A good mood in a bottle – yes, it’s the scent of spring. Unlike other seasons that arrive with a sudden change in weather or temperature, the onset of spring is often signalled by a subtle difference in how the air smells. It’s the season when you begin to instinctively open windows, look forward to throwing open the curtains and make plans to dine al fresco – weather permitting.
It’s those smells though, those scents, perfumes and aromas that are so quintessentially spring-like that it’s impossible not to feel jolly, uplifted and optimistic. Perfumes, hair perfumes, lotions, candles – if you want to ramp up the ‘springness’ of Spring these are your go-to buys…
Scent your locks
Byredo La Tulipe Hair Perfume, £42, catches you with its delicious spring-like scent when you move. It’s the perfume gift that keeps on giving.
Scent your hands
When you think of spring scents you may think of the sharpness of green perfumes. Mitchell & Peach English Leaf Hand Wash, £19, bathes hands in the clean freshness of a light green scent with mint, basil, coriander and spicy tomato leaves. Crabtree and Evelyn Lavender Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy, £11.20, is just the remedy if your hands start to get a little dry in between seasons. The smell is on another level and what’s more, it leaves your skin silken and nourished.
Scent your home
It’s impossible not to be transported to your happy place with a Jo Loves Pomelo Two Wick Candle, £125, in the room. Light and fresh with the crispy, crunchiness of citrus and the depth of a cologne. We dare you to try not to smile when it’s around…
You know when spring really starts because rather than bundling up under layers and succumbing to a duvet day on a Sunday you’re more likely to wake up with the sun open all the windows and linger over the papers. Maison Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning, £95, perfecting captures the mixture of that clean, fresh air and the cocktail of the scents of spring blooms in the air. If you’re starting a new job, a new relationship or have any new beginning of any kind mark it with Miu Miu L’eau Bleue Eau de Parfum, £49. It’s fresh, zesty and smells like new beginnings. Honeysuckle and Lily of the Valley mingle into a scent that’s sparkling when you spritz then settles into a fresh veil of perfume.
If Spring makes you think of being outside in a decadent flower garden, then you’ll love Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede, £88. The combination or peonies, jasmine, rose and gillyflower work wonders together, particularly alongside notes of red apple and soft, blush suede. Alternatively, if you love the signature of a rose scent then the new incarnation of Giorgio Armani Si Rose Signature Eau de Parfum, £61.95, should be your spring companion. Rich and intense, thanks to freesia, musk and vanilla, plus some fruitiness thanks to blackcurrant. This is the kind of scent that settles seamlessly onto skin. There’s a crispy freshness when you first spritz this scent onto skin, but it settles into rose and jasmine flowers for a spring-like feel. Penhaligon’s Luna Eau de Toilette, £134, also has staying power while managing to remain subtle.