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How are you doing today?

On Saturday the sun appeared over the New York City metro area and I was able to sit outside for a couple hours, just reading and drinking coffee and editing a PowerPoint on my laptop. That was a treat.

As I’m writing this post, it’s raining again. All the same, I’ve been trying to welcome Spring through my recent fragrance choices…

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Serge Lutens Sa Majesté La Rose

I own a carded sample of this fragrance (not the “bell jar” pictured above!) and I pull it out once in a while so I can try it again and admire it. It’s somehow not quite “me,” and I can’t figure out why, since it’s a true rose with notes of honey and greenery and it should be right up my proverbial alley. It’s a beauty, though. A must-try if you’re a rose-lover, even though it’s no longer available in the “regular” (less $$$) bottle.

I like Victoria’s review of this fragrance on Bois de Jasmin.

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Aftelier Secret Garden

Early spring always feels like the right time to wear an all-botanical fragrance or two. Mandy Aftel’s Secret Garden balances radiant jasmine and fruit notes with something a little shadowy and spicy in the base. Plus, it lasts well on my skin, which isn’t always the case with natural perfumes.

Angela reviewed it for Now Smell This.

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Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle En Passant

A contemporary classic that embodies Spring without being trite or juvenile, En Passant is perfumer Olivia Giacobetti’s breezy evocation of a stroll past a florist shop and a bakery on a spring day. Lilac and wheat might sound like a weird combination, but in her hands, it’s perfection.

Robin wrote about En Passant on Now Smell This back when the blog was still in its infancy!

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DSH Perfumes La Belle Saison

This week I uncovered a partially full sample vial of La Belle Saison, an all-natural lilac perfume from Dawn Spencer Hurwitz. I feel guilty about mentioning perfumes that might no longer be available, but damn, this one is lovely.

I did review it on NST — four years ago?!

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Yves Saint Laurent Paris Jardins Romantiques

This was also a limited edition, but I think you could still track it down online if you tried. YSL used to do a really nice job with these annual spring flankers for their iconic Paris. I’ve never been able to carry off the original Paris, but Jardins Romantiques is a sheerer, more lilac-focused iteration that’s still perfume-y yet much more user-friendly.

I included it in a Spring Fragrances round-up on NST in 2008.

Lilac seems to have been a theme for me over the past week! Let’s see what happens over the next few days…