Garden Party Spring Fragrances

You don't need a green thumb to enjoy lush blooms this season.
From Chanel's botanical-print dresses to Stila's whimsical makeup palette, pastel floral motifs are everywhere -- showcasing pink in every possible shade from pale to punk. Even the latest crop of spring scents is coming up roses, a refreshing change after years of gourmand chocolate and vanilla blends. But when it comes to perfume, rose (and its unquestionably romantic connotations) can come on too strong. To tone down the heady note, Prada, David Yurman, and Issey Miyake are introducing sheer floral scents that mix the sensual bud with lighter ingredients like lotus blossom and sparkling citrus. The result: airy, feminine fragrances that don't scream grandma.

Excerpts from a fragrance editorial, Garden Party, by Ning Chao.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Marc Jacobs fragrances

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh
Eau de Toilette, $70
Grapefruit, violet, rose, cedar

Wild Elixir Estee Lauder fragrances

Estee Lauder Wild Elixir
Eau de Toilette. $55
Genet flowers, amberwood

Incredible Victoria's Secret fragrances

Victoria's Secret Incredible
Eau de Parfum, $45
Magnolia, pear, sandalwood

David Yurman Delicate Essence fragrances

David Yurman Delicate Essence
Eau de Toilette. $85
Lotus, peony, rose, blond woods

Prada Infusion de Rose fragrances

Prada Infusion de Rose
Eau de Parfum, $105
Bulgarian rose, Turkish rose, mint

Issey Miyake L'eau d'Issey Florale

Issey Miyake L'eau d'Issey Florale
Eau de Toilette, $66
Rose, lily, white woods

(Chao, Ning. "101 Ideas: Garden Party." Marie Claire Apr. 2011: 100.)

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