The best scents based on your favourite flower
It’s official, spring has sprung! And with it, a handful of blossoming fragrances sure to set your hearts racing. If you’re head over heels for sweet, exhilarating scents, there’s no better time like spring to sport them. Ahead, we break down the most popular florals found in fragrances, so you can pick the best perfume bouquet for you.
Addictively carnal, the heady, elegant and seductive tuberose embodies dramatic, powerful and impressive properties. Whether you adore it or not, spritz this white flower on, and you won’t go undetected.
bh recommends: Tom Ford Orchid Soleil EDP, Frédéric Malle Carnal Flower, Jo Malone London Tuberose & Angelica Cologne, Diptyque Do Son
Light, youthful and intoxicatingly sweet, the narcotic scent of jasmine is pretty powerful for such a tiny flower, with the ability to send your senses into overdrive. The succulent and sensual scent of this perennial in full bloom is a spring sensation – while also boasting some serious mood perks to boot! Spritz this oh so femme fleur on your pulse points for a boost in energy and just the right amount of luscious femininity.
bh recommends: Spring Flower by CREED, Le Labo Jasmin 17, Jo Malone London White Jasmine & Mint Cologne, Atkinsons Jasmine in Tangerine
Contrary to popular belief, rose scents can be just as light, bright and fresh as their floral counterparts. Perfect for brides-to-be, romantic long weekends or a special celebration, the undeniable scent of a rose is hard to beat. Wake up and smell the roses with budding blends too delectable to deny.
bh recommends: Chanel N°5 L’EAU, Chloé Roses de Chloé, MOR Rosa Noir Eau De Parfum, Marni Rose EDP
With white flowers, which are typically more animalic and sensual like tuberose and jasmine at one end of the spectrum, and roses, which are more petal-y, vibrant and crisp at the other, lily falls somewhere in between these two opposing scents. An enigmatic mix of clean, sweet and bright that’ll make you fall head over heels.
bh recommends: Estée Lauder Pleasures, Tom Daxon Crushing Bloom, Penhaligon’s Lily of the Valley, AERIN Mediterranean Honeysuckle
Did you know that gardenia is one of the hardest scents to get right? The best-smelling gardenia fragrances – and there aren’t many – are like a cold gin and tonic, or a burst of cool air in the middle of summer: they give a jolt, but have a lasting, rewarding coolness. These warmer days require a clear, bold scent to suit – not too heady, but nothing insipid, either. While the scent of the gardenia is strong, it’s no match for the tuberose. The scent is sweeter, breezier and less demanding on the skin.
bh recommends: Chanel GARDÉNIA, Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia EDT, Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia, Demeter Gardenia
Done right, orange blossom is a joyus, energetic scent that evokes a sense of warmth, bounces off the skin and remains as fresh as the first spritz at the end of a full sunshine day. The scent of an orange tree in bloom is a sweet, delicate fragrance that decorates the air with its distinctive aroma, and makes you think of lush, sun-drenched landscapes – which is why it’s in so many hot-weather scents.
bh recommends: Byredo PULP, Demeter Orange Blossom, Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Cologne, Le Labo Fleur d’Oranger 27
Which floral scents will you be spritzing this spring?