April editor picks: Prada, Valentino and daffodils

April editor picks: Prada, Valentino and daffodils

Spring’s first flowers and Italian style inspires Deborah Fulsang this month (and, well, always).

So much for March rolling in as a lion and heading out like a lamb. The fourth day of April has us shovelling snow and pulling on our parkas.

But the sun is shining.

This consoles. So do a few of my favourite scented things that launch this month.

Prada, Eau My Gosh!

The brand’s six-perfume Les Infusions collection had us at hello. The elegant flasks, the refined and nuanced notes and that killer press kit with fantastical flower photography. I’m hard-pressed to choose a fave, but—full confession—I’ve been wearing Iris Cedre since it landed. With the occasional spritz of Oeillet. The former combines iris with neroli, cedarwood, vetiver, incense and benzoin, while the latter is a delicious meld of sandalwood, carnation, mandarin, Styrax, spices and musk.

The full roster includes: Iris, Iris Cedre, Fleur D’Oranger, Amande, Oeillet and vetiver, each intended to be “a poetic interpretation of a single, emblematic natural ingredient.”
Les Infusions de Prada Collection, each EDP, $175 (100 ml), at Hudson’s Bay Prada Shops in Shops

Sunny rooms and blooms

Okay, the garden isn’t really blooming yet although a few sturdy crocuses are making themselves known. Until the daffodils and the hyacinths flower, I’m channeling spring with this daffodil candle. Its scent and sunny colour makes me very very happy.
Lafco Guest Room Daffodil Glass Candle, $68, Indigo and indigo.ca

Old-school cool

“Valentino’s Rome is not monumental but complex, angular, surprising, and modernist,” declares the brief accompanying this new spritz. One could say the same about the perfume within this new Valentino Donna flask. Inspired as a couture object, perfumers Sonia Constant and Antoine Maisondieu have sewn together this floral-yet-green-yet-dark-and-glowing scent using roses, bergamot and iris on a framework of warm leather, patchouli, benzoin and vanilla. And do we even have to say that the bottle is a keeper?
Valentino Donna $129.90 (50 ml), at www.shop.nordstrom.com

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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.