4 Southern-Inspired Scents You Haven’t Tried
Find a fresh fragrance for the season.
Like medical records, religious beliefs, or what really made you late for dinner last Friday, fragrances are personal. Whether it’s the nostalgia of a certain perfume brand or how a combination of notes connects to a special place, there are also plenty of reasons why it’s difficult to switch scents, especially if you’ve been a loyal spritzer for years (even decades).
But just like repainting your kitchen cabinets, having a dress tailored, or even making a new playlist to listen to on the way to work, trying on a new fragrance can be a small way to make a big impact if not just a no-effort, instant mood boost. You might even feel like a new person.
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These four fragrances harken back to some of our favorite Southern scents while giving off a more modern vibe.
While LAND may be more known for its branding work for companies like Stumptown Coffee and Ace Hotel, their sister brand House of LAND purveys prints, clothing, and other items inspired by Texas. Their latest in-house product, High Lonesome, is a rollerball made in collaboration with perfumers Mondo Mondo. Reminiscent of the state's wilder side, its earthy notes of mesquite, dirt, and desert rain are just as refreshing as the floral notes Spring evokes. Bonus: the vile itself is vanity display-worthy but easily fits into a clutch or travel bag.
We discovered this fragrance at one of our favorite Birmingham boutiques, Club Duquette, and found the combination of jasmine and bitter orange immediately transported us to memories of walking by fences covered in vines dotted with butter-yellow flowers. With a undertone of patchouli, this scent is sophisticated instead of saccharine.
The fragrance of an orange blossom is an unmistakable, and unforgettable, Southern scent, especially for those who live near citrus groves. Yet, so many bottles that claim to capture its essence fall short or smell of the fruit instead of the flower. Le Labo’s Fleur d’Oranger is the only formula we’ve found that comes close to the heady honeyed scent of the real thing.
While intended to be more Mediterranean-inspired than Southern, there’s something about the spicy combination of bergamot, pine, cedar, and pepper that reminds us of humid nights walking around the French Quarter in New Orleans.