Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

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In springtime, wouldn’t the smell of peace in the air be as welcome as a fresh, new olive leaf? Well, thanks to Bond No. 9, everyone could be drifting along in a fragrant cloud of Peace, the New york-centric line’s latest fragrance. What does Peace smell like? According to Bond No 9 founder, Laurice Rahme, peace is a mixture of grapefruit, blackcurrant, cedar and musk. Let Peace reign — it smells so sweet! Available at Bond No 9 boutiques throughout New York City and at Saks Fifth Avenue, or at http://www.bondno9fragrances.com

Fifi Chachnil, an eponymous new fragrance at Luckyscent.com, smells just as the name and tassled pink and gold bottle would suggest, and has a few surprises to boot. A frothy, exciting mix of citrus, sweet coriander, rose, and tobacco and leather (naughty girl!), with an amber, “floriental” dry down. This a fun olfactory ride with a sophisticated linger, and if you’re still on the fence, think of what you could do with that pink tassle. $115

Devotees of Michele Bergman’s Black Gardenia have something new and equally exciting to whiff: Black Lotus. This bewitching concoction of sweet, delicate florals, cherry fruitiness and a creamy powder is downright addictive. Very feminine without being over the top, this is a day or night fragrance, which comes in a bottle so darling that you won’t want to ever discard it. $120, new at http://www.luckyscent.com

If you’re planning a spring wedding, or if you want your home to smell like a spring wedding in full bloom, this is the ideal time of year for the Fleurs Blanches candle from French fragrance maker Catherine Memmi. A blend of elegant white flowers in a white frosted glass holder marks spring in fashion and renders everything around it a bit more beautiful. $50 at http://www.luckyscent.com

What could be more perfect for spring than cherry blossoms? Miya Shinma has bottled these tender little flowers in Sakkura and mixed them with white rose and rose, peonies, cassis, lemon, cedar and white musk. The result is pure spring: fresh, sunny, uplifting and lovely. This is tart, slightly “green” scent that is nuanced enough to be a beloved signature scent. $90, http://www.luckyscent.com.

Originally published March 2006
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