By Kim Taylor

Spring is in the air, delicately heralded by the sweet scent of fresh blossoms. Here’s a roundup of what’s blossoming anew in the world of fragrance.


Comptoir Sud Pacifique knows how to warm things up for you in the best way possible. In this case, it’s with the introduction of their latest masterpiece, Caramel Sunset. Warm, enticing, sun-drenched and rife with coconut and almond, it’s not overly sweet, yet still rich and alluring. Black vanilla pod, sugar milk, island flowers, and comforting caramel will envelope you in the tropical breezes of paradise! Available April 15th. Visit


Chanel‘s paen to the daring of youth, Chance is a heady and novel blend of hyacinth, jasmine, fresh citron, spicy amber and patchouli. Unexpected and ever-changing, Chance is subtle and sensual, surprising and unique – just like you. This is a fragrance that will never seem too predictable. Find it at fine department stores and at


Elizabeth Arden‘s new Mediterranean offers an uninhibited, sun-drenched take on joie de vivre, capturing the scents of Capri and Sardinia in a bottle. Wisteria, magnolia, and Madagascar orchid mingle with amber, musk, sandalwood, peach, Damask Plum, and Sicilian Mandarin to enchant and lure you into the blue. Find it at your favorite upscale department store.


Annick Goutal‘s ardent droves of fans will swoon over Mandragore, now with a Butterfly Flacon. Harnessing the power of the exotic mandrake plant, this is fragrance you’re unlikely to forget – or put down. Bergamot, black pepper, spearmint, star anis oil, pink peppercorn, ginger and sage mesmerize in this olfactory delight. Available at Aedes De Venustas,
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Jean Paul Gaultier’s new Fleur du Male is an aromatic nod to Baudelaire’s collection of poems, Les Fleurs du Mal, and is just as inspiring. Unconventionally full of white flowers, in particular orange blossom, this mélange also contains fern accord, petitgrain leaf and coumarin. This is masculine with a fetching wink at feminine, or vice-versa, which makes it an ideal unisex luxury. Find it at Bloomingdales and other fine department stores.


Slatkin & Co. presents Orange Flower & Citron Eau de Parfum for spring, which is a lively orchestra of orange blossom, citrus, neroli, sparkling mandarin and spicy lemon zest. Bright spring notes will uplift you and impart the freshness of new blooms, even when you’re trudging through April showers. Available at


Spring evokes the most delicate of scents, and b.e. becker eshaya‘s lovely signature fragrance blends lily of the valley, rose damascena, white musk, pink peony and mandarin in a fragrance tailor-made to season. This original scent captures the aromas of a garden stroll on a warm day. Find it a Fred Segal stores and

So go out and don your rain boots, your pastels, and one of these spectacular new fragrances! Spring forth.

Originally published April 2007
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