Editor’s picks: Blonde perfume to beat the winter blahs

Editor’s picks: Blonde perfume to beat the winter blahs

This trio of fragrances unite the breezy beach babe with the essence of regal blonde Grace Kelly elegance.

I was very blonde as a kid. Even with a hint of strawberry, as I look back in old photos. The result: I always identify as a blonde, despite the fact that each year sees my locks move beyond the dirty-blonde descriptor.

So as we bear through winter’s greyest days, I’m looking forward to my appointment with my hair-colourist and have been newly charmed by a trio of blonde-themed fragrances that successfully channel blonde’s inherent and irresistible duality. Incredibly, these scents manage to unite the breezy beach babe with the essence of regal blonde Grace Kelly elegance. Now that’s something.

Discovering Serge Lutens take on blonde

It was Serge Lutens’ Daim Blond that piqued by perfume curiosity to the golden theme first. Browsing the Sephora counters recently, I reintroduced myself to the Serge Lutens lineup since it had been awhile since I had last visited.

Launched in 2004, Daim Blond defies categorizing. It just smells sexy and fresh, and elegant. Grand and timeless, it suggests one should be wearing really really expensive clothes along with their perfectly blonde tresses.

And I love the quote from the perfumer that accompanies the scent on Sephora’s website:

“As blond as a Swede, as yellow as corn silk, as gold, as the sun or a golden boy or whatever else you can imagine! Let’s do what children do. First, a child looks at an object. He picks it up. If he brings it to his nose, as he would this soft suede scent, it’s in search of consolation. That’s exactly what I want my fragrance to do!”—Serge Lutens

Not a small goal, but Mr. Lutens manages with this glorious scent. And no wonder I like it, as I have a thing for iris and this one blends that noble floral note with leather and a rich apricot kernel essence. It’s a combination that speaks to my soul, and it is truly golden.

Blonde perfumes that defy labels, categories

Clean Reserve’s new Blonde Rose has likewise caught my attention. I wouldn’t define myself as a floral-perfume lover, yet this scent describes itself as a “floral musk” and it’s brilliant.

Rose mixes with peony and jasmine in this fragrance’s heart, but then the combo is swirled around with a warm woodiness of cedarwood, sandalwood and musk. What’s most mesmerizing in this cocktail though, is the breezy aquatic note. So you have a perfume that’s both sultry and fresh, but not in any fake laundry-room fresh kind of way. This is a scent that is both feminine and masculine, warm and cool, and utterly modern. Think of a summer breeze at the beach that hints at the campfire and a night under the stars, that come later. Love this one.

And speaking of walking that fine gender line, I’ve revisited Atelier Cologne’s Bois Blonds.

Like the Serge Lutens and the Clean Reserve’s blonde perfume ambitions, this scent captures a bit of the sun in a bottle. With a hint of citrus in combination with woods, incense, musk, vetiver and orange flower, you have the most wearable results: breezy, warm, elegant.

These are all upbeat and timeless perfumes that appeal to my blonde-identifying soul. And without question, I’m reassured that a spritz or two of any one of them will hold me over between appointments at the hair salon.

Clean Reserve Blonde Rose, $125 (100 ml), sephora.comAtelier Cologne Bois Blonde, $165 (100 ml), sephora.com. Serge Lutens Daim Blonde, $150USD (50 ml), luckyscent.com; all are also available at Sephora.ca

PHOTO: instagram.com/rosiehw

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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.