Smell Like A Flower

May 5, 2011

Daisy

For centuries, perfumers have used flowers as inspiration for, and a crucial ingredient in, perfume. But it’s not as simple as choosing a flower to smell like, there are a lot of complexities and considerations that go into creating a perfume scent. Certain smells can bring back memories, remind us of certain time and places, or illicit in us particular emotions. Below is a guide to some of our favorite flower based perfumes with all their intricacies and undertones. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this might be a good Mother’s Day gift….nudge, nudge. 🙂

Parisienne by Yves Saint Laurent highlights the floral scents of rose, peony, and violet. The scent of rose particularly stands out amongst the rest. There is also a fruity quality to this fragrance that makes it a perfect fit for the term “sweet.”

Daisy by Marc Jacobs lives up to it’s name. The happy flower is highlighted in the fragrance without making it too over the top. This is definitely a young smelling fragrance but it does have an element of sophistication that makes it appropriate for all ages.

Yardley English Rose smells like you would expect it to, like rose. It’s romantic and elegant but use it with a light hand. Yardley also has a variety of other flower based scents such as lavender and lily of the valley.

Light Blue by Dolce and Gabbana has notes of rose and jasmine mixed lightly with apple and musk. This is a very airy perfume and is perfect for someone who wants prefers lighter scents.

Rush by Gucci uses peony, violet, jasmine, and carnation in it’s scent is very refined and elegant. It’s heavy on the florals and light on the spice and fruit so it’s a perfect fit for someone who loves the scent of flowers above all else.

Flight of Fancy by Anna Sui is a delight. You will find many different floral scents in this perfume including rose blossom, magnolia, freesia, and litchi. It also has many fruity qualities which make for a really lovely combination with the florals. This perfume is a definite must for any floral fragrance lover.

This list is by no means exhaustive as almost every perfume has some floral tones in it- these are just our favorites. Be sure to research any perfume you might buy so you know what to expect and definitely cross-reference for any allergies. Happy shopping!

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