This post originally appeared on the blog in 2019 but I’ve been getting a lot of fragrance questions and really love the three of these, so wanted to give this post a little update.
I am a huge fragrance person but don’t talk about it here very much as it can be hard to describe a fragrance. Besides that, fragrance is so personal – at the end of the day it comes down to personal taste and body chemistry… what smells amazing to one person won’t smell amazing to someone else, and what smells amazing on one person may smell awful on someone else. Just take Baccarat Rouge 540 – amazing on so many of my friends, awful on me. Same with a lot of the Tom Ford fragrances. It’s heartbreaking!
Still, fragrance is something I’m really passionate about (fun fact: sixteen years ago I started my career in the fragrance buying office for a department store) so I like to share my favorites from time to time. A few summers ago, I rounded up five of my favorite summer fragrances and I still love all of those (I have a LOT OF PERFUME), but here are three spring fragrances I’m loving right now (funny: Coqui Coqui Orange Blossom made both lists!) Le Labo Santal 33 is also still a favorite (there’s nothing else quite like it) but for warmer weather I like something light and happy (and anything, everything orange blossom!). And yet another favorite (that is harder to find/nobody knows about it)… my beloved Crema di Latte.
My Favorite Spring Fragrances
This one became an instant favorite spring perfumes. Literally I smelled a tiny sample of it and was like OH WOW I NEED THIS. (I rarely react to a fragrance in this manner, for the record.) It makes me think of afternoons at the beach. It’s a little orange blossom-y, mixed with soap/clean laundry. The result is intoxicating. Citrus top notes with base notes of cotton candy and musk. It is the perfect summer fragrance – one of my favorite signature scents for warm weather.
I bought this one in Paris while shopping with my good friend Briony a few years ago. (Note: I’ve had it a few years now so the packaging is a little bit different.) This is one of her favorite scents and we have very similar taste in fragrance (we’re both orange blossom obsessed, for example!) and when I smelled this, it instantly made me so happy… it smells just like fresh pears. There’s nothing like it, such a special scent. It’s the perfect Spring scent.
This is one of my all time favorite holy grail fragrances and it’s another one that I bought while traveling (I love buying perfume while I travel as then the fragrance makes me remember my vacation). If you love orange blossom, this is the purest, truest orange blossom fragrance I’ve smelled. (And if you’ve ever visited a Coqui Coqui property, it will bring back all of the nostalgia; they diffuse it throughout the property!)
photo by Carter Fish.