11 best spring fragrances for women

Bianca Barratt

As spring arrives, the time comes to update your scent profile.

As pretentious as that may sound, it’s something worth considering. Are you a floral girl or do you prefer something muskier? Do you like to smell fresh or alluring?

We all know that different fragrances evoke different feelings and memories, and can leave a lasting impression on others, so choosing one that suits you takes time and research.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you and found a fresh crop of fragrances to take you through to summer.

Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey Cologne

Although not strictly a new fragrance, this fruity scent is too beautiful not to be included. Evoking the smell of a fresh morning flower market, it’ll take you to those early summer days in an instant. The slight zing of the nectarine cuts perfectly through the headiness of the honey, making it light enough to wear all day. If you’re a diehard Pomegranate Noir fan, this is a great alternative for the warmer months. You really do pay for quality here: Jo Malone fragrances are unparalleled for their durability, with just a couple of spritzes lasting for hours.

£86 for 100ml, Jo Malone, Buy it now

Paco Rabanne Olympēa Intense EDP

Grapefruit and orange flowers flirt with salted vanilla in this latest fragrance from Paco Rabanne. Initially quite sweet, it melts into the skin to create something more sensual and darker than the original Olympēa. The bottle is beautiful too; angular symmetry gives a Gatsby-esque feel, making this a bottle you’ll be proud to display on your dresser.

£80 for 80ml, Escentual, Buy it now

Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle EDP

The third instalment from the Love Story range, Eau Sensuelle is a great fragrance for day time wearing. Inspired by Paris and its famous Pont des Arts bridge, it’s light and feminine. Sweet orange blossom and heliotrope gives way to the milky scent of sandalwood, which is a new addition to the original base note. This is a great one if you’re lucky enough to still be young and optimistic.

£82 for 75ml, John Lewis, Buy it now

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium EDP

For evening decadence, you can’t go wrong with this new scent from Yves Saint Laurent. The brightness of the pink pepper uplifts the underlying notes of patchouli, vanilla and cedar wood. A heart note of black coffee gives it a kick, making it a glam rock scent perfect for partying. If you’re a bit of a night owl who loves adventuring in the evening, this fits the bill for you.

£91 for 90ml, The Perfume Shop, Buy it now

Creed Aventus For Her

Dating back to the 18th century, Creed remains one of the most respected and glamorous perfume houses in Paris. Aventus has long been a favourite for elegant gentlemen and the new version for women is sure to be just as iconic. A vibrant mixture of floral notes such as bergamot, violet and rose give way to the exquisite addition of green apple and sandalwood. Once sprayed, it’s the base notes of peach, amber and ylang ylang that will linger on the skin, creating a dreamy and seductive smell with a hint of spring freshness.

£210 for 75ml, Creed Fragrances, Buy it now

Chanel No 5 L’Eau

Hold the press: Chanel No 5 has had a revamp. The most famous scent in the world has been given a modern makeover that is both simple and subtle. Lighter than the original, it brings together citrus notes to create a ready-to-wear smell that suits a younger audience. With a soft aroma it can be sprayed liberally and as often as you like. This is a great one for those always zipping around town.

£105 for 100ml, John Lewis, Buy it now

Alaϊa Paris Blanche EDP

With its combination of almond, heliotrope and vanilla, Paris Blanche is a great contradiction of light and dark; evoking that exquisite feeling between sleeping and waking, when you’re snuggled up cosily between the sheets.

£88 for 100ml, Harrods, Buy it now

Atelier Cologne Clementine California

The new fragrance from Atelier Cologne is unisex, making it the perfect bottle to take on a romantic getaway. Clementine from California conjures up that heady scent of sun-warmed skin, allowing you to carry that feeling of holiday magic with you, wherever you go. Mixed with star anise from China and vetiver from Haiti, it’s ideal for adventurers looking for a sexy - but not overtly feminine - smell.

£104 for 100ml, Atelier Cologne, Buy it now

Alexander McQueen McQueen For Her EDP

The mysterious mixture of black and pink pepper is reflected in bottle design of McQueen’s signature scent. Bringing together the smells of flowers that blossom in the night, it’s both seductive and subtle. Sambac jasmine combines with tuberose to create something quite floral, but the pepper keeps it sharp and stops it becoming overbearing. This is a great scent for date night.

£95, Harrods, Buy it now

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Kiss EPT

As you can probably tell from the bottle, this is quite a perky scent with bright aromas. Grapefruit and pineapple make up the base whilst the added notes of rhubarb, blackcurrant and white freesia create an altogether optimistic and flirty exemplification of a blossoming English garden. If you’re worried about it being too saccharine, don’t be: the base of cedar and musk pull it back from the edge of girly-ness.

£55 for 50ml, Look Fantastic, Buy it now

Dolce and Gabanna Velvet Cypress

Part of its Velvet Collection, this new fragrance pays homage to the Cypress’ more affectionately known as ‘paintbrush’ trees. Drawing on Mediterranean notes of cypress, bergamot and lemon, the smell of this unisex perfume is initially strong (so apply sparingly) but melts into a subtle floral fragrance thanks to the base note of Clary Sage. Warm and relaxed, it’ll take you back to summer holidays spend baking on the sand.

£165 for 50ml, Harrods, Buy it now

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