Delicious Spring/Summer Scents Perfect for Mother’s Day!

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The changing of the seasons is a bit magical don’t you think? I really missed that when I lived in Phoenix, Arizona—nothing ever changed. No glorious spring flowers to watch bloom, no brisk mornings filled with leaves changing color and certainly no chance to watch quiet snowflakes fall on a bright winter’s night. I decided while living there that I would change my fragrance to signify the change in the seasons and I’ve been doing it ever since. Now that spring is officially here and summer is not far behind, I’m changing my fragrance to something softer, lighter and more playful. Warning: if you like heavy, oriental or very spicy scents, this post is not for you. However, if you like fruity-florals (some with a warm base) you will want to check out each of these luscious scents and don’t forget Mother’s Day is coming soon (hint to you know who you are)!

 

Here are some of my choices for beautiful spring/summer scents whose presentation is as exquisite as the fragrance inside!

 

 

 Lancôme La vie est belle L’Eau de Parfum

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Don’t let the original fruitiness and sweetness of La vie est belle seem too ho-hum, for this fragrance is something special with the reverse arrangement of notes making it oh so interesting as it dries down.  It is elegant, feminine and polished. Many fragrances don’t last with my chemistry, but this one lasts all day and has good sillage. I have never been a fan of Lancôme scents but my experience with La vie est belle has changed that, I always get compliments when I wear it!

Packaging is a lovely heavy glass falcon with a jaunty grey ribbon.

Price: 1 fl. oz. $55 www.Lancome.com

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Guess Girl  

 

Guess Girl is perfect for spring and summer as it features top notes of Raspberry Nectar, Melon and Bergamot, combined with middle notes of Brazilian Paradise Orchid, Provence Acacia Flower and Lily. It finishes with base notes of Australian Sandalwood and Madagascar Vanilla. Guess Girl is advertised as a scent for a girl in her twenties; fun and vivacious. While I agree the juice is light-hearted, it also has an alluring aspect to it due to the base notes.  It reminds me a bit of Lola by Marc Jacobs but I like Guess Girl much better because of the fruity notes–it’s not so one-dimensional. I think the advertising campaign is totally off-base. Described as girly and playful, it conjures an image of a sugary sweet, cotton candy scent. Guess Girl is much deeper than a Tinkerbell-type fragrance. I appreciate that it doesn’t fade after a few hours, but rather lasts more than 10 hours on me which is unusual. Maybe I’m just extremely immature, (no comments!) but I like this fruity-floral fragrance with a warm heart.

Where Guess Girl shows it’s youthfulness is in the design of the bottle. It appears much more glamorous in the picture than it does on my vanity. Unfortunately it looks kinda of cheap in person. The “rose” on top of the bottle is made of pink tulle fabric that doesn’t form a rose at all and in fact, looks out of place. Still, what’s inside is worth a try!
Price: $40-$62
Available: GUESS retail stories, perfumery chains, department stores and www.guess.com

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Lavanila The Healthy Grapefruit Fragrance   

 

An uplifting citrus, this invigorating blend of sparkling grapefruit, crisp sandalwood, lime, and Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils. Crisp and effervescent , this scent uplifts your mood as well as making you smell great. This scent balances the warmth of vanilla with the sweetness of grapefruit beautifully.

Traditional Fragrances are loaded with phthalates, harsh chemicals, chemically-laden alcohol and petrochemicals that can cause dryness, damage and irritation. The Healthy Fragrance is made with all-natural & organic ingredients and completely free of harsh chemicals. We infuse organic sugar cane alcohol with exotic essential oils & skin soothing botanicals for an authentic and skin safe expression of nature. 100% Healthy.

Price: 1.7 oz., $58, 1.0 fl.oz, $42

Available: Sephora, sephora.com and http://www.lavanila.com

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Valentino Valentina Assoluto Eau de Parfum   

 

Last summer I fell head over stilettos for Valentina, the sweet, fresh and carefree scent from the house of Valentino. The year, perfumer Oliver Cresp introduces Valentina Assoluto, her badass sister. This new arrival is determined to stir things up with an intense chypre signature at the heart of the fragrance. While Valentina may have been a flirt, Valentina Assoluto is a seductress.  The term *chypre is French for Cyprus, and goes back to François Coty who created in 1917 a perfume of the same name from fragrance materials that came predominantly from Mediterranean countries.  Chypre perfumes are characterized by an accord composed of citrus top-notes, a middle centered on cistus labdanum, and a mossy-animalistic base-note derived from oak moss and musks. How THAT for sensual?

Valentina Assoluto stands for a modern heiress who knows how to play with her sensual aura. She is more intentionally seductive, and has something slightly provocative and dramatic in her attitude. Her magnetism remains unaffected but intense – her fragrance reflects her precious and intense femininity.

Key notes: bergamot, peach, white truffle, jasmine, tuberose, cedarwood, patchouli, oakmoss, Madagascar vanilla.  Does this not sound AMAZING!

Top notes: The alluring fruitiness of sensual smeggia peach enhanced with the luxurious Alba truffle.
Middle notes: The magnetism of a precious bouquet of white flowers (jasmine, tuberose and orange blossom) magnified by a delicate vanilla.
Base notes: The mystery of a voluptuous chypre signature, fusion of magnetic patchouli, oak moss and vibrant cedar wood.

This is definitely a grown-up scent. Feminine and sophisticated, it makes me feel confident and powerful, but with an unmistakable feminine flair. The bottle still has the same round shape as the original but the color is a murky smoke with one large flower versus three smaller ones. Just another reminder that Valentina Assoluto is a darker, sexier version of the original and the woman I want to be!

Price: $117 for 2.7 oz and $88 for 1.7 oz. A “Mother’s Day” set will be available for $117 that contains a 2.7 oz EDP Spray and a 6.8 oz Body Lotion)

Available: Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, and Bergdorf Goodman

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Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo  

 

Another womanly floral scent, this one has luminous green top notes that join a heart of rich and exotic tiger orchid and lingering base notes of sweet toffee and Indonesian patchouli. It is decidedly more laid-back and casual than Valentina Assoluto, but not nearly as sultry or complicated. The fragrance opens with a dose of sweetness then dries down to a woody musk mixed with the Indonesian patchouli, and just a bit of toffee. It’s very pretty if not terribly unique.

The bottle is beautiful although it’s hard to tell the difference between it and Flowerbomb. I have a mini bottle of each and it’s easy to get them mixed up. Still the opulence of the faceted Venetian Murano looks lovely on a vanity or dressing table.

Price: 1.3. oz. Eau de Parfum, $55, 2 oz. Eau de Parfum spray $75, 3.3 oz. $98, Rollerball $25.

Available: Fine department stores, Sephora, Sephora.com

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TOCCA Liliana  I have a sample from Sephora

Tocca’s newest fragrance, Liliana is lush floral with notes of  Gardenia, White Peony, Watery Peach mixed in with Sandalwood and Musk.

“A lush, green, rolling lawn is the setting for a roaring 20s party in full swing.  Liliana conjures a reveler in the bloom of youth dancing the Charleston amidst flowing bottles of champagne and a spirited jazz band.  The lowering sun casts a golden sparkle as an intoxicating bouquet of muguet, gardenia and peony wafts from the gardens, filling the night with joie de vivre”.

Liliana makes for a perfect scent to transition from winter to spring. In my experience, TOCCA fragrances, tend to come on strong and then settle down with time and Liliana is no exception. Don’t let Liliana’s moniker fool you, Lily is not the prominent note. Muguet, or lily of the valley is in the mix but the bottom notes prevail as the scent dries down.

  • Top Notes: Italian Bergamot, Neroli, Watery Peach
  • Middle Notes: Muguet, Gardenia, White Peony
  • Bottom Notes: Sandalwood, Musk, Benzoin, Patchouli

Can’t you just see Daisy Buchanan from the new movie The Great Gatsby wearing this fragrance? I love the lush florals, hint of peach and the sweet musk base.

The packaging is TO DIE FOR. A heavy fluted round bottle with a gorgeous bronze top embellished with birds and branches. It truly is stunning and has an old world antique feeling like you’ve been given a treasure from the past. Even the box is lovely with the words “love yourself” emblazoned on it.

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I feel very biased doing this review because I am a TOCCA lover, I currently have a bottle of  Bianca on my vanity, a roller ball of Graciella and a sample of Liliana. TOCCA  fragrances are romantic and feminine without ever reaching into cloying or saccharin territory.

Price: 1.7 oz., $68

Available: Tocca.com, Anthropologie and Sephora

I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip through my fragrance jungle and that I’ve tempted you to try some fruity-floral fragrances this season. I’ll even make it easy for you. I’m giving away a full size bottle of  Lavanila The Healthy Grapefruit Fragrance, a $58 value! Just leave me a comment telling me your favorite spring/summer scent and why you love it. This contest is limited to those over 18 and residents of the US and Canada.  You can increase your chances to win by doing the tasks listed on the Rafflecopter widget for additional entries. Good luck!

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Comments

  1. I enjoy wearing Moschino I Love Love during the summer months. It starts out really grapefruity and then morphs into a deliciously seductive, yet still light halo of fragrance heaven. But … the bottle is hideously tacky. LOL Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. My very favorite fragrance is Givenchy’s “Very Irresistible”. I’m generally not much of a floral scent type but this stuff is divine! Floral + musk = to die for.

  3. My favorite summer scent is Viva La Juicy!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Would love to win this!

  5. sarah g says:

    I love using body mists during the summer~ something lighter. My faves are the lemon coconut scents at Victorias Secret.

  6. Peggy Bayer says:

    My favorite is Jessica McClintock. I love a floral fragrance for Spring/Summer. The grapefruit sounds intriguing too!

  7. amy rouse says:

    Issey Miyake original fragrance. I get so many compliments when I wear it. Love it.

  8. I’m currently loving Guerlain’s le petit robe au noir!

  9. ruby reis says:

    I like jennifer aniston and DK cashmire mist

  10. Heather USA (@aitch77 FB: rosie areola) says:

    My fave spring/summer fragrance so far this year is B&BW Beautiful Day it’s just so light and fresh, it almost has a whiff of mint to it. Very nice and I love to layer it with the lotion, body wash and perfume.

  11. Cynthia Richardson says:

    I love Jo Malone Orange Blossom – it makes me think of my summer vacations

    Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

  12. Amazing Grace – it is light and a little girly

  13. Carole Jung says:

    I want this!!! Hope I win!

  14. ivan lary says:

    hope win for my mom!

  15. I love LUSH’s new perfumes!

  16. Priscilla says:

    I like Malibu Lemon Blossom and Nerola Orange Blossom from Pacifica. Light, fresh and natural.

  17. Wanda McHenry says:

    Ralph Lauren Romance Summer Blossom because it just reminds me of the vacation we had in the Bahamas

  18. Oh wow so manny to choose i love alot but ill pick Marc Jacobs Sunshine.Love the bottle too!

  19. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I have always worn D & G’s “Light Blue”….until everyone discovered it! But now I’m thinking, “What the heck! If it smells great on me and I love it, who cares?”

    • I wore that one for a long time too. I like to change things up and change my fragrance often. Dior J’Dore is one that wore for a long time too.

  20. Sharon Rooney says:

    I like Calvin Klein Eternity Summer, it is light and fresh smelling

  21. Too bad I can’t enter. Great giveaway :-) La Vie Est Belle is a lovely perfume, it smells amazing. Even for a non-mom ;-)

  22. My favorite is Escada’s Taj Sunset–I love how fruity it smells! Would love to try this perfume, though! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Mackenzie Evans says:

    I’m always up for trying new perfumes!

  24. C R Williams says:

    Don’t really have a fave.

  25. Jeccica Simpson says:

    I like J’adore by Dior, thanks for a chance!

  26. Vicki N says:

    My favorite spring/summer fragrance is Michael Kor’s Island. It smells just like summer!

  27. MJ Moore says:

    I am still searching for that perfect fragrance. I was a huge fan of “Spring Rain” from Crabtree & Evelyn before they discontinued it….

  28. So…I am going to admit something. I was an Obsession by Calvin Klein wearer for 20 years. No matter the season. I had NO IDEA we should switch it up based on the time of year…and the temperature really. Now I get it. I so get it. My Obsession in this hot weather is sticky and cloying. I have just recently invested in a new perfume and I freaking love it! Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche. It smells so good even my teenager wants to use it. I get so many compliments now. I am becoming obsessed with wanting more!!!

  29. Sheryl E says:

    My favorite for summer is GUERLAIN AQUA ALLEGORA JASMINORA. Takes me away to a garden by the ocean!

  30. I like Pacifica fragrances in the summer. I love to mix rose and lemon blossom… which smells like spring in San Diego to me…

  31. Diana hill says:

    I love lavender, citris in the summer..so clean and so calming.

  32. My favorite Summer Scent is Dolce and Gabana Light Blue

  33. Sharon Siqueiros says:

    I too like Valentina!! I would love to try Assoluto, I’m going to have to find a sample

  34. Christi B says:

    Prada is my favorite year round, I love amber!!

  35. Shannon Campbell says:

    I love fruity smelling body mists. Would be great for a perfume with a fruity smell.

  36. Mary W says:

    After hearing rave reviews, I finally tried Flowerbomb and LOVE it! I will wear it all summer long.

  37. Lavanilla had a limited edition summer fragrance last year that was fruity and coconutty; wish they would make it again.

  38. Lavanilla had a limited edition summer fragrance last year that was fruity and coconutty; wish they would make it again.

  39. I’ve always enjoyed nearly anything with vanilla. One of my favorite, non-vanilla scents is Arcadian Design’s Mint Mango Tango (maybe slightly biased as I make it myself ;)

  40. Kate L says:

    My summer fragrance favorites are Fresh – Eat, from the Eat Pray Love collection, and Pucci Vivara. I love bright, citrus scents with gourmand notes. I want to smell sweet, but interestingly so. Not like cheap candy.

  41. diane redcay says:

    I love Channel #5 since I was little its what my mom aways wore

  42. Stephanie says:

    I’m loving Bvlgari Rose Essentielle right now. It’s so beautiful and the dry down is perfect and just light enough for spring and summer.

  43. Barbara Leonard says:

    My favorite spring/summer fragrance is a real oldie – Muguet des Bois by Coty. Don’t even know if you can get it anymore, but I love the scent of Lily of the Valley.

  44. They all look awesome I always wondered what the perfume by jimmy choo smelled like! Thank u! :) I love lancome’ miracle!

  45. Hasani J says:

    Good luck everyone!

  46. Libby Stady says:

    Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfume. Love it because it’s subtle and feminine, but not too flowery, fresh but not too sweet.

  47. I have my eye on Valentina Assoluto!

  48. I don’t know if this counts because it’s a body spray and not a perfume, but I really like bath and body works Be Enchanted scent for spring! It’s sweet and fruity without being overwhelmingly sickly.

  49. ringthing says:

    Thanks for hosting such a generous giveaway! My favorite spring scent is Chanel #19. It smells so green and fresh.

  50. i am really loving another lavanila fragrance, vanilla passion fruit. :)

  51. OMG!!! These are the perfumes that I really want to own. I wish i could win one of these perfumes, any kind!

  52. MelodyJ says:

    I like Pacfica Parisian Rose.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

  53. Hannah says:

    I love BPAL’s Yemaya for hot sunny days. It takes me back to summer in Japan drinking melon cream soda.

  54. I don’t have one particular label favorite but I love the citrus-y scents, they seem so fresh in the summer sun.

  55. Michelle Castagne says:

    Romance by Ralph Lauren. Love it and I get lots of compliments.

  56. Sheila Chaffins says:

    I love Vanilla because it smells so warm and comfy!

  57. DRTVrMoi says:

    Sira des Indes by Jean Patou. Just sublime

  58. I love the smell of suntan lotion, so anything with coconut is amazing.

  59. Robin English says:

    I sampled LA VIE EST BELLE and keep thinking about going back to purchase! You may have just pushed me over the edge :)

  60. Bath & Body Works Cool Citrus Basil ody Splash

  61. Rachel Beltz says:

    I love the bath and body works sweet pea body mist!
    I love lighter, fruity perfumes for spring!

  62. Brenda Penton says:

    I love Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2011. The smell reminds me of summer and going to the beach.

  63. Lori Bazan says:

    Tocca’s newest fragrance, Liliana is lush floral with notes of Gardenia, White Peony, Watery Peach mixed in with Sandalwood and Musk.
    That is the perfect mix of scents for summer!

  64. julie_bolduc says:

    I like lilac

  65. Jasmine Clark says:

    I love Marc Jacobs Daisy

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