While sniffing out spring’s newest scents and comparing notes with colleagues, we were reminded of the power of fragrance to conjure the past or project an image. One woman chooses a cologne because it smells like an old boyfriend’s cigarettes and motorcycle jacket, while another picks a bewitching blend of floral and spice to say to the world she’s mysterious.

We tested these four eau-so-fragrant perfumes (any one of which is so prettily packaged it would boost the beauty of your boudoir) and are offering our totally unscientific recommendations on which Washington power women should try a spritz.


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Note to Hillary Clinton: While you’re contemplating future moves, test out Jimmy Choo’s Flash in its disco-ball bottle. The top notes of pink peppercorn infuse the fragrance with energy, while the jasmine and lily notes underneath give it soul. Isn’t that just what a signature scent of a would-be president should project? Flash eau de parfum, 3.3 fluid ounces, $98 at Jimmy Choo, 5481 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, and select area department stores.



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A whiff of Jo Malone’s Osmanthus Blossom cologne (available May 1) confirms the Brit

brand’s nose for good scents. We think the tangy mix of apricot, peach and leather will work for “Good Morning Washington” anchor Cynn Simpson. It’s subtle enough for her a.m. newscast but will also suit her reported off-camera love of adventure sports, which, according to the WJLA Web site, includes rock climbing and hang gliding. 1 fluid ounce, $60 at select area department stores and www.jomalone.com.



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Fashion designer Consuelo Castiglioni’s Marni is as quirky as her boldly patterned clothing collection of the same name. One sniff makes you want another in this enchanting blendof peppercorns, ginger, cardamom and incense.A recommendation for Molly Smith, artistic director for Arena Stage, to leave her audience asking for more.  Marni eau de parfum, 2.2 ounces, $105 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, and www.saksfifthavenue.com.


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If the first female director of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, is

on the trail of a new scent, we suggest she begin witha dab of Diptyque’s citrusy but unisexL’Eau du TrenteQuatre (named for the company’s first Paris store on 34 Boulevard Saint Germain). She’ll want fellow agents to detect that she’s part of the team. 1.7 ounces, $100 at www.diptyqueparis.com, us.spacenk.com and www.saksfifthavenue.com.


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