The Best New Spring Scents

By Tara Thompson Rasmus

Sure, warmer temperatures are wonderful, but the number-one thing I look forward to in the spring isn’t simply more sunshine and rising mercury. My favorite thing about those first few above-40-degrees days is the freshness and sweetness that comes into the air; the promise of flora and fauna that are to come. To complement the sensory experience that is the new season, I love to update my fragrance around this time every year. The beauty equivalent of throwing open the windows, a fresher, lighter, or even an unexpected scent adds some much-needed new life to my beauty routine, making me feel as if anything is possible. Join me in saying an official goodbye to dark, freezing days by checking out my spring fragrance picks — and let me know which one you’ll be greeting the new season with!

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Atelier Cologne Collection Azur Figuier Ardent

If you’re just over your typical floral perfume, this surprising mix of fig leaf, bergamot, and cedarwood may be just what you’re looking for. Sexy and deep, yet totally refreshing, this is a scent that you just have to get a whiff of this season.

Stella Eau de Toilette

Finally — Stella McCartney’s uber-popular fragrance is now available as an eau de toilette! The perfect mix of sultry florals, bright citrus, and an undertone of amber makes it the ideal sophisticated spring scent.

Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Toilette

Sadly, a trip to Florence isn’t in the cards for me this spring — but I’ll be channeling Sophia Loren anyway with this gorgeous and unique scent that balances pear, freesia, and amber wood.

MCMC Amara Special Edition Fragrance

A limited-edition offering from my favorite Brooklyn-based perfumer (I carry them over at my store!), this is a seriously sexy scent that balances black pepper and cinnamon with spider lily and jasmine. Bonus: that gorgeous heart-shaped bottle is handmade at Brooklyn Glass.

Kate Spade New York Walk On Air

An exclusive to Nordstrom, this new scent by Kate Spade is that literal interpretation of “spring breeze” that makes me very, very happy after a long winter. The mix of linden blossom, neroli, lily of the valley, and other exotic flora provide a crisp, clean experience that is still decidedly feminine.

Dior Miss Dior Hair Mist

If you’re really looking to shake things up this spring, why not ditch traditional perfume altogether? This new Hair Mist by Dior mixes the iconic Miss Dior fragrance with moisturizing ingredients to leave your hair shiny and infused with heady jasmine, mandarine, and patchouli.

Diptyque Eau Plurielle

Are you the kind of girl that lives and dies by Diptyque? Then, you’ll love their latest offering: a “universal” fragrance that can be spritzed on skin, linens — really, anywhere — so that your surroundings can be just as sweetly scented as you are. Why yes, I would like my sheets to smell of Turkish roses and ivy, thank you very much!