[Cherry blossom (sakura) trees in High Park, Toronto, Canada. I tried to include a cherry blossom scent, but apparently I don’t have any in my collection! Image: highparktoronto.com]
Living in Toronto, it never really feels like spring proper until around May. We actually had snow a couple of times last month!
But, it’s finally May and now we have some fine weather to look forward to. I have always been a fan of cooler weather: fall and spring are my favorite seasons.
I’ve made a list of five of my favorite scents to wear this season—they should all be readily available, if not in stores, then at online retailers.
Ava Luxe is an independent American perfumer who makes some utterly luscious scents. I haven’t ordered from her in several years (alas, high shipping costs to Canada), but some of her older scents remain amongst my favorites. Sunday Girl is unusually sweet for me, but I adore it. It’s a musky, fruity-floral heavy on pomegranate and rose. If I ever run out of this, I’ll have to repurchase immediately.
I’ve mentioned this fragrance before, and I’ve just got to mention it a third time. Brit Rhythm is an especially British scent of lavender, pink pepper, and neroli with an icy bite. Perfect for crisp spring weather.
I have a bit of difficulty with leathers; many just feel too heavy for me. Kelly Calèche in the eau de toilette form is a light leather softened by lovely floral and citrus notes. It’s perfect for spring and fall! The bottle is quite gorgeous, as well, with a top that twists open rather than a removable cap.
I got this with my Shoppers Optimum Points last year! Gotta love that. It’s a smooth, creamy, woody floral with gardenia, vetiver, musk and cedar notes. Anything with a lot of vetiver feels like a cool-weather fragrance to me, but the floral (it has a touch of rose, too) and musky notes warm it up nicely.
British designer Vivienne Westwood released her first Alice in Wonderland-inspired fragrance in 2010, Naughty Alice. I was sorely disappointed by it (too boring and sweet, hardly living up to its name!), but I did like the 2011 flanker, Cheeky Alice! It’s a light lily-of-the-valley scent with rose, musk, and wood notes, making it much less sweet and a little more sophisticated. (If you’re wondering, there are a couple more Alice flankers: 2013’s Flirty Alice and 2014’s Sunny Alice. I haven’t had the chance to smell either one.)