October 05, 2023
Spring has sprung, we’re shaking off winter, storing the coats and retiring our bold winter fragrances — or at least we should be. See, as we transition from the cosy, warm scents of winter to the fresh, blooming aromas of spring, our olfactory senses crave something lighter and more floral. According to statista this move towards florals in spring is worldwide, and florals as a category are some of the most popular in the world. Here, we explore four of the most commonly used floral notes in fragrances so you can see where your nose is leading you.
Native to: Asia
Why it's popular: Known as the 'Queen of Flowers,' the rose is synonymous with love and beauty.
In fragrance: It’s often used as a middle note.
Characteristics: Romantic, rich, and complex.
Pairs well with: Musk, vanilla
The rose, native to Asia, has been a staple in fragrances for centuries. Its romantic and complex aroma makes it popular for evening, but with so many different varieties, and pairings, it’s also an extremely versatile flower that appeals to most people in some format. One of its most famous fragrances is Chanel No.5, but you can find it in Kleins Perfumery Rosewater Perfume OIl, $39 and The Perfume Oil Company Rosette Perfume Oil. $34.95
Native to: The Himalayas
Why it's popular: Its intoxicating aroma is both calming and sensual and it’s one of the white florals that really is synonymous with spring/summer.
In fragrance: It’s often used as a base to middle note.
Characteristics: Sweet, warm, and slightly herbaceous.
Paired well with: Sandalwood, citrus.
Because it's such a fixture in Australian life, it may surprise you to learn that Jasmine is native to the Himalayas. Belonging to the white floral family it’s known for its sweet, warm aroma that’s always distinctive — you might recognise it as a key note in Dior’s iconic J’Adore. A versatile floral, it’s found in both base and middle notes and is often sitting alongside other white florals too. We love it in Tokyo Milk Honey & The Moon Boxed Eau De Parfum, $79.95 and The Perfume Oil Company Blonde, $34.95
Native to: The Mediterranean
Why it's popular: Known for its calming properties it’s both familiar and soothing to the mind.
In Fragrance: You’ll find it as top and middle note.
Characteristics: Fresh, clean, and slightly woody.
Paired Well With: Bergamot, Mandarin, Orange.
Lavender a native flower of the Mediterranean region, is one of those all-pleasing kinds of flowers that everyone seems to have a memory of — whether that be a grandparent or your favourite spa. In Australia, it comes out to play in mid-spring and in scent it’s often placed as top or middle note and paired with citrus to really bring out its best. Find lavender in Demeter Fragrance Library Lavender Cologne, $32.95 and Lollia Relax EDP, $115.
Native to: Surprisingly this exotic flower is actually found all over the world!
Why it's popular: Its mysterious allure and opulence.
In Fragrance: It’s used as a middle to base note.
Characteristics: Soft, powdery, and slightly fruity.
Paired Well With: Vanilla, spice.
Because they are so exotic, it may surprise you that the (extremely fancy, and often temperamental) orchids can actually be found worldwide. Their scent is distinctive, regal even, and smells like luxury. Best known for its eponymous place in Tom Ford’s iconic Black Orchid, it’s a big, bold note which is why it’s usually saved for middle and base notes. Orchid fragrances we love include: Tokyo Milk Light And Soul, EDP, $89; Library Of Flowers Forget Me Not EDP, $89
Spring is the perfect time to change up your florals and try a new note. Whether you're looking for something romantic like rose or calming like lavender, we have all the options for you.