Annie once very cheerfully and matter-of-factly sang "you're never fully dressed without a smile," but I'd also like to interject and add that one is also never fully dressed without a spritz of perfume.
Personally, I feel like my outfit isn't complete until I put on some fragrance, and every outfit has a scent that suits its mood. When it comes to perfume, I've been around the block - florals, aqua, musk and woody scents have all been part of my fragrance journey at some point.
So with spring around the corner, it's time for your seasonal fragrance rotation once again, and to even up the ante on the florals this time around.
Now I know this is probably what you're thinking at the mention of florals;
But hear us out: Here are 8 spring scents - as so eloquently described by their creators - to switch over to as the season changes.
And if these colourful descriptions don't mute Miranda Priestly's disdainful voice in your head, nothing will.
From EDTs to EDPs, make your pick below:
Gabrielle Chanel Essence
In 2017, CHANEL created a fragrance in her honour, a reflection of her extraordinary, determined and passionate spirit: GABRIELLE CHANEL. From the scent to the bottle — both firsts in the history of CHANEL — and the choice of name, it pays tribute to the woman she was before Coco Chanel.
In 2019, GABRIELLE CHANEL Eau de Parfum is reinvented with GABRIELLE CHANEL ESSENCE. Familiar but unlike no other, this new olfactory variation shows a more vibrant and opulent side. Inspired by the very essence of Gabrielle’s radiance, the fragrance shines with intensity, inviting all women reveal their true selves, to follow their instincts by expressing their freedom and speaking their mind.
The voluptuous scent works its magic to reveal each individual identity. Solar, it heightens the dazzling charisma of the woman who wears it with warmth and luminosity.
Available 1 September 2019 in 50ml and 100ml bottles.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Midnight
Spellbinding and captivating, floral and sensual, sparkling and intimate, this eau de parfum for women celebrates midnight, a moment of transformation where women can let their sensuality explode. Flowerbomb Midnight is a floral perfume, an olfactory bomb of sensuality designed around night-blooming jasmine.
This new scent is enveloped in a sumptuous radical black bottle, a new gem in the Flowerbomb family that goes from pink to black, from day to night, inviting women to unveil an unseen side of their personalities, to reveal their power.
This fragrance will retail for R1720 / 50ml when it launches in October.
Justine Midnight Eau de Parfum
"Give in to your deepest desires. The moment when time stands still to unveil the exotic touches of anise, almond and coconut as they dissolve into rich orange blossom, jasmine and heliotrope, before drifting slowly into a deep, seductive base of vanilla, sandalwood and moss, revealing your innermost desires to the night."
EDP available for R289 online.
Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Florale
Mon Paris Parfum Floral, a floral blooming chypre fragrance that takes you on a trail of desire like no other. Enter the forbidden territory of L’Amour Fou. Embark on an intense floral adventure. A floral and luminous juice that builds on the signature iconic datura flower; but this time is enlightened by a floral bouquet of dewy white flowers and juicy peaches.
Retails for R1450 per 50ml bottle.
Avon Far Away
Avon recently relaunched its Far Away range, which now comes in brand new, luxurious packaging, and is the perfect companion while travelling as its scents of Madagascan Vanilla will transport you straight into holiday mode.
Although the fragrance has done away with the dewy-textured bottles, the iconic tassel accessory remains a Far Away element. The noticeably voluptuous fragrance package is embellished with gold accessories to complement the new solid color caps. With packaging that defines elegance and glamour, Far Away unlocks endless possibilities, transporting you to a dream state like no other.
The secret is the exclusive Madagascar vanilla, a lavish and long-lasting note of fresh ripe vanilla bean with a sweet, spicy background that evokes an aura of voluptuous sophistication that trails long after the woman is gone.
EDP retails for R239 per 50ml bottle
Elizabeth Arden Summer scents
These two new scents capture the invigorating warmth of a summer shower. The Sunlit Showers scents is an exhilarating fragrance that conveys cleanliness through aromas of Juicy Mandarin and Sparkling Bergamot. Rain-kissed Magnolia and Summer Peach mix with musks, sandalwood, and amber to embody the freshness of a summer rain.
EDT retails for R460 per 100ml bottle
Green Tea Pomegranate
This is the latest succulent perfume in the Green Tea range. Top notes of Pomegranate and Vert de Bergamot intermingle with citrus nuances to awaken your senses.
This fresh and sensual floral crush, which will make your heart “Bloom”, was composed by the nose Irène Farmachidi (Technicoflor).
EDT retails for R460 per 100ml bottle
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Florale
Described as a "real ode to femininity" by its creators, this new version of the all-purpose quintessential dry oil is a breath of spring air from a field of blossoming flowers (yes, it literally makes you smell like a bouquet of flowers). It may not be your typical fragrance, but it certainly serves the same purpose - if not better, thanks to the fact that it's an oil.
“I created this sister scent for Huile Prodigieuse® to offer women two olfactory signatures that they can alternate depending on their mood... The iconic scent has been stripped of its warm, sunny fragrance notes to reveal a sweet, velvety and sensual base... in a floral interpretation that is equally addictive!” explains Aliza jabès, CEO and Founder of Nuxe Group.
Launching in stores on 1 September 2019.
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Our iconic dry oil is revealing new version with a delicate floral scent. Introducing Huile Prodigieuse Florale (flower emoji) With the same dry texture, and the same effectiveness on the body, face and hair, you’ll love the new fresh & floral scent – for a new moment of pleasure. Launching in store on 1 September.
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle En Rose
- Joining the famed family of La vie est belle…La vie est belle en Rose introduces a Fruity Floriental to the La vie est belle family. La vie est belle is a French expression that means "life is beautiful." This new eau de toilette is composed of a floral heart of iris infused with peony and roses, and enlightened by a fruity smile.
Expect La Vie Est Belle En Rose on shelf in SA at the end of September, retailing for R1990 / 100ml.
Paco Rabanne Lady Million
Dubbed "iconic" by many in the beauty community since its debut during the 2008 recession, this is a frgarnce that has manged to stay relevant since. Paco Rabanne certainly rocked the perfume industry with 1 Million and later, Lady Million.
This is a fragrance characterised by fresh, sensual white florals with a honey-patchouli accord that flirts with addiction.
You can purchase the Lady Million 50ml Set for R1195 at Edgars
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