Spring scents

KATIE WRIGHT sniffs out this sea­son’s most de­li­cious launches

Llanelli Star - - BEAUTY COUNTER -

SPRING has fi­nally sprung, and it’s brought with it a bloom­ing bou­quet of flower-pow­ered fra­grances. ‘Flo­rals? For spring? Ground­break­ing,’ we hear you mut­ter sar­cas­ti­cally, but this sea­son’s aro­matic ar­ray is far from tra­di­tional. There are no shrink­ing vi­o­lets here – only dis­tinc­tive and de­light­ful scents to suit every taste.

Even the usual sus­pects (jas­mine and rose, we’re look­ing at you) have been blended in new and in­no­va­tive ways. But which is the one for you?

Based on four key fra­grance pref­er­ences, here are our per­fume picks for spring...

If you like... rich blooms

1VIKTOR

& ROLF FLOWERBOMB MID­NIGHT

£61 (was £71) for 50ml, Deben­hams

VIK­TOR & Rolf’s muchloved Flowerbomb gets a noc­tur­nal makeover with this darkly deca­dent new edi­tion, which mar­ries night-bloom­ing jas­mine with patchouli, a pinch of pep­per and a squeeze of black­cur­rant.

2JO

MALONE LONDON FRANGIPANI FLOWER COLOGNE

£98 for 100ml

AS bright and sunny as its yel­low bot­tle sug­gests, this lus­cious cologne brings the trop­i­cal flower to life with ylang ylang, jas­mine and a zingy hit of lemon.

3DIPTYQUE

EAU ROSE EAU DE TOILETTE

£50 for 30ml

THE Queen of Flow­ers reigns supreme in this sump­tu­ous con­coc­tion, which teams two of the most fra­grant va­ri­eties, cen­tifo­lia and dam­a­s­cena, re­sult­ing in a rav­ish­ing rose ex­plo­sion. If you like... fruity fresh­ness

4YSL

MON PARIS PAR­FUM FLORAL

£75 for 50ml

EVER heard of the datura plant?

Nei­ther had we un­til we en­coun­tered this scent. Cen­tred around this poi­sonous, night-bloom­ing white flower, Mon

Paris Floral adds peach flesh, raspberry and pear into the mix, cre­at­ing a juicy, fruity floral cock­tail.

5COACH

FLORAL BLUSH EAU DE PAR­FUM

£69 for 90ml, FeelUnique (avail­able April 22) ZESTY grapefruit and sweet peach leap out from this sprightly scent, while del­i­cate pe­ony and a musky fin­ish round out the com­po­si­tion.

If you like... clean and green

6MALIN

AND GOETZ STEM EAU DE PAR­FUM

£75 for 50ml

ONE of two new launches that fo­cus on fo­liage rather than petals, this green­fin­gered fra­grance gath­ers to­gether the fresh scents of leaves, stalks and stems, bol­ster­ing the ver­dant el­e­ments with earthy musks and woods. If you’re hap­pi­est in a green­house or pot­ting shed, this per­fume will surely ap­peal.

7L’OCCITANE

HERBAE EAU DE PAR­FUM

£60 for 50ml LIKE­WISE, if you love noth­ing more than to inhale the crisp aroma of tomato or raspberry leaves, L’Occitane’s Herbae will be right up your street. Based on the wild grasses of Provence, it also in­cludes net­tle and bramble, plus a dash of wild rose to bal­ance the botan­i­cal notes.

If you like... lush musks

8CHANEL

LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL 1957 EAU DE PAR­FUM

£155 for 75ml

NO less than eight white musks are brought to­gether in 1957, named af­ter the year when Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel was at the height of her pow­ers. Berg­amot and neroli add a cit­rus fresh­ness to the pow­dery musks, while iris brings a sub­tle sweet­ness.

9JIMMY CHOO FLORAL EAU DE TOILETTE £49

for 60ml, The Per­fume Shop (avail­able May 20) SI­MUL­TA­NE­OUSLY floral, fruity and musky, this se­duc­tive blend brings to­gether mag­no­lia, nec­tarine, man­darin oil and apri­cot flower, float­ing on a bed of soft am­ber and wood notes.

10ARMANI PRIVE MUSC SHAMAL

£225 for 100ml (avail­able in April) IN­SPIRED by the sand dunes of Ara­bia, this ori­en­tal fra­grance brings rose and jas­mine into the desert musk mix, warm­ing the floral notes with rich am­ber and cedar wood.

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