enter me in the draw! thanks

4:53 AM EDT  
Blogger Isa said...

This spring I'm enjoying Yves Rocher Comme une évidence EDP (gorgeous floral-green bouquet), my samples of En Passant and Ineke's After my own heart (now I know I love lilacs) and Kenzo Flower Eau d'été 2006 Edition.

I'm looking forward to trying Ninfeo Mio and other spring launches.

Please, enter me in the draw! Thanks you!

5:24 AM EDT  
Blogger Anatole Lebreton said...

There are so much of them that I don't know ! Please enter me in the draw. right now i'll wear iris Silver Mist that fits so well with the sunny spring day;

5:48 AM EDT  
Blogger Katherine said...

Please enter me in the draw!

Ta'if has been my spring scent too this year- It has a jubiliance that just seems right for spring.

9:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous hotlanta linda said...

My newbie choice for Spring is AG`s Ninfeo as well! But Grand Amour, Camille, & Violet are constant companions!! I`ve 5 LOV`s, but when both Coty`s are vintage 70`s and 40`s,& Dior and Penhaligon`s early 80`s, I open each for a deep whiff before replaceing the cap!(They all are holding up fine) Back to AG for the wearable-w/out-guilt Lily! :-) Orientals and Woods still remain year-round craves...Many thanks for including yt in the drawing!

11:34 AM EDT  
Anonymous thebathoholic said...

What a great list of must try scents. I am always looking for new scents to try. Thanks.

1:02 PM EDT  
Blogger presch1 said...

yes, please enter me in the draw. this spring tauer's vetiver dance and PG's Querelle have been my "most reached for". Guess it's vetiver season for me.

2:50 PM EDT  
Anonymous Claudia0219 said...


and i will say i must agree....the Donna karan Iris is divine and has been my go to this spring, i also keep using my Acqua di Biella Kid Mohair. Stunning fragrances for spring and summer. Right now i am waiting for both of the new PG's to arrive at my doorstep. My email is :)

6:42 PM EDT  
Anonymous Claudia0219 said...

OHHHHHHHHHHHHH and before i forget, just sampled the new Hermes Voyage D'Hermes and had to order it beautiful

6:44 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lilybug said...

Please include me in the prize draw!

I must say, Donna Karan Iris hasn't done anything for me yet. But I keep waiting and hoping!

8:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous maggiecat said...

Must dig out my sample of Gris I still have on, I wonder? My spring go-to note has been neroli, but lavender is and always will be my first true love.

9:49 PM EDT  
Blogger Janet said...

Yes, please enter me in the draw. I don't think I have tried any of these!

1:40 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the draw. I've been wearing Jo Malone Sweet Lime and Cedar a lot.Jill S

9:13 AM EDT  
Blogger sean's jo said...

Right now my spring fling is with En Passant since the passing of winter is always a bit sad for me. But Flora Bella and AG Chevrefeuille are calling out to me to brighten up.
Please enter me in the draw - Thanks!

11:41 AM EDT  
Blogger David Ecker said...

Please enter me in the draw.

12:10 PM EDT  
Blogger Olivia said...

Oh my gosh, yes! Diorissimo is *amazing* - at least, vintage Diorissimo (my mother used to love it and no longer wears perfume, but saved her Diorissimo parfum, so now I am lucky enough to wear it every now and then!)... I'm still a little nervous to try the newest formulation, as I know it just won't be the same, but one of these days I will try it!

Some of these other fragrances sound lovely, as well, so I must add them to my list of scents to try! :-)

Please enter me in the drawing? Thank you!! :-)

1:42 PM EDT  
Blogger Laurie Brown said...

Oh, my, yes, I want to be entered into the drawing!

That list is really interesting, especially the powdered spices ones.

2:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Klara said...

Very interesting, Ta'if has actually been my spring fragrance this year. I feel that Ta'if can sometimes be too icy in the winter and so when the weather gets warmer, the warmth of the base lifts up the perfume as well, making it a bit rounder and softer at the edges. The other spring fragrance that I have been loving is Annick Goutal's Grand Amour - simply a gorgeous spring bouquet. Please enter me in the draw, thank you!

4:24 PM EDT  
Anonymous HemlockSillage said...

I'd love to be in your spring favorites drawing. . .

Marla, I'd love to try those powders, they sound lovely. One of my joys in my year in Japan was visiting temples, and absorbing a tiny measure of the peace therein. CdG's Kyoto brings that back for me.

I wish I could love the Ninfeo Mio. It goes all boxwoody on me, and smells like I got tagged by the local tomcat.

I too love Ta'if and Gris Clair, for very different moods. . .Today I rebelled and put on Amouage Epic Woman, and loved it. Perhaps not in 100+F summer here, but for a cool spring day, it was great. Be well.

8:44 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

heheh, I was just talking today about a roommate of mine in college who would wear Diorissimo. Every single time she put it on, another roommate would walk out and sniff the air and say, totally innocently, "Has the exterminator been here?" I don't think she ever caught on that it was perfume.

Please enter me in the drawing. I don't mind smelling like bug spray, if it's from Dior.

9:50 PM EDT  
Anonymous Tamara said...

Hello Marina,
I'm probably much too late but please enter me in the drawing.
I feel overwhelmed and disheartened because I want so badly to try everything that you all talk about but I have don't have the real means and yet my heart YEARNS to! I hate being poor damn it. I do love your blog though cause a girl can (and should) dream <3

12:57 AM EDT  
Blogger tarleisio said...

I don't know if I came late to this party, but I'd love to be entered into this draw! My goto spring scents this year are Serge Lutens' "Fleurs d'Oranger" (the smell of happy, bottled), and "Encens et Lavande" for rainy days and melancholy Sundays.

8:33 AM EDT  
Blogger Dink said...

Thanks for the great ideas to try and please include me in the draw.

11:50 AM EDT  
Anonymous ElizabethN said...

How funny, I just ordered DK Iris last evening! That and Ta'if have been two of my favorites this spring...please enter me in the drawing! thanks.

8:41 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put me in the draw

9:33 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would love to be a part of the prize draw!

The scents sound marvelous.

9:53 PM EDT  
Blogger sunnlitt said...

I love reading what people are wearing in the Spring. It is such a lovely time of year.
Please enter me in the draw.

11:39 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Also my first spring as a perfumnista. Exciting. I would love to enter the draw...Right now -En Passant, Terra de Hermes,and for those chilly days Reverie au Jardin has stuck my fancy.

12:42 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ive been wearing Un Lys, En Passant, Cristalle, many to love! Please enter me in the drawing!

10:56 AM EDT  
Blogger Ľubaša said...

I have never smelled or tried any of these scents. But I like description of Jo Malone's vanilla and anise. Please enter me to the draw. thanks
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

4:04 PM EDT  
Blogger orchidfae said...

Please I would like to enter the draw! Need a new spring scent. My En Passant spray nozzle is stuck, lol

11:51 PM EDT  

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