Shades and scents take cues from the seasonal abundance of fragrant florals.
1. La Prairie Bouquet de Jardin: Peonies were the inspiration for this collection, created by La Prairie color ambassador Raychel Wade. “Peonies blend into their surroundings, and yet you always notice them,” says Wade. One of Wade’s (and our) favorites is the Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Mauve Glow ($70), a perfectly wearable bright pink shade with a lightly creamy formula. “Bright pops of color add youthfulness to any makeup look,” Wade explains. Another standout is the Cellular Treatment Eye Colour Ensemble in Les Calla Lilies ($70): an eye-shadow quad that contains universally flattering shades of Matte Raisin, Shimmery Dark Brown, Warm Ecru and Rose Quartz. Neiman Marcus, Tysons Galleria; neimanmarcus.com
2. Hermès Un Jardin sur le Toit: The fourth launch in the Jardins collection, Un Jardin sur le Toit (from $90) finds its inspiration closer to home than the first three: It's an homage to the rooftop garden at Hermès headquarters in Paris—which is, coincidentally, right above the office of house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena. “After Un Jardin après la Mousson, I didn’t want to make any more gardens. It was nice enough, but I did not want to take a commercial approach, where people were expecting new garden after new garden. I said, ‘Maybe we can do our garden.’ Nobody was expecting that,” Ellena laughs. “It’s not what I’d call a marketing strategy.”
The garden, a postage stamp of a space, has a lot of meaning for the house: During World War II, when food was scarce, employees used it to grow fruits and vegetables for their families. Now it’s more about flowers, but it still has an apple tree—and apple, fittingly, is one of the strongest notes in this green, floral scent. “There are a lot of symbols in it,” says Ellena. “This fragrance is part of the life of Hermès.” Neiman Marcus, Mazza Gallerie; neimanmarcus.com
3. Prada’s Infusion d’Rose ($105): Because it’s from Prada, you know not to expect your traditional little-old-lady rose. Instead you get a modern interpretation, with a fair amount of zing courtesy of citrus and peppermint notes. Neiman Marcus, Mazza Gallerie; neimanmarcus.com
4. Bulgari Mon Jasmin Noir (from $45): This youth-infused take on Jasmin Noir retains the sophistication of the original but adds a gourmand element: Nougatine, a nutty, sugary note, provides just the right amount of sweetness. Nordstrom, Tysons Corner Center; nordstrom.com
5. L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Petals Eye Quartet ($26): If the ballerina-bedecked packaging (with a removable mirror) doesn’t get you, the four buildable shadows, ranging from soft pink to dramatic violet, most certainly will. L’Occitane stores citywide; usa.loccitane.com