Monday, March 27, 2006

Fruity Florals: Pretty From the Off Beaten Path

If Florals are considered by and large traditional scents, Fruity Florals might be best described as florals for fun-loving nontraditionalists, moderate misfits and overgrown juvenile delinquents like myself. The words that usually comes to mind when I smell a Fruity scent: "bubblegum", "spunky", "flirty", "spirited" or "eccentric", all depending on the blend. My own perfume composition (Pink Manhattan PURRFUME) is in this category, having notes of fresh peach and a floral bouquet featuring gardenia, pink hibiscus and Calla lily, although it also slightly crosses over into the Gourmand (vanilla) category giving it a sweet and sexy edge. Mine was inspired by Coquette Tropique, a scintillating cult perfume featuring d'Anjou pear long before the note showed up in Britney Spears' fragrance. There are many types of fruity fragrances ranging from light and sporty to sophisticated and complex, and they are among the most popular scents in our perfume culture.

Fruity Floral is the youngest subgenre of floral perfumes as it's only been introduced in the last 15 years. "Classic" Fruity Florals in my mind (the perfumes that set the standard before or around the time the subgenre was created) include Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Prescriptives Calyx, Clinique Happy and Givenchy Amarige. Other popular Fruity Florals include: Yves Saint-Laurent Baby Doll, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Donna Karan Red Delicious, Ralph Lauren Ralph Cool, Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey, L'Aromarine Peche, Annick Goutal Petite Cherie, L'Artisan Parfumeur Ananas Fizz, G by Giorgio Beverly Hills, the Escada Limited Edition Summer scents and the list goes on. Each season, there are hundreds of Fruity Floral launches but only a handful of them have become my personal favorites. The onslaught of Fruity Florals has turned the genre into the new traditional scent type so-to-speak, just because it's so widely available and mainstream. However, they still have a punky reputation since traditional perfume lovers usually can't stand them.

Some Fruity Florals are actually quite well-mannered. One of my favorites of all time is considered a Floral fragrance but I might classify it in my head as Fruity Floral: Creed Spring Flower, a fresh blend of apple, melon, peach, rose and jasmine created for Audrey Hepburn. Spring Flower leans toward the Green side of the spectrum, giving it the aura of clean sophistication. This one is a major keeper and I've been wearing it for about 5 years now, maybe longer. When I want something that's beautiful but not too stuffy, Spring Flower is my most reliable choice.

Pretty with an attitude never smelled so good and they're perfect for spring-summer. Which will you wear this year?