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I’m the type to go all out when I’m obsessed with something and my most recent phase was light floral perfumes.
Earlier this year, it was buying pre-loved luxury goods. I was on Vestiaire Collective every day. Multiple times a day. I still love the platform and will continue to shop from there. I’m just no longer as obsessed.
The next phase was looking for cute gift stores. I wanted to buy everything that was either Cinnamoroll or Peko Chan related.
The phase after that was shopping for affordable clothes. You get the idea.
When I was in my perfume phase, I went absolutely crazy. I was going to Lane Crawford (a high-end department store. Think Holt Renfrew if you’re in Canada or Saks Fifth Avenue/Nordstrom if you’re in the U.S.), Sephora, and Sasa (an HK beauty store chain) multiple times a week.
You can only smell a few perfumes at a time before your nose gets overwhelmed. I wanted to smell everything and since I couldn’t, I visited these stores often to try out as many as I can.
I probably smelled at least 20+ perfumes but was hesitant in making a final decision aka buying the product. A lot of them were through perfume blotters but the thing is, you need to spray the perfume directly on your skin. Perfumes smell different on people due to body chemistry.
I also tend to change my mind about perfumes. For example, I might like a bottle of perfume enough to buy it but once I have it in my collection, I realized that I don’t like the smell that much after all.
My Love for Light Floral Perfumes
I’ve adored scents for as long as I can remember (I used to like more fruity fragrances but now I’m all about light floral perfumes). I vividly remember a row of perfumes I had on my bathroom counter. There were the Harajuku lovers (all of them), Europhia by Calvin Klein, Ralph by Ralph Lauren, and the Abercrombie and Fitch perfume (there were others, but I can’t remember). I was more open to experimenting with different scents.
(Anyone else remember loving the smell of the Abercrombie perfume on their clothes? The early 2000s was definitely something.)
As I grew older, I had a strong preference for light floral perfumes. They’re great for every day. Fragrances that are too strong give me a headache. The point of a fragrance is for you to smell good not to make you sick. I learned this the hard way.
EDP VS EDT
Not all perfumes are the same. They are split into categories and it’s usually into these two: Eau de Parfum (EDP) and Eau de Toilette (EDT). There’s a bunch of others like Eau de Cologne but the perfume brands I like tend to only have EDP and EDT.
Here’s an article where you can find out the differences between the categories.
EDP has a higher oil concentration than EDT so the scent on your skin lasts longer. This doesn’t matter to some people but it does to me. I only look at EDPs. EDTs aren’t strong enough and Eau de Cologne is too strong.
Only looking at EDPs helps because there are too many perfumes on the market. Eliminating the other categories means there is less to look at and choose from. An easier time for me.
Searching for Light Floral Perfumes
I had a signature scent for about a year when I wanted to try something new. Why not have a variety? A signature scent is great but it’s nice to switch it up sometimes, you know?
Floral perfumes are one of, if not the most, the most popular categories. I thought it would be easy enough to find light floral perfumes on Google but to my disappointment, many articles suggested perfumes I know are too strong for me. Few talk about light floral perfumes.
There are probably people out there that have similar perfume tastes as me. Since I was able to find a few light floral perfumes, why not turn it into a blog post? Other people might appreciate this information. I know because I was looking for a similar type of blog post and couldn’t find any.
Let’s get to the main topic of today’s blog post. Here we go!
Light Floral Perfumes List
1) Daisy by Marc Jacobs
One of the most classic light floral perfumes out there. When I was in middle school, Daisy by Marc Jacobs was such a hit. EVERYONE had that perfume. I love the scent but wasn’t sure about committing to a full bottle. Do I really want to smell like everyone else?
Also, back in the day, Daisy by Marc Jacobs was EDT. If I remember correctly, there was no EDP. Those two reasons led me to never actually buy Daisy by Marc Jacobs.
Though I still remember the scent clearly. Even now, I would spray it on myself when I see a sample bottle laying around in stores. It’s one of the scents I’ll never forget because it’s what got me started to light floral perfumes.
Marc Jacobs has come out with many Daisy variations since the first one came out. I am not familiar with the other ones but you can check them out here.
Daisy by Marc Jacobs will always be an iconic perfume. It’s clean, light, and fresh. It’s a youthful-smelling scent and great for every day. There’s a reason why this award-winning perfume is so well-known! The packaging is also adorable with the little daisies on top.
Top Notes: Wild Berries, White Violet
Middle Notes: Jasmine Infusion
Base Notes: Sandalwood
2) Jason Wu Perfume
I got the Jason Wu perfume in the fall of 2017. It’s one of the more feminine perfumes on the list so if you’re not about that, feel free to skip ahead.
Since my university in Boston was near Saks Fifth Avenue, I used to walk inside to browse (hardly ever bought anything though) when a saleslady came up to me and said this was an exclusively launched perfume at Saks. She gave me and my friend each a perfume blotter. My friend was raving about how good it smelled.
I can’t remember if I bought the perfume right away. Knowing me, I probably waited for another time so I can sit on my decision. Perfumes are expensive (certainly don’t want to add any unnecessary expenses).
When I did buy it, I used this perfume as a signature scent for several years before it expired. The scent changed and that’s when I knew it was time to throw it out. It was also perfect timing because I was moving back to Hong Kong.
Jason Wu created this perfume because it reminded me of his childhood. His neighbours had jasmines everywhere. Once you know this, the connection is obvious. You can for sure smell the jasmine notes in the Jason Wu perfume. I also like the bottle. The minimalistic design is very elegant looking. It has a luxurious feel to it.
The Jason Wu perfume is no longer exclusive to Saks but you can still buy it on their website. It’s a bit harder to find online than some of the other perfumes on this list.
Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Fig
Middle Notes: Peony, Lily-of-the-Valley, Jasmine Sambac
Base Note: Musk
3) Nest Wisteria Blue
The Nest Founder, Laura Slatkin was inspired to create this perfume after a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. The wisteria tree picture in the bottle does remind me of Charleston. Maybe it’s the picture convincing me but it does remind me of being under some wisteria trees. It’s also a city that I desperately want to visit one day. I hope to visit Charleston in the next few years. It would be fun to do a girl’s trip for my birthday eventually.
I have a soft spot for Nest’s Wisteria Blue because this was the only perfume bottle I had for almost a year. Isn’t the name so pretty?!
This was the fragrance that replaced my Jason Wu perfume. I got it at Sephora. When I first smelled this, I didn’t really like it until my friends said it smelled nice. I need some assurance when it comes to fragrances. Too many of them smell good so I would like to have other people’s opinions.
I’m glad I bought it because it’s still chilling on my beauty counter at home. Out of this list, this perfume is probably the strongest smelling one. It’s not heavy because I don’t like perfumes like that. It’s more floral than a light floral perfume but I added this to my list anyway. That’s how much I like Wisteria Blue.
Tip: if you smell the cap of the perfume bottle alone, the scent might not convince you. It wasn’t until I sprayed it directly on my skin for me to change my mind so give it a try and see what you think.
Key Perfume Notes: French Wisteria, Watery Notes, Bulgarian Rose & Imperial Jasmine
4) Lanvin Eclat d’Arpege
I came across this perfume by accident. I walked into Sasa and the sales lady told me this is one of their light floral perfumes. (She knew my preference because that was the first thing she asked me before making recommendations.)
It’s pretty light and the best thing was that the perfume was on sale.
As you may or may not know, Lanvin is a French luxury brand (if you like Lanvin, you can look at some of their items on sale at Vestiaire Collective).
I was surprised to see the price was cheaper than Nest’s Wisteria Blue. Out of the two, Lanvin is the more well-known brand because they have a bunch of different lines such as clothes, accessories, perfumes, etc. Nest mostly sells perfumes, candles, diffusers, and lotions. Still have a variety to choose from but not as much.
I bought a small sample of the Lanvin perfume. After trying it on a few times, I decided that I like it enough to upgrade to a big bottle. So I did! It’s now sitting on my beauty counter with my skincare and other perfumes.
The light floral scent is subtle and fresh enough for all ages to wear. I really can’t think of many people that won’t like this smell.
The only complaint about this perfume is that it doesn’t last as long as the others even as an EDP. I have to respray a couple of times throughout the day.
Top Notes: Sicilian lemon, Green Lilac
Middle Notes: Wisteria Blossom, Red Peony, Peach Blossom
Base Notes: Musk, Amber, Cedar
5) Byredo Young Rose
Anyone that is a perfume aficionado will have heard of Byredo. It’s a niche brand.
I wasn’t very familiar with Byredo until my mom gave me her Bal D’Afrique perfume. She was sick of the scent and gave it to me. The Bal D’Afrique perfume is not something I would buy for myself but since it was free, why not?
Byredo has a ton of perfumes. I went to this counter where they placed the Young Rose perfume bottle placed slightly higher than all of the other ones. To make it stand out, I guess, since it was the newest addition to the line. It only came out a couple of months ago.
I used to think I didn’t like rose scents but I am changing my mind. Young Rose is a softer floral scent. It made me realize that not all rose perfumes have to be mature and feminine.
For some reason, Byredo’s Young Rose reminds me a bit of Goutal’s Petite Cherie (I do have a bottle of that) which could be why I was gravitating towards it.
Unfortunately, I only have samples of Young Rose in my little collection right now. This is something I might get myself for Christmas. It’s one of the light floral perfumes I keep going back to as I was looking for new perfumes. Certainly can’t say that about most of the other perfumes I smelled. Nor is it cheap so it will have to be a treat (good thing Christmas/New Year’s is coming soon).
Top Notes: Ambrette Seeds, Sichuan Pepper
Middle Notes: Orris, Damascena Rose
Base Notes: Musk, Ambroxan
Now to You
Which’s a light floral perfume you would recommend? I’m always on the lookout for nice smelling scents so I would be very thankful for your suggestions.