The Scents of Spring
Take note of the season’s newest fragrances
By now, you’ve likely put away the dark, heavy items in your closet and replaced them with lighter, more spring-appropriate colors.
And maybe you’ve replaced the plum lip colors in your handbag with light pinks and corals.
Why not update your fragrance wardrobe for spring as well?
Donnetta Moorman, owner of Moorman’s Perfumes, says common notes in spring and summer scents include lemon, lime, grapefruit and white flowers.
“Of course, they’re mixed with other essences too,” she says.
When choosing a new fragrance, Moorman recommends not sniffing more than five.
“Once you narrow it down to maybe three, try them at different spots on the body,” she says. “Let them sit about five minutes and see how they smell.”
Keep in mind that once a scent “dries down,” it may smell differently than it does immediately after being sprayed on the skin.
You also may want to choose a fragrance well suited to your personality. If you’re quiet, Moorman says, you might want a more subtle scent. But if you’re outgoing, a more attention-drawing scent might be a better match, she says.
Ultimately, though, it comes down to simply what you like best.
“The key is what you like personally, what you enjoy wearing,” Moorman says.
So, if you’re in the mood for a new scent, consider one from this batch of springtime releases.
These can go in any order. If you can’t fit them all, please get rid of DKNY Be Delicious, then Beyonce Heat Rush, then Guess Seductive Wild Summer, in that order.
Elizabeth Arden Pretty Hot
Notes of red currant, blood orange, red peony, amber and white patchouli combine for a dose of “sexy confidence” in Pretty Hot, the latest release from Elizabeth Arden. $52 and $65; department stores.
Victoria’s Secret Incredible
One of Victoria’s Secret’s newest fragrances, the fruity-floral Incredible features top notes of pear and water lily, middle notes of magnolia and honeysuckle, and dry down notes of vanilla and coconut milk. $45; Victoria’s Secret stores.
This new release, a portion of the proceeds from which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure, features notes of mandarin, blood orange, pink peony and musk. $19.99-$29.99; promisemefragrance.com.
Jo Malone Tea Fragrance Blends
Creator Jo Malone says she was inspired by the aromas of tea leaves steeped in hot water when creating this limited-edition collection. The five scents, Assam and Grapefruit, Earl Grey and Cucumber, Fresh Mint Leaf, Sweet Lemon and Sweet Milk, are designed to be worn by themselves or blended and layered with other scents. $55; Saks Fifth Avenue.
DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Juiced
One of DKNY’s newest fragrances, Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Juiced, is like a spring bouquet, with notes of pink grapefruit, freesia, passionflower, lily of the valley and rose. $36 and $52; department stores.
Estée Lauder Wild Elixir
Go wild this spring with notes of mandarin, purple freesia, waterlily and sandalwood in Estée Lauder’s Wild Elixir, designed to capture the “free spirit of today’s woman.” $55; department stores.
Reveal by Halle Berry
Actress Halle Berry adds to her fragrance repertoire with her latest, Reveal. With a goal of capturing sophistication and elegance, the new scent features Berry’s favorite flower, mimosa, combined with plumeria, iris blossom and musk. $17-$35; mass retailers.
Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum
Saks Fifth Avenue celebrates the 15th anniversary of Jimmy Choo by launching its namesake fragrance. Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum includes notes of tiger orchid, toffee and Indonesian patchouli. $70 and $95; Saks Fifth Avenue.
Guess Seductive Wild Summer
Guess’ newest scent, Seductive Wild Summer, is a mix of flirty and floral with notes of pear, red berries, rose, vanilla and musk. $52; department stores.
Beyonce Heat Rush
The second fragrance from Beyonce, Heat Rush is designed to make women feel “instantly effervescent and alive” with notes of passionfruit, blood orange, mango blossom and teakwood. $24-$59; department stores.
- Scents last longer on well-hydrated skin, so moisturize first with an unscented lotion (and let it absorb) before putting on fragrance.
- Wait a few minutes after applying sunscreen to spritz on your fragrance so the sunscreen doesn’t compromise the scent. [Source: InStyle Ultimate Beauty Secrets]