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It’s National Fragrance Day! What Scent Are You Wearing?

If you didn’t get the memo, today is National Fragrance Day! (No, we’re not making this up. If you don’t believe us, you can verify the holiday here.) 

In honor of this sweet-smelling occasion, we thought we’d roundup three of our go-to perfumes for spring. If you don’t have a signature scent for the season yet, read on to find the perfect fit for you.

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Serge Lutens L’Eau: Gift of the Day

‘Tis the season, which can mean only one thing: You are in search of great holiday gifts. Well, look no further. Whether you’re stumped about what to get a co-worker, your dad, or your bestie, we have something for everyone on your list. Check back every day this month for a new dose of gift-giving inspiration — and get ready to deck your halls with much more than holly. 

Why this makes a great gift: French fragrance designer Serge Lutens created this stunningly fresh scent to be the “anti-perfume” for days you want something light, crisp, and incredibly elegant. Neither young or old, each spritz is a little dose of luxury.

It’s perfect for: Your mother who is notoriously picky about her perfume.

Price: $105, available at birchbox.com

For more great gift ideas, visit our Holiday Gift Guide.

April Showers Bring…the Blahs

Another day, another fine layer of gray mist over Manhattan. It’s hard to get peppy when it’s this meh outside. Here’s how I’m coping:

Smooth fuzzy hair with Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum. Just because it’s still chilly doesn’t mean it’s not humid. This weird in-between weather makes my hair do the ‘frazzled librarian’ thing, so I use a few drops of this floral serum to calm it down. 

Spritz a bit of Serge Lutens L’Eau. The perfumer wanted this scent to smell like clean — I think it smells oceany and fresh. It’s energizing and light — the exact opposite of how I feel.

Brighten up with a highlighter. Since my skin hasn’t seen the sun in approximately six months, I need a little help creating that healthy glow. NARS Orgasm Illuminator is my best friend. I layer it on over a pinky blush to get a tiny bit of sheen, and dab a bit on eyelids too.

Ah, that’s better. Give me a cup of coffee and I’ll be ready to face the world. 

—Mollie

Happy Thursday! You totally deserve a treat for making it through the week — pick one up in the Birchbox Shop.

What are your favorite mood-boosting products? Tell us in the comments below!

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Guest Blogger: Sniffapalooza is Très Chic in Paris

Laduree macarons at the Charles de Gaulle Airport

Spiral staircase at the Serge Lutens Shiseido Salon in Paris

Serge Lutens Bell Jars

This week we tapped Karen Adams, one of the co-founders of the event-based fragrance group Sniffapalooza, to guest blog about some of the best scents she’s discovered on her recent travels. Today’s adventure: Paris.

Bonjour! Every day is a great day for flavors and scents in the City of Light. While the macarons tempted us from each passing patisserie window, we were intent on reaching our destination. Just a few steps from the North Wing of the Louvre, the Galeries du Palais Royal is a lovely courtyard lined with elegant shops and boutiques. We headed straight into the indigo-violet twilight of the Serge Lutens Shiseido Salon and ascended the spiral staircase to a private room above.The exclusive Serge Lutens bell jars (only available in Paris and not exported to the U.S.) were lined up on a low wooden tasting table. We perched on petite chairs as the shop manager, Sandrine Wagner, guided us through each fragrance, letting us sniff to our hearts’ content. We lingered over previews of the leathery Boxeuses and the silky Bas de Soie, forgetting all about the macarons. For scent lovers, cherry almond Rahat Loukoum and wood honey Miel de Bois more than satisfy the sweet tooth.

So incredibly versatile you’d be hard pressed to find a woman that didn’t love, it Serge Lueten’s fresh and feminine L’Eau is an all-time fave.

Gift-a-Day 16: Scent Snob

Every day from now until December 31st, we’ll be posting a daily gift suggestion. It’s like an advent calendar, minus the ugly graphics.

For Scent Snob: Serge Lutens L’Eau

She’s a die-hard Chandler Burr fan, collects vintage atomizers, and knows who created Chanel No. 5 (Ernest Beaux). Odds are, she already knows about cult perfumer Serge Lutens, but she probably doesn’t have his latest scent, L’Eau. This addictive fragrance clean and sexy — like rolling around in freshly washed 3,000-thread-count sheets. Only the best for your friend.