Fragrance

Spring Transition Fragrances

March 21, 2017

Favorite Spring Perfumes | The Beauty Look Book

Happy National Fragrance Day! Spring has just arrived and this is the time of year I start to shift my perfumes to something light or floral. Long-time readers know I love to explore light, clean and modern scents. What I wear changes depending on season, occasion and mood. I try to take my time with testing to see if a scent is something I feel is really me. Perfume is something that smells different on everyone’s skin – there are scents that smell completely different on my friends than it does me. I tend to rotate frequently although I’ve always wanted to have a signature scent. Here in Florida it already feels like spring with warm sunny skies. It’s warmer here than it was all winter long in Southern California. I’ve got spring on my mind and the scents I’ve been reaching for in the past month along with my husband’s go-to scent include:

  • Creed Virgin Island Water is probably my best fragrance purchase ever. It was on my wishlist for many many months. My friend and I were browsing the Creed counter at Neimans and she handed me a tester and said, “smell this, it’s going to change your life.” It literally did and I could not get it out of my head for months. I was going to wait until late spring to buy it, but the moment we knew we were moving to Florida I splurged on a bottle and have no regrets. I’ve been wearing it a lot here and it’s a scent that lifts my mood like no other. It’s like a vacation in a bottle and it literally gives me life. It smells of sweet coconut and orange with bergamot and a bit of sugar. I wish I had bought the larger size first.
  • Diptyque Eau de Sens Eau de Toilette is one of the few orange blossom scents I can wear. Orange blossom in general always smells amazing on my friends, and I love it as a home scent, but on me it’s usually too citrus or too floral. This was the first one I tried that I loved 100%. It always smells great on me. It has the perfect mix of sweet and bitter sweet to smell like spring in a soft floral citrus kind of way.
  • Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia is the first I’ve played with from his line. I discovered his scents at The Scent Bar in Los Angeles and everything has this next-level kind of sophistication. This one is a fresh mix of two of his scents Aqua Universalis and Aqua Vitae to create a fresh and spicy mix. It has lime, cool mint, blackcurrant, mimosa blossoms and musk. To me it just smells fresh with a hint of floral.
  • Christian Louboutin makes some beautiful perfumes. I reviewed Tornade Blonde in my Fall Fragrance Lineup and it’s one of the most luxurious smelling perfumes I’ve tried. The Women’s Parfume Collection (miniatures) has each scent in a small version bottle of the full size but without the spritzers. The lasting power is quite amazing on these.
    • Tornade Blonde notes include red rose, violet and cassis. It smells like romantic florals and to me this is the best year round kind of scent.
    • Bikini Questa Sera contains jasmin and tuberose and makes for another great spring time floral. If you like Frederic Malle Carnal Flower you will really like this one, the Louboutin one has a slightly sweeter feel to it.
    • Trouble in Heaven notes include iris, patchouli, tonka absolute and amber. It smells more like a fall or winter scent or possibly a great romantic date night scent.
  • Replica Glow Filter (reviewed here) is a scented perfume oil designed to be a primer for other Replica perfumes. I love this one for a very soft skin like scent that brightens the mood. It’s definitely hard for me to describe what glowing smells like, but this is pretty much it.
  • Jo Malone Wild Bluebell is a perfume I had many years ago. I just rediscovered it and love how fresh and light it is. My favorite Jo Malone rep back in California told me her favorite layering combination was this with the Wood Sage and Sea Salt and it’s just incredible. I have that on my list to buy in the next month or so.
  • Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum (reviewed here) is one of my favorites from Tom Ford. It’s spring to summer in a bottle but I’ll wear it any time of year. It’s one of the best white florals I’ve tried and it’s pure love. Plus Tom Ford scents last really well all day long.
  • Hermes Terre D’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche is what my husband has been wearing. He’s the kind of guy who rotates through 2-3 scents at a given time, I’ve bought him quite a few to try and really anything he wears ends up smelling great. I would say this one could pass as a unisex scent but on him it transforms into an amazing earthy woody manly kind of smell with a fresh aquatic vibe.

That rounds up my current favorites for National Fragrance Day! As we transition to spring I’d love to hear about what you’ve been wearing and whether or not you’re changing scents or keeping the same ones in your daily rotation!

Press samples include scents fromΒ  Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Christian Louboutin. All others purchased by me.

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  • murphmeister

    i have the jo malone bluebell and wood sage/sea salt but have not tried together…. it’s funny because those are the only jo malone fragrances i have. can’t wait to go home and try them together!

    • I would have never thought to combine them, but I’m very happy for my SA’s recommendation! Hope you love it as much as I do πŸ™‚

  • Lets Talk Beauty

    I love switching up my scent & makeup bag with the seasons – it is also a great excuse to try new products. I have to say I have always wanted to treat myself to a Tom Ford perfume & I think Spring is the perfect month to do that!
    https://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

  • I’m so into sweet fragrance that I have a winter one (FlowerBomb) and for the summer I’ve stuck to oils till I find my kind of scent. Bronze Goddess from Estee being my fave. Would love to try Tom Ford though!
    http://www.rougenapples.com

  • Amy Case

    I think Tom Ford’s Blanc Soleil will be my Spring/Summer purchase this year. Last year was Replica’s BeachWalk, which I still love and have started wearing now that it’s warming up!

  • Jackie

    My favorite springtime fragrance is Jo Malone’s French Lime Blossom!! Love it!

  • I think I have a sample of the Soleil Blanc, I need to get it out from my drawers as soon the snow melts (yes, the weather in here has been crazy and disgusting lately..). I love Replica’s Beach Walk for the Spring and Summer time. I haven’t purchased it yet because I doubt I’d get enough wear out of it due to our short warmer seasons, but I do love the scent! Beautiful post as always, Sabrina. Hugs from Finland!

    xx Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

  • All of these scents are so perfect for spring!!! It’s all about fresh and re-new!

    https://www.berkleysboutique.com/collections/botanical-beauty

  • I like TF Santal Blush for this. It’s still pretty powerful but it’s lighter. I live in the PNW so it doesn’t get too warm in the spring so having a scent with a little oomph in it is important still.

  • nani1515

    Have you tried anything from the Commodity line at Sephora? I love Magnolia and a few of the scents are really nice to mix together.