Fragrance Spring Cleansing
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30th May, 2017

It’s time to limber up because spring-cleaning has finally arrived. Although the thought of moving winter gear to dark closet recesses is not appealing, it can also be the impetus for changing up our fragrances. Consider this time as a “spring cleansing” if you will, where we lighten up our fragrance choices to emulate what is seen and sniffed outdoors. Consider the beautiful scents of new buds, vegetation and blooms or the earthy scent of petrichor that climbs through open windows on spring mornings.

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These special flowers and blooms have influenced hundreds of perfume houses over the centuries. Perfumers have expertly recreated the lightness and ethereal qualities of seasonal flowers, plants, leaves, and bark from the spring. In the ground, their lifespan are fleeting from bud to fruition; but in the bottle, spring fragrances are eternal.

Infusion d'Iris
The iris/orris and muguet notes have graced and modified many perfumes and still hold their own in trends. From classic muguet scents such as Diorissimo and Guerlain’s Muguet, to the Florentine iris used in Hiris by Hermès and Prada’s Infusion d’Iris; they lighten our spirits and transform those dark days into pastel moments.

Each plant, flower, bloom scent revolution will encounter three distinct olfactory stages. Sniff the first open bud or blossom and one can expect a mild impression, a fleeting glimpse of what is to come. The second phase is when the bloom is open and exposed to the sun’s rays, this is when the perfume really soars and is pristine, when it is closest to its “absolute” partner in perfumery. The third and final death act can smell sour, bitter, and repugnant. The lifespan for some can be only a few days, a week at most but the perfumes they emit can be replicated to perfection in perfumery.

The spring season is one of fresh notes, of warm floral green, ozonic/marine and powdery, perfection. We will look at examples of these notes in classic fragrances as well as more contemporary scents.

About the author: Marian Bendeth

Marian Bendeth is a Global Fragrance Expert based out of Toronto, Canada. Marian has won six fragrance industry editorial awards for her writing. You can find out more on her website



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      • hednic | 30th May 2017 18:34

        Was glad to see Sur L'Herbe mentioned in this article.

      • Prince Barry | 30th May 2017 19:34

        Lovely article as usual Marian, and your beautiful photographs enhanced it wonderfully. Hammam Bouquet has been one of my wardrobe staples since the days when Sheila Pickles owned Penhaligons, and I have never detected the orris note on my skin. My vote for the lilac fragrance of the past, must go to Caron's Royal Bain de Champagne, yes, my bottle is that old, it doesn't have the current name on it.

      • cacio | 30th May 2017 19:55

        Many of the examples had me puzzled (Chypre, Fracas, Vacances, ...), but then I think the list is not about primary examples of the flowers, but as suggestions of where notes, sometimes secondary, could be found in unexpected settings. Very interesting.


      • Ken_Russell | 31st May 2017 09:54

        Enjoyed reading about this particular seasonal lineup of great scents

      • desertsafari | 31st May 2017 09:58

        it's good to be cleaned as well as healthy to be.

        nice work.

      • Kiliwia | 4th June 2017 16:13

        Thank you, Marian, it was a very nice article! I think spring scents are my favorite, I always look forward to them after a long winter.