Fragrance is something so utterly personal it’s hard to write about it without feeling a little bit condescending. My tastes are somewhat unpredictable (evolving throughout the seasons, and often causing me to fall in love with a scent I wouldn’t have thought my usual cup of tea at all,) but there’s one thing that remains consistent: my preference for fresh, uplifting and energising fragrances that are underpinned by greenery. It’s easy to pop into your local Boots or Perfume Shop and just have a spritz of what’s new, but the majority of the time you’ll be paying for the name and bottle – rather than the quality of the juice inside. As I get older my perfume desires need to be satisfied with something a little less ‘off the shelf’ and unique, really presenting a version of myself that few others could replicate. That’s something you just can’t get with a bottle of Britney! Although there are tonnes of fragrances to choose from, these three have stood out to me as a modern and refreshing take on the ‘green’ scents we see every spring; they’re unique, timeless and a little bit special. Could they be your new springtime signature scent?
1. Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Verte (£84.00)
Inspired by her favorite flowers and colours in her garden, Tory Burch’s newest fragrance collection is named Jolie Fleur and encapsulates three distinct scents. This ‘Verte’ number is described as being tomboyish and easygoing, but that doesn’t mean it won’t appeal to those more elegant or feminine too. The delicious bottle holds a scent that encapsulates the crisp and fresh scent of lily of the valley, mixed with hints of jasmine, mandarin, and neroli oil, providing a modern twist on an otherwise classic ideal. Available exclusively from Harrods and Tory Birch boutiques from May, it’s definitely not an impulse purchase – but it’s a great introduction to green scents, and one that will provide a timeless take on the trend.
2. Molton Brown Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise (£39.00)
You may associate ‘lily of the valley’ with heavy, dated and musky fragrances your Nan used to wear, but Molton Brown have updated the concept by adding in a touch of ‘Star Anise’. This ultra fresh and modern eau de toilette combines the floral notes of lily of the valley, magnolia and peony, with the deeper notes of ylang-ylang, sandalwood and white musk. If you’ve ever turned your nose up at lily-based scents in the past, I can assure you this is not what you expect; it’s lighter, younger and fresher, reaching out to a slightly different audience to those that have previously bought from Molton Brown. What’s even better is that this makes the perfect base for fragrance mixing when you want to add a touch of something spicier over the top.
3. Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent (£65.00)
Although not traditionally ‘green’, this beautiful new scent from British perfumier Miller Harris certainly provides a refreshing and unusual route into spring. With notes of bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, iris and amber, alongside a vetiver, tonka bean and moss base, this is a rather masculine take on the traditional refreshing green scents we’re used to. It’s incredibly uplifting and energising, but you need only a little spritz on pulse points to last you the whole day. I adore this scent and have been wearing it on days when I want to make a statement, but interestingly it’s been selling incredibly well amongst the male Miller Harris customer too; proof that when a scent is this good, it transcends sexes and tastes!
Are you a fan of ‘green’ scents? Do any of these catch your eye?
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