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One Singular Sensation: Fragrant Single-Scent Perfumes

Although some classic perfumes are easy to identify, they are often hard to classify. That is, many people can recognize a hint of Chanel No. 5 wafting on the breeze, but when pressed to describe exactly what Chanel No. 5 smells like, most are at a loss. Although traditional perfumes' complicated interplays of top notes, middle notes, drydowns, bouquets, and finishes can be beautiful, sometimes it's nice to smell like something instantly recognizable. These fragrances, all perfect for springtime, feature a single aroma as their star.
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  • Eau Parfumee Green Tea, Bvlgari

    Fresh and verdant, this unisex fragrance evokes the citrusy essence of green tea. ($62 at Sephora)

  • Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette, L’Occitane

    L’Occitane’s delicate feminine scent celebrates springtime renewal with cherry blossoms and a warm, woody finish. ($46 at L’Occitane)

  • Evelyn Rose Eau de Toilette, Crabtree & Evelyn

    The perfect rose scent comes from C&E’s own unique breed of rose. The Evelyn rose was bred specifically for its classic scent, which is the base for the perfume. ($50 at Crabtree & Evelyn)

  • Crème de Pistache Eau de Toilette, Laura Mercier

    From her bestselling Gourmande Collection, Mercier’s fragrance captures the creamy, luscious scent of fresh pistachios. ($50 at Lauramercier.com)

  • Cucumber Perfume, Marc Jacobs

    Jacobs’s series of fresh, clean single-note colognes for men and women have become cult favorites. The juicy cucumber eau de toilette is perfect for a warm spring day. ($59.99 at Perfume Emporium)

  • Honeysuckle Cologne, Demeter

    The sweet scent of honeysuckle is a mainstay in summer gardens. Demeter’s cologne splash is a warm and inviting take on Pantone’s 2011 color of the year. ($20 for 1 oz. at Demeter.com)

  • Cannabis Santal Eau de Parfum, Fresh

    The earthy, musky, scent of fresh cannabis is blended with soft vanilla and bergamot to create a sophisticated version of the unmistakable aroma. ($75 at Barneys New York)

  • Grapefruit Cologne, Jo Malone

    For a crisp, citrusy pick-me-up, Jo Malone’s grapefruit is a fresh, ladylike scent. ($55 for 30 ml at Jomalone.com)

  • Vanille Exquise, Annick Goutal

    Vanilla is always in fashion, and the luxe Annick Goutal version has a creamy and sensual bouquet with hints of almond and musk. ($115 at Neiman Marcus)

  • French Lilac Perfume, Pacifica

    No flower says “spring” like the delicate lilac. Pacifica’s natural, 100 percent vegan fragrance spray is accented by heliotrope and magnolia, and it’s paraben- and phthalate-free. ($22 at Sephora)

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