Fields of Fragrance The Perfumed Dandy’s Outside Spring Scents Part III


Dearest All

As you will know by now, The Dandy had a dashed lovely day out in the Park on Sunday last, well The Gardens to be precise and Kensington Gardens at that.

Thank you all to those of you who suggested some scents that might go with my humble snaps.

Perhaps the wisest proposal was that such sublime scenes of nature required no man made smell to assist them. Too true.

However, The Dandy was ever one to throw caution to the wind and so this week I am presenting some 25 scents to go with those same scenes and today we have the third wave…

1. Blossom and Children


One of the pleasures of London Parks in Spring are the children running everywhere, released from winter housebound hibernation.

Something though The Dandy has never understood is why children in so many parts of the world are so ill treated when it comes to fragrance.

Why should the wee ones wait until their teenage years before being introduced to the olfactory arts? And must their first rung on the perfumed ladder be some awful cup cake meets cotton candy car crash?

Happily in the Mediterranean, they have a much more civilised approach to the scenting of the young.

Merry cirtus and lavender “baby colognes” abound, ludicrously cheap and luxuriously plentiful in their tall plastic litre bottles.

In its concentrated form Agua de Colonia by Alvarez Gomez is the very quintessence of an aromatic elementary education.

Just as good for grown ups, who should be able to pick up a gentle green geranium hidden there too.

Delicious, served cool and in generous portions.

2. Orangery


From the Eighteenth Century onwards it has been the possession of an orangery that has marked out people of quality from the general crowd..

Places to promenade and entertain as much as to cultivate, they are nevertheless essentially palaces of fruit.

JoLoves Green Orange and Coriander is an Empress amongst citrus perfumes presiding over one of the most palatial of all orangeries.

A thrillingly realistic impression of the honourable orange in early season it has so much zest it can be tasted as much as smelt.

It is the olfactory equivalent of the first freshly squeezed juice of the year, a perfumed explanation of why an orange house, or scent at least, is still a necessary adjunct to anyone of fashion.

Zing! Tang! Bravo!

3. Palm


A palm tree in London in Springtime?

It could only be in a Palace Garden! And indeed so it is, in the formal gardens of Kensington Palace.

Inevitably, especially with the sensational colours of the floral surroundings, one thinks of The Tropics of exotic flora and fauna and, once again, fruit.

But it is still only May, so let us be enraptured by a perfume that is, to The Dandy’s way of thinking, a sublime synonym for the transition of Springtime into early Summer.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia by Guerlain opens with a bouquet of blossoming lilies and not a too little tuberose, before long though things have begun to heat up with a heart that is more ylang ylang, tropical fruit medley and even a hint of palm tree itself.

The time for tea is over, this is a commendable concoction fit for the cocktail hour.

4. Rosebuds


Now, in all honesty, The Dandy‘s not even convinced at this distance that these are rosebuds.

I’m sure that there were thorns at the time but everything now seems to have become corrugated leaf and Royal Palace.

Not to fear, for while the flowers themselves are yet to arrive it is never to early to be thinking of roses.

Indeed Van Cleef & Arpels unfairly underrated Feerie is an expert rendition of how the flowers of spring give way to the great blooms of June.

Starting all Parma Violet, the sweetness yields to a luscious rose that in The Dandy‘s imagination is a midnight blue as improbable and beautiful as the perfume’s flacon.

An occasion perfume worthy of a May Ball.

5. Trunk and Tree


Spring is not all gentleness and flowers.

It is , to The Dandy‘s eyes, also the time when the great beasts of botany reawaken.

Deciduous trees, the living dinosaurs of The Plant World, are all around returning to life.

The smell of dry wood and bark is in the air.

Soon they will be surrounded (one hopes) by the bees, bringing their excitement, their buzz, their honey.

Serge Lutens Miel de Bois is an impressive implication of the nectar harvest to come as the year transfigures the seasons. 

In it solid wood stands for the passage of time and honey is a cipher for the ephemeral fruits of labour.

A perfumed paean to nature’s permanence and the passing nature of plenty.

So, there we have the third quintet of scents to follow on from my weekend photographs.

Just ten more to come ‘twixt now and the end of the weekend!!

If you’d like to take a peek, why not spend a moment perusing the complete album of The Perfumed Dandy’s Sunday In The Park.

Any additional suggestions as to scents would be gratefully received.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

The Dandy should point out that he received samples of this and other JoLoves perfumes from the company, though this was in no way be means of exchange or commercial agreement.

Honesty, however, is always the best policy.


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10 responses to “Fields of Fragrance The Perfumed Dandy’s Outside Spring Scents Part III

  1. brie

    Perfect…as always! and Birgit has already whet my appetite with the Jo Loves! enjoy the spring day, Mr. Dandy!

  2. Lilybelle

    You have me longing for JoLvoes Green Orange & Corainder, and Feerie. Actually, I think I’m longing for an orangerie. 🙂 And the roses to bloom. I shouldn’t try to rush the season.

    • Dear Lily
      Oh to have an orangerie!
      The Dandy is very much with you on that. I dream of musical recitals within on Summer evenings and masque’d balls to follow.
      But you are quite right, we should enjoy the Spring and not wish it away quite yet!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  3. I have to admit that I liked very much all Jo Loves’ perfumes that I managed to get to try (their distribution scheme still keeps me wondering if Ms Malone is actually trying to build a new brand to make money on it or just lives through whatever money she made from selling her previous brand while doing what she loves to do – with which there is nothing wrong, I’m just curious). Green Orange & Corainder is nice but I love Gardenia one and Pamelo even better.

    • Dear Undina
      Indeed, there are a number from the selection I’ve been able to try that I think are truly lovely – they are sure to feature here in the future.
      I’ve also been assured that plans are very much afoot to expand the business and distribution but that the company are taking their time to get things right.
      The Pomelo is a marvel isn’t it?
      I’m keen too on the mango trio… all I’m sure will find their way onto these pages over the weeks and months ahead.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  4. Jo Loves…. swoon…. that’s all I can say,

    • Dearest V
      It is very much a swoon, and I can so see you, or smell you rather in some of these scents, of which there will be more anon.
      I do hope they make it to America some time soon.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

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