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Best in Show: Floral Fragrances for the Spring Bride (2017)

04/09/17 05:06:10 (28 comments)

by: Elena Vosnaki, Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison, Stefanie Jähn, Yi Shang, Rouu Abd El-Latif,

Bride in garden

A traditional dress or maybe a tuxedo, satin heels or perhaps velvet loafers (or maybe even bare feet!), a bouquet of blossoms or tiara of tiny roses, an heirloom jewel or understated accessory, a pair of rings, and a memorable scent. What more do brides need? With friends and family, a ray of sunshine despite a few drops of rain, music for dancing and the warm feeling of love, a wedding is a day (or night) to remember. With scent being such a direct link to memory, it's an important choice not just to accompany the ceremony and reception but to evoke the nostalgia of one's wedding day for years to come.

Brides have been enjoying floral perfumes as a compliment to their nuptials for centuries. Catherine de Medici wore a scented water with bergamot and orange blossom created especially for her while Kate Middleton chose Illuminum's White Gardenia Petals. This week our international writers explore the perfect floral scents for spring brides and we invite you to join in the fun by sharing your own choices in the comments below. And yes, we concede that not all brides enjoy florals and not all weddings take place in spring, so rest assured we'll address other genres, other seasons and even grooms's scents as well in future columns!

 

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Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige

By: Rouu Abd El-Latifeditor of Fragrantica in Arabic

Chanel Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige

Although I’m more of a winter person; I have to say early Spring always seems more approachable for an elegant outdoor wedding. Honestly I believe a wedding scent should represent nothing else but you, personalizing your moment with your favorite signature scent. So, scenting your “I Do” moment shouldn’t be stressful; a fragrance that delivers comfort and confidence is key.

Chanel Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige – the name is catchy, discrete and absolutely elegant. Sophisticated at first spray, bold without being too edgy, and implying a true CHANEL vibe of authenticity, Beige opens as a classic floral/fruity and settles as a soft, floral bouquet of frangipani; it’s creamy and slightly dipped in honey without being commonly sweet. There is something milky throughout the development tracing an accord of faded jasmine/gardenia forcing the entire combination to remain sheerly floral despite the honey theme. While the scent is strong and full it dries delicately and reliably sensual, quite velvety without being overly powdery keeping its floral freshness/honey sweetness in control, airy and balanced. The scent is uplifting and delivers a happy mood of a bridal boudoir. I must say I found Beige to be quite mature for a younger crowd; it’s more for an early 30’s, confident bride who goes for a dress in an ivory shade over white, and pearls instead of diamonds, a dreamy bride who believes in fairy tales and happily-ever-after stories while working to make her dreams come true.

Honorable Mentions:  Christian Dior Pure Poison, Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum Parfum du Soir, Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison, Chloe Love, Les Parfums de Rosine Rose Praline, Guerlain L'Instant de Guerlain, Elie Saab Le Parfum, Stella McCartney Stella.

 

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Les Nez The Unicorn Spell

By: Stefanie Jähn editor of Fragrantica in German

Les Nez The Unicorn Spell

Finding that special someone you want to spend the rest of your life with matches the quest to find a unicorn in a crowd of 7.49 billion horses. If you're lucky enough to find that unicorn truly being a unicorn - and not the donkey in disguise - you'll want to wear something as special and unique as your significant other when tying the knot. Les Nez The Unicorn Spell has not only a catchy and romantic name to offer, but an exceptional scent as well which suits my ideal of a spring wedding under trees: Perfumer Isabelle Doyen evokes with this composition a frosty forest floor with wispy dots of wild violets. It opens with cold, minty greens with a slightly metallic edge, that feels wispy and misty. Powdery, slightly spicy violets take their sweet time to appear and add a romantic floral touch, coaxing the bewitched beholder away from the green meadow into the woody heart of the forest, where the unicorn tastes in a lucid dream the wild berries of a summer yet to come . The Unicorn Spell doesn't scream for attention, it charms with its soft spoken air of tranquility. Match it with a dress without frills & feathers and a little bouquet of wild violets and you're good to go down the aisle as a forest fairy bride.

Honorable Mentions: Guerlain Vol de Nuit (vintage style), Floris Wedding Bouquet (classic style), Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Femme (elegant style), Vera Wang Truly Pink (romantic style)

 

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Les Creations de Monsieur Dior
Forever and Ever

By: Sofia Shang editor of Fragrantica in Chinese

 

Les Creations de Monsieur Dior Forever and Ever

Stripping away the extravaganza of venue deco plans, the hustle and bustle of seating arrangement, and the 21st century ‘must-have’ wedding items prescribed by social and cultural upbringing, or perhaps it was just Cosmopolitan or marketing, the hopeless romantic in me still chooses to see a wedding just as a pure representation of love and union. Money, stuff or any performative factors for others’ entertainment don’t matter. Seeing love in a soft light as if you were trapped in an eternal spell of feeling the heartbeat of first meeting, and shyly imagining growing old slowly and experiencing all the excitement and mundanity with that person… these are more like what a wedding should smell like to me. Les Creations de Monsieur Dior Forever and Ever fits this idealistic mood perfectly, not only the scent itself, but also the name.

Forever and Ever Dior does not have a significant progression in its scent. Just like a circle of a dream, which has no beginning or end, all I can smell here is light, and fluffy freesia and dewy rose over and over again throughout the day. Some say it smells like a floral washing detergent on a sun dried cotton dress; some say it is like the innocence of first love, I find it smell like tender romance and attraction on a more intellectual level between two, way before any societal elements, critical analysis or judgments get into play. Also, it does smell pink to me, but not in the modern hot pink neon candied sense; instead it exudes a classic pastel pink vibe, which smells forever young or young at heart. Tender, non-demanding, yet utterly proper, and lovely, the scent won’t turn heads in a dramatic manner but it has a self-assured heart, and it is happy to help showing off the wearer’s effortlessly grace and beauty. Despite being an EDT and smells floral in a light fluffy way, two sprays of Forever and Ever Dior on me can easily last 6+ hours. Just when you forgot it’s there, it pops up to say hi as if it was nicely reminding the wearer that a beautiful life of forever and ever together has just began.

Honorable Mentions: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Parfum (new classic), Penhaligon`s Iris Prima (low key elegance), Cacharel Anais Anais L’Original Eau de Toilette (vintage vibe), Guerlain Apres l'Ondee (bookish charm).

 

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Elie Saab Le Parfum

By: Elena Vosnaki, editor of Fragrantica in Greek

Elie Saab Le Parfum

It is no coincidence that I chose Le Parfum by Elie Saab for a bride on her wedding day, since beautiful wedding gowns have been designed by Lebanese designer Elie Saab throughout the years. We have also come to associate white florals with weddings, if only because the traditional orange blossoms to adorn the bride's hair are tried and tested and look and smell magnificent.

Elie Saab Le Parfum is a glorious orange blossom and jasmine composition (it contains both the south of France grandiflora and the denser Indian sambac variety), which embraces its wearer into a vision of beauty and splendour. It's regal, yet not too mature. It's sweet, thanks to the honeyed nectarous quality of the floral essences, but not vulgar sweet. It's ladylike, sure, but it hints at a velvety sensuality of silky limbs and thick hair brushing the shoulders.

Most importantly its brightness is conductive to the optimism that a wedding, surely the start of what is more essential, a common path in life, a marriage, heralds. And this is what is priceless. The only problem I can see with this fragrant choice is that bridesmaids would be elbowing each other, taking the perfume's name and designer name down for their own future nuptials.

Honorable Mentions: Estée Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia (romantic style), Yves Saint Laurent Paris (elegant ceremony), Guerlain Chamade (vintage style), Puredistance Antonia (classic good taste), L`Artisan Parfumeur Passage d'Enfer (geeky unconventional bride).

 

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En Voyage Rainmaker

By: Marlen Elliot Harrison, co-editor of Fragrantica in English

En Voyage Rainmaker

I'm happy to choose a range of somewhat unexpected and maybe even subversive choices for the spring bride considering that a) the bridal scent should be something special, not the typical every day choice, b) the weather may be cool and breezy, c) not every bride wears a lace gown and d) not everyone enjoys traditional white florals. As such, I'm excited to choose Shelley Waddington's stunning woody-rosy-chypre, Rainmaker as my main selection, and a number of other rose-themed scents in my Honorable Mentions. Although rose is not actually employed as a note here, rose leaf is used along with iris, rhododendron and citruses, and the overall effect is like a wet, dewy, blossoming rose without any of the musty, fussy or challenging connotations it so often evokes when translated into perfume (and the perfumer doesn't describe the scent as a rose fragrance either). The best part is the warmth and depth of Rainmaker with its forest-like woody, ambery and mossy notes. And though these notes can often spell "heavy", "dark" or "sweet", Rainmaker stays surprisingly light and airy but with just enough depth to boast good longevity and sillage, a floral-tinged fragrance for those who like a little earth and rain with their blossoms or for the woman who might prefer that tuxedo to a gown.

Honorable Mentions: Dame Perfumery Desert Rose, January Scent Project Smolderose Spray Eau de ParfumNeela Vermeire Creations Mohur Extrait, Tauerville Rose Flash

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Which floral scents would you recommend for a spring bride?



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Miss Givenchy
Miss Givenchy

Jessica McClintock
Apres L'Ondee
Chant D'Aromes
Amarige Mariage
En Passant

Apr
11
2017
Calvini
Calvini

Byredo Inflorescence!

Apr
10
2017
Suzybee
Suzybee

What is it about brides that make me think of white fragrant flowers? The sweetness of Stephanotis, Jasmine, Tuberose, and Gardenia....mmm....is there anything better?

Years ago, when my cousin got married, in Springtime, my huge Gardenia bush was in full bloom with flowers expanding 2.5-3 inches wide and her hair dresser incorporated them into her hair bun. I couldn't stop hugging her just to get a whiff of them, it was that intensely good!

With that, I would recommend:

-Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia
-Chanel Gardenia
-Diptique Olene
-Annick Goutal Gardenia

Apr
10
2017
rickyrebarco
rickyrebarco

Love all these gorgeous suggestions. I would add to the list, Isabey Fleur Nocturne, a beautiful creamy white floral that would be wedding day perfection. Also Guerlain Idylle Duet Jasmin et Lilas is just gorgeous and also brideworthy. I've just gotten my hands on a bottle of this Guerlain and it's going to be my mother of the groom scent for my son's wedding (unless of course the bride wants to wear it :-)) For a more affordable wedding scent Oscar de la Renta Something Blue is really lovely.

Apr
10
2017
Jyrhara
Jyrhara

I guess the question is: do you wear the fragrance you like, or something you think is proper?
Maybe I'd go for Miss Dior (the original one) so I'd achieve both. From the editors' suggestions I like Stefanie's best, even though I never smelled it. Violets and unicorns sound great :-)

Apr
10
2017
Toom_Snoopy
Toom_Snoopy

I'm glad that Forever and Ever Dior is in the list. When there was a question about wedding fragrance in the forum, this one comes to mind. Reading the reviews, I always find the word 'romantic'.

Apr
10
2017
perfumecritic
perfumecritic

"And yes, we concede that not all brides enjoy florals and not all weddings take place in spring, so rest assured we'll address other genres, other seasons and even grooms's scents as well in future columns!"

Apr
10
2017
Karmalathe
Karmalathe

What about the groom´s perfume? :)

Apr
10
2017
Nil3
Nil3

Estee´s Beautiful!!!

Apr
10
2017
fragrance2016
fragrance2016

Estee Lauder Beautiful

Apr
09
2017
RoulitaGatita
RoulitaGatita

Baiser vole-cartier
Pleasures-estee lauder

Apr
09
2017
kessyster
kessyster

I saw in a wedding magazine talking about the fragance called ' How to Marry a Millionaire ' which by the way I asked to add on here in Fragrantica ( gladly they did). I glad is not just only me that thinks this perfume could be for a bride. I love this so much that I got 3 bottles of it! Smells so sophisticate ( not cheap smell although you can buy for a very reasonable price).

Apr
09
2017
bibibling
bibibling

Beige has to be Chanel's most underrated perfume! The boring name just makes people assume the wrongest ideas!

Hmmm... Scent for bride? I guess Miss Dior immediately comes to mind because of the Natalie Portman commercial.

Apr
09
2017
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

Oh, I am liking these recommendations! As usual, Marlen inspires me with ideas to test (MUST try Rose Flash etc someday!) and Elena embodies classic, good taste. I would have great difficulty choosing a bridal scent if considering just their fabulous suggestions alone. :)

But!

I am smitten with the notion of wearing a number of beautiful scents for such an occasion. Perhaps one scent on lingerie, one on hair, and another on wrists and neck. They need not compete - many florals and florientals gorgeously complement each other.

For me personally,

Estee Lauder Beautiful is the epitome of wedding beauty, so I would use this on skin. Lavishly but carefully... Is there such a thing as Lavish Caution? ;)

Something more along the lines of my current favorite Budget Arabian (in cologne spray form, not attar!) on lingerie and definitely one squirt of

Youth Dew

on hair. You read that right. Yes, I know... ancient? But for a bride who wants that 'something old', really nothing is more evocative than the seductive perfumes of our stylish grandmothers' era!

Yet we all know this is purely academic. What actually IS Chosen for the big day varies enormously depending on current weather, budget, availability, and timing. My grandparents went to a nearby justice of the peace, my grandpa wearing a sardonic grin (Finally! Not a bachelor forever!) and my grandmother wearing an elegant brown suit and Dazzling smile. I'm morally certain she had no time or funds to consider a fancy fragrance, but grabbed whatever drugstore scent she happened to own at that moment.

And their marriage - through all it's ups and downs - lasted over 5 decades and created a legacy my siblings and I still cherish. So... whatever you wear and however you celebrate, choose a terrific person - faithful, genuine, caring, unselfish - for a WONDERFUL wedding! <3

Apr
09
2017
iamoir
iamoir

I agree with 24 Hermes Fauburg
Beautiful is so appropriate!
Jour d'Hermes
Baiser Vole
J'adore L'ABSOLU (not the original)
Jasmin Rouge Tom Ford.
Insolence Guerlain and Paris Balenciaga : let's not forget violets and irises. For a more daring bride maybe.
I'd pick a tuberose or a jasmine for my wedding.

Apr
09
2017
Bstefcorbin
Bstefcorbin

To thwart overzealous meddlers my husband and I took a long weekend and made it official. That 20 years ago. It was just the two of us; with the Mayor and Inn keeper as witness. Afterwards we walked to a little bar and watched the Packers beat St. Louis. He didn't like perfume then, so I wasn't wearing any. if we were to do it now, I like Dr. Harrison's non-conformist picks - Jeff would wear his favorite Tauerville's Rose Flash (used to be mine!) and I would totally wear En Voyage's Rainmaker. Hopefully one of our children will marry and before we hit the 30 year mark.

Apr
09
2017
smellagent
smellagent

If I was going to get married again I would probably wear Guerlain Le Plus Beau Jour de Ma Vie. I love the delicate almond and vanilla notes. It has the most beautiful Angelica wafting in and out with some soft powder making it perfect for a romantic wedding.

Apr
09
2017
LadyIva
LadyIva

I would go with Guerlain L'Instant EDP or Frederic Malle Iris Poudre - both scents are beautiful, classy, romantic, not too flowery and very long lasting.
Btw my wedding day scent was Escada Sentiment, almost 15 years ago. I got married in October, but it was a very warm day, and I received lots of compliments for my choice of fragrance.

Apr
09
2017
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

Great ideas Editors, and Subject. I like Elena's suggestions as they cover every Bride, and Marlen's. I wouldn't mind Rainforest. From my current wardrobe I would choose(surprise, surprise....) Hajar. And a modern white suit or just a plain vintage beige silk dress, no frills no frou frou. Yeap, that's the kind of bride the poor sod that popped the question would get..

Apr
09
2017
lilsockmonkey
lilsockmonkey

Oh - so happy to see Beige listed here; that's what I wore on my wedding day! The most gorgeous and expensive-smelling white florals (and I didn't even wear white).

Apr
09
2017
ClairaNoir
ClairaNoir

I know there are many others, but the fragrances I am most familiar with that I see fitting into this category are:

Guerlain ~ Encens Mythique D'Orient
Guerlain ~ L'Heure Bleue
Guerlain ~ Too Much?
Hermes ~ 24 Faubourg
Hermes ~ Jour d'Hermes Gardenia

Apr
09
2017
framorena
framorena

Melodie de L' Amour, but also La Douceur de Siam

Apr
09
2017
spidola
spidola

I would choose Melodie de L'Amour by Dusita.

Apr
09
2017
johngreenink
johngreenink

I think Beige is a perfect perfume for a wedding day - such a beautifully feminine scent, but austere, serious, and somewhat elegant. Everything that a wedding should be. Excellent choice!

Apr
09
2017
ysatis
ysatis

Or Mahora for more warm day!

Apr
09
2017
ysatis
ysatis

Nahema!

Apr
09
2017
jana.hullinghorst
jana.hullinghorst

Well... Quelques Fleurs of course
followed by:
Lutens' La Fille De Berlin
Dame's Bergamot Jasmine & Labdanum
Tom Ford's Lys Fume
Ricci's L'Air du Temps vintage
Estee' Lauder's Beautiful vintage

Apr
09
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lemonzest
lemonzest

Amouage Gold
Estee Lauder's Beautiful
Guerlain Too Much?
Robert Piguet Fracas
Joy by Jean Patou
Guerlain Nahema
Seville a L'Aube by L'Artisan Parfumeur

For me it would be the huge complex floral. It's completely a matter of personal taste. Your scent should be echoed by your wedding bouquet.

Keep your fragrance off of your gown: apply to skin only. Fine fabrics tend to become discolored.

Apr
09
2017

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