A Stylish Perfumer Shares His Top 5 Scents For Spring

While you wouldn't know it judging by today, spring is in the air. Okay, maybe that's not exactly true, but we're positive that if we keep saying it's spring, Mother Nature will catch up. To help expedite the process, we've turned to the admirable nose of perfumer Carlos Huber, who's put together a hit-list of his favorite scents—and where to get them in NYC—that's bound to make you feel a little warmer. Huber, who's also an architect with a speciality in historic preservation, has spent the past several years studying the art of aroma with internationally renowned experts, an education that's resulted in an upcoming full-fledged fragrance collection for men and women (watch this space for details). The olfactive creations, like his architectural skills, are naturally tied to history; The notes conjure a specific time and place, "opening the doors to distant worlds." If that past includes some sunlight, count us in.
Click through to peep Huber's 5 must-buy scents for spring!
1 of 5
Les Exclusifs De Chanel: Sycomore

“Les Exclusifs de Chanel has some of the most expensive formulas in perfumery, and Sycomore is my favorite—there's such a high concentration of real vetiver that it would be difficult to find something else like it. It's green and grassy, but retains so much of the sweet woodiness that warms up even on these cold early spring days. By far, one of the most sophisticated scents a man or woman could buy."
$110, available at Chanel, 139 Spring Street (at Wooster Street); 212-334-0055.
2 of 5
Annick Goutal: Ninfeo Mio Eau de Toilette

“Ninfeo Mio comes in both women and men versions and is a real delight. Think juicy fig accompanied by a wink of the blossom loaded bitter orange trees that are common in the Mediterranean. An incenscy, woody back makes it last forever. The fig truly makes your mouth water…”
$115, available at Bergdorf Goodman, 2 West 58th Street (at 5th Avenue); 212-872-8811
3 of 5
Tom Ford Private Blend: Champaca Absolute

“This is an extremely sensuous mixture of voracious flowers, mysterious woods, and saturated liquor accents. Perfumes do have an aura, and this one's as golden as a Sauternes or a Tokajii dessert wine. As an opulent floral you might think the scent is strictly feminine, but this is the kind of floral perfume that a guy could steal for himself. Fellow countryman and perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux really created something unique here. Another of his great citrus scents, Neroli Portofino, has also re-launched with extended body products, including lotion, soap, scrub, and shower gel.”
$190, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 12 East 49th Street (at 5th Avenue); 212-753-4000.
4 of 5
Parfums Del Rae: Coup de Foudre

“If you go to the Central Park Conservatory Garden, or St. Luke’s little garden down in the West Village you'll notice that the roses bushes are starting to blush. While you might think that the delicious rose perfume is coming from them, it's probably the pretty and elegant girl close to you. Coup de Foudre is my favorite natural rose fragrance. As the perfumer Yann Vasnier says: ‘impeccable’…”
$150, available at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue (at 61st Street); 212-826-8900
5 of 5
Alvarez Gomez Madrid: Agua de Colonia Concentrada

“Growing up in Mexico City, all proper boys and girls smelled of fresh-but-powdery warm orange blossom waters (like the cologne still sold in the famous Sanborns shops there). This cologne takes me right back to that moment… it’s a combination of an extremely clean and refreshing feeling with a warm, sensual backdrop. I started using it back when I lived in Bilbao, in northern Spain. The spicy herbal mix is really cooling—you can’t beat the feeling of coming out of the shower and splashing this on. And to be honest, one of the best deals in fragrance out there.”
$30, available at MiN New York, 117 Crosby Street (between Jersey and Prince streets); 212-206-6366

More from Beauty


R29 Original Series