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The best fragrances with top notes from your state flower

How much do you love your home state? Enough to pick a fragrance based on the state flower? We’ve got warm weather on the brain and we’re looking for any excuse to lay eyes on bundles of flowers. So, we scoured a full set of encyclopedias (kidding! we used the interwebs!) to find the 50 state flowers and selected a gorgeous group of fragrances featuring those floral notes. One confession: a few state flowers are either poisonous or not exactly fragrant (sorry, Indian Paintbrush flower states), so we subbed state trees with matching scents. What are you waiting for? Click through to find your state flower … in a perfume!

State Flower: Camellia
Fragrance: Avon Instinct, $25 for 1.7oz

Selected as Alabama’s state flower in 1959, the camellia is the middle note in this light, clean fragrance.

State Flower: Forget-Me-Not
Fragrance: Library of Flowers Forget Me Not, $54 for 1.7oz

It may not contain actual forget-me-nots, but Library of Flowers kept the blue color so unique to the Alpine forget-me-nots that grow on the rocky mountains of Alaska.

State Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom
Fragrance: Ralph Lauren Pure Turquoise, $55.99 for 4.2oz

Pure Turquoise contains night blooming cactus flowers similar to the ones found on Arizona’s Saguaro Cactus, which can grow up to fifty feet tall and live to be 200 years old.

State Flower: Apple Blossom
Fragrance: Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh, $89 for 2.5oz

Apple blossom is just one of the sweet scents in this fruity and floral favorite from Marc Jacobs.

State Flower: California Poppy
Fragrance: CK One Shock, $42 for 1.7oz

Known as the “flame” flower, there’s nothing sleepy about the way Calvin Klein incorporates poppies in this fragrance.

Think of it as investing in a piece of art

A feminine, fresh fragrance housed in a bottle that looks one part vintage cake topper, one part modern elegance and all parts supremely pretty when displayed on your vanity.
Summon spring with a single spritz of this fresh fragrance, containing notes of citrus, magnolia, orange blossom, almond and vanilla.
Guests will never stop wondering what precious thing this futuristic bottle conceals. A spaceship for ants? The secret to life? Nope, just a modern, woody floral perfume with notes of bergamot, plum, patchouli and vanilla.
If Salvador Dali ever got into the perfume business, he might have designed something like this sensuous vanilla fragrance bottle. Each fragrance is “artistically expressed” in one-of-a-kind handcrafted bottles made by renowned glassworkers in Swedish forests — seriously.

If you’re not ready to invest in Dali-esque perfume art, this scent is also available in simple (read: not melting) containers for $195.

Looking for less frou-frou and more feng shui? Try this bergamot concoction, contained within a simple, zenned-out bottle modern art lovers will hoard in their sleek, bamboo bathrooms.
This romantic fragrance, with notes of mandarin, linden blossom, vanilla and musk, promises to remind you of life’s “most magical moments.” A removable ring with the designer’s signature is the icing on the (wedding, obviously) cake.

The new summer fragrances

We’ve been drowning in new fragrances this summer. It’s not a bad problem to have, but when your office starts to smell like a department store beauty floor, it’s time to do some heavy editing. We’ve narrowed down the long list of summer fragrances to the top 12 biggest launches of the season — the ones any fragrance junkie should be required to try.

From subtle splashes to floral explosions, they run the gamut, and we geeked out on the clever branding and bottling. Ever think you’d see luxury French design house Hèrmes in the same lineup with Justin Bieber’s eau de teen dream? Oh yes we did.

Launch date: July 7 exclusively at Sephora; September everywhere else

As the name suggests, this fragrance is sweet, but it’s not a sugar bomb. The honey notes are balanced out with rich woods and zesty mandarin, and it’s got a splash of fruit punch for good measure. The designer is calling this the little sister toMarc Jacobs Dot.

You know the fresh, watery blast you get when you bite into a really crisp apple? That’s the sensation of See by Chloe: a bright blend of apple, apple blossom, jasmine and ylang ylang. If you like the grownup version of Chloe, this is the perfect summer version.

French fashion label Carven is launching their very first fragrance, and it’s a doozy: fresh and green with sweet pea and neroli, plus a hint of tart ylang ylang. Love the glam bottle.

Scents Better Than a Dozen Roses

Notes of bergamot, white musk and, of course, fresh cut roses set this scent at the top of our signature spring fragrance list. Plus, the bottle itself is pretty enough to leave on display all year long.

The cult Be Delicious line has been a favorite of ours for years. This newest addition to the collection blends grapefruit, apricot and floral rose and jasmine notes for a sultry but sweet feminine scent.

This new scent from D&G combines subtle vanilla, amber and musk notes with grapefruit, peach and Bulgarian rose for a timeless trail of sweetness all day long.

Inspired by the woman who is beautiful but dangerous, this scented moisturizer has top notes of carnation, mint and Turkish rose essences along with hemp leaves and white amber.

Another daring take on rose, this eau de parfum blends cruelty-free musk with notes of black smoky rose and tobacco flower and the scent that lasts for hours.

Infused with pure rosewater and rose petals, this mask tones your skin with a cooling gel formula that leaves your face smooth, hydrated and radiant.

Hydro-distilled rose (aka condensed rose water) makes the combination of notes like marjoram and sandalwood softer and delicately fragrant.