Spring is finally here. My daffodils and hyacinths are blooming, and so are the cherry trees, both wild and cultivated, white and pink. There are baby calves bounding through the fields (if you’ve ever seen them run, you know where the phrase “kick up your heels” comes from), and I’ve even seen a few rabbits. And the light! The light has that golden, poured-lemonade quality that engenders happiness.
Goodbye to orientals and heavy vanillas, goodbye to tobacco and leather scents. I’ve packed them away in the bedside cabinet to await chilly weather.
A few scents I love for spring:
It’s the perfect time for lily and lily of the valley, so I love to wear Diorissimo, the old Kenzo Parfum d’Ete (1992 version in the frosted-glass upright leaf bottle), and Donna Karan Gold. Nothing else says spring quite like cool, pristine white flowers.
I also think it’s the perfect time for violet scents. Who doesn’t love these tiny flowers poking their heads shyly through heart-shaped leaves? Violet can be a little difficult for me — either dusty-powdery or candied — but for violet soliflores I like Penhaligon’s Violetta and Annick Goutal La Violette. The Penhaligon’s is a little greener, and the Goutal a little more rosy, but they’re both gentle and attractive. Les Nez’ The Unicorn Spell is lovely, too. A few violets-in-composition scents that I like: Caron Aimez-Moi (violet, anise, and vanilla) and the incomparable Apres l’Ondee (violet, heliotrope, and ethereal melancholy magic).
Edit, April 30: I’ll add lilac scents as well, since I’ve been craving them over the last couple of weeks. Favorites: Jean Patou Vacances (of which I only have a tiny sample), Frederic Malle En Passant, and DSH Perfumes White Lilac. Technically, Vacances is a lilacs-in-a-green-setting composition, not a soliflore, and I suppose En Passant is as well. Another lilac composition I love is the gorgeous, satiny LeLong Pour Femme – lilacs and orchids.
Image is Spring Garden from nomm de photo at flickr.com.