Friday, February 12, 2016

Spring Fragrance Rotation for Him and Her

When it comes to fragrance, I feel like it takes me forever to pick something new and also forever to use one up. I have a few go-to's but love trying new things and if you're like me you will take a long time to build up a fragrance collection. If you're looking for a new fragrance for spring, here's what I have in rotation right now. I also have some of my husband's favorites if you're looking for gift ideas for any of the special men in your life.

My go-to spring scents are Byredo Black Saffron and Chanel Beige. Even though we have mild somewhat warm weather year round here in Southern California, I still think some fragrances are seasonal. It's finally that time of year when I feel like I can wear the sweeter florals. Most of these last pretty long on my skin, at least until early afternoon. I do have an extremely sensitive nose though, so what smells strong to me might be non-existent to others. Out of the ones below I would say Byredo, Tom Ford and Creed have the longest lasting power on my skin.
  • Byredo Black Saffron is a mix of berry and musk, I've had this one for like forever, it's one of the few berry scents I can wear because it's not too sweet yet not too musky
    • Top notes: pomelo, saffron, juniper berry
    • Middle notes: black violet, accord cuir, cristal rose
    • Base notes: blonde woods, raspberry, vetiver
  • Byredo Bal D'Afrique is something I am beyond obsessed with, I have this in the single mini from the holiday Discovery Set, it's a sweeter scent to me it smells kinda peachy and floral all at the same time, I also have it in the oil rollerball version, if you're debating between the oil or spray, get the traditional spray version, it has better lasting power
    • Top notes: bergamot, lemon, neroli, African marigold, bucchu
    • Middle notes: violet, jasmine petals, cyclamen
    • Base notes: black amber, musk, vetiver, Moroccan cedarwood
  • Tom Ford Soleil Blanc is one of the latest fragrance launches from Tom Ford, it's a clean white floral that has a summery beachy feel, there's a hint of amber in it to prevent it from feeling too powdery or too floral (review here)
  • Chloe Eau de Parfum is one of the most popular fragrances on Sephora's website, it's been on my radar for a long time, it's very soft and girly, for something this strong a floral I'm surprised that I liked it, I decided on the 10th time of trying it in store after spritzing samples on myself to just go ahead and go for it
    • Notes: Pink Peony, Freesia, Lychee, Magnolia Flower, Lily of the Valley, Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, Honey
  • Chanel Beige Exclusifs is one of my all time favorites, it's one of the only Chanel fragrances I've liked enough to splurge on, it's a clean white and warm floral mix that smells very natural and fresh
    • Notes: Hawthorn, freesia, frangipani, honey
  • L'Artisan Mure et Musc is one of the fragrances I've used for the longest period of time, I discovered this line from one of my long-time friends from college, it's a blackberry musk described as having notes of lemon, basil, blackberry and musk, I feel like this one is my no-fail everyday, every season kind of fragrance
  • Maison Martin Margiela Replica Lipstick On is my newest discovery, it's a soft feminine blush floral kind of scent that smells like makeup, it's a floral and has powdery notes, so it surprised me how much I like it because powdery scents typically make me gag, there is a very slight hint of vanilla in it which makes it feel warm and well rounded
    • Notes: Bergamot Oil, Heliotrope Accord, Neroli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Iris Concrete, Galbanum Oil, Tonka Bean Absolute, Vanilla Bourbon Extract, Patchouli Oil
  • Maison Martin Margiela Replica Beach Walk in the rollerball is the prettiest relaxing soothing beachy scents I've ever tried, if you've smelled the Henri Bendel Beach Candle, this is similar in fragrance form that's wearable, it smells like a fresh mix of musk and coconut with peppery notes, it's a beachy scent without the floral notes many others have
    • Notes: Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Coconut Milk, Heliotrope, Musk, Cedarwood, Benzoin
  • Creed Royal Princess Oud is the most exquisite and most expensive perfume I have ever owned, the Creed team kindly sent me a sample to try - I love Oud fragrances but my husband always says they are too masculine for me (even though I disagree and think they are unisex), this one has a distinct feminine touch to it, this is a lovely mix of violet, iris and sandalwood, lasting power is extremely good, one of the longest lasting fragrances I've ever tried
    • Top notes: bitter Sicilian bergamot, rose, sweet violet
    • Middle notes: jasmine, vanilla, patchouli, iris from Tuscany
    • Base: benzoin from Thailand, Mysore sandalwood, styrax
  • Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is a classic favorite, this one is my special occasion or date night kind of scent to wear, it's too strong to wear everyday for me, but I know many other women have told me this is their all time favorite, the notes of patchouli are dominant in this one, noticeable floral notes are rose and freesia
    • Notes: Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli
My husband is the kind of guy who wants to use 2 colognes at most. I think he smells amazing no matter what he has on so I don't mind if he wears the same scent on a regular basis, but I've been trying to get him to explore more which is where the little mini samples come in. Every time I order something online and they have the option to pick samples I try to find men's skincare or fragrance minis. If he has a mini sitting on his counter, he will try it. He's discovered a few new loves this way. Right now here is what he has in rotation:
  • Hermes fragrances can be found at a wide range of retailers, but at the Hermes Boutiques and online they have a Pocket Fragrance Set where you can customize your own travel set of 4 fragrances. You can mix and match any ones they have available, pricing varies depend on what you select, but it's around the $125ish range, I picked four for him:
    • Voyage d'Hermes Eau de Toilette smells of citrus, musk and leather
    • Voyage d'Hermes Eau de Parfum smells of amber and citrus with a hint of floral, this is more masculine compared to the Eau de Toilette version
    • Terre d'Hermes Eau de Toilette smells like a mix of wood, bitter citrus, spice and vetiver
    • Terre d'Hermes Eau de Parfum is a more masculine, woody, stronger version of the Eau de Toilette
  • Chanel Bleu de Chanel Eau de Toilette is his favorite fragrance of all time, he's gone through at least a dozen of the travel size versions and multiples of the full size bottles, every so often they will have gift sets with aftershave or showergel travel size minis that he likes to try, this one is a clean masculine woody scent
  • Dior Sauvage is a lightweight clean masculine scent, it has notes of citrus mixed in with pepper, in terms of everyday scents, he says this is one of them, but he prefers the Chanel Bleu de Chanel, he wanted me to mention that if the man in your life likes something simple but polished and new from his everyday cologne, the Dior is a good one to try
    • Notes: Reggio Bergamot, Sichuan Pepper, Ambroxan
  • Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb comes in a limited-edition gift set trio for Valentine's Day, this is one of the most peppery fragrances I've smelled for men, I thought it might be too strong or peppery for my husband, but for some reason everything transform into an amazing kind of smell on his skin, this one according to him is more for a date night or special occasion kind of fragrance, not for everyday, you can really smell the saffron, vetiver and pink pepper notes
    • Notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cinnamon Leaf, Pink Pepper, Lavandin, Chilli, Saffron, Elemi, Vetiver, Balsam Fir, Tobacco Accord, White Leather Accord
  • One last men's fragrance of special note, he also really likes Tom Ford Azure Lime which he is currently out of, I will be getting this for him for Valentine's Day, it's a clean fresh masculine scent, for something so clean and simple smelling the notes are really complex
    • Notes: bergamot, lemon, Valencia orange, Thai basil, mint, rosemary, lime tonic accord, juniper berry, fennel, iris, jasmine, neroli, orange blossom, pittosporum, bucchu leaves, violet leaves, black currant buds, cypress, oak, patchouli, sandalwood, moss, skin accord, tonka bean
I always get the best recommendations from my readers of what to try. I'm pretty set on a lot right now, but it's always nice to explore and add things to the fragrance wishlist. If you have anything you love right now please share. Also if there are any new discoveries for you or the men in your life - let me know in the comments!

Press samples include the Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb, Spicebomb, Maison Margiela Lipstick On and Creed Royal Princess Oud.


  1. The flowerbomb perfume is amazing. Love the chloe and chanel ones too, they smell amazing! X

  2. I wear Spicebomb myself! I just tried and reviewed Terre d'Hermès for women too. I'll be layering it with rose oil come fall.

    1. I just tried Terre d'Hermes for women too and I LOVED it! I think it's earthy for February. Definitely more of an Autumnal fragrance, but I love it.

  3. From how you describe how sensitive you are to scent, I think I'm the same way. Although I am very picky, I love to try and collect many fragrances. Some favorites of mine right now include: Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt (beachy, but a warm sweater kind of beachy), Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune (yummy), Lanvin Eclat d'Argege (very light floral). I want to try the Bal d'afrique now. Thanks!

    1. Sorry typo... It's Lanvin Eclat d'Arpege

  4. Sabrina, have you tried any of the new Derek Lam fragrances? I think you would like 2am Kiss. It's described as "Oriental" and "Salty caramel wrapped in a rich crystalized amber." I think it smells like a sweet Oud, personally. They're at Sephora now.

  5. I'm really looking forward to My Burberry Black which is supposed to be the grown up evening version of My Burberry. It's only been released in Harrods in the 90ml version so I will wait until we have some smaller sizes as I'm not prepared to take a punt on a £100 perfume without so much as a sniff first but the write up goes as follows:

    Introducing My Burberry Black. A new fragrance joining the My Burberry collection, it follows the same codes of craftsmanship, innovation and appreciation of the iconic Burberry Trench Coat.

    An exciting, floral oriental reinterpretation by renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian and Christopher Bailey, My Burberry Black travels amidst a gathering storm, heavy rain contrasting with the warm and captivating flora. Fusing the scent of sun-drenched jasmine flower and peach nectar with a sensual touch of rose. The iconic rose note at the heart of My Burberry fragrances is given a sweet and inviting candied twist, while rich patchouli amber rounds off the scent, for a deep and captivating finish.

    Enchanting and mysterious, the rich, amber-coloured bottle is finished with a hand-tied, black gabardine knot, and set with a dark, elevated horn-look lid, inspired by the buttons of the Burberry trench coat.

    I absolutely adore the original as my daytime Spring choice so the fact that this is the grown up version with so much Jasmine at it's heart....I just can't wait for this to land.

  6. I very definitely change my fragrance to suit the season/weather. For me it is still too early to abandon my Musc Ravageur or Noir Pour Femme, but as spring approaches I find myself looking longingly at my bottle of TF's Shanghai Lily. There are several scents I love for spring, but that is the one that really captures the season for me as I adore Stargazer and Easter lilies.

    1. I love the concept of 'scent for a season' Eileen! I find my sense of smell very changeable throughout the year. Love Noir Pour Femme & Shanghai Lily too. I've been wearing Jasmin Rouge like a demon this winter. I've not a massive fan of amber but give me a scent with predominant Jasmine and I am in scent heaven. Xx

    2. Scent twins! LOL I also love Jasmin Rouge, too.

  7. I recently went into diptyque for my birthday candle and came out with the perfume sample of l'ombre dans l'eau instead. It has a lovely scent but I think it's going to be more of a spring scent after the east coast thaws out from our deep freeze.

  8. Check out Chanel Allure for men - it's one of the few men's fragrances I love. I tell all my girlfriends to buy it for their husbands and they always love it too!

  9. These all seem like great products!

  10. I definitely need to give the Byredo Black Saffron a whiff! I tried out Gypsy Water and Sunday Cologne in the store but did not really like how they smell. Will try out your Byredo picks next time! xx

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

  11. Wauw your photos are amazing! Really well done!
    What camera do you use and with which program do you edit?
    -- esther

  12. Have you tried the new Jo Malone scents yet? There's several complex, but light scents that I'm eyeing now.

  13. Please do a review of Miu Miu perfume!


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