Published on April 26th, 2018 | by The Perfume Expert
Spring Fragrance Trends | Perfume Trends for 2018
Spring is a time for new beginnings, a fresh new start, and the same goes for freshening up your signature scent! This Spring in particular we are seeing exciting new trends in perfume such as unisex scents and a rise of ecco and niche perfumes. So what will Spring smell like? The Spring fragrance trends this year are all about highlighting green facets, lighter florals, sparkling citrus, and Lavender in perfume.
Lavender is not only one of the hottest colors for Spring fashion, but it is also one of the hottest fragrance trends this year. No one does Lavender better than the French and no one does french beauty like L’Occitane! Firstly, L’Occitane is one of my go-to places for Spring Perfumes as they seem to specialize in all of the light, breezy, fresh, delicate scents that we associate with Spring. But their Lavender Eau de Cologne is specifically worth noting this year as it’s one of the BEST representations of this trend.
It’s like taking a real stroll on the fragrant hills of Haute-Provence!
Aromatic Lavender and herbal Basil are enveloped by sparkling Grapefruit and green Bergamot and hugged by smooth earthy Patchouli and smooth Musk. The mixture of these aromatic notes lead to a clean, crisp scent that’s calming in nature.
Another trend that L’Occitane has got right, is their Citrus Verbena Eau de Toilette; which is a perfect example of this season’s sparkling citrus trend. Unlike normal citrus fragrances, this year we are seeing citrus in a much more fizzy, airy, effervescent quality as opposed to sweet and syrupy.
It’s the fresh, slightly green, Lemon Verbena note that’s highlighted in this scent that really adds to a more airy rendition of citrus. When this light breezy Lemon Verbena is mixed with Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, and cleansing Cedar, it creates an invigorating breath of vitality!
We all know that blooming flowers are a sign of Spring, but this Season we are seeing our beloved blooms in a lighter more airy application. No heavy, heady, overly sweet flowers here. Instead, floral fragrances are mixed with fresh green aquatic notes to make them more breezy.
Gucci’s newest flanker of Gucci Bloom called Gucci Bloom Acqua Di Fiori contains the same Tuberose note that’s in the original, and that’s usually quite heavy, but also contains Galbanum Leaf and Cassis along with Chinese Honeysuckle to lighten the heady white flowers.
The result of these green and delicate blooms added to the Tuberose makes this fragrance smell more like a true bouquet of flowers, blooms, stems, leaves, and ALL! It’s a more organic floral fragrance where it’s as if you can smell the garden as a whole, not just a single bloom.
One of the most interesting Spring fragrances trends is the “green” trend. This green facet includes plants, botanical extracts from vegetables, and herbs. This year you’ll see everything from Rhubarb, Cucumber, Grass, Tomato Leaf, and even your common kitchen herbs added to perfume.
An interesting example of this trend is Jo Malone’s Green Wheat & Meadowsweet which is said to smell like “an English field at dawn, full of the joys of spring.”
This unique scent uses Green Wheat which is a crisp cereal note with dry grassy Vetiver to portray this season’s green trend. In addition, the Meadowsweet flower is used which itself is a more “green” floral note being aromatic and almost tea-like in smell with soft almond-like facets as well. But to keep this fragrance from being too avant-garde, zesty Grapefruit surrounds these notes adding a familiar freshness.
Those that read this blog know that I LOVE exploring new independent fragrance brands. I believe that they are the future of the fragrance industry and reflect our need to be more individual and personal with our scents.
One of my favourite niche brands is a London brand called Ormonde Jayne. This brand not only uses the highest quality ingredients but also creates some unique fragrances that you won’t find on the high street!
My favourite Spring fragrance from Ormonde Jayne is the soft yellow floral composition called Champaca.
Champaca ticks the boxes of a few of our Spring trends as it’s a lighter, fresher floral, with unique green notes.
Champaca is a yellow flower that’s sunny and warm and smells almost like tea (worth mentioning Green Tea is also a note used in this scent). So already this fragrance is using a unique flower but to add to the complexity Ormonde Jayne throws in some interesting peppery notes of Pink Pepper and Freesia to give a fresh hit. Also adding to the freshness is watery green Bamboo!
The dry down is also interesting in this scent using Rice, Myrrh, and Musk to smooth things out.
The result is a complex sunny floral with nose-tickling pepper and sweet watery tea facets. Truly original!
We are becoming more environmentally conscious these days and so it was only a matter of time before we became more environmentally conscious about our perfume!
Neom is a brand that is the epitome of Ecco. All Neom fragrances are made in the UK and don’t use artificial perfume or any harsh preservatives. They have a beautiful Spring scent called Energy Burst that uses 100 per cent natural ingredients!
A zesty blend of grapefruit, lemon, rosemary and 14 other essential oils, that are all ethically and sustainably sourced, chosen to give a quick burst of energy to focus and liven up the mind.
There’s no gender when it comes to smell! Although we typically think of flowers as feminine and woods as masculine, there’s no rules to say that men and women can’t wear the same fragrances!
One of my favourite unisex scents is Jo Loves’ Green Orange & Coriander. The fragrance is perfect for Spring and highlights the vegetal green and sparkling citrus trends that we are seeing this year.
This zesty fragrance is filled with Bitter Orange which, like our Spring sparkling Citrus trend, makes it less syrupy sweet and instead more vibrant and sharp. Adding to this sharpness is Black Pepper which again keeps this fragrance from becoming too sweet.
Already you can see how this take on citrus could be worn by a man OR a woman. In addition to this peppery orange is Coriander which in itself is slightly orangey but also woodsy. The fragrance finishes with a green dry grassy Vetiver mixed with warm Tonka Bean.
The result is an intoxicating and addictive spicy orange scent that will warm the soul of whichever man or woman is wearing it.
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