Here are the best French perfumes to wear this spring! Spring is marked by the softening of the climate and the awakening of nature. And it’s the perfect moment if you’ve ever wanted to switch up your perfumes—or add one to your routine for the first time ever—.
Spring is the perfect season for choosing a light, soft scent symbolizing renewal. Spring perfumes are lighter, and slightly more green. There are fresh, joyful, and dynamic fragrances where white flowers can reign supreme, as do traditional first-bloomers like lilacs, lily of the valley, and hyacinth. Often you’ll find a citrus counterpoint—Italian lemons, pomelos, blood red oranges—, something a bit fruity with notes of grapefruit, something that encapsulates the promise of warmer weather. Personally, I love spring perfumes that are inspired by nature, with aromas of fresh flowers, cut grass, watery fruit, citrus, aromatic herbs, as well as green and vegetal notes.
So, to help you narrow down some of your options and make it less overwhelming, I’ve pulled the most beautiful French spring perfumes which will help you get in the mood for the season. Whether you’re looking for something soft and a bit fruity with notes of lemon, a refreshingly clean scent with vegetal and aromatic notes, or the classic smell of white flowers, these are some of the best French perfumes for spring.
15 Best French Perfumes To Wear This Spring
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1. Fresh Flower Notes
Louis Vuitton Étoile Filante
Étoile Filante is the new fragrance Louis Vuitton composed in Grasse by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. Étoile Filante means “shooting star”, and the fragrance is said to stand for precious nectar celebrating joy and hope, a journey for the senses, housed in the signature bottle of fragrances of the house.
Notes: strawberry, osmanthus, magnolia, jasmine, white musk.
Maison Lancôme Jasmin d’Eau
Jasmine d’Eau harmonizes floral notes with tea accords which provide an herbal effect and mild, spicy nuances. Built with a heart of jasmine tea and white peach, it’s topped with a bouquet of bergamot team and plum blossom. Whipped up by the Maison, the scent is housed inside a glass bottle that’s embossed with the fragrance’s ingredients on the golden plaque.
Notes: Jasmine Grandiflorum absolute, mineral jasmine, jasmine tea, white peach, plum blossom, bergamot tea.
Houbigant Orangers en Fleurs
Orangers en Fleurs celebrates the irresistible aroma of orange blossoms and symbolizing fertility, abundance, and love. A heart of Turkish rose and Egyptian jasmine is highlighted by a subtle combination of tuberose and orange leaf absolute. The accord is delicately balanced by the floral note of ylang, slightly spiced with nutmeg. The dry down is pure perfection in a blend of blonde woods and sheer musk.
Notes: orange blossom, rose absolute, Egyptian jasmine absolute, tuberose, Eau de brouts, ylang Comores, nutmeg, cedarwood, musk.
Chanel n°19 is a daring, distinctive, uncompromising composition, in the image of Mademoiselle. An ideal harmony of vibrant, green notes of Galbanum and soft, powdery notes of Iris. A rich, smooth composition with a greater floral dimension, heightened by Ylang-Ylang, Lily-of-the-Valley, and Rose.
Notes: Green notes, bergamot, neroli, iris, rose, narcissus, lily-of-the-valley, ylang-ylang, oakmoss, vetiver, leather, and sandalwood.
Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
Dominique Ropion worked on the formula of Carnal Flower for more than two years. The perfume contains a larger dose of tuberose absolute than any other perfume. The composition opens with heavy, green notes of citrus leaves and branches. As tuberose develops, the green nuance passes into a note of camphora, which softens the opulent flowers unintrusively. Fruity nuances of melon and coconut add light and slightly gourmet sound to the composition and do not attract attention.
Notes: bergamot, melon, eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, salicylates, tuberose absolute, orange blossom absolute, coconut and musk
2. Citrus, Watery Fruit Notes
Maison Margiela Under the Lemon Trees
Under the Lemon Trees is a beautiful scent composed of an imaginary lemon tree made of fresh and invigorating notes of citrus mixed with green notes of coriander, Mate absolute, and tea leaves. A woody trail with hints of cedar and white musks completes the evocation of this Mediterranean symbol. This French perfume is a parenthesis with a scent of dolce vita.
Notes: Lime, petitgrain essence, cardamom essence, coriander essence, mate absolute, green tea extract, cedarwood essence, musks.
Chanel Chance Eau Fraîche
Chance Eau Fraîche Eau de Toilette is a fresh, sparkling floral expression of CHANCE — a surge of energy that sweeps you into a whirlwind of happiness and fantasy. A burst of citrus combined with heady jasmine and grounding teak wood will wake up your senses, much like the real flowers that begin to bloom in spring.
Notes: Lemon, cedar, citron, water hyacinth, pink pepper, jasmine, patchouli, white musk, vetiver, teak wood, iris, amber.
Hermès Un Jardin Sur Le Nil
Un Jardin Sur le Nil is a floral fruity fragrance for women and men, created by Jean-Claude Ellena. It’s one of my favorite French perfumes to wear in spring! A stroll in the garden islands of the Nile at Assouan is the starting point for this new olfactory voyage. This perfume evokes a garden full of life, generous and sparkling, where the scents of green mango, lotus blossom, calamus, and rush blend with incense and sycamore wood.
Notes: grapefruit, green mango, tomato, carrot, bulrush, lotus, orange, hyacinth, peony, musk, iris, incense, labdanum, and cinnamon.
Atelier Cologne Lemon Island
Lemon Island Atelier Cologne contains notes of salty jasmine from India and warm vanilla from Madagascar that blend together in harmony to create a truly unique solar aquatic scent. This perfume also features notes of green lemon from Rodrique, an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, which is used in perfume for the first time. Embark on an extraordinary journey towards new horizons to connect with nature.
Notes: lemon, Indian jasmine and Madagascar vanilla.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria
Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria is a refreshing citrus fragrance that can be enjoyed by women and men alike. It begins with bright Calabrian bergamot and petitgrain top notes that melt into a spicy heart of ginger and cardamom. Darker base notes complement the opening brightness and provide depth to the fragrance as it is completed with white musk and a blend of woody notes. A vibrant and sunny essence.
Notes: Calabrian bergamot, petitgrain, ginger, cardamom, woody notes, white musk.
3. Aromatic Herbs, Green, Vegetal Notes
Christian Dior Thé Cachemire
Thé Cachemire is an olfactory interpretation of the sensation of sipping a soothing tea while curled up in a cashmere sweater. Powerful yet delicate white tea with a hint of smoke infuses a rosy note blended with a touch of maté. Thé Cachemire is as radiant as white flowers and as softly comforting as its cocooning musk notes.
Notes: petitgrain, bergamot, bitter orange, lemon, white tea, hedione, black currant, honeysuckle, rose, magnolia, mate, musk, smoke, and orris.
Philosykos Eau de Toilette is the memory of a Greek summer at Mount Pelion, where to get to the sea, there was a natural grove of wild sun-soaked fig trees to cross. This French perfume is an ode to the entire fig tree: the green freshness of the leaves, the milky flavor of the figs, the density of the white wood. “Philosykos” means “friend of the fig tree” in Greek. A tree whose leaves and a few branches brought back in a memory box was the source of inspiration.
Notes: fig leaf, fig, green notes, coconut, fig tree, woody notes, cedar.
Hermès Un Jardin Sur Le Toit
Un Jardin Sur Le Toit refers to the especially luxurious garden located on the Hermes’ headquarters building roof at 24 Rue Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris. The garden is full of aromatic herbs, flowers, and fruits whose flavors vary as they pass through the metamorphosis induced by the seasons. Its fresh and sweet-smelling atmosphere is captured by apple, pear, rose, green grass, basil, magnolia, and compost notes.
Notes: grass, red apple, rose, pear, rosemary, magnolia.
Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte
Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte is a breath of green nature, rays of crystalline light. A floral, fresh, and green fragrance with a sheer and spirited heart. Magnolia notes are rendered transparent with fresh citrus and Neroli accents, for a new expression of a timeless floral bouquet.
Notes: Amalfi lemon, bergamot, neroli, magnolia, jasmine, iris and musk.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier
Premier Figuier is the first perfume based upon the fig scent: an accord of its sweet green leaves, a milky note of its juice, a fruity refreshment of its fruit, and the woody power of its tree and branches. Close your eyes and you are under a fig tree with fresh figs in your hands.
Notes: fig leaf, asafoetida, fig, sandalwood, almond milk, coconut, sandalwood, dried fruits, and lime.
Et voilà! I hope this article will help you choose new French perfumes for spring! Also, do not forget to check my previous post on the most iconic French perfumes of all time.
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