We’ve found your new spring signature scent

Are you looking to find a way to support Daffodil Day today, August 28, (if you live in Australia) beyond just buying a yellow lapel pin or flower at the train station or your nearest post office?

Well, we think we’ve found the most luxurious – not to mention pretty – way to do just that.

Meet your new spring signature scent

This beautiful new fragrance by quintessential English brand Penhaligon’s is inspired by the daffodil, making it an ideal partner for the much-loved annual charity fund-raiser. Daffodil day, ostara perfume, cancer council

A hefty 15 per centg of the proceeds from every bottle of Penhaligon’s Ostara sold in Myer until September 30 will go directly to Cancer Council Australia, the largest health charity and independent funder of cancer research in Australia. It also offers a much-needed support network and advice service (including legal and treatment info) to anyone suffering cancer, as well as their families, employers and friends.

Amazing charity offering aside, this fragrance is absolutely heavenly and “a modern interpretation of the delicate and incandescent daffodil, an iconic feature of the British countryside symbolizing the optimism and revival of spring”, according to the classic perfumier.

For fragrance buffs, it contains beautiful top notes including clementine and bergamot, along with heart notes including hyacinth (a universal favourite, especially here in Sporteluxe HQ!), narcissus absolute, wisteria and ylang ylang, and settles into base notes including vanilla, musk and amber. Summed up, it smells like an indulgent spring morning in an English country garden.

The bottle is so pretty, you’ll want to use it as a decoration for your bathroom (or desk top) too – thanks to a collaboration with artist Melissa Bailey. There’s even a 1802 poem by William Wordsworth (Wandered Lonely as a Cloud), written about a sea of daffodils, added to the packaging. So elegant!

Why not buy a bottle for both yourself and someone else you love? The money raised from the sale will support the loved ones of other Australians too.

This year, Cancer Council hopes to raise A$9 million with merchandise sold. For more info, visit here.

You’ll find Ostara by Penhaligons ($279 for 100ml) exclusively in Australia at Galerie de Parfum in Myer Sydney and Melbourne and Libertine Parfumerie. For stockists visit here.

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Rachel Sharp
As the only media identity in Australia to have edited both luxury fashion and fitness magazines, award-winning journalist Rachel Sharp has worked in Sydney, London and Dubai, holding the position of editor on titles including Harper’s BAZAAR and GRAZIA. In 2012, she successfully launched the Australian edition of Women’s Fitness magazine, which scooped Launch of the Year at the 2013 Publishers Australia Excellence Awards. Equal parts fashion-obsessed and fitness enthusiast, Rachel – who grew up in the idyllic beach town of Port Macquarie and is mum to two young children – holds a Bachelors degree in Medical Science and Masters in Writing for Media. Despite the fact she absolutely loves what she does for a living, Rachel would still rather be surfing or snowboarding than at her computer. Carpe diem!