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When the winter air shifts warmer and you spend more time outdoors, you may start honing in on the senses of the season—a big one being smell. From florals to citrus and fruits to candy, spritzing on an aroma with spring-friendly notes is a great way to leave the dreariness of winter behind.
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To help you celebrate the incoming of brighter days and blooming flowers, we’ve rounded up 10 spring perfume picks from brands like Burberry, Clinique and Yves Saint Laurent. Spritz them on as the finishing touches to your getting-ready routine this season.
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1. This floral Gucci aroma
While Gucci Flora revolves around—you guessed it—floral notes, it brings you back to childhood with its nostalgic top notes of popsicles and lollipops. The brand describes this eau de parfum as being rich with pear blossom accord, white gardenia, solar jasmine and sweet brown sugar. It comes in three sizes: 1 ounce, 1.6 ounces and 3.3 ounces. The mini version is a portable 0.25-ounce rollerball.
“Got this perfume for Christmas from my husband and I love it,” writes one of 29,000 Sephora fans. “It’s sweet yet floral, it smells clean and it settles into my skin so softly. It’s not too strong or offensive yet lasts all day.”
2. This beautifully blooming Dior perfume
Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming is a refreshing finish to your spring routine. The eau de parfum features a blend of red berries like raspberry and black currant and florals rose accord, peony and white musk for a fruity and feminine scent that lasts all day. It comes in 1 ounce, 1.7 ounces and 3.4 ounces.
“[It’s] a nice lightweight fragrance for everyday,” writes one of the 2,600 Nordstrom reviewers. “I love the floral notes in this one. It’s definitely a fragrance that you can't overspray on. It’s very feminine, and I would personally recommend it for any age group!”
3. This light and musky Burberry scent
Transport yourself to a sunny spring afternoon in downtown London with one of Burberry’s newest and most popular scents. The Her Blossom eau de toilette fills the nose with hints of plum blossom, raspberry, cherry mandarin, sandalwood and spicy musk—all of which accompany a warm vanilla base note. It’s available in 1.6 ounces.
Many of its 2,600 QVC reviewers say the fragrance strikes a balance of playful and sophisticated. One writes: “It’s Ariana Grande Cloud’s older sister and Baccarat Rouge 540’s younger sister. I am a big fan of fruity, floral perfumes with a musk or creamy note thrown in, so this is amazing for me. It is youthful without being childish and is great for most settings. I absolutely love this perfume and find myself grabbing for it often.”
4. This citrus-y Skylar fragrance
“Clean” fragrances tout the absence of potentially harmful chemicals like phthalates and plastic microbeads. Skylar’s Sun Flower eau de parfum boasts cleanliness in the fragrance department as well: It’s described as earthy and woody with notes of lemon leaves, jasmine tea and meadow greens. It comes in a 1.7-ounce spray bottle and a 0.33-ounce rollerball.
“This is the perfect everyday scent for a light and fresh kind of day,” writes one of its 470 Sephora fans. “I wore it for about six to seven hours and it lasted well for me. Definitely a vacation, brunch and coffee-date staple.”
5. This flowery Viktor&Rolf option
Viktor&Rolf’s Flowerbomb is the quintessential spring aroma with its notes of jasmine, cattleya orchids, orange blossom, rosebud and spicy patchouli with a vanilla base. As a mega-popular eau de parfum, it’s available in six sizes: 0.33 ounces, 0.68 ounces, 1 ounce, 1.7 ounces, 3.4 ounces and 5 ounces.
One of its 197,000 Sephora fans writes: “There is nothing like this perfume. It’s so sexy, spicy, floral and feminine. It’s not overly sweet. I'm someone who adores sweet feminine perfumes. I wear those for everyday wear. But this is the perfume you wear on a date night! [My partner] loves when I wear it, says I smell so good and can’t keep his hands off of me.”
6. This mood-boosting Clinique perfume
Clinique’s Happy eau de parfum brings you joy with its uplifting aromas of ruby red grapefruit, bergamot, Hawaiian wedding flower and spring mimosa. The perfume comes in 1, 1.7 and 3.4 ounces.
“The best perfume of all time,” writes one of its 14,000 Amazon reviewers. “It will leave you hopeful for life and give you a happier outlook. The smell helps you cope with the unpleasant smells of other people in public. This perfume also makes me think of running happily through wide open fields with the sunlight shining warmly on my skin. Buy the perfume if you want to be happy. Or don’t. Either way I’m happy, because at least I smell great.”
7. This fruit-forward Dolce & Gabbana one
With Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce Lily, you’re instantly hit with a burst of passion fruit, pink lily accord, zesty citrus, Italian bergamot, sandalwood and musk. The flirty and feminine eau de toilette comes in 0.33 and 1.7 ounces.
Many of its reviewers love how it works as an all-day, everyday option: “[I] have been using this every day on my wrists and I love it!” writes one of 1,500 Sephora fans. “It’s such a perfect light and floral scent that lasts all day and keeps me smelling fresh. I’ve had no problem with the scent fading throughout the day—it stays even after working out!”
8. This creamy, musky Marc Jacobs perfume
Marc Jacobs Perfect is an ideal fragrance for spring with its refreshing smell. The brand describes the eau de parfum as having notes of rhubarb and daffodil mixed into aromas of creamy almond milk, cedarwood and musky cashmeran. It comes in 0.25, 1, 1.6 and 3.3 ounces.
Many of its 28,000 Sephora fans appreciate its superior staying power: “I love this perfume. I have over 30 perfumes and this is in the top five for scent and longevity. It is a scent you can smell on yourself throughout the day and not a lot of perfumes do that. The rhubarb is so pronounced and JUICY! And who doesn’t want to smell delicious and juicy? One of my new faves.”
9. This seductive floral Juicy Couture fragrance
If you miss the iconic Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy perfume from the early aughts, you’ll love its modern update with a floral twist. It first gives a whiff of red berries, mandarin orange and water lily that then fades into notes of honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine with hints of caramel, vanilla and sandalwood. The eau de toilette comes in 0.25-, 2.5- and five-ounce bottles.
Many of its 5-star reviewers from Walmart say it’s a universally wearable fragrance: “This fragrance is so wonderful that I get compliments from women and men. It's absolutely divine, so much so that I cannot get enough of it.”
10. This Parisian Yves Saint Laurent one
Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris boasts a fragrance that’s both cheerful and mature. With this eau de parfum, you’ll get transported to a romantic spring day in Paris with its bright notes of red berry, pear, white datura flower, creamy white musk and patchouli. It comes in 1, 1.6 and 3 ounces.
One Ulta reviewer of a total of 4,200 give its 5 stars, writing: “Mon Paris is a very feminine and fresh yet sweet lingering scent! It has hints of fruity sweetness with a white musk overtone that I cannot get over. It's not a headache-inducing sweetness—it’s mature yet young and flirty, fit for special evening occasions yet still perfect for a sunny breezy spring day.”
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