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.

Find the fragrance your mom will love

Sure, you love your mom. That’s totally undisputable. But that doesn’t mean that some years Mother’s Day completely escapes your mind and you’re scrambling to find a gift for your mom at the last minute.

Avoid all that stress and be 100 percent prepared this year with a gift your mom is guaranteed to love: a gorgeous perfume. A pretty fragrance is the perfect Mother’s Day gift because scent is so personal. But instead of spending hours at the department store, spritzing test strips with different perfumes and walking out of there smelling like you were way too spray-happy, just check out our Mother’s Day perfume guide.

We’ve got the perfect scent for every mom. Keep reading to see our favorites and then all you have to decide is which one is just right for your mom.

Just the gorgeous flower-adorned bottle alone makes this scent the perfect Mother’s Day gift. This fragrance is ideal for the mother who fully embraces her soft and feminine side. The bright freshness of bergamot oranges with a twist of white alba truffle is as pretty as it is unique.

A lily of the valley bouquet is traditionally given as a message of love, so what better Mother’s Day present than a bottle of this fragrance? If your mother has a green thumb or just loves filling her home with fresh flowers, then you’ve found her new favorite perfume.

Neroli Portofino eau de parfum is inspired by the cool breeze and sparking clear water of the Italian Riviera. Even if you can’t give your mom an all-expense-paid trip to Italy, give her this perfume with crisp citrus oils, floral notes, and amber undertones, instead. This fragrance is perfect for the mother who loves travel and has a bit of European flair.

How to wear perfume the new way

At least 1,000 new fragrances will come out this year. (To put that number into perspective, only 76 new scents were released in 1991.) With so many fragrances to choose from, you’d think that finding your ideal scent would be easier. But how many times have you smelled a perfume and wished it were a hint sweeter or a little lighter? Instead of sniffing thousands of scents in search of the perfect one (which sounds like a major headache — literally!), wouldn’t it be great if you knew how to wear the perfume you already have —better?

That’s where layering fragrances comes in. In this case, we’re not talking about mixing two perfumes, which experts say can be extremely tricky even for a trained nose. Instead, it’s about incorporating the right scents into other aspects of your beauty routine to make your perfume work better for you. “Ideally, layering is about choosing a body wash and lotion that will help extend your scent throughout the day,” says Franco Wright, co-owner of the Scent Bar in Los Angeles.

Not only can you make your fragrance last longer, but there are also tricks to change your scent for different seasons or wear it in unique ways for more impact. Basically, how you wear perfume is just as important as the fragrance you wear. So, follow these seven tips to get the most out of your favorite perfume now.

Start simpleOne and two-note fragrances are ideal for layering, and they are becoming increasingly popular. So popular, in fact, that you probably already own at least one. Take, for example, the Gucci Flora Garden Collection, $100 each, which is comprised of five scents: Gorgeous Gardenia, Gracious Tuberose, Glorious Mandarin, Generous Violet, and Glamorous Magnolia. Each perfume highlights a single flower. “Simplicity makes fragrances more approachable,” says Scent Bar co-owner Adam Eastwood. “They’re unfussy and casual at the same time — you don’t have to think too much about it.” Wright points out that vanilla, amber, or coconut-based scents are also easy to layer because these notes tend to go well with everything.

Meanwhile, the only time you should avoid layering fragrances altogether is if you’re dedicated to a statement perfume. “With something like Chanel No. 5 you don’t want to overwhelm the fragrance — it’s meant to be distinct,” says Eastwood. “You want to go unscented with your bath and body products if you’re wearing a scent like this.”

Fragrances Are Embarrassed to Love

When you ask a woman — especially a beauty editor — for her favorite perfume, you expect to hear names like Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and Chloé — not Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and Paris Hilton.

It’s not that we have anything against these celebs, but there’s something so cheese-tastic about buying and wearing a fragrance that has a celebrity’s face plastered all over it. And yet, the celebrity fragrance industry is booming.

Elizabeth Taylor was the first to cash in with her celebrity perfume, and since then the fragrance industry has become a major revenue source for Hollywood. Take Paris Hilton. She’s made $1.5 billion dollars from her perfume collection so far, and she’s coming out with fragrance No. 15 this summer. Clearly there’s a market for the products, but who arethe women shelling out their hard earned cash for these celebrity fragrances?

We are.

Skip ahead to see the 11 celebrity fragrances we’re embarrassed to love.

Now, before you start raising those eyebrows, hear us out. While we may not proudly display these celeb fragrances on our vanities, the truth is that a handful of these perfumes actually smell good. Sure, you could argue that some of these celebrities don’t have any business in the limelight — let alone the perfume industry. But one way or another, they’ve created scents that a lot of us love to wear. Want to see the 11 celebrity fragrances the TotalBeauty.com editors secretly spritz on every day? Who knows, just like us, you might end up needing to find a good hiding spot for one of these.

Try wearing it as jewelry instead

Fragrance jewelry has been around since the Egyptian times when people wore tiny bottles or scented amulets around their necks. But that doesn’t mean these baubles were pretty — they were more function than form.

The newest generation of fragrance jewelry, however, isn’t just scented — it’s also incredibly chic looking. And there’s modern technology that makes the scent last longer than ever before — so you can wear your fragrance jewelry for years to come.

Some of these pieces use scented beads trapped inside jewelry diffusers while others infuse the pieces themselves with the fragrance. And some contain solid perfume locked inside a ring or pendant. Regardless of the method, each piece is special — and the perfect addition to any fragrance (or jewelry) lover’s collection.

The Chicest Leather BraceletSometimes the simplest jewelry is the most glamorous — and that definitely applies to the Maison Francis Kurkdjian Perfumed Leather Bracelet in Apom, $225. Each bracelet is made by hand and scented with a technique used for perfumed leather gloves in the 18th century — it’s soaked in essential oils and then dried in the open air. The orange flower and cedar wood scent lasts an incredibly long time, and it comes with a protective pouch to help maintain the fragrance even longer.

Bling RingIf you’re a fan of Kilian’s fragrances, then you’re going to go nuts for the Studio 54 By Kilian Ring, $250. This gorgeous, disco ball-inspired cocktail ring can be filled with any of the 33 Kilian scents. It’s ideal if you talk with your hands — you’ll perfume the room while you gesticulate.

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.

The new fragrances that will transport you to summer faster than a whiff of Coppertone sunscreen

Take a deep, deep breath in through your nose. Smell that? That’s the scent of summer.

Come May, the aromas in the air start to change distinctly. There’s the classic summer scent cocktail of sunscreen, sand, and salt water. And then there’s the smell of savory barbeque chicken and juicy watermelon at a family picnic. Or sprinklers and cut grass. Fresh mint from the herb garden. Chlorine wafting up from your pool. You get the drift. There’s a whole buncha smells going on, and our olfactory senses are in overdrive this time of year.

So, when new summer fragrances started landing on our desks, we couldn’t wait to spritz ’em on our pulse points. And while it’s not possible to bottle summer, these scents come pretty close.

Which is why we’ve gone and rounded up the freshest of the bunch. The only problem? There’s no scratch n’ sniff option on the Internet. (But how awesome would it be if there were!? C’mon technology, make it happen!) So it’s our job to describe these scents as distinctly and viscerally as possible.

Instead of using common perfume descriptors that don’t really tell us much — words like “sensual,” “refined,” or “romantic” — we’ve come up with exactly the people, places, or things these summer fragrances bring to mind for us. Now it’s just a matter of choosing the right one for you.

Smells just like… A wicker picnic basket filled with a baguette, fresh blueberries, brie, and champagne

All the right notes: mandarin, blueberry, licorice, tuberose, sandalwood