Fresh scents for spring

BRONWYN WILLIAMS
Last updated 11:02 04/10/2012

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Spring is in the air and with the new season comes a good excuse to switch your scent. Here are eight of the best new spring perfumes.
 
The Perfume: Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Cherry Blossom, $52
The Pitch: The latest version of Elizabeth Arden's classic Green Tea scent, Green Tea Cherry Blossom retains its usual citrus and bergamot zing, with the added notes of cherry blossom and soft stone fruit. The green tea and citrus gives a freshness to this soft and girly fragrance.
The notes: Bergamot, lemon, tangerine, green tea, sweet almonds, lily and apricot.
Best for: Shy office girls and talcum powdered grannies who are looking for something a little different.
 
The Perfume: Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, due out on November 16, $103 for 50ml.
The Pitch: This is the first scent by the bossy, sassy rap star. Cleverly designed in the bust of the star herself, the sticky sweet fragrance alludes to bubble gum, tight jeans and pop stars, with vanilla, caramel and pear.
The notes: Star fruit, Italian mandarin, boysenberry, jasmine petals, caramelized pear, vanilla, musk and woody notes.
Best for: Teens, tweens and Minaj fans who live on a diet of hair straighteners, small skirts and Facebook.
 
The Perfume: Lancôme La vie est Belle, $142 for 50ml. Due out on October 24.
The Pitch: The campaign for this perfume is an essay on the philosophy of today's modern woman, a "universal declaration of the right to happiness" with a motto of "less, but better". They really needn't have bothered, the perfume - fronted by an ear-to-ear grinning Julia Roberts - smells of delirious giggles, goofy smiles and lots and lots of caramel.
The Notes: Iris, Orange, jasmine, patchouli, blackcurrant and pear, and powdery shades like vanilla and praline.
Best for: High tea attendees and gaggles of giggling girlfriends uninterested in attracting men.
 
The Perfume: Stella McCartney L.i.l.y, $139 for 50ml.
The Pitch: Coming from McCartney's father's nickname for her mum - "Linda I Love You" - the scent is inspired by lily of the valley and the setting in which the plant might grow. A new season take on the classic Stella scent, L.i.l.y evokes a darker mood with the addition of truffle to its light lily of the valley juice.
The notes: Oak moss, pepper, tuber, lily, patchouli and musk.
Best for: Stylish sophisticates, sexy but tomboyish man-eaters and lovers of high fashion.

The Perfume: YSL Opium Vapeurs de Parfum, $122 for 50ml.
The Pitch: This new version of the iconic Opium smell translates to "fragrant fumes". A lighter touch than the heady and dangerous scent of the original, Vapeurs de Parfum a freshness of mandarin, pink pepper and jasmine intermingled with Opium's deep oriental scent.
The Notes: Mandarin, pink pepper, orange blossom, sambac jasmine, incense, nutmeg, amber, vanilla and light woods.
Best for: "Deep and interesting" types; the modern bohemian who finds the original Opium too "old lady", likes the idea of mystery and magic but likes to wash regularly and wear shoes.
 
The Perfume: Avon City Rush, $59.99, available from November via Avon.
The Pitch: Fronted by the sexy Milla Jovovitch, this new release perfume is inspired by high fashion runways and stylish fast-paced city women. This fresh fragrance travels well for both day and night, and smells sophisticated and expensive.
The notes: Bergamot, dahlia, patchouli and musk.
Best for: Fast talking, high heel wearing career women with plenty of spunk.
 
The Perfume: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Holiday Edition, $179 for 50ml. Due out on November 1st.
The Pitch: This ridiculously popular fragrance can only be described as floral with balls. The attention demanding scent is being re-packaged for a special Christmas holiday edition in a pink flacon with a crystal stopper, a pink tassel flower all nestled in black velvet.
The Notes: Sambac jasmine, Centifolia rose, freesia, Cattleya orchid, musk, patchouli, orchid and patchouli.
Best for: Outspoken hipsters or first time perfume buyers. Many under 25s own this scent so it's a safe bet for gifts.
 
The Perfume: Issey Miyake Pleats Please, $135 for 50ml.
The Pitch: Inspired by the fashion designer's famous pleated fabric creations, Pleats Please is a playful and sophisticated fresh and fruity scent with a warm floral tone.
The notes: Sweet pea, nashi pear, patchouli, cedar, vanilla and musk.
Best for: Female architects and lovers of minimalist furniture design and clothing.

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