How to choose the right floral scent
Find the floral fragrance that’s right for you.
As the infamous line by Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada says, “Florals for spring – groundbreaking” (sarcasm, very much intended). But in the world of personal scent we can’t think of a better way to celebrate everyone’s favourite season than with a new floral fragrance. Need some inspiration? Here is our round up of the best spring-blooming flowers, and what they all mean, to help guide you towards your new smell.
The lilac generally only blooms for four weeks, maximum, usually around September / October in Australia. The strong, sweet flower originated in south-east Europe and is said to represent many things; a lot of them tied to love (in particular an old or first love). So if a bit of innocent nostalgia is what you’re after, lilac may be the one for you.
Peony: Ahh peonies. Every year brides wait with baited breath for this season to arrive, and no doubt it explains why so many weddings happen in November. These big, fragrant blooms have a notoriously short season but luckily for you, the scent can – and has – been bottled, so you can wear it all year round. And it’s not just big for brides either. Peonies represent romance (especially between strangers), prosperity, beauty — and even bashfulness. In Eastern culture it represents honour, often tied to royalty. So whether it’s for the sheer beauty, or if you want to feel like a queen for a day, peonies are the great all-rounder.
Daffodil: One of the flowers most synonymous with spring, they actually start blooming from mid-winter – like a bright shiny beacon to break up winter’s gloom. It’s for this reason that the daffodil symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings, but can also inspire creativity, vitality and joy. So, if winter’s funk is still hanging around, a burst of daffodil in your life may be just the ticket.
Lily of the Valley: There’s a reason this flower is often used in religious ceremonies throughout the world – it’s synonymous with happiness, chastity, luck and humility. Said to protect gardens from evil spirits in various different types of folklore it’s also said to bring luck – which is also why it’s a popular wedding flower. So, if you want to invite love, luck and happiness into your life, perhaps Lily of the Valley is the way to go.
Jasmine: One of the icons of spring, jasmine has the heady, unmistakable smell of this time of year. Symbolizing love, beauty and sensuality, it’s no surprise that this is often a heart note of popular women’s fragrances. Native to tropical Asia, it’s now grown worldwide, which means that if you’re in the market for a new love, you’ll be able to find – and wear – jasmine wherever you are.