From the sweet gardenia and tobacco scent of tuberose to the intense muskiness of jasmine, the world of blooms is varied and unexpected. But chances are you’ve probably been wearing floral fragrances for years without even realising it – you may even be wearing one right now. As well as being omitted from the name, many perfumeries target the male market by overshadowing floral notes by adding spice or overmossed green tones to (quite literally) throw you off the scent. But today, how we wear fragrance is not so gender-specific, which has (thankfully) led to a newfound floral freedom.
“Definitely don’t be scared by the antiquated idea that floral notes equals a women’s fragrance; they’re such a huge part of the perfumer’s ‘palette’ that you’re restricting yourself arbitrarily,” explains British perfumer Tom Daxon. “In fact, lots of men’s fragrances contain floral notes already. They just probably don’t highlight it through fear of scaring some men off.” So where to start? Daxon suggests dipping your toe in with neroli or lavender before moving on to more traditional floral scents such as rose. “Then you’ll realise that – joyous surprise! – you really can wear what you like. Does it smell good to you? Yes? Knock yourself out.”
There has never been a better time to add some florals to your fragrance line-up. Here are five scents that won’t disappoint.
Björk & Berries
This scent is inspired by a longing for spring that never arrives. With punchy notes of jasmine and lemon combined with musky cedar wood and amber, this is a crisp, green fragrance reminiscent of the warming sun and blossoming trees.
With gardenia, green violet leaf, ylang-ylang, magnolia and jasmine sambac, this fragrance is a floral celebration. Think of a magnolia tree in full bloom: a perfect blend of white florals with green and woody elements. It will take you away to an aromatic stroll through blooming, tree-lined avenues.
Frédéric Malle x Dominique Ropion
This scent is magnetic. It offers flower-shop freshness but with a dark, seductive spiciness. Tuberose is the star of the show with its clashing olfactive nature of milky, floral sweetness and a spicy edge. A modern take on a rose scent.
This unisex scent is based around the distinctive aroma of the famous Grasse rose. Spritz over the skin for a one-of-a-kind scent of warming, spicy, woody notes of rose, cumin, cedar and amber all blended together for a sophisticated olfactory experience. This fragrance has confidence with a hint of mystery.
Fresh, green and slightly sweet, L’Ombre is a citrusy scent with a little hint of fruity florals. With notes of bergamot, mandarin and blackcurrant leaves, this refreshing fragrance calls for warm, summer evenings. Mist over pulse points and the back of your neck for subtle rose notes that will linger on the skin well into the night.
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