Bright + Fresh Fragrance Favorites for the Spring to Summer Transition

May 19, 2016

I have another fragrance roundup of a few new perfumes I’ve been trying out combined with a repeat of a few favorites I’ve been loving right now. I have summer on my mind but it’s still spring so I don’t feel quite ready to wear full-on summer scents yet. I did my first round up earlier this year here (for him and her). Here are a few more to check out if you’re in the market for something new as we transition from the spring to summer season.

Up first are two from Diptyque. The Eau de Sens is the latest fragrance release from Diptyque (my favorites from the brand rounded up here). It’s one of the few orange blossom scents I feel I can wear. The combination of orange and floral is usually too powdery for me to wear although I do love orange-based fragrances. Many are great as a home fragrance whether it’s a spray or candle but I simply cannot wear a lot of them. Eau de Sens is the first one I’ve fallen in love with – it’s bright and lifts the mood.

Florabellio isn’t a new fragrance, but it was recently launched in a Travel Size 30 ml size as part of the Voyage Collection and is cute beyond words. There are select items available in the collection, a few perfumes include Philosykos, Do Son, L’Ombre Dans L’Eau and Tam Dao. There are a few small size candles available in the special print boxes (jars are still clear glass) and a few minis of the body products. As of right now the entire collection is limited-edition and at most Diptyque retailers if you purchase any 3 items from the travel line you can get a complimentary travel zip pouch. More on the travel collection in a separate post but Florabellio is the most unique sweet floral with apple that I’ve ever tried. I would have never thought to wear something with apple blossoms, apricot, fennel, sea salt, coffee and toasted sesame – but it’s really quite nice, especially for spring.

In general Diptyque fragrances have a medium lasting power. I have a very sensitive nose and can usually detect remnants of the scent many hours later even though often times others around me cannot. The scents do start to fade by hour 4-5 of wear.


Lumira Paradisium is also another one I adore. This is the perfect spring to summer kind of scent that makes me feel very much put together. It has bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, fig nectar, guava, vetiver, sea moss and cedarwood. It’s a fig scent I can actually wear. I love fig scents for the home but whenever I try it in perfume form I feel like I’m wearing a sweet dessert. The bergamot, vetiver and cedarwood give this a slightly raw feel that balances out the sweetness. I’ve been wearing this one for a couples years now and I hope it’s here to stay forever. In terms of lasting power this is one of the best and longest lasting. It’s up there with Tom Ford and Frederic Malle.

Maison Margiela Replica scents are simply incredible. I first tried Beach Walk in a rollerball and it’s definitely one of those perfect summertime scents. Lipstick On is a classic feminine blush kind of scent that smells like vintage makeup. If you don’t really care for the makeup-like vibe Lipstick On has but do like the level of intensity/feminine quality it has, you might want to check out Flower Market or Promenade in the Garden. Both florals that are very wearable.

Flower Market smells just like a flower market. It’s a soft bright floral that has freesia, sambac jasmine, Egyptian jasmine, tuberose, rose, peach, cedarwood and oak moss. To me it smells primarily of jasmine and with a hint of tuberose and moss.

Promenade in the Gardens is more green and less floral. It has a mix of green accord, freesia accord, coriander oil, turkish rose oil, peony accord, sambac jasmine, patchouli, vetiver and Australian sandalwood. It’s clearly feminine to me, but it’s not girly like Flower Market or Lipstick On if that makes sense.

The Replica scents are medium to long lasting on my skin. They’re strong enough to notice hours after but aren’t overpowering when you first spray them which is nice.

 Beautiful floral arrangement created by Hessney & Co @chrishessney

If you like to layer bright spring florals with shower gels and body lotions, Molton Brown is always a good idea πŸ™‚ The Dewy Lily of the Valley Star Anise Collection has everything covered including Hand Creams. If you’re one is really particular about florals and wants something that isn’t too strong, too powdery or too mature, this one is a good one. Notes are as follows:

Top notes: star anise, magnolia, green mandarin
Heart notes: lily of the valley, peony, white tea
Base notes: ylang-ylang, sandalwood and white musk

To me it resembles a more green + lily version of Diptyque Florabellio so it’s no surprise this is one I like as well. I can smell the white tea and green mandarin and lily of the valley. It has a refreshing bright feel like jasmine even though there aren’t any jasmine notes. If I had to describe this one in one word it would be fresh. You can buy items individually but they have a few sets that are beautifully packaged. The Fragrance Gift Set has the shower gel, body lotion and perfume at a value price. Lasting power of the Eau de Toilette is medium to long.
Last but not least is the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc which I know many would designate as a summer fragrance. It’s a white floral that has beachy summer vibes but it’s not so summery that I can’t wear it right now (I’ve actually bought this months ago and have been loving it). In my experience Tom Ford fragrances are among the ones that last the longest on me from morning until late evening – but it does vary a little bit per scent. Some are stronger than others, but even the lighter ones still last a long time.

If you’re looking for a new fragrance I hope you found this roundup helpful! I don’t know if many of you are like me – but I feel the need to rotate scents frequently. I have some close friends who stick to 2-3 signature scents each season. I like to play around with different ones each season.

Do you have any favorites in rotation right now? If yes please let me know! I always love to read about your loves – especially when it comes to fragrance, layering etc.

Press samples featured include the Lumira Pardisium, Diptyque Eau de Sens, Replica and Molton Brown. Other items purchased by me.

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  • Rachel Kromdijk May 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Love the marble background! lovely products and pictures! lots of love

    • Sabrina May 20, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Thank you Rachel – what are your fragrance favs?

  • Leanne Webber May 19, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I am yet to try a Diptyque fragrance. I like the sound of the orange blossom so I definitely think I need to give that a smell next time I am in Space NK!
    Thanks for the heads up, these are my favourite kind of posts.
    Leanne xx

    • Sabrina May 20, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Oooh you can never go wrong with a visit to Space NK!

  • Amelia Grace May 19, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Lovely post! The Tom Ford one looks and sounds amazing! <3

    Amelia |

    • Sabrina May 20, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Thanks! The TF Soleil Blanc is a really good one!

  • Clever Girl Reviews May 19, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I'm dying to try the TF. I love lighter scents for summer like Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt and Hermessence Osmanthus Yunnan.

    • Sabrina May 20, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Ooh I loved the Jo Malone one you mentioned but I tested it the day I had a migraine and haven't been able to wear it since πŸ™ since then I've made a point to make sure I don't wear any fragrance if that happens!

  • LilJeJa May 19, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    have you tried replica lazy sunday morning ? it's beautiful soft and light

    • Sabrina May 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Yes I have! It's a lovely one.

  • Zeynep May 20, 2016 at 12:38 am

    I love the Replica fragrances! I have Beach Walk, Funfair Evening and Promenade in the Gardens. I'm also loving TF SB for summer – get compliments every time I wear it. Beautiful post!

    • Sabrina May 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Great picks xoxo

  • Wellwell Girl May 20, 2016 at 9:40 am

    sure they smell amazing! x

    jess x |

  • alittlekiran May 20, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Love the Lumira bottle, it looks lovely xxx

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  • SuzanneGabrielle May 20, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Does anyone know what brand and what's in that black compact pictured with the Lumira fragrance?

    • Sabrina May 20, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Yes – it's a sneak peek of a Tom Ford highlighter that is coming out later this year.

  • Christina, Esq. May 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I have been wearing Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber non stop! Perfect for spring and summer!

  • Mellisa With Lifecell May 21, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Lovely pictures! It's really important to smell good always. Love to try Replica. thanks for sharing :-).

  • Liana Veronica May 22, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I'm obsessed with tom ford fragrances! Great selection!

  • Jemma Lamble May 23, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I really want to try replica! These all sound lovely.
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