A Florist Explains the Secret Meanings Behind Our Favorite Perfumes


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Every season has its perks, but I’m a sucker for spring. What can I say—fair weather, baby animals, and pastels are a perfect combination. My favorite aspect of spring, though, has to be the flowers. Even if L.A. weren’t in the throes of #superbloom, it would be difficult to walk down a city street and not catch a whiff of jasmine or orange blossom. And while I don’t have a green thumb, I do have a perfume obsession and, subsequently, a veritable garden of seasonal scents.

I was shocked when I recently learned that my favorite fragrance might reflect more than just my fondness for florals. According to floriography, the centuries-old study of the “language of flowers,” each blossom has its own distinct meaning. Combining flowers in bouquets—or eau de toilette—was a way for Victorian lovers to clandestinely convey secret messages to one another; basically, it was an old-timey way to slide into someone’s DMs.

While I don’t plan on conveying my relationship status with a nosegay anytime soon, I had to know what my favorite scents were saying about me. After all, choosing a fragrance based on its mystical messages seems like a very chic way to set intentions for the day. To get the scoop on what messages I might be unintentionally sending into the universe every time I spritz, I went straight to the source and consulted a Victorian flower dictionary. (If you, like me, suspect that you would have aced herbology at Hogwarts, then this will be a fascinating read.) Of course, I’m a modern girl, and I know times change— to explore the contemporary ways we express ourselves through our choice in blooms, I spoke with Heather Williams, designer and owner of Los Angeles–based florist Twig & Twine. “Nowadays, flowers seem to be much more about look than hidden meanings,” notes Williams. “[In addition to their meanings] I’m intrigued with their color, shape, and texture.” Keep scrolling to discover the hidden meanings behind some of our favorite spring fragrances.