I Fell for Le Labo's Santal 33 Just Like the Rest of the World and I Don't Care if That Makes Me a Sucker
I mean, even Justin frickin' BEIBER wears it.
Walk into my home and one of the first things you'll notice is that I sort of have a thing for flowers. I mean, I guess you don't even need to go inside my house to figure out as much. I'm all about flowers in my hair, on my clothes, on my bed, on my walls, on my jewelry, and even on my fingernails. Even my middle name is Rose!
I'm also drawn to florals when it comes to fragrances, and as you know, the market offers plenty. This particular roundup, though, highlights fragrances inspired by not a bouquet, but a single, solitary flower.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dreams ($76 for 1.7 oz) is definitely the sweetest of today's bunch, making it especially perfect for spring and summer. I imagine it smells most divine on breezy, cloudless days when the sun warms up your skin. While inspired by a field of daisies, this perfume has notes of juicy blackberry and grapefruit, soft jasmine, blue wisteria, and a base of coconut water. It lasts for hours and, even though it's sweet, it isn't overbearing.
Prada Infusion D'Iris
I've got to say that this has been my go-to in recent weeks. I feel all fancy wearing a Prada fragrance, but more than anything I am in love with the extra clean quality of Infusion D'Iris ($112 for 3.4 oz). It's so clean, in fact, that it layers perfectly with other fragrances, or you can wear it as a stand alone. It's creamy, soft, and feminine, without being too girly. There's also a certain sort of calming buttery-ness to it. This one is from FragranceNet, which, as I've said before, is my go-to for fragrance purchases.
I think I own every single fragrance ever made by TOCCA, so acquiring this one was pretty much a necessity. Isabel ($78 for 1.7 oz) is the newest girl to join their collection of heavenly perfumes--and it's inspired by roses. I consider it one of the brand's most direct scents, meaning you really get a whiff of roses. Spraying it on your skin is akin to receiving a bouquet of roses hand delivered by Jesus himself. Note that a little goes a long way, especially upon first spritz. The dry down softens the fragrance very nicely.
Kenzo Flower in the Air
Inspired by poppies, Kenzo Flower In The Air ($59 for 1 oz) is a peppery and bright fragrance that's as modern as it is classic. It's got impressive longevity and combines a sort of "fresh air" clean with the slightly sugary-meets-biting quality you'd expect from a fragrance influenced by the flower that was Dorothy's Kryptonite.
Tom Ford Velvet Orchid
God, I'm a sucker for Tom Ford. Velvet Orchid ($168 for 3.4 oz) smells just as expensive and opulent as you'd imagine, which does make the spendy price tag worth it IMO. It's certainly the darkest and most sultry of today's roundup. Though it's wearable during the day, I find that this sexy EDP shines most brightly in the evening. It's seductive, has depth, and makes me feel particularly sensual. FragranceNet also offers this one at a discount, so save yo' money, kids.
Demeter Lotus Flower
Demeter's fragrance library is full of single-note fragrances that are super easy to layer. While Lotus Flower ($39.50 for 4 oz.) is also layerable, I find that it's one of the more complex perfumes offered by the brand. Despite the pink label and floral inspiration, I think Lotus Flower would work its magic on all genders. It's clean and fresh above all else, and it's also ever-so-slightly sweet and airy.