Part of the attraction is that I love to play with contrasts. I can’t resist pairing my motorcycle boots with a delicate lily-of-the-valley-laced perfume, just to keep things interesting. The other reason for my fondness of floral scents is simple: the new ones smell irresistible. These are the three that I’m keeping in heavy rotation this summer.
Prada Infusion d’Iris L’Eau d’Iris
You know how mint leaves balance out the sweetness of a mojito? The same concept applies to this fragrance. It has Moroccan mint, which adds something wonderfully unexpected to the flowery mix of neroli, orange blossom, and iris. I’m filing it under “C” for can’t-stop-sniffing.
Prada Infusion d’Iris L'Eau d'Iris Eau de Toilette, $77, available at Macy's.
Lanvin ME Eau de Parfum, $98, available at Nordstrom.
I don’t know if rose-based perfumes will ever be able to shed their reputation for being old-fashioned, but I’m betting (and hoping!) that this scent will certainly help the cause. As the name implies, it’s super-rosy, but not in a way that conjures up images of grandma. The notes of violet, peony, musk, and sandalwood keep it from being overpowering. Dare I say it’s sexy? And, since it’s the closest I'll get to the City of Lights this season, I’m sold.
Saint Laurent Paris Premières Roses, $95, available at Neiman Marcus.
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