By Kim Taylor
March heralds the onset of spring, when slivers of new green make their appearance. Here are some refreshingly fragrant ways to celebrate the scents of spring.
Hay (Fieno) Acqua Colonia from Santa Maria Novella is the olfactory version of a Beethoven symphony. Delicate but nuanced, complex but straightforward, this is a sweet way to mark the new season. Undertones of myrtle and rose intermingle with crisp hay in this distinctive, memorable scent ($84). A visit to www.lafcony.com will not only introduce you to the complete Acqua Colonia line, but will take you through a guided tour of the gorgeous Santa Maria Novella store in Soho, along with the other astounding products in the line. Everything in the store and the line is artful, including the beautiful bottle the Hay cologne comes in.
Miya Shinma’s Feuillage Vert unfurls into a bright garden of green delights, mingling crisp, fresh new buds with delicate rose and a rich spiciness. This is a distinctive green fragrance that you can wear day or night. Rose, rosewood, bamboo, bergamot, cardamom, cedar and white musk combine in this sophisticated ode to spring, and can be found at www.luckyscent.com. $90
Demeter’s Grass, Green Tea and Hemp scents are all green and great-smelling for the month of the clover. Used alone or in tandem, used as fragrance or room freshener (or both), this verdant trio is as fun as rolling down a grassy knoll into a bed of dandelions. Each $18, available at www.fashion-planet.com/shopping/demeter
Creative Universe’s Element of Surprise is airy enough for spring, and rife with unique blends of tart lemon, fresh lime, sweet jasmine and white tea. This fragrance is distinctive yet straightforward, and genius in its elegant simplicity. Yet another one of the many rare olfactory masterpieces found at www.luckyscent.com. $68
If you’ve ever buried your head in warm fresh laundry straight out of the dryer to inhale the cozy scent, then Clean’s Fresh Laundry is the ideal light fragrance for you for spring. Brazilian orange, lime, jasmine, fresh grass, heliotrope, rose and musk are the key to this fragrance’s astounding success. Available at Sephora stores and at www.cleanperfume.com. $76.
Biotherm’s Eau Vitamine E fresh spray imparts a could of light, delicate orange scent, which hints at summer but is delicate enough for spring — and good for you. Pick yourself up at work, midday, with an aromatic spritz or two, and hydrate your skin in the process. Available at www.Bigelowchemists.com and at Nordstrom stores. $35
Ebba’s Miss Marisa definitely has a cult following, like the prettiest girl in school or the one steaming up the red carpet in her Oscar gown. This greenish blend of cassis, water lily, fresh mint and plum blossom sends many to the moon, and has to be inhaled to be truly believed. Find it at www.luckyscent.com. $58
Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom is another green “must have” for those who love the scent of ripe, sun-kissed oranges. Reminiscent of a sunny stroll through Spain’s Seville or Bel-Air this delicious fragrance is feminine, floral and spring-ready. Visit www.jomalone.com and layer with Nutmeg & Ginger, Vetyver, Honeysuckle and Jasmine or Wild Fig & Cassis. $50.
Nanadebary Green is everything you love in a green scent: fresh basil and thyme, clean bergamot, refreshing citron and vetiver, cardamom for spice, and warm musk. Youthful but sophisticated, this Green is also lush and gorgeous. Available at Aedes des Venustas and www.luckyscent.com. $70
Caudalie’s Fleur De Vigne Candle is infused with grapefruit, bergamot, blackcurrant, mandarin, green mate, lemon, grape orange, sandalwood and bracing cedar. It’s a lovely way to warm a room and bathe it in subtle fragrance. $35. Equally uplifting and subtle for spring is the Caudalie Fleur De Vigne Splash, which utilizes the same aromatic blend of ingredients as the candle to refresh and invigorate the senses. $30. Available at Nordstrom, Aedes des Venustas and at www.caudalie-usa.com.