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    Default Desperately Seeking Spring Fever Replacement

    Hi all - I hope it's not gauche to join and immediately post about my special issue, but I'm pretty sure this hasn't been covered in past posts yet.

    I have been - scratch that, had been - wearing Origins Spring Fever since I was 15. Luckily I got some warning that they were going to discontinue it and bought several large bottles, but I'm down to my last few drops and I have to say that I'm having a really hard time accepting that I'm never going to be able to find that fragrance again. I feel like I won't ever smell like myself again! I know, that's over the top, but anyway, I'm having some severe separation anxiety.

    Can anyone suggest something that might be a good substitute? I am not as experienced in fragrance vocabulary as some of you, but I would describe what I liked about Spring Fever as: clean, citrusy, light, natural, and not-floral.

    Based on some back posts I did try Un Jardin Sur Le Nil, and I do like it a lot and will probably get some, but I'm interested in getting some more leads on scents in this family. It also seems like I might want to try Banana Republic Classic and Clinique Happy, and perhaps some of the Guerlain Acqua Allegorias - am I on the right track?

    Anyway, I'd be abjectly grateful for your recommendations. Thanks for fielding a newbie question!

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    The Guerlain AAs are definitely a good idea (I don't know the BR scent or Happy), esp. Mandarine-basilic, Pamplemousse and Herba Fresca. From Hermes you could also try Eau d'Orange Verte. You could also test Dior Escale a Pondichery.

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    I'm not familiar with Spring Fever, but having looked up reviews and notes, it seems you've done the math correctly to focus on Guerlain's AAs. Citrusy, zesty, herbal green, with artemesia and linden? Sounds nice.

    As these things go, you probably won't quite be able to scratch your itch with exactness, but you'll like encounter new pleasures, and so the journey becomes the pleasure. Hope you enjoy it.
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    Thanks to both of your responses. You hit the nail on the head about which of the Guerlain AA's are up my alley. I like all 3 you suggested but I am leaning towards the mandarin-basilic. And bonsai, excellent suggestion re: Escale de Pondicherry! It is not as "citrusy" as I thought I was looking for, but it's really light and lovely. If you have any other suggestions, let me know, as I think I like your taste!

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    Ok, I give it another try, but these will be in the more expensive category since I'm out of ideas in the drugstore range:

    The Different Company - Bergamote (a very nice bergamot scent)
    Parfumerie Generale - Harmatan Noir (in case you enjoyed the black tea side of Escale a Pondichery. Even more black tea and some smokiness)
    Annick Goutal - Mandragore (another nice scent with bergamot)
    Frederic Malle - Cologne Bigarade (a classical cologne with bitter orange, albeit it smells more like lemon to my nose)

    Eau de Guerlain and Eau de Rochas are also citrus-based and receive a lot of love but I am not really familiar with them.

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Desperately Seeking Spring Fever Replacement

    Hi Frederica, welcome to Basenotes!

    I agree with the Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune suggestion, very nice citrus. Also, with the Escale a Pondichery and Escale a Portofino by Dior and the Eau de Guerlain suggestion, I really like all of them. 2 not mentioned that are terrific are Eau de Cartier and Eau de Chanel. I was really surprised by the Eau de Cartier and would highly suggest you try it, I think it's longer lasting than the 2 Diors or the Pamplelune. I would suggest getting decants so you can try them, unless you have access to a store that sells them so you can try them. The Perfumed Court or Posh Peasant offer decants of all the above fragrances. Annick Goutal Eau de Hadrien and Fresh Citron de Vigne are 2 other possibilities. I hope you can find one that you like.
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    I have been able to try out a number of fragrances so far with samples prepared by Nordstrom associates; I really appreciate that service as I don't feel that smelling it once on a card is sufficient to figure out if I love it on myself. But I also live in Portland (OR), and I just found out about The Perfume House. I am pretty excited about it, and I plan to fling myself on their expert advice this weekend. I am imagining they can do decants, and in any case if they're as good as their reputation, I may find myself willing to buy on the spot.

    But in any case, based on advice I found on Basenotes, I'm wearing Un Jardin sur le Nil today, and I *love* it! So already, I'm grateful for the help.

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    I too am a sad and disappointed Spring Fever fan. It's the only fragrance I have ever loved. I have 2/3 of a bottle of the perfume and 1/3 of a jar of the Body Souffle left. I am nursing it! My search for a replacement took me to L'Occitane en Provence after I tried one of their shower gels at a hotel once. They have a Verbena line that is similar to Spring Fever. It lacks some of the grassy notes that Spring Fever had but has the citrus notes and a nice light fragrance. The Verbena line also does NOT have musk which is something that I don't like about most other fragrances. The one I thought was closest to Spring Fever was the Citrus Verbena Summer one but they are all quite nice - though still missing something that Spring Fever had. Check them out if you have a store in your area and let me know what you think.

    Let's keep the pressure up on Origins to reinstate Spring Fever though. There is an iPetitions thread on it that you can add your comments to. Let's hope against the big money machine of L'Oreal.

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    Thanks all for your ongoing input. 604 Jen, let's collaborate on this effort...I strongly encourage you to check out Un Jardin Sur La Nil if you haven't already. And I also like the verbena direction, even though it's not exactly the same as Spring Fever. I've been trying out Jo Malone Verbenas of Provence. At first I found it too simple, but it's actually grown on me quite a lot (could be body chemistry, though). However, your tip about Citrus Verbena Summer sounds delightful and I'll try to track it down.

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    Default Re: Desperately Seeking Spring Fever Replacement

    The L'Occitane limited edition from 2010 was called Verbena Summer Secret (this is not the same as the Citrus Verbena Summer.) It had notes of green apple and basil, and mint.

    My daughter is quite fond of it-- I made her a large decant from my bottle.



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    Hi Frederica,
    I will seek out Un Jardin Sur La Nil. I live in Canada and high end stuff is not as readily available here but I think I know a store that might have it. I get over the border once or twice a year, so will keep looking if not. I tried something today by Lollia called Believe or Cabbage Rose and Limone. It had similar high notes in the bottle to Spring Fever and I thought I was on to something but the dry down was way sweeter and more floral - still not it. I had the name of the parent company for Origins in my first post wrong. It's not L'Oreal but Estee Lauder - ooops. In any case, I fired off an email to Estee Lauder today and brought their attention to the iPetitions site. This has become a renewed obsession for me since I found this online community of other disappointed fans!
    Thanks and take care.

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    Hi 604 Jen - I saw Un Jardin Sur La Nil in the duty-free store of the Vancouver Int'l Airport, so you could always schedule a trip just to get access?

    I checked out l'Occitaine and didn't find Citrus Verbena quite right for me, but I did love the round, citrusy notes of their normal Verbena. However, it hardly even lasts 2 hours, so I'm still searching for a more permanent replacement. I just got a tip to check out Thymes Naia, and I see they have it on Amazon.com (don't know about Amazon.ca), so I'll check it out and report back.

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    Thanks, Frederica. I am in Vancouver! I found Un Jardin Sur La Nil at Holt Renfrew (the highest end department store in Canada!) just today. I put some tester on and bought a gift set with a large bottle, a small travel bottle and a trial size body lotion. They have a 14 day return policy so it was no risk. I liked it initially but since wearing it around all day I find it definitely has a musky drydown. As I said before, I can't stand musk and will detect any hint of it if it is there. Sorry to say, it's going back. I will see if Holts has Thymes Naia but like you, the search goes on for a permanent replacement. I agree that the L'Occitaine has no staying power but at least, for me, smelling nothing is better than smelling musk! In any case, glad you tried it. At the store, they recommended layering it with the shower gel, body lotion and EDT. I was like "why don't you just make the fragrance stronger?". Oh, yeah, gotta sell more product...btw, got the stock form letter back from Estee Lauder regarding my complaint! Not sure if it is worth pursuing. I think I saw Jo Malone at Holts so I'll check out that Verbenas of Provence. Thanks for all your leads.
    Take care, Jen

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    Sorry, Jen - I must not be as sensitive to musk as you or I would have warned you.

    I almost liked Thymes Naia, and it was definitely in the same family, but for me it lacked the citrus freshness, and there was a slight chemical/floral edge that turned me off.

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    Thanks, Frederica.

    I saw on their website that the Thymes fragrances have musk and based on your review, I think I'll stay away. Interestingly, I was at my local Origins counter today (I harass the poor sales staff about Spring Fever every time I am there - and they reiterated "no word of it being brought back"). I happened to try the Gloomaway body spray based on a review I read on the Origins website that the Gloomaway Body Souffle was an acceptable substitute for Spring Fever. As it dried down, I actually did get a few hints of some of the old notes from Spring Fever! It was no way near as complex and was a bit sweeter than Spring Fever but not in a floral-sweet way, more of a citrus-sweet. This is definitely the closest thing I have ever found! I had tried it once before and didn't get this hit but today I did so I think I'm going to get some. It is a fairly weak fragrance and would need frequent refreshing but it is sold in a large bottle.

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    Finally got to the Perfume House. It was fantastic - after smelling what was left of my Spring Fever (which I saved for just this occasion), they brought me ten or so that were clearly in the same family. It was hard to weed things out, but in the end the following four were the ones that spoke to me most, and I am trying samples of them over the next few weeks:

    Miller Harris - Citron Citron
    L'Artisan - Thé Pour un Été
    Lanvin - Éclat d'Arpège
    Caron - Eaux de Caron Pure

    None is identical to what I liked about SF, but they all capture something of the citrus/fresh/clean combination, at least for me. Jen, some of them list musk as a minor note, so naturally you will want to check it out for yourself.

    Interestingly, I didn't love Annick Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien, as I had expected to based on reviews. It was citrusy, certainly, but a little bit sweet and simple for my tastes.

    The woman who was helping me used a term for one of them (unfortunately, I forget which) that was new to me - she described it as a "marine fragrance - very clean and fresh." I might explore this direction in the future.

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    Default Re: Desperately Seeking Spring Fever Replacement

    Interestingly, I didn't love Annick Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien, as I had expected to based on reviews. It was citrusy, certainly, but a little bit sweet and simple for my tastes.
    Small wonder; Eau d'Hadrien was reformulated during the past couple of years and many of the reviews are for the earlier version. I find the new version boring.



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    Just a note, for those of you playing along (primarily Jen, I think) - I didn't end up caring for any of those four I got at the Perfume House. I'm going to try a citrus sampler from The Perfumed Court, and I'll report back.
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    Thanks, Frederica. It's a really frustrating search isn't it? I had a soap from Miller Harris called Fleur de Matin from a hotel once which was pretty close to Spring Fever. Unfortunately, I see Miller Harris has discontinued this particular scent from their line as well! It was a similarly citrusy, grassy, not too-floral, fresh-smelling scent. That brand is not available to test anywhere in my area but if I had access to their line, I would be interested in seeing what their scents are like. Based on that one scent, there might be hope there. I thought it was interesting that you didn't like the Citron Citron one though as that was the one I would have been most interested in trying. Good luck with the next set. Hope your next post reports back success!
    Jen

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    Default Re: Desperately Seeking Spring Fever Replacement

    Are the notes available for the Spring Fever?
    Currently wearing: Aperçu by Houbigant

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    Have you tried Sisley Eau de Campagne? Fresh, grassy citrus with a green tomato stem note. Lovely stuff

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    FYI, there is a seller with 6 available .5 oz bottles of Spring Fever on eBay.

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    Hi Kumquat, there is an old profile in the Basenotes directory here, but I'm not sure I agree. I'm not schooled in perfume vocabulary, but I'd call it citrusy, grassy, not floral, perhaps some verbena. Maybe some apple. No musk, no heavy florals, and the citrus is light but not fruity - my criticism of some of the Guerlain AAs or Jo Malones, for example.

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    Thanks for the suggestion re: Sisley Eau de Campagne - I'll check it out. Where can Sisley house be found? Is it mainstream enough to be in major department stores?

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    I take it you're in the States so can't really advise. In the UK it's in middle brow dept stores like House of Fraser. It is uber fresh and zingy.
    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26122421.html

    I also thought that Clinique Wrappings might be up your alley. Another herbal none floral fresh green. Available in the States prior to Christmas. Really lovely stuff with a cult following
    http://www.basenotes.net/ID10210740.html Please don't let the list of florals stop you trying this. It really isn't floral at all but a fresh herbal scent
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    Default Re: Desperately Seeking Spring Fever Replacement

    I'm pasting it in here for easy reference;
    Notes: Artemesia, Apple, Marigold and Linden Blossom, Mandarin, Cypress and Watermelon.

    You may like to try DeRae-Debut
    Debut Notes
    Bergamot, lime, green leaves, ylang-ylang, lily of the valley, linden blossom, vetiver, sandalwood and musk
    Currently wearing: Aperçu by Houbigant

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    Here is another description:
    With conquering top notes of artemisia, apple, marigold and linden, this Origins women's perfume releases fresh and sweet accords of floral rush. The heart of this Origins eau de toilette is composed of tangy mandarin, lush cypress and sparkling watermelon which tickle your senses with their fruity splash. The Origins Spring Fever completes its aura with base notes of sandalwood, amber and vanilla that cling to your skin for long lasting effect. And, most important to me, not a hint of musk!
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Desperately Seeking Spring Fever Replacement

    You might like Chanel no19, just for fun, try Beige, if you can find a sample. I think it may appeal to you.
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    Frederica - if you live near an Anthropologie, see if you can try the "A Rather Novel Collection Fragrance". The one called Hamarikyu Gardens is actually along the lines of Spring Fever and quite nice. It's not as complex as Spring Fever and a doesn't have SF's high notes but it's nice. It's got a bit of musk in it, I think, but if you don't use too much of the fragrance, it's pretty subtle. I have the stick version but I believe they also make a perfume. Here's a link to their online store and the product: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/093501.jsp
    Jen

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    You are all marvelous - I've located decant/sample sources for Clinique Wrappings, Eau de Campagne, and DelRae Debut. We have an Anthropologie shop in town so I'll stop by soon - hopefully they'll have it in stock. Will report back!

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