25 floral perfumes you will fall in love with
by Mamta Mody
When fresh flowers blend with Asian and Middle Eastern influences, you get a punchy mix of ginger, rose and jasmine with a smooth seductive base of patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla. If classic is your thing, you can always count on one of these for date night.
Paco Rabanne Olympea, Rs 5,950/80 ml. Gucci Bamboo, Rs 7,700/75 ml. Burberry My Burberry, Rs 5,000/50 ml. Victorinox Swiss Army Ella, Rs 5,200/75 ml. Hermès Le Jardin de Monsieur Li, Rs 7,800/100 ml. Dior Poison Girl EDP, Rs 9,700/100 ml.
These fruity-floral fragrances demand some patience as they start off with a frenzy of lemon, pear, bergamot and peony, but slowly grow into something more spicy and aromatic. Here’s a way to think about it: If Mindy Lahiri wore a perfume, it would probably be one of these.
Thierry Mugler Alien Eau Extraordinaire, Rs 4,600/90 ml. Anna Sui Romantica, Rs 4,900/75 ml. Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau Fraiche, Rs 5,310/100 ml. Versace Eros Pour Femme, Rs 7,700/100 ml. Moschino Fresh Couture, Rs 4,500/100 ml. Missoni EDP, Rs 6,150/100 ml. Roberto Cavalli Paradiso Azzurro, Rs 6,520/100 ml.
It sounds like the making of a really good dessert with gourmand notes of honey, caramel, praline and limoncello. But you can trust the soft florals to balance off this super girly mix into a grown-up fragrance that’s fit for a garden party.
Jimmy Choo Illicit, Rs 6,850/100 ml. Nina Ricci L’Extase, Rs 5,900/80 ml. Lancôme La Vie Est Belle, Rs 6,000/50 ml. Kenzo Flower by Kenzo Elixir, Rs 7,550/100 ml. Prada Candy Florale,Rs 5,950/80 ml.
Think of these as the equivalent of wearing a tuxedo jacket to a whiskey bar with heady accords of musk, amber and wood adding some gravitas to summer florals. Pick a denser fragrance like Narciso Rodriguez or Sì Intense or go with a brighter Coco Mademoiselle that sits on the other end of the spectrum.
Salvatore Ferragamo Emozione, Rs 4,400/30 ml. Bulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Noir, Rs 5,150/75 ml. Giorgio Armani Sì Intense, Rs 9,000/100 ml. Aerin Amber Musk, Rs 11,000/100 ml. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP, Rs 10,500/100 ml. Narciso Rodriguez EDP, Rs 6,400/90 ml. Alaïa Azzedine Alaïa, Rs 7,050/100 ml.