Last updated on September 20th, 2022 at 06:40 am
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Floral perfumes are not only diverse in their scents but it’s also one of, if not, the most popular category.
There are millions of floral perfumes out there on the market.
I was searching for a new soft floral scent and thought it would be easy enough to find one. I went to different beauty counters and stores hoping to find a new scent to add to my collection.
To my disappointment, many of the perfumes I smelled were too strong for me.
As always, it inspired me to write a blog post for those who are in a similar situation as me.
If you’re looking to buy some soft floral scents, this blog post helps narrow down which ones you should smell.
Let’s get on with the main topic of today’s blog post. Here we go!
Soft Floral Perfumes List
1) Daisy by Marc Jacobs
Top Notes: Wild Berries, White Violet
Middle Notes: Jasmine Infusion
Base Notes: Sandalwood
You’ve probably heard of Daisy by Marc Jacobs. It’s been around for ages.
Daisy by Marc Jacobs is probably one of the most famous soft floral scents out there.
It’s a youthful-smelling sweet scent that is great for everyday use. This iconic perfume is clean and fresh.
The scent can be worn all year round but is especially suited for the spring season.
There’s a reason why this award-winning perfume is so well-known.
The packaging is also adorable with the little daisies on top.
If there is one downside to Daisy by Marc Jacobs, it’s that many people have this bottle of perfume. Some people might be picky about choosing a more unique scent.
However, since its launch, Marc Jacobs has come out with many Daisy perfume variations since (the one I’m talking about is the OG version). The classic one might not be a scent you like but you can also check out the other ones.
You can find this perfume in many stores. It’s easy to find, which is a bonus.
2) Jason Wu Perfume
Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Fig
Middle Notes: Peony, Lily-of-the-Valley, Jasmine Sambac
Base Note: Musk
The Jason Wu perfume is one of the more feminine perfumes on this list.
If you’re not interested, feel free to skip this one and see the next perfume.
This Jason Wu perfume was created because jasmine flowers reminded the creator, Jason Wu of his childhood. Thus, he was inspired to create this scent.
I first encountered the Jason Wu perfume back in 2017.
My university in Boston is near Saks Fifth Avenue. I was walking around the department store one day when a saleslady told me about this exclusively launched perfume at Saks.
My friend raved about how good this soft floral scent smelled and I liked it enough to buy a bottle.
It then became my signature scent for several years.
The strong jasmine scent in the perfume makes it smell luxurious and mature. You’ll easily see the connection after knowing the background story of this perfume creation.
This bottle has a minimalist design – a clear rectangular shaped bottle with a gold circle (it’s heavy too) as the cap.
The perfume inside is pink liquid, which matches well with the rest of the design.
Even the perfume bottle looks and feels fancy.
Perfumes generally last for 3 years but around the 2.5-year mark, the scent changed. It could be me not storing the perfume in optimal condition but I was disappointed.
However, it’s crucial to remember soft floral scents aren’t meant to last long anyway. The timing worked out for me because that was around the time I moved back to Hong Kong.
Although the Jason Wu perfume is no longer exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue, it is still harder to find online compared to some of the other perfumes on this list. You can buy the perfume directly from the Jason Wu website.
3) Nest New York Wisteria Blue
Key Perfume Notes: French Wisteria, Watery Notes, Bulgarian Rose & Imperial Jasmine
After my Jason Wu perfume, this was my next signature scent.
Isn’t the name so pretty?! Wisteria blue.
The Nest Founder, Laura Slatkin was inspired to create this perfume after a trip to Charleston, South Carolina (a city I would love to visit. Maybe a girls’ trip for my birthday one day?).
The bottle itself has a picture of a wisteria tree, which is quite different than many high-end perfumes. Designer perfumes don’t tend to have pictures in the background.
Doesn’t the picture give off a southern U.S. vibe?
The scent will remind you of a wisteria tree even though you might not even know what that smells like.
It is one of the heavier floral fragrances on this list. On the bright side, the scent clings to your skin long.
I added this to the list because as long as you don’t overspray, I would still consider it as a soft floral perfume.
You can buy this pretty name perfume at Sephora.
4) Lanvin Eclat d’Arpege
Top Notes: Sicilian lemon, Green Lilac
Middle Notes: Wisteria Blossom, Red Peony, Peach Blossom
Base Notes: Musk, Amber, Cedar
Lanvin’s Eclat D’Arpege came as a surprise to me. I was around Granville road in TST, an area where they sell affordable fashion when I went inside the beauty store and discovered this.
Lanvin is a luxurious French brand that is known for its clothes and designer handbags (their fragrance line is usually not the first thing someone thinks about), which you can check out on Vestiaire Collective.
This purple-coloured perfume is delicate, light, and subtle (purple is a royal colour so maybe Lanvin chose purple on purpose?).
There’s no surprise as it smells exactly what one would think a soft floral scent would smell like. I really can’t think of many people that won’t like this smell.
This refreshing scent is perfect for all ages.
The one downside about this perfume is that it’s not very long-lasting. It’s an EDP so you would think the scent will stick. However, if you want to keep this fragrance on your skin, you will have to respray throughout the day.
If you’re in Hong Kong, Sasa is selling this perfume at an extremely cheap price considering it’s Lanvin. You might even be a bit puzzled as to why this high-end designer brand is selling this perfume for this price.
5) Byredo Young Rose
Top Notes: Ambrette Seeds, Sichuan Pepper
Middle Notes: Orris, Damascena Rose
Base Notes: Musk, Ambroxan
Anyone that is a perfume aficionado will have heard of Byredo. It’s a niche brand known for its scents such as Gypsy Water, Bal D’Afrique, and Mojave Ghost.
Byredo tends to make unisex scents. Although this perfume is called Young Rose, launched in 2021, it’s not too feminine or soft.
There might be a misconception that all rose perfumes are too floral or mature. Smelling this perfume will debunk this myth. You don’t have to be super girly to like rose scents. Even rose perfumes have a variety.
Byredo’s Young Rose still smells floral though but a twist from the usual rose scents. The pepper top note adds a zing to the perfume.
For some reason, Young Rose reminds me a bit of Goutal’s Petite Cherie. When I first smelled Young Rose, I immediately thought of Petite Cherie although the latter is more fruity floral.
Since Byredo is a niche perfume brand, it’s pretty expensive. This is one of the most expensive ones on the list.
I highly recommend visiting Byredo’s beauty counter first. Take a whiff and see what you think of the scent before committing to buy a bottle.
You’ll probably be able to find a Byredo kiosk at your local high-end department store.
EDP vs EDT
Throughout my post, you see me reference EDP a few times. This section will explain what that is.
Perfumes are usually split into two categories: Eau de Parfum (EDP) and Eau de Toilette (EDT).
(There’s a bunch of others like Eau de Cologne but it’s not as common. However, if you want to know the differences between the categories, Life Hacker has an article that talks about it in detail.)
The difference between EDP and EDT is the oil concentration. EDP has a higher concentration, which means the scent on your skin lasts longer. The scent also tends to be stronger.
In terms of price, if there’s an EDP and EDT perfume, the EDP version is almost always more expensive.
One is not better than the other. It just depends on your preference.
Trying on Soft Floral Scents
When you’re shopping for perfumes, do not buy a bottle by smelling the cap.
The scent might be different on a cap compared to spraying it directly on your skin.
Also, perfumes smell different on people due to body chemistry. A scent that you like on your friend might not be the same smell as when it’s on you.
When you do spray it on your body, let the scent settle in. The top and middle notes disappear relatively quickly. The bottom note is the scent that will last the longest. It’s also the scent that people will smell on you.
If you’re hasty with buying perfumes, you’re spending unnecessary expenses. You might realize you don’t like it that much after you add it to your perfume collection.
Ask for samples or buy perfume discovery sets. Essentially, a discovery set is when a brand sells small sample bottles in one box. It’s perfect for those who are trying to find a new scent and yet don’t want to commit to a big bottle.
Discovery sets are sold all year round but they sell even more of these over the holidays.
Final Thoughts – Soft Floral Scents
Perfumes are a great pick-me-up. Smelling good can help you lift your mood and is a quick self-love activity.
Soft floral scents are great for everyday use and suitable for most people. Some people can be really sensitive when it comes to scents.
The point of a fragrance is for you to smell good not to make you sick. I learned this the hard way.
You’ll get loads of compliments when you spray on these soft floral scents.
Now to You – Soft Floral Scents
Any other scents you would like to add to this list?
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