We Picked These Just for You: Spring Floral Fragrances Beauty Blitz
Florals for spring? They may not be groundbreaking (to paraphrase Miranda Priestly), but we’d argue that nothing rings in the season more appropriately than fresh blooms - whether on your dress, in your windowbox or gracing your pulse points. Here are eight of our favorite new flowery scents.
Diptyque Eau Rose Beauty Blitz
To kick off the company's new Les Florales floral water range, Diptyque chose the iconic rose as the focal point of this eau de toilette. Far from one-dimensional, the scent blends subtly with skin to develop over time.
Top notes: Bergamot, Blackcurrant, Lychee
Heart notes: Centifolia Rose, Damask Rose
Base notes: White Musk, Cedar, Honey
$98 (3.4 oz) or $48 (0.7 oz roll-on) at diptyque.com.
Bond No. 9 Central Park West Beauty Blitz
The fragrance house’s latest New York-themed scent is inspired by one of the city’s toniest addresses. Notes culled from the park’s native trees make cameos among the bouquet of florals to evoke springtime in Manhattan.
Top notes: Narcissus, Ylang Ylang, Black Pepper
Heart notes: Gardenia, Jasmine, Citrus-like Linden, Orris
Base notes: Vetiver, Musk, White Oak, Treemoss
$250 (3.4 oz) at bondno9.com.
Banana Republic Wildbloom Vert Beauty Blitz
A new variant of the retailer’s original Wildbloom fragrance, this crisp, green floral eau de parfum was created by Firmenich perfumer Ilias Ermenidis.
Top notes: Crisp Pear, Green Violet Leaves, Pink Lady Apple
Heart notes: Peach Blossom, Gardenia, Magnolia
Base Notes: Coconut Wood, Teakwood, Sandalwood, Musk
$48 (1.7 oz) at Banana Republic stores.
Valentino Valentina Beauty Blitz
Perfumers Olivier Cresp and Alberto Morillas created this new floral oriental to evoke today's Valentino woman in Rome, as imagined by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiur and Pier Paolo Piccoli. The scent opens sweet but dries down to reveal earthy and powdery notes beneath its floral heart.
Top notes: Calabrian Bergamot, White Alba Truffles
Heart notes: Jasmine, Amalfi Orange Blossom, Tuberose, Wild Strawberry
Base notes: Cedar, Amber
$80 (1.7 oz) or $108 (2.7 oz) at saksfifthavenue.com.
Yves Saint Laurent Paris Premières Roses Beauty Blitz
Each spring, YSL releases a new limited-edition light eau de toilette as part of the Paris lineup. 2012's version is a rosy floral green musk that's light, bright and highly likeable.
Top notes: Eglantine Rose, Violet, Orange Blossom
Heart notes: Peony, Lily of the Valley, Rose of May
Base notes: Sandalwood, White Musk
$98 (4.2 oz) available April 2012.
Tocca Violette Beauty Blitz
Meant to evoke young love and springtime in Paris, this eau de parfum features vibrant violet at its heart, with a depth that many floral fragrances lack.
Top notes: Italian Bergamot, Ginger Oil, Coriander Seed Oil
Heart notes: African Violet, Bulgarian Rose, Black Currants
Base notes: Creamy Cedarwood, Cashmere Musk, Touch of Benzoin
$68 (1.7 oz), exclusive to Anthropologie through May 2012.
Gucci Flora Garden Beauty Blitz
This spring, Gucci is launching The Flora Garden Collection: five new scents that pick up where the original Flora fragrance left off. The lineup includes Gorgeous Gardenia, Gracious Tuberose, Glamorous Magnloia, Generous Violet and Glorious Mandarin - a bouquet based on flowers that appear in the design of an iconic silk scarf from the Gucci archives.
$100 (3.4 oz) at Sephora and Macy’s in April.