Florals aren't exactly ground-breaking (as wise woman Miranda Priestly once infamously said), but there’s no denying they’re in abundance when it comes to our perfume. It could be all the fresh blooms circulating the air but there’s just something about the change of seasons that makes us want to toss aside our regular fragrance in favour of a fresh new scent.
The only problem this presents though, is the sheer abundance of options (and the fact that fragrance shopping isn’t easy). You could head to the nearest department store only to cave and buy the same-old bottle, or you could draw inspiration from your birth flower. But because most us don’t have the nose of a Parisian perfumer, picking out single notes from a multi-layered scent is no easy feat. So we’ve done the hard work for you and matched up your birthday to what we’re sure will be your new signature scent.
Keep scrolling to shop your perfect fragrance based on your birth flower.
Those born in January are paired up with the carnation. Before you picture a limp bouquet fished from the reduced bid at the supermarket, get familiar with Diana Vreeland. Newly stocked at Mecca, Devastatingly Chic ($266) is a heady blend of rose spiked with spicy carnation. Boring? Definitely not.
Narciso Rodriguez is known for feminine, floaty, powdery fragrance (best worn with pearls and ballet flats, some might argue). Fleur Musc ($144) is no exception. The rosy-pink bottle alludes to the floral juice inside, and the beauty of this perfume is that one spritz is exceptionally long lasting (think smelling it on your clothing even after a wash).
The narcissus flower comes in either white or striking yellow, and conveniently blooms in the spring time. Olene ($155) is one of the latest to come out of the Diptyque fragrance family, and March babies would be delighted to know that narcissus is the top floral note. The perfume is a medley of fresh white flowers, and is the closest thing you’ll find to an Italian summer that doesn’t involve a plane ticket.
Those born in April are paired up with the sweet pea. Jour D’Hermes ($190) is a fragrance best described as all seasons in one bottle. It is warm and sophisticated, while remaining a crisp, clean floral (sweet pea notes included). Wear any time you want to feel confident, put-together, and glamorous (so really, all the time).
Don’t be fooled by the one-note title—Commodity’s Orris is anything but basic. Available at Sephora (and coming to Sephora.com.au soon), the fragrance is a sparkling mix of freshness and white florals (like lily of the valley). One mist and and a floaty white dress is all you really need to see you through summer.
If you’re birthday is in June, you lucked out with the rose as your birth flower. There’s a slew of rose-centered perfumes we could lay on the table, but we just can’t go past Prada’s Les Infusions Rose ($189). Classic without being nanna-like, this classic is the product of hand-picked-at-dawn rose petals. Womanly and opulent, spritz with abandon before your next date night.
Funnily enough, wintry July is matched to the waterlily. As they say, opposites attract, which might be why Aerin’s Waterlily Sun ($175) is the perfect match. Lush greens, bergamot, and waterlily are laced with notes of exotic jasmine sambac. If there was such a thing as rainforest-chic, this is it.
Poppy might not scream fragrance, but it would turn out it’s a note in one of the most iconic scents of the past decade. Lancôme’s Poeme ($197) is the scent for those born in August. A cocktail of blue Himalayan poppy, vanilla, orange blossom, and jasmine blend together to create a fragrance that’s heady, warm, and classic. This is a head-turner.
The aster flower isn’t exactly widespread when it comes to fine fragrance, but related bloom daisy is. Demeter’s Daisy Cologne ($30) is a single note fragrance that lives up to its sunny name—fresh, light, and feel-good. FYI, Demeter also does a Fuzzy Balls cologne that actually smells like fresh tennis balls. So strange, but also so right.
October-born fragrance aficionados can enjoy a little slice of the tropics when they mist Molton Brown’s Heavenly Gingerlily Eau de Toilette ($88) all over. Exotic and sweet, this floriental is the perfect accompaniment to summer afternoon cocktails.
November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum, and as fate would have it, Amouage Myths ($399) has just that floral note within its bottle. Dry, green, and unusual, this scent isn’t your standard white floral, making it perfect for those who dare to be different. Bonus points for the electric fuchsia bottle, too.
December’s birth flower switches between the narcissus (again), and the holly plant, depending on the source, but at the risk of smelling like a Christmas bush, we went for the former. Besides, how could we do a fragrance story without adding a little Chanel magic? If the glossy black Coco Noir bottle ($174) isn’t enough to draw you in, the intense, spicy fragrance will. Take our advice and pop this at the top of your Christmas list.
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