Better than April flowers

Am loving the new Spring perfumes wafting my way at the moment. Here are my top three scents for spring and summer…


My absolute favourite is the latest from Valentino, in the Valentina range. Valentina Aqua Floreale (from £50) is an eminently wearable fragrance – not too heavy but not so light that it doesn’t last. It does and I’ve been getting compliments every time I spritz it on.


As the name suggests, it’s a lovely floral (developed by master perfumer Olivier Cresp). You get hits of bergamot and orange blossom, then there’s neroli, mimosa, tuberose and jasmine. An amber and patchouli base give it depth and a musky background. But its not a whimsical, airy fragrance – this smells of beautifully scented gardens and has an air of joie de vivre about it. It’s simply wonderfully feminine, as is the pretty bottle adorned with a ceramic white flower. Now I know what they mean when perfumes are described as sparkling. This is it.



What girl doesn’t like to open a box with Prada written on it? The new Prada Candy L’Eau (from £37.50) is just divine. It’s a warm and lush scent and is thoroughly seductive. Like the original, the new version has also been created by perfumer Daniela Andrier.



There are notes of Italian citruses followed by a floral heart of sweet pea. then you get the confectionary, or ‘candy’, base made up of benzoin, white musk and gourmand caramel. Best of all though this is modern and stylish, ‘of the moment’ somehow. Hey, even Roman Coppola produced a short film to promote it. Italians just do it better.




Finally we come to Carolina Herrera’s limited edition 212 Summer (£34.50). This is a genius two smaller bottles in one idea. Inspired by summer sunset colours, the bullet shape case houses two small bottles of the easy-going fragrance – one at each end which evoke the endless days of summer. Fresh, youthful and spirited – the design has been inspired by the pinks of tie-dye fabrics.


The fragrance is a fresh citrus, combining lemon with bergamot and mandarin but it has a sweet hit of jasmine, raspberry and ylang notes. The base is sensual with amber, saffron, warm woods and musk. It’ll get you in the mood for summer, even if the sun’s nowhere to be seen at the moment!



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