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Intoxicating floral fragrances for day and night

Floral fragrances, typically popular in Spring, are now blooming all-year long. But each one is as different as the flowers that go into creating them. They can be fresh, light and bright like an armful of daisies, or they can be rich, sumptuous and brooding like black dahlias. Here, we explore the most captivating new scents from both sides of the garden path.

Morning Light

Fresh, fruity and zinging floral scents are so delicious you’ll want to wear them every day. These tantalising bouquets draw on clean, crisp notes inspired by alpine regions, orange groves and the Mediterranean. Time to take an olfactory trip.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Forte EDP

A bolder take on the bestselling Aqua Celestia EDP, this citrus and musk-filled fragrance evokes a day at the beach. It telegraphs nothing but blue skies and clear oceans ahead. Not a bad way to start the day, even if you’ll be perched deskside as opposed to poolside.

Diana Vreeland Parfums Smashingly Brilliant

The legendary fashion editor and style dowager had a fondness for Capri, and this zesty scent will have you pining for the Italian isle too. Crisp citrus notes are mellowed by a dry, woody suede base, which makes this parfum more than just fresh. It’s undeniably fabulous too.

Serge Lutens L'Eau Serge Lutens EDP

Like a breath of mountain air, or perhaps a crisp white shirt, this fragrance is unmistakably clean. The scent is composed of a bracing botanical blend featuring magnolia, white mint and clary sage. If you’re looking to clear some headspace, this is the perfume to do it.

IIUVO Gilot EDP

Named for Françoise Gilot, the lover and muse of Pablo Picasso and a formidable artist in her own right, this scent conjures sensual interludes in the Mediterranean. It washes over you like a wave of bergamot and is guaranteed to make you feel like a creative powerhouse.

Diptyque Eau des Sens EDT

This citrus composition first intrigues the senses and then instils delight. Juicy with notes of orange blossom, bitter orange, juniper berries, and patchouli, it feels secretly celebratory when you spritz it on.

ALTAIA By Any Other Name EDP

This charming scent is inspired by young love—specifically that of Altaia co-founder Marina Sersale's parents. Sersale has recreated the story of a proposal in a Tudor rose garden in an English castle. It’s a youthful bouquet of roses, lychee and bergamot.

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Night Garden

These moody and mysterious fragrances evoke the heady scents of flowers that bloom after dark. Blended with surprising notes like amber and wood, they offer a more powerful take on the floral genre. They’re also a beautiful reminder that after winter comes spring.

Bastide Ambre Maquis EDT

Think of that magical last hour of light—here it is in an eau form. There’s a real warmth to this fragrance that makes it feel romantic, heartfelt and complicated. The intoxicating mix of amber, patchouli and sandalwood is cut with slices of tangerine. It’s worthy of a double take.

Editions de Parfums By Frederic Malle Music For A While EDP

If you could bottle the idea of a cool French girl, this might be it. Exuding Parisian chic, this fragrance is balmy and seductive, layered with lavender and enriched with flecks of patchouli, vanilla, pineapple and mandarin. Now, if only you could nail the accent.

Le Labo Rose 31

A stunning fragrance built around the Grasse rose. Clearly, it’s a rose that grows in the thick of the woods. The scent is earthy, balanced, individual and decidedly unisex. It’s no ordinary rose.

Comme des Garçons Wonderoud

The truest olfactory representation of wood, this unisex fragrance is distinctive and unique. It’s formulated with 100 percent natural oud, known to perfumers as The Black Gold. Hints of patchouli vetiver add a soft sweetness.

Byredo Bibliothèque

The fragrance brought to life by popular demand. This warm, comforting, velvety scent originally existed as a candle, beloved for transforming any space into a French library with the flick of a match. It turned out Byredo fans wanted to take that leather-bound scent with them, and after one sniff, you will too.

Ellis Brooklyn Rrose

A vibrant take on a classic, this rose fragrance is given depth with a cashmere wood and vanilla orchid base. The effect is slightly mysterious, which is fitting given the scent is inspired by Rrose Sélavy, the feminine alter ego of Twenties artist Marcel Duchamp.

Tocca Maya

As a fragrance house, Tocca is all about fairytale romance; their bottles are even shaped like Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage. But this floral fragrance picks from the wild flowers: iris, jasmine and sweet violet, making it a little less Disney, and a little more Grimm.

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01

A scent so unique it reacts with your body chemistry. The base note is that sweet sandalwood so prevalent in many fragrances, but here it gets to shine all on its own. Wearer beware: this fragrance is touted as “the love potion” for a reason.

Words by Alexandra Whiting
June 2018

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