I recently developed a deep appreciation for sweet scents. Despite having been a hardcore devotee of woody, more masculine scents for most of my adult life, the singer Rihanna inspired me to branch out. Needless to say, I couldn’t be happier with the decision to expand my repertoire of rich-smelling perfumes. In preparation for summer, though, I’ve been feeling a pull toward my old, familiar scent habits. I’ve been craving something crisp and fresh that just exudes warm weather realness. Instantly, Tom Ford’s Costa Azzurra ($134) comes to mind.
I bought this decadent scent as a gift for my fiancé years ago, but I’ve been known to steal spritzes of it for myself. There’s something about its notes of juniper, herbs, green notes, oak, and warm woods that remind me of Ryan Gosling’s character from Crazy, Stupid, Love. I just imagine suave men that may or may not return your texts calling it their signature. (You know the type.) I’ve always loved how this sparkling nectar gives me a little boost of Kris Jenner–level confidence, too. It makes me want to throw on an all-black outfit and crush some business deals. It’s just sexy.
Still, my new nose for sweeter, softer scents left me feeling like something was missing from this forever favorite. A little hint of something more feminine could really punch things up. Then it came to me: I needed to add some tuberose.