Lavender is back en vogue
If you’re asked to think of a modern kind of fragrance, it’s probably a safe bet to say lavender wouldn’t be top of the list. But actually, it could be time to rethink that. Although the fragrance was once more likely to be found in your grandma’s perfume bottles, it’s enjoying something of a resurgence of late thanks to the likes of Burberry and Jo Malone.
One of the reasons could be because the flower is long known to have calming qualities, so it’s great for the hustle and bustle of busy life. It’s thought to help with anxiety and stress, so if you have a full-on job it could be a good idea to spritz on something with lavender in it before you leave the house. It’s also been used to treat things like insomnia and depression, so the health benefits of it shouldn’t be overlooked.
Lavender is a great note to look for in summer perfumes because it’s synonymous with the season. If you’re still not quite on board it could be because you haven’t found a scent which pairs it with the right notes. Citruses, especially bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli, pines, rosemary, neroli, orange blossom and sage are all known to complement it nicely, allowing the lavender smell to be subtle rather than overwhelming.
Here are several options which should allow all budgets to investigate the lavender renaissance.
Yardley London Contemporary Classics English Lavender
If you think of floral fragrances Yardley immediately springs to mind, but it’s had a bit of a makeover of late and given its signature scents a refresh. Gone are the one-note offerings, replaced with more sophisticated takes on the old classics. This lavender version includes bergamot, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, vanilla and patchouli among others.
Burberry Brit Rhythm
Proving the scent definitely just got cool again is this version from probably the coolest British fashion house around at the moment. This is a rock ‘n’ roll scent for a woman who wants to grab life by the horns and boasts lavender, neroli, pink peppercorn, blackberry leaves and orange flower absolute.
Diptyque Eau de Lavande
This is one for the real lavender heads among you, as it combines three different types of the flower – from the French areas of Provence, Vaucluse and Valensole. Ensuring things don’t become too feminine is some sandalwood, which works well with the notes of coriander and cinnamon.
Jo Malone London 154 Cologne
This is named after the street number of the company’s first London boutique and the smell is one it is most famous for. Notes of mandarin, grapefruit, lavender, basil, nutmeg and vetiver combine for a citrus and spicy blend which works as well on men as it does women.
L’Occitane Lavender Eau de Cologne
Purse friendly and perfect for summer, this light and easy scent has a citrus vibe to it with underlying wood and musk.