If you, too, feel the same sarcastic distain toward florals in spring as Miranda Priestly, then you’re in the right place. With every new season, comes the time to pick a fresh scent to define the coming months. But what happens for those who don’t favour the floral?
Every spring, fragrance fanatics are inundated with rose, jasmine and orchid-infused scents created to emulate the fresh blooms for the season ahead, however, that doesn’t mean everyone has to be on board.
Floral avoiders, fret not. Nowadays, perfumeries are opting for greenery-inspired odes to new beginnings, with weeds being favoured over flowers. Nailing the art of finding perfumes that are intriguing yet not overpowering, notes tend to tilt more toward woodsy, clean and fresh scents with hints of sage and driftwood.
Below, the best non-floral perfumes to elevate your fragrance collection this spring.
Lazy Sunday Morning by Maison Margiela
Inspired by the pure joy of waking up in freshly washed, crumpled sheets with the sun on your skin. This fragrance incorporates delicate notes of lily of the valley and iris with fresh pear and orange flower. The result is a clean, fresh and comforting scent.
Lazy Sunday Morning EDT by Maison Margiela, $185 at MECCA.
Eau De Soleil Blanc by Tom Ford
Eau De Soleil Blanc embodies a refreshing illumination on Private Blend Soleil Blanc, bright, crisp and drenched with sparkling citrus. The scent offers a vibrant twist on the floral amber warmth mirrors the crystalline reflection of the white sun, a sensuous gleam of sky on water.
Fresh, crisp sea salt is blended alongside woody, aromatic notes of sage to create this light ocean scent. A scent reminiscent of watching the waves break along the shoreline, it boasts notes of seaweed, sage, sea salt, ambrette and grapefruit.
Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne by Jo Malone, $212 at MYER.
Gypsy Water by Byredo
Inspiring freedom and harmony, Gypsy Water was created as an ode to the beauty of the roaming Romani culture. The scent blends the woody notes of sandalwood and amber with fresh lemon and juniper berry.
Gypsy Water by Byredo, $320 at MECCA.
L’Eau Bleue Eau de Parfum by Miu Miu
L’Eau Bleue Eau de Parfum by Miu Miu, $145 at Adore Beauty.
Eau de Parfum 801 Aquatic: Sea Spray, Cedar and Grapefruit by Bon Parfumeur
This fragrance has grapefruit and lemon notes that amplify the marine freshness of sea spray. Its airy elements blending with spicy, aromatic accents to give the composition its character. In its powdery wake, dry wood and white musk fill the air.
Eau de Parfum 801 Aquatic: Sea Spray, Cedar and Grapefruit by Bon Parfumeur, $70 at Sephora.
Halfeti EDP by Penhaligon
Fresh yet spiced, Halfeti features sandalwood and cypress. Halfeti, just like its namesake, is at once modern and deeply traditional—light and airy, yet inspired by spices and precious woods that have been traded for centuries. With a citrus opening of grapefruit and bergamot, barely-there notes of saffron and cardamom elevate rather than oppress.
Halfeti EDP by Penhaligon, $349 at Adore Beauty.
Pacific Rock Moss by Goldfield & Banks
This aquatic and fresh perfume features a distinctive marine note, graced with aromatic essences. Cedarwood gives this perfume a sturdy base on which to reveal a fresh, sea spray scent that speaks of summer days diving into Australia’s blue waters.
Pacific Rock Moss by Goldfield & Banks, $229 at Sephora.
La vie est Belle Soleil Cristal by Lancôme
La vie est Belle Soleil Cristal by Lancôme, $215 at Adore Beauty.
Lake EDP by By Rosie Jane
A scent inspired by fall and spending time in the hills of Lake Tahoe. By Rosie Jane’s Lake Eau de Parfum combines woody notes of pine and sandalwood with crisp, clean citrus notes of bergamot and lime, capturing the bohemian in all of us.
Lake EDP by By Rosie Jane, $100 at Sephora