Scents and Words : Spring Fragrances

How do you describe something as intangible as a scent? It’s less difficult than it seems, and the only way to get better at it is to practice. So let’s do it together by describing our favorite spring aromas.

I will start with freesias, which are some of my favorite spring flowers. They smell of Concord grapes with a touch of violet and black pepper. They are sweet, lush and unexpectedly dramatic for such dainty blossoms.

You can also use the space here like a scent diary–for sharing what perfumes you’re wearing or what smells, good or bad, you notice around you.

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81 Comments

  • Cybele: At the moment I’m having Le Labo Jasmin17, A la Nuit, and Chanel Gardenia on my mind March 16, 2017 at 8:01am Reply

    • Melissa Rosen: Love all 3 March 16, 2017 at 10:52am Reply

    • Nick: À la Nuit reminds me of summer, though. I like its sweet heady character. March 16, 2017 at 12:49pm Reply

      • Cybele: yes, its more tropical in a way but still green.I’m wondering if I find it too floral but I like how it calms down quickly and seems to stay close to the skin March 16, 2017 at 6:02pm Reply

  • Gabriela: Yesterday I tried Kiko Meicheir´s Clair Obscur. It smells of pure Jasmin but I think it lacks complexity… I will try it again and report if I have second thoughts. March 16, 2017 at 8:38am Reply

    • Victoria: That’s how I thought of it too. March 17, 2017 at 1:12pm Reply

  • kat: I’ve finally managed to get a sample of Chanel Cristalle – said to be an essential spring scent. Sadly we’re not becoming friends (probably the hyacinth’s fault). My favorite spring scent isn’t a flowery one though. I live in the mountains where the ground is covered in snow during winter – the moment I can smell damp earth especially during nighttime is the moment I think it’s spring. Happened for the first time this week.
    I’ve also decided to take ‘scent diary’ literally and scented my diary. (I’m currently scenting everything within reach.) When I open it I get a slightly more masculine version of Bottega Veneta’s Eau Legere than the one on my skin. A word about scenting books – make sure the paper has no easily detectable scent of its own (either due to acidity of the paper or the printing ink), you can’t mask that – I tried. March 16, 2017 at 9:05am Reply

    • Michaela: The damp earth when the snow begins to melt is definitely a favorite spring scent for me, too. March 16, 2017 at 9:56am Reply

    • Nora Szekely: Hi Kat,

      So sad to hear about Cristalle, I just commented the other day on the review on this site as I was wearing the EDT. Did you try both the EDP and EDT? They are different, the EDP being warmer.
      Damp earth reminds me of patchouli in scents, or is it the other way around? Do you like scents with patchouli? I love them especially paired with rose, not evocative of spring for me but always an exciting combo. I also own dirt cheap (pun intended ha-ha) Patchouli Sumatra by Jeanne Arthes and wear on its own when I want to smell like Mother Earth. March 16, 2017 at 9:57am Reply

      • kat: I’ve only tested the EdT – it took me a long time to find a sample. I was always curious because I own Yardley’s Jade said to be a dupe. I hope I’m not being haunted by Mademoiselle herself for saying this but I prefer Jade which is clearer and more metallic (sadly with no staying power).
        I like patchouli in moderation but it’s a tad too dusty to catch the scent Nick and I are probably talking about. March 16, 2017 at 10:34am Reply

    • Nick: I think I get that damp earth smell, especially when it is cold and full of snow. It has a crisp, clean snap and wetness. At night when everything is still, that is a scent I would like to see it captured. March 16, 2017 at 10:17am Reply

  • Nora Szekely: Dear Victoria and perfume lovers,
    I’m wearing Innocent by Thierry Mugler today. It’s a sunny spring day in Budapest. This cheerful fruity scent is uplifting to me.
    Yesterday at the restaurant where I had dinner with my boyfriend they had hyacinth and daffodils in pots by the entrance. I had to smell them. Daffodils have a faint but sensual scent to my nose. I recently bought Ostara by Penhaligon’s and have my eyes on a dark daffodil perfume, Lumiere Noire by Francis Kurkdjian. March 16, 2017 at 9:08am Reply

    • Lydia: I just fell in love with Ostara too!
      I love the picture you paint of “a sunny spring day in Budapest,” complete with hyacinth and daffodils. March 16, 2017 at 1:38pm Reply

    • Susan: Nora, I adore Lumiere Noire, a smoky rose, narcissus, so mysterious and elegant. I believe it is my all time favorite scent. Ostara is also lovely. March 16, 2017 at 8:17pm Reply

  • Karen 5.0: I’m wearing Tom Ford’s Vert de Fleur, which has powerful punches of iris, hyacinth and jasmine, along with neroli, bergamot and basil. Yum! It’s like falling into a heady Impressionist painting. Instantly mood-elevating, just like Breakfast in Paris, a Stash Tea that is currently my favorite, with bergamot spiked with lavender and a dash of vanilla. March 16, 2017 at 9:32am Reply

  • Michaela: I smelled for the first time genista (a sort of broom plant), perfumed like black locust with some linden, but both toned down, and mimosa, which smells of chamomile with a bit of honey and fresh grass.
    I am rather lost at describing scents. I realize I explained the scent of a flower by the scents of other flowers… March 16, 2017 at 9:54am Reply

    • Michaela: Fragile snowdrop is one of the flowers I love to smell in spring: delicate fresh honeyed petals. March 16, 2017 at 10:08am Reply

  • Lynne: I’m wearing Tom Ford Hyacinth de Ombre. It’s a sunny day on the prairie, but the hyacinths are not up yet,,,so I have to improvise. 🙂 March 16, 2017 at 9:56am Reply

    • Lydia: I never associated hyacinths with a prairie landscape before. Hyacinths are so cottage garden, and the prairie is so open stretches of grass and sky. How unexpected and beautiful. March 16, 2017 at 1:42pm Reply

  • Phyllis Iervello: As we are still in the aftermath of a major ice storm which occurred on Tuesday, I am still in a wintry state of perfume. Today I am wearing Terry de Gunzburg’s Ambre Mercure. March 16, 2017 at 10:01am Reply

  • Nick: I have a bunch of mimosa and yellow tulips on the table right now, and I am eargerly awaiting to sniff the sweet violets that I started a year ago to see what they smell like in situ. Anyway, the mimosas are ‘transparent’ and like chopped green cucumbers from a distance? Upclose they smell of powder, almond, honey, and a bit floral but mostly quite dense. The tulips are heady, a bit green like jonquilles but sweeter and more floral. How would you describe tulip scent or make an accord of it? March 16, 2017 at 10:08am Reply

    • Jane: I love the smell of tulips, I think it’s how satin should smell, but perhaps that’s because when you peer in closely to pick up the scent you can’t help noticing the beautiful satiny insides of the petals. Is there a perfume that features tulip scent? anyone? March 16, 2017 at 12:16pm Reply

      • Nick: Its delicate floral note is as soft as satin… hat is a great description, Jane!

        Coincidentally, I looked up ‘tulip perfumes’ and came across Byredo’s La Tulipe. I have to seek it out to sniff. These seldom-featured notes are rather interesting. March 16, 2017 at 12:55pm Reply

        • behemot: To me, La Tulipe smells like freesia. March 16, 2017 at 1:43pm Reply

      • claire: Frau Tonis (from Berlin, but available online) has a No. 58 Tulip which is described as VERNAL – FRESH – FLORAL, but I haven’t sampled it or the Byredo. Frau Tonis creates some of my favorite, very wearable perfumes, but I found the olfactory descriptions didn’t always jive with my experience. I had to try many to find the one’s I liked.

        Satin sounds right! I think of tulips as cool and delicate, a subtle breath of Spring emerging from the cup. March 17, 2017 at 6:00pm Reply

    • Neva: I love tulips and this year for the first time I sniff them and try to grasp the scent. First thing I’ve discovered, not all tulips smell the same. Some have no scent, which seems odd but it’s true. The other smell like plastic to me, like a clean white plastic surface. That’s the only thing their scent reminds me of. March 19, 2017 at 5:21pm Reply

      • Nick: I suppose it is like with roses! The ones we see at the florists’ are not as fragrant. March 20, 2017 at 6:09am Reply

  • Gina: I love rose and white florals but lately I am on a serious iris and violet kick. March 16, 2017 at 10:17am Reply

  • rainboweyes: I’m enjoying the almost summery afternoon in our garden – it’s 20°C, a temperature I haven’t felt for months now! I’m trying to catch every ray of sun I can get – winter weather is returning tomorrow 🙁
    My SOTD is Jacomo Silences. I love the fresh galbanum blast! March 16, 2017 at 11:19am Reply

  • Therése: I’m wearing Fragile (Gaultier). The first time I tried it, back in the 90’s when it was realeased in Sweden, an SA sprayed it on me before I had the chance to even smell it. I HATED the first half hour. And then I just couldn’t stop smelling my hand. Suddenly I loved it and for years it was the only scent I wore. And then it was discontinued. The one I’m wearing today is a bottle I payed a fortune for on Ebay. I still love it, the white flowers, the pink pepper. What will I do when this bottle is all gone? March 16, 2017 at 11:26am Reply

    • Cassieflower: If you can, do try Donna Karan Gold. It is not tuberose based, but a very nice lily and amber with spicy base. It has a similar vibe to Fragile, which is also one of my top five favourites. Also, Carnal Flower might be something you’d like. Gaultier’s Classique Intense is good too. I hate it when my favourites are discontinued, it can be difficult to find something to replace it that hits the spot. Good luck with your search. March 16, 2017 at 1:32pm Reply

      • Therése: Thank you!
        I’ve never found anything remotely similar to Fragile, I will definietly try the ones you mention! March 17, 2017 at 6:12am Reply

      • mayfly: I’m wearing DK Gold today, it’s lovely for early spring when there’s still a chill in the air.
        It can be picked up for chips on eBay too!
        (I haven’t tried Fragile tho) March 17, 2017 at 8:00am Reply

        • mayfly: Oh, and Carnal Flower is also one of spring favourites too. March 17, 2017 at 8:01am Reply

  • maggiecat: It’s still a bit chilly here in Dallas, Texas, but not as bad as it is in some parts of the USA! I ventured into Ineke’s Poet’s Jasmine today and I’m thoroughly enjoying both it and the redbuds blooming outside my office window. March 16, 2017 at 11:48am Reply

  • Debby: We have a bowl of hyacinths in the living room, I find them just too much, and there’s a faecal quality I can’t get past. Other scents I’ve been noticing are a sun warmed smell on the walls of the house and on the dirt. There are violets blooming and the scented daffodils will be out soon.
    My favourite spring scent is Dior’s Blooming Bouquet, it came out the first spring we spent in this house, and will now always remind me of new beginnings and positivity after a very difficult time. Also hankering for Apres L’Ondee but the poor longevity puts me off. March 16, 2017 at 11:51am Reply

  • Alicia: I am wearing one of my most beloved fragrances, Chamade by Guerlain. It starts very green, and then the hyacinths bloom amid other flowers, and a hint rose reaches my nose.I would say that Chamade is a symphonic spring bouquet with a hyacinth high note.
    Off topic: a long time ago, while I believe we were talking of Angel, Victoria asked for more chocolate scents. I had no idea, but yesterday, to my great surprise, I found out that the French Queen Ana de Austria, a Spanish Hapsburg, and her son, the future Louis XIV in his younger years, wore a perfume with the scent of chocolate. I always thought that gourmands was a new category, mais voila… In his older years le Roi Soleil (having used heavy quantities of perfumes in his Versailles court) was only able to enjoy fleur d’oranger. So, there you have it, Victoria, a chocolate scent in the XVII century, and a royal one. March 16, 2017 at 12:19pm Reply

    • Karen A: Chamade is sooooo beautiful. It has become my default fragrance whenever I can’t decide what to wear. The pure parfum is what I reach for most. March 16, 2017 at 2:30pm Reply

      • Susan: Chamade was my mother’s signature scent. I remember the fascination I had for the beautiful bottles on her dressing table, which also included Arpege, My Sin, Capricci. Sadly these wonderful fragrances have all changed from their original formulations. March 16, 2017 at 8:23pm Reply

    • Michaela: Your story about early chocolate fragrances is fascinating! March 17, 2017 at 5:22am Reply

  • Joy: I am always planting for fragrance. I recently planted a Texas Mountain Laurel in my yard. It is beginning to bloom with the blossoms in a grape like cluster. I keep trying to analyze the fragrance. It is somewhat sweet pea, but with a bit more complexity. I will keep working on it. In addition my Sweet Acacia is beginning to bloom. It has tiny yellow blossoms with a light sweet fragrance that is reminiscent of honeysuckle.
    Next door to me the homeowner has a grapefruit in full blossom. It is a “hit you over the head” fragrance that from a distance is pleasant, but in my yard is overwhelming and at times makes me nauseas.
    Today I am wearing vintage Diorella. On warm days its crispness is so perfect. I hope in my past that I never threw out a drop of this gorgeous fragrance. March 16, 2017 at 1:10pm Reply

  • Cecilia: Today I’m wearing Narciso Rodriguez Musc for her, which is a surprisingly rich rose on a bed of musk and patchouli. Today has been very warm (22 degrees!) and Musc evolved beautifully on my skin, becoming even more a dark red rose accentuated by deep, moist, dusty green musk. Beautiful!
    Cecilia March 16, 2017 at 1:20pm Reply

  • Lydia: I love the smell of real freesias too. (The perfumes I’ve sampled that claim to have a freesia note never smell anything like the real flower to me, sadly.)

    I got a lovely surprise bonus sample of Penhaligan’s Ostra with a beautyhabit order recently. I’d read your post about it a while back and had wanted so much to try it. (I don’t know if it’s been reformulated at all since your post.)

    It actually went through a perfume evolution/unfolding (something scents rarely seem to do these days): sweet daffodils, then green stems, then – weirdly – salty, buttered popcorn (I think that’s the beeswax note), and finally a rich, succulant white floral – mostly tuberose. Tuberose and me aren’t always friends, but this was very pretty and also quite polite as tuberoses go. I am going to keep wearing my sample this spring and will consider getting a bottle. It’s a really happy, lovely scent. March 16, 2017 at 1:29pm Reply

    • Lydia: Oops, all those words and I misspelled the perfume name. It’s “Ostara,” for the ancient spring pagan festival. March 16, 2017 at 1:32pm Reply

      • Victoria: But of course, Ostara! I only now made the connection. 🙂 March 17, 2017 at 1:11pm Reply

    • Lou Ann: I, too, simply love the scent of freesia. When I find them at the market I buy a few stems and place them on my desk at work where I can enjoy their intoxicating scent. My favorite freesia perfume is “Antonia’s Flowers,” which perfectly captures the sweet but peppery note that makes freesias so compelling. The first time I smelled the perfume was well over twenty years ago, when a young woman came into my office. Her perfume was so lovely I had to ask what she was wearing. I’ve been haunted by it since, and when I began exploring and enjoying the wonderful world of scent (thanks to you, dear Victoria, and the Bois de Jasmine community) I ordered samples, then a bottle of “Antonia’s Flowers.” It’s as beautiful and radiant as I remembered all those years ago- and now I can experience freesia’s wonderful uplifting aroma any time I choose. March 18, 2017 at 8:55am Reply

      • SilverMoon: Lou Ann, I love freesia, but like others here have never found a perfume to capture their smell well. So happy to note you find Antonia’s Flowers does a good job. I have heard of this one but have never had a chance to smell it. So, will look for it. your comment has made me curious to test it. March 18, 2017 at 12:44pm Reply

        • Lou Ann: Silver moon, I hope you like it! Another nice freesia scent is “Ofresia” by Diptyque. Of the two, I find Antonia’s Flowers more radiant and complex, yet somehow more true to the freesia flower itself. And, Ofresia is a bit more expensive… March 18, 2017 at 4:04pm Reply

          • SilverMoon: Oh yes, I actually already have a FB of Ofresia. I bought it some years ago, but although I liked it somehow I never grew to love it. So I seldom wear it. In fact now that you reminded me of it, I shall wear it tomorrow. And now have even more of a reason to try out A’s Flowers. March 18, 2017 at 4:49pm Reply

  • Lydia: P.S. Also misspelled Penhaligon. Sigh. March 16, 2017 at 1:35pm Reply

  • Figuier: Lots of Spring flowers in Cambridge at the moment, even more than usual for the time of year. My favourites are the masses of violets growing in shletered spots all over our apartment complex gardens – green pea, metallic filaments, sugar and a touch of damp greenery. In our apartment itself bunches of super good value narcissi are scenting the hall and lounge with that fresh but ripe smell that Ostara captures so perfectly. March 16, 2017 at 1:44pm Reply

    • Lydia: Cambridge, England? (Cambridge, Massachusetts is probably too snowed under for spring flowers right now.)
      I’ve never smelled narcissus flowers. I’ll try to find some in the local botanical gardens this spring to expand my scent vocabulary. March 16, 2017 at 1:57pm Reply

      • Figuier: Yes, that’s right. Narcissi aren’t native to Britain I don’t think, but they do grow well in gardens, as do hyacinths – which have blossomed in the last two days. March 18, 2017 at 3:14pm Reply

    • Notturno7: Hi, Figuier. Cambridge and narcissi! What lovely images.
      If only I could add the handsome Inspector Hathaway to the scene😂 March 19, 2017 at 6:05am Reply

  • Amalia: I remember my aunt’s freesias, smelled so beautiful! Nowadays the bulbs from shops produce freesias without scent, I wish, I have kept bulbs from my aunt or search and ask from someone who has old bulbs. I can smell black pepper though and I thought I was fanciful! March 16, 2017 at 2:34pm Reply

  • Karen A: With the recent snow/ice storms, I picked as many of the daffodils as I could before they got hit and the fragrance is pure early spring. Earth emerging after winter.

    My perfume choices have been all over the map lately, from No. 5 pure parfum, Laudano Nero -( a new love thanks to Limegreen!!) and then vintage Lanvin Crescendo pure parfum, an unopened bottle found at an antique store a while ago. It’s a beauty that I love more each time I treat myself to wearing it. March 16, 2017 at 2:38pm Reply

    • Notturno7: That’s wonderful, Karen A! What a great find. March 19, 2017 at 6:07am Reply

      • Karen A: It really was! Pays to look around in the corners of antique stores! March 19, 2017 at 8:56am Reply

  • mj: On Sunday, I bought a few potted wallflowers for my balcony. So every morning, when I open the door, their scent says “hello” to me. They smell delicious!

    In Spanish wallflowers are called Alhelí, and Nat King Cole had a lovely song about them “Capullito de Alhelí”. March 16, 2017 at 3:05pm Reply

  • Kaitlin: My favorite thing I’m smelling today is the Brown Sugar Bundt cake I made. Mixing the butter and the brown sugar in my stand mixer last night smelled heavenly. Then, making the glaze with milk, brown sugar, and salt was glorious. I could have stood there smelling it all night rather than assembling the cake!

    Today I forgot to wear fragrance (gasp!) so at lunch I stole a spritz of my mom’s Coco Mademoiselle. I smell so lovely. March 16, 2017 at 3:13pm Reply

  • Old Herbaceous: The scent of daffodils says spring to me, so I love Ostara, which really does smell like daffodils! Later in the season, I will go mad for muguet, a favorite flower and fragrance note. I’m looking forward to the new Jo Malone “Star Magnolia” — it’s not quite the same scent as the pink Japanese magnolias I love, but I hope it will be close! March 16, 2017 at 8:45pm Reply

  • Lorie: En Passant by Frederic Malle, the truest and most exquisite lilac in creation and Diorissimo by the great Rudnitska, THE extraordinary lily of the valley! I’m in Victoria’s perfume class in two weeks and hope the lilies are blooming in Grasse! My bottle is an original version and is golden! March 16, 2017 at 8:58pm Reply

    • Victoria: I very much hope so, Lorie! Usually they do bloom at this time. We just have to keep our fingers crossed that it won’t be too cold.

      See you in Provence! March 17, 2017 at 1:09pm Reply

    • Notturno7: Wonderful, Lorie! Hope you have a great time! March 19, 2017 at 5:56am Reply

  • Dobrila: Calyx always makes me think of spring (the Prescriptives version was my favourite, however I don’t mind Clinique’s version). It makes me sneeze just like the first few days of spring – in a good way! March 16, 2017 at 11:56pm Reply

  • Marilee: Hyacinths and lilacs are some of my favorite garden scents but I have struggled with finding perfumes featuring them that work for me.maybe they are meant to be fleeting notes when I can actually smell them in the garden. (hoping my hyacinths survive this last snowstorm after the warm weather that encouraged them to pop up). March 17, 2017 at 7:42am Reply

    • Victoria: They’re very hard to capture in perfume. My favorite is Chamade by Guerlain and Chanel Cristalle (the Eau de Parfum version). Also, there is Tom Ford Ombre de Hyacinth, but it’s so expensive! March 17, 2017 at 1:10pm Reply

  • Austenfan: Wearing VCA First. While it does not specifically remind me of spring, it’s working wonders on this crisp day. March 17, 2017 at 1:33pm Reply

    • Notturno7: I love First! I crave it when I need that extra support through the busy day! March 19, 2017 at 5:57am Reply

      • Austenfan: It’s a great confidence booster, plus it never fails to make me more focused. March 19, 2017 at 9:01am Reply

  • kekasmais: Narcissus are among the first to pop up during the spring thaw. I love the near-boozy tilt of their smell, like they’re drunk from warmth and lengthening sunlight. Which reminds me that I really ought to be on the hunt for another bottle of Le Temps d’une Fête.

    While I’ve never been to the Pacific Northwest myself, I’m besotted with the citrus-y note of Douglas Fir Spring Tip Tea that I get from Juniper Ridge. Sipping a cup of it while watching a late-season snowstorm gave me the patience and strength to bear up and snowplow for (hopefully) the last time this year. March 17, 2017 at 5:19pm Reply

  • Susan: Spring for me is the fragrance of yellow primroses, and damp earth with a cardinal singing in the tree outside my house. We also have a cluster of at least a dozen robins in the same tree! I enjoy wearing Scherrer and Apres L’Ondee in the spring, as well as Diorissimo, Fleur de Cassie and Oranger en fleurs. All these scents remind me of the awakening earth. March 17, 2017 at 8:00pm Reply

  • Tara C: I love Chamade, La Tulipe and Misia for spring right now. I also love seringa – hoarding my last discontinued Diptyque Seringa candle. March 18, 2017 at 12:05am Reply

  • SilverMoon: The pleasure of spring smells are hard to beat. I think of spring smells as dual – some days the warming sun and delicate floral scents are predominant and other days the damp earth pushing up green loamy smells seem notable.

    I’m enjoying the abundance of daffodils every
    where – even the bus stop on the way to work has crowds of them. I also keep a vase full at home. Kekasmais has a lovely description of them (see post above). I find Ostara really does a great job capturing their scent and other springlike scent associations. Also Fiori di Capri is a pretty spring bouquet.

    Also this spring I am in the mood for some of the tropical spring flowers – although most bloom well beyond spring. Last week saw me use Carnal Flower, Songes, Flowerhead and Lalibella (Memo). Today, I sprayed on Paestum Rose for the first time this year. The peppery opening followed by warm breezy rose and a gentle myrrh drydown seemed perfect with temperatures as high as 16C this afternoon. March 18, 2017 at 12:37pm Reply

  • Doreen: Hyacinth! Sticky sweet with a touch fruit. Like a grandmothers brush on your cheek air kiss. Sleep with them by your bed for dreams of faeries.

    Dank and muddy. Fresh green grass sparkling into the air as an awakening mist…

    It’s freezing here and I’m still wearing Shalimar! March 18, 2017 at 7:21pm Reply

  • Notturno7: Dear Victoria and fellow perfume lovers,

    I love reading your posts! How fun!

    The spring is finally here, after all the rain we had, and the weather is just glorious.
    I have vases full of daffodils and beautiful hyacinth, all from the garden and few times a day as I walk by, I just have to literally bury my nose in the flowers. It feels so good😜.

    Regarding the fragrances, I’ve been all over the map lately. Une Voix Noire, Tuberose Criminelle, Sarrasins, First, No 22 extrait, White Linen body cream, even Carnal Flower few days ago when it was 27 Celsius outside and it felt like the summer was coming.

    Today I had a long work day and I had a craziest ever (for me 😂) perfume ‘application’! It started in the morning when I wanted something cozy, to stay close to my skin and put Nuit de Noel extrait. Lovely!

    Then in the afternoon, before meeting my girlfriends for a book club chat, I sprayed a Narcisso in the white cube bottle, musk and gardenia.
    In the evening I went back to my office and it felt difficult having to stay 6-10pm on the weekend to finish my work. There was nobody in the building and I felt lonely so I looked through my drawers at work, for some ‘perfume support’ and I found a tiny bottle of vintage Caron pure perfume Muguet du Bonheur that someone gave me. It felt too bright with intense aldehydes at first, little like No 22 but after an hour or two, I couldn’t stop smelling my hand. It was beautiful, it had this green note that reminded me of Chamade, pollen, narcissus and I kept thinking: ‘it’s amazing but what would Victoria’s nose detect??!! LOL

    I could tell only that I liked it and that maybe it had good quality materials, possibly because it was a vintage extrait.
    Well, I managed to finish my work, tidy up my office and still have some fun afterwards.
    Hey, it’s weekend, right?!
    Off to the land of the dreams now, but I managed to dab a tiny bit of Chanel Allure extrait for sweet dreams. White peaches and sandalwood.
    It can’t hurt 🌸💗
    I don’t think I have ever done this before. March 19, 2017 at 5:53am Reply

  • spe: Reading these posts made me realize that I’m partially anosmic to freesia. Freesia and daffodils smells like chrysanthemum to me – bitter. Ostara is incredibly bitter to my nose. Antonia’s Flowers smells “off” to me – so, thank you!

    Spring scents that I love are Lily of the Valley and fresh cut grass.

    The past few weeks, I’ve attempted to wear Amazing Grace (insipid on me), Infusion de Iris (edp just sits there, then fades away; EDT sits there for a long time – so, better), Mon Precioux Nectar (it’s just too sweet for me, I finally need to admit it), Infini (new version has zero staying power for me), Bel Respiro edp (a winner), and Cristalle (love all its forms, irritated I can’t find the shower gel anywhere).

    Anyway, time to spring clean the fragrance collection and enjoy the beautiful green scents of nature and bottle! The first day of Spring, I’m opening a new Diorissimo parfum to wear. This is a new fragrance for me and I’m excited to try it. March 19, 2017 at 11:38am Reply

  • Cybele: I am trying Love and Tears today. I’ve always had problems with jasmin soliflores but getting into it. Love and Tears always strangely gave me bad vibes, maybe because it’s so cleaned up, it gave me a death/cemetary floral-allegorical association…somewhat weired. Today its a bit better but I prefer A la Nuit.
    Can anybody follow me here? March 19, 2017 at 2:55pm Reply

    • Cybele: I’m just interested because most people seem to love it March 19, 2017 at 3:09pm Reply

  • Ninon: I am draining my samples of Puredistance Antonia and Opardu. March 20, 2017 at 12:47am Reply

  • Inma: Dear Victoria and all of you,

    Walking these days in my favourite park at the sun set.

    The air gets fresh and you can smell it. Not humid just the fresness.

    The earth doesn’t smell so much now. During the summer the heat goes out in the evening and it smells.

    I enjoy all the different flowers I find on my way. And I get close to some trunks and leaves. Some feel clean, others dirty. Some are new, the rest are old. Old and clean is a nice combination for me. Dirty is usually beacause they are closer to people, cars and so on.

    The light is so beautiful, so romantic – around the “blue hour”; the air is beautifully perfumed.

    When I go out of the park I feel, obviously, much better.

    Thank you for the opportunity of sharing this with you.

    From Seville, March 22, 2017 at 10:24am Reply

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