Enjoying the smell of season

I was thinking of the title in the vein of “Oh, the smell of spring is the loveliest” but then I remembered I do that every season (most recently with the smell of snow) so I decided this one was better. πŸ˜‰

TheΒ thing is I really enjoy the smell of each season. And I am possibly thinking I enjoy this one more because the winter was both long and dark which is not usual here. And the spring, now it has arrived, is both sunny and warm. The days lasting suddenly so long…


These days I am walking home most of the time, enjoying the various scents in the air. There’s been a little rain and the sunny warmth has made the grass suddenly grow tall. So now you can smell it being cut around the city. Everything is in bloom and so far I haven’t discovered what smell it is, but one of the trees I pass by smells candy-like.


Well, it’s probably vice versa, it’s probably a fruity tree in bloom but it’s wonderful. And that is just one of the smells. The air is truly fragrant and the best thing – it is warm.



Each spring I’m on the lookout for a perfume that encapsulates spring and each year I end up empty handed.

There are many perfumes I associate with spring (Odalisque and Coty Fatale for ex.) but I would love discovering one that smells like spring in my mind.

Many try but fail somehow (Byredo Inflorescence I’m looking at you).

While the search continues, I’ll simply enjoy my fragrant walks when the season is upon me. πŸ™‚







P.S. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel this incredible need to rest and re-charge?

P.P.S. If you’re wondering why there haven’t been any book reviews recently, that’s because I’m re-reading the HP series. πŸ˜€

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14 thoughts on “Enjoying the smell of season

  1. Asali April 23, 2013 at 21:10 Reply

    Beautiful pictures Ines. We are no where near so far here in the north, all the buds hide and feel they can’t quite trust the sun, after so many months of bitter cold. I don’t know what spring smells and feels like to you, but I do wonder if it will be possible to find anything like what you feel hits all those spots. Like in the fairy tale ‘ The Nightingale’, the mechanic bird is fine, but in the end does not compare to the real thing.
    Anyway, I’ll go and try to find my samples of Odalisque and Fatale πŸ™‚


    • Ines April 25, 2013 at 09:04 Reply

      Asali, you are right, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing. πŸ™‚ Who knows what might happen?
      I really hope you get some true spring soon – we’re about to reach 27 degrees Celsius today (we’re practically in for summer).


  2. theperfumeddandy April 24, 2013 at 02:04 Reply

    Dear Redhead
    Aren’t there just so many smells of Spring (indeed every season).
    I’ve been trying to contain myself, but have thought of and posted on at least 20 scents that come to mind really without thinking!
    But Odalisque… yes… it hadn’t occurred to me, but yes!!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy


    • Ines April 25, 2013 at 09:09 Reply

      Dear Dandy, you’re quite right. πŸ™‚ There are many perfumes reminiscent of spring and a new one pops into my head pretty much each day.
      I keep thinking of Odalisque but haven’t applied it yet. I should do it soon now. πŸ™‚


  3. Marianthi April 24, 2013 at 08:43 Reply

    Rest and re-charge? Yes, you are definitely not alone in this.
    While I do enjoy the Spring scents on my city (flowers on the trees, etc), I realized there is another, more intimate scent of the city each season. It is not bad, it is not made of distinct scents, but it is what makes me think “Yes, Spring is here, I can smell it”, or “Smells like a warm summer night”. I cannot explain this, but I enjoy it nonetheless.


    • Ines April 25, 2013 at 09:11 Reply

      Marianthi, you’re right! πŸ™‚ There must be an underlying city smell that makes you know it’s your city and it’s the seasonal smell of your city.
      I hope you get enough rest and plenty of energy soon! πŸ™‚


  4. Undina April 24, 2013 at 08:57 Reply

    I’ve been enjoying smell of blooming trees for the last couple of months (Spring starts here in February around our birthdays πŸ˜‰ ) but I wouldn’t mind to prolong this period for a couple months more.

    I’m tired “locally” (I haven’t been sleeping good recently because of my back/neck problem) but in general I cannot complain… So no re-charging for me (other than a good night sleep, please πŸ™‚ ).


    • Ines April 25, 2013 at 09:12 Reply

      Lucky you! We were snowed in twice after that. πŸ™‚
      But spring is definitely here now (summer might be too) so I’m happy.
      Hope your back problem is better and a good night sleep is in the cards (several nights). πŸ™‚


  5. Suzanne April 24, 2013 at 15:04 Reply

    Ines, it is finally very spring-like in Pennsylvania and I have been enjoying the blooming of the weeping cherry trees (the prettiest of the blooming trees, in my opinion) and am anticipating the blooming of the redbuds next. Also, a couple people in my neighborhood have mowed their lawns and smelling that yesterday made me feel incredibly happy. I’m really quite glad there is no perfume that can imitate nature in its full spectrum of smells large and small, because if it was easily imitated, it would cease to lose its spellbinding sense of wonder. That said, I do enjoy the way perfumes can deliver a fine slice of nature, and thinking about this makes me want to wear Un Lys today.


    • Ines April 25, 2013 at 09:14 Reply

      Aahhh, the smell of freshly mown grass… I love that! πŸ™‚

      I know it would be pretty much impossible to imitate the smell of spring in perfume, but one can always hope. πŸ˜‰
      Un Lys is on my spring perfume list as well.


  6. brie April 25, 2013 at 00:31 Reply

    Gorgeous pictures! And yes, I do feel the need to rest and re-charge…has been an exhausting month for me!


    • Ines April 25, 2013 at 09:14 Reply

      Thank you Brie! And I sincerely hope you get enough rest to be at top form as soon as possible. πŸ™‚


  7. Natalie April 29, 2013 at 14:48 Reply

    Spring has been very slow in coming this year, where I live. We had wonderful weather this weekend, but I just read in the report that snow is coming again this week. 😦 But, I have been noticing a few buds and some brave flowers coming out, so I’m optimistic! And I agree that the ultimate spring perfume does not, for me, exist.


    • Ines April 30, 2013 at 10:07 Reply

      Still snow?! And I thought we had it forever here this year.
      I certainly hope spring arrived soon and in full swing (like it did here). Although it was a bit too fast this year so everything bloomed all at once and even more people have allergies as the air is saturated with more pollen than is usual.


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