3 Light Perfumes to Try for Spring

by Anne-Marie Guarnieri


courtesy of the brandscourtesy of the brandsIn the May issue of Allure, out now, I wrote about what I like to call "diet perfume." Basically, each spring, fragrance companies launch lighter versions of existing scents for the warmer weather to come. For fragrance loyalists, these are a great way to try something new without actually having to try something new. And for fans of lighter perfumes, they're a great option. Just note that these launches are usually limited edition, so try to snap them up before they're gone, daddy, gone.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Féerie Spring Blossom: The full-strength Féerie was memorable enough, thanks to its fairy-perched-on-a-branch cap. And the scent, a blend of violets and juicy fruits, was just as flashy. But the Spring Blossom iteration is softer, more floral, and slightly aquatic. It just floats on top of the skin.

Bulgari Mon Jasmin Noir L'Eau Exquise: The original Mon Jasmin Noir is like a very fancy sweet, the kind you'd buy in a store that uses gold tongs to delicately place such things onto gilded plates. L'Eau Exquise is more like one of those sugared fruit slices: citrusy, lightly floral, and very, very fresh.

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Prada Infusion d'Iris L'Eau d'Iris: When Infusion d'Iris launched, I was a huge fan. Powdery, sexy, and warm, it's definitely one of the best fragrances in the iris category. The L'Eau version is equally gorgeous, with the tiniest hint of mint. You know when someone puts a sprig in your drink and suddenly it's just perfect? Like that.

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