Top 5 Late Spring / Early Summer Perfumes – 2021

What do you mean, it’s already summer?

June flew by in the blink of an eye, and “late spring” has already come and gone, but I guess we still have (a little) time for some early summer fragrance suggestions?

Before temperatures get crazy high (and I start my traditional yearly complaint about my least favourite season, oops), here are some beautiful early summer perfume ideas…

Fragrance Review: Guerlain – Aqua Allegoria Nettare di Sole

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

2021 brings two new fragrances to Guerlain’s lovely Aqua Allegoria line. Today, let’s have a look at the sunniest one: honey-floral Nettare di Sole!

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Fragrance Review: Yves Saint Laurent – Libre

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When YSL Libre was released, in 2019, I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. So many people seemed to love this fragrance, but all I could smell was a vague impression of a fizzy drink. I did like the bottle, and the idea of it featuring lavender, but found the actual scent underwhelming¹.

Then, a few weeks ago, I got a sample of Libre with another purchase. I was expecting it to smell boring (as I remembered), but, to my surprise… I liked it? A lot?!

Maybe my taste has changed a bit, maybe I finally got to pay attention to this fragrance’s softer nuances… One way or another: Libre, darling, I owe you an apology. 😉

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Fragrance Review: Chanel – Coco Mademoiselle L’Eau Privée

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I like Coco Mademoiselle and its Intense flanker. However, neither have quite made it to my wishlist. I admire their composition, and enjoy their passing whiff… but, every time I’ve worn them myself, I’ve found them somewhat tiring, overwhelming – especially on the patchouli-musk front.

So, when Chanel released a lighter flanker to the line, I felt optimistic. A watercolour Coco Mademoiselle sounded like a terrific idea – at least for my personal stand on the original. I even love the new twist on the (always gorgeous) pink bottle, too. Yay!

Well, Coco Mademoiselle L’Eau Privée didn’t turn out to be exactly what I was hoping for; but it’s exactly what it proposes itself to be.

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Fragrance Review: Hermès – Calèche (EdT & Soie de Parfum)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love classic fragrances. And floral aldehydes. And mossy chypres. So, how could Hermès Calèche escape my radar for so long?!

I don’t know. The ombré Jardins and sparkly Merveilles series’ bottles always stole away my attention at Hermès counters, so I ended up neglecting neutral-looking Calèche, sitting quietly at the far top shelf. Silly mistake.

I’ve finally tried this fragrance a few days ago (in two versions, which I’ll review here 🙂 ), and… wow! I’m still swooning. Calèche is gorgeous! Full 5-stars gorgeous!

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Fragrance Review: Guerlain – Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca

Rating: 4 out of 5.

One of few enduring classics in Guerlain’s ever-changing Aqua Allegoria line, Herba Fresca is a particularly subtle scent; one of the closest things to pure fresh air I’ve ever smelt from a fragrance bottle. In fact, if someone told me “I don’t really like perfume.” (I know, *gasp!*). “What’d you recommend I wear?”, I’d probably answer: Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca.

So, from a perfumista’s point of view, does this mean this fragrance is boring? Unremarkable? And here’s the interesting answer: not at all!

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Fragrance Review: Marc Jacobs – Daisy Eau so Fresh Spring

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Eau so Fresh isn’t my favourite iteration of Marc Jacobs Daisy, and I usually avoid yearly limited edition flankers… So, why did I even decide to test (and now, review) the ephemerous 2020 launch Daisy Eau so Fresh Spring?

In one word: matcha. As a fan of tea, a fragrance that might smell like a fresh, yummy matcha latte sounded too irresistible not to check out… So, I did.

“And?…”, you now ask me. Well…

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Fragrance Review: Valentino – Voce Viva

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Being licensed under L’Óreal (in 2019) didn’t do well for Valentino fragrances. Most of the line was discontinued, the few that stayed have lost their magic¹, and the brand’s first new release (fruity-musky Donna Born in Roma) was a huge letdown for me, from actual scent to bottle design.

Then, in 2020, the brand released a new pillar: Voce Viva. I liked the name and bottle, and hoped this would be a comeback to Valentino’s good old (scent) shape. At the same time, though, the over-the-top note descriptions made me raise an eyebrow. “Couture orange blossom”? “Golden gardenia”? “Crystal moss accord”? I mean, it’s easy to ignore a flourish here or there, but that amount of silly fluff is usually a bad sign…

Well, I’ve finally got to test Voce Viva. Good news: it is an improvement over Donna Born in Roma. Bad news: that’s still very faint praise – and, speaking of faint…

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Fragrance Review: Elizabeth Arden – Red Door

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I love to discover new fragrance launches and classics alike – with an extra dose of fascination for the second group. After all, if a perfume has been around for years (or decades!) it usually has a certain je ne sais quoi, a charm that makes it hold a place in people’s hearts, despite ever-changing trends…

A staple from the (overall excellent) Elizabeth Arden fragrance line, Red Door was originally released in 1989, so it understandably feels nostalgic to many people. I’d already heard a lot about it (powerful, dense, captivating, obnoxious?); however, I didn’t have a chance to sniff it myself… until this very week! 🙂

With neither good nor bad memories attached to it, here’s my first-impressions review of this classic…

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Top 10 Spring Perfumes – 2021

Hi, folks! Hope you’re all well. 🙂

It’s time for another of our seasonal Perfume Suggestion Lists! It’s time to enjoy the full burst of spring with fruity-florals, full fresh florals, softly sweet, powdery and green fragrances.

Here are my 10 perfume suggestions for this Spring!