Fragrances That Smell Like Her Favorite Southern Flowers
Coco Chanel once said that perfume “is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion . . . that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.” She emphasized what our Southern mamas have passed along to us: A woman can leave her mark with a signature scent. As we enter the warmer months, it’s essential to find a fragrance that’s feminine and light, not heavy and overpowering. You don’t want to be leaving a trail of people behind you turning their heads and making a face. We’ve gathered some of a favorite spring fragrances to welcome the warmer months. It’s only fitting that this season’s picks are inspired by the glorious scents of a Southern garden in full bloom. Out of dozens of perfumes, these six winners waft above the rest—just in time for Mother’s Day. From sweet to airy, there is something for every type of woman.
For the woman with refined taste, this perfume’s sweet notes of gardenia are accented by almond, precious wood, and licorice.
Buy It: Bulgari Splendida Jasmin Noir, $146; lordandtaylor.com
A combination of earthy magnolia and curious notes of coconut water and praline, this spunky scent will inspire a woman to feel fearless and feminine.
Buy It: Tocca Emelia Eau de Parfum, $72; spehora.com
Celebrate a free spirit with this delicate fragrance that blends Chinese magnolia with unexpected tones of bright citrus and smoky tonka bean.
Buy It: Derek Lam 10 Crosby Looking Glass, $95; sephora.com
This delicate, single-note floral fragrance that’s made in New Orleans features an airy aroma.
Buy It: Gardenia, $55 for ½ oz.; hoveparfumeur.com
Lush yet light, this crisp scent mixes gardenias, Egyptian jasmine, white pepper, and honeysuckle.
Buy It: Marc Jacobs Perfume, $90; sephora.com
The rich aroma of this gardenia-based perfume captures a sunny disposition with bright notes of tropical tuberose paired with Tiare Tahiti.
Buy It: Gardenia Rattan, $115; sephora.com