Perfume Picks: Spring 2015

Until very recently, the weather here was mostly cold and rainy. Suddenly it’s starting to like full-blown summer, with temperatures in the 80s. Before spring vanishes in a poof of summer humidity, here are five of my favorite season-appropriate scents for this spring, with mini-reviews.

Blackberry Noir (Alkemia)

Black berries, black tea, black musk.

It starts a little artificial, but softens and becomes more natural with a refreshing, almost herbal tea note. Some days it strikes me as fresh blackberry jam and sweet tea, some days it’s just fresh through and through, with juicy berry and tea.

Fabulous Golden (Blooddrop)

Iced tea, juicy pineapple, and sweet passion fruit.

This is a simple blend that’s more than just the sum of its parts. It starts bright and fruity, just like you’d expect, but it grows slightly honeyed on my skin with a floral edge, and something that makes me think of white musk. Sweet iced tea and fruits, perfect for spring.

Midnight Garden (Alkemia)

Tuberose, lily, honeysuckle, gardenia, and moonflower.

A light, breezy white floral that’s also creamy and heady. It’s beautiful on spring nights – dreamy and feminine. It’s has some high-pitched and powdery facets at times, but it always smooths out again. It reminds me a bit of shampoo, but a very, very nice, expensive shampoo.

Southern Gothic (Sixteen92)

Mandarin, apple, natural coconut pulp, magnolia grandiflora, sambac jasmine, sweet balsam, white sandalwood.

I just reviewed this in my last post, but I needed to mention it here because I have been returning to this compulsively during warmer days. Coconut milk, jasmine, and a fresh fruity bite.

Xiuhtecuhtli (Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab)

Copal, plumeria and sweet orange and the smoke of South American incense and crushed jungle blooms.

This is a less typical spring scent, with a definite smoky resinous quality in drydown, but it starts with bright orange and damp greenery and some kind of fresh floral. The orange and floral combine with the smoky copal incense to make a very interesting variation on a more traditional springtime perfume.

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