To me, it's essential to have a scent which is unique and special.
I’m going to hold my hands up and say it loud and proud, I’m a self-confessed fragrance snob. To me, it’s essential to have a scent which is unique and special. I mean, why would you want to smell like everyone else?! For this reason, all those well-known known perfumes with cult followings such as Flowerbomb, Chanel Chance and a number of Tom Ford’s scents are no-gos, simply because you can’t walk down the high street without getting a whiff of someone else wearing them. See, I told you, I’m a terrible snob!
If you’re looking for a new signature scent your first port of call should be Liberty’s perfumery department. They have the most beautiful and considered curation of boutique and specialist perfume brands, many of which are exclusive to them. If you can’t find something special at Liberty which encapsulates you in a fragrance, it probably doesn’t exist! It will, therefore be no surprise that 2 out of my 4 favourites scents this Spring are Liberty exclusives.
Atelier Bloem was recently launched by Andrew Goetz, one half of the much loved Malin + Goetz. Andrew’s love affair with flowers began when he lived in Amsterdam in the 1980s and has stayed with him as he remains a keen gardener. His six Eau de Parfums all have a floral inspiration. The best way I can describe this collection is floral scents for grown-ups as they have a really sophisticated edge to them.
Iris is my personal favourite from the collection. It really captures the spirit of the flower with top notes of Cardamom, Violet Orchid and bottom notes of Iris Wood, Vetiver and Musk. Black Tulip is also worth having a whiff of.
Atelier Bloem is sold exclusively at Liberty for £160 each.
Vilhelm Parfumerie is contemporary fragrance house founded in New York, bottled in Paris and exclusively available in Liberty. When I first discovered the brand it was like unearthing a hidden gem, as these scents are worth knowing about.
My favourite scent is set to launch around June/July but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a sample and let me tell you, this one is worth the wait. I have never been to Lake Como but I imagine this is what it smells like. The top notes, Basil and Dragon Fruit, keeps the fragrance crisp and fresh but it still has a seductiveness to it. Other gorgeous scents which have already launched include A Lilac a Day and Room Service.
Vilhelm Parfumerie is sold exclusively to Liberty for £145.
I know Hermes fragrances aren’t all that exclusive, you can buy them at Duty Free and usually as a rule of thumb I won’t wear a perfume which is sold at Duty Free (there’s that snob coming out in me again!). However, this particular fragrance is the exception to the rule. First and foremost, I never hear anyone speak about this perfume, let alone smell it on anyone.
Secondly, it smells absolutely divine and unlike anything I’ve ever smelt before or since. It’s very summery and reminiscent of a beautiful Mediterranean garden but also has a woodiness to it which is what makes it so unique. It’s a beautiful daytime scent which can be worn by men or women.
Available nationwide from £61.
This Eau de Parfum goes against the grain of every other scent I’ve ever liked. It is zesty with floral undertones. I usually go for smells which are woody and musky but this must be my fourth bottle. Given that it’s called Sugar you’d expect it to be sickly sweet but it’s actually more citrus with just the right level of sugariness. It’s lovely and soft and a very Spring appropriate scent.
Available in Fresh boutiques and online between £41.
If you get the chance to give any of these scents a whiff I highly recommend them and if you know of any great spring scents, please share by leaving them below. I’m always on the hunt more perfumes!