Now is when I usually expect to find darker, lust-worthy fragrances with heartier notes. Escada’s new collaboration with Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr isn’t one of them. The latest fruit jewel from the fashion house is Joyful ($89), a scent inspired by the indescribable joy a girl gets from receiving a fresh-cut bouquet of flowers. (Blogger’s note: My last bunch of surprise roses came courtesy of a hunky Brit, and I was indeed joyous.) The fragrance is a nice antidote to the glutton of more typical scents we see launching this part of the year. Joyful gets its sweetened burst of fruity notes from peony, melon, and black currant, which play well against a backdrop of magnolia oil. Violet leaves and pink freesia add lightness to the base of sandalwood, which isn’t as warm here as you’d think. Even the bottle is jolly, with its vibrant pink color and smooth feminine lines. Joyful is perfectly refreshing and, better yet, dispels the dullness we usually smell at fall’s first nip.
A native Angeleno, Nav is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has been testing beauty products for print and digital magazines for nearly a decade. She spends her days working in media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.