Perfumes are kind of like people; each bottle a mini-personality. There’s the face they put forward for a first impression, and then a second, deeper side you only discover after hanging out for a while. That’s why finding afragrance that really suits you can be a little like finding a lifelong friend — it’s a seriously personal endeavor.
When the latest crop of spring scents rolled across our desk, we started wondering — if we bumped into this perfume at a bar, what would it look like? What would this fragrance wear? Where would she live? What would her M.O. be?
There was only one way to answer those deep quandaries, which was assigning backstories to all of our favorites. Scroll through to meet the scents you’ll be sporting this spring. Whether you identify directly with one of them, or can see yourself becoming BFFs with another, we’re sure you’ll find your scent soulmate (or at least a fragrance fling) somewhere below.
Downtown Chic: Diptyque Florabellio
Diptyque’s latest fragrance has three of the quirkiest notes we’ve ever heard of in a perfume bottle: sea salt, apple blossom, and roasted coffee. If this fragrance was a girl, she’d definitely live somewhere between Soho and Tribeca, where the culture is rich and the restaurants are buzzing. Florabellio would be the woman who’d order a flat white or a vodka on the rocks, and she’d fit in just as well at a club opening as she would at a dive bar. On weekends, she’d maybe be at a pop-up flea market, or thumbing through vinyl records on the Lower East Side. Sophisticated, but painstakingly edgy, she’s been snapped for street style blogs multiple times.
Diptyque Florabellio, $90-$125, available in April at Diptyque.
Sassy & Powerful: Chloé Love Story
Don’t let the packaging fool you — Chloe’s bottle isn’t just stuffed with sugary-sweet notes. The heart of this fragrance is a medley of orange flower and jasmine, and a base note of cedarwood rounds it out. Love Story would be the effortlessly poised #girlboss with her owncorner office. She’s full of contradictions; she’ll drink green juice every morning, but a glass of red wine every night. She spends her days at SoulCycle, and would rather have a long dinner á deux than meet a group of friends at the bar. Her weekends are jam-packed with trips out of town — whether that’s to the Hamptons or Tulum. Her iPhone is constantly glued to her hand, but tell her that you want to talk to her about something and she’ll slip it into her purse without hesitation.
Chloé Love Story, $75-$130, available in February at Sephora.
Zen & Coordinated: Coolife Le Deuxième Parfum
This perfume is supposed to open up your heart chakra, thanks to notes of bergamot, ylang ylang, and orange flower, making it the most floral of the fragrances here. You’d find LDP at the front of your yoga class in a flawless downward dog. She and her S.O. live in an apartment that’s full of candles, arch lamps, and floor-to-ceiling windows. She wears dresses exclusively, and isn’t really drinking right now. Her desk at work is always spotless, but her friends will go on about her droll sense of humor.
Coolife Le Deuxième Parfum, $175, available in March at Coolife.
Folk-y Hipster: & Other Stories Tangier Tales
Pear, pomegranate, black violet, amber, and raspberry blossom make up this seriously seductive new scent from & Other Stories. Tangier Tales is definitely that girl who looks unfairly incredible in every single piece of vintage clothing. Ever. She’s still on Tumblr, but uses it as a Pinterest board instead, and if she ever invited you over to her Cobble Hill apartment, she’d serve you home-baked sprouted bread. The recipe? She picked it up in the last issue of Kinfolk. If you’re ever in need of a friend, she’ll show up at your door with a bottle of bourbon, and drink with you until you’re both more than a little weepy.
& Other Stories Tangier Tales, $40, available in-store at & Other Stories.
Wistful & Eccentric: Atelier Cologne Pomélo Paradis
Fruity yet earthy, Pomélo Paradis’ notes range from pink pomelo to Bulgarian rose to vetiver. You’d probably get a whiff of this fragrance as it was speeding by you on a bike in the middle of spring. Her hair is always swept into one of those effortlessly amazing low buns, and she doesn’t wear much makeup at all. Her ex painted a semi-nude portrait of her, and it’s now hanging in her apartment — right over the dinner table. Pomélo listens to French radio, but doesn’t understand the words, and drinks cup upon cup of tea. Ask her about her collection of coffee-table books; she’ll smile and then have your ear for hours.
Atelier Cologne Pomélo Paradis, $70, available at Sephora.
Romantic & Youthful: Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Sorbet Edition
Fresh and seriously fun, Marc Jacobs’ Sorbet Edition of his cult-favorite fragrance is anything but stuffy. Chock-full of mandarin, magnolia, creamy wood, and musk, Daisy Eau So Fresh is a girl who’d cozy up to Taylor Swiftat Ballet Beautiful. She and her besties have a standing reservation at their favorite brunch spot, which is likely walkable from her apartment in Gramercy or on the cobblestone streets of the West Village. She has one of the most well-curated Instagrams, ever, and a kitten that needs no filter. She isn’t afraid to tell you that she met her current S.O. onOkCupid, or to give you profile-perfecting tips to use.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Sorbet Edition, $89, available in February at Macy’s.
Preppy & Poised: Maison Francis Kurkdjian A La Rose
The main notes in this fragrance are two roses, damascena and centifolia, which mingle with orange, violet, and cedar. But, that luxurious rose is what you’re left with. A La Rose went toprep school in the city and is now living in a brownstone in the West Village. She has a standing Sunday dinner with her parents on the Upper East Side, and visits the Cape in the summer, where she’ll wear her worn-down Duck Boots — which she had long before the last polar vortex made them such a hot commodity. She cherishes, and regularly wears, her grandmother’s pearls. And, although she’s ultra-conservative, she definitely has a dirty mouth — especially after a few G & Ts.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian A La Rose, $245, available at Neiman Marcus.
Edgy & Colorful: Jeremy Scott for AdidasOriginals Perfume
adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott, $105, available in February at adidas.
Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
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