Overwhelmed by the multitude of fragrances in today's market? Trying to find the one special fragrance that expresses who you are? Let nature show the way! It's easy and fun to create a fragrance wardrobe according to Mother Nature's calendar.
During this season of garden delights, we crave sweet, fresh scents. Flowery essences make us feel romantic, feminine, amorous. Springtime is the right time to try Violetta by Penhaligon; the rich rose bouquet of Nahema by Guerlain; Diorissimo lily of the valley fragrance by Dior; Tubereuse by Annick Goutal. Keep in mind these general attributes when selecting a floral fragrance that's right for you:
- Delicate and dewy -- violet, wild rose, lilac, honeysuckle, freesia
- Lush and heady -- jonquil, jasmine, lily, gardenia
Heat and humidity cause perfume to evaporate, dispersing it into the surrounding air quickly. Since heat intensifies scent, choose those with lower concentrations of perfume oils. Light, fresh, crisp scents help cool you down, and perk you up. For a cooling summer blast, refrigerate, and then apply eau de cologne, citrus water, eau fraiche, splash cologne or unisex fragrance for men or women.
For summer scents that are clean and bright, try those with citrus notes, such as lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, bergamot, mandarin, neroli, petitgrain. They are uplifting and invigorating, helping to overcome fatigue and increase energy. For a summer fragrance that is sporty and outdoorsy, look for herbaceous notes, such as basil, chamomile, coriander, lavender, marjoram, mint, sage, rosemary, thyme. These aromas are refreshing, spirited and “green.” To sample, try Kolnisch Wasser 4711, Annick Goutal’s L’Eau d'Hadrien or Guerlain’s Eau de Cologne Imperiale.
When at the beach, keep these tips in mind:
- The sun’s ultraviolet rays can interact with the alcohol in perfume to damage tender skin. Stick to concentrations with little or no alcohol (a splash cologne of 3 percent alcohol vs. a perfume with 20 to 30 percent).
- Some perfumes contain sunscreen to protect the fragrance from ultraviolet light.
- Look for products (or make your own) with sesame-seed oil, a natural sun filter.
- Try a "dry fragrance" -- one without alcohol, the latest of which is voile de parfum, an alcohol-free, milky moisturizer.
The smell of falling leaves and the soft glow of Indian summer call for warm, mellow, full-bodied aromas. Scope out a new category this autumn, including:
- Chypre -- earthy, wood perfumes rich in oakmoss, a lichen with the mossy aroma of a forest floor. Examples are Chypre by Coty and Mitsouko by Guerlain.
- Fougere -- warm, fresh, fernlike blends of oakmoss, lavender and bergamot, wafting of fresh-mown hay with a subtle hint of forest woodland. Examples are Jicky by Guerlain and Paco Rabanne Pour Homme.
- Fruity -- sweet, natural, fresh scents with berry, peach, plum or currant. Examples are Escape by Calvin Klein and Angel by Thierry Mugler.
Scent molecules are more lethargic in cold weather and climates, so depend on stronger scents such as rich, spicy aromatics; ambery, powdery woods; leather notes; and traces of incense.
- Amber (oriental) -- voluptuous, heady and exotic, this category suggests passion and sensuality with rich vanilla wisps and musky animal notes. Try Opium by Yves Saint Laurent or Cinnabar by Estee Lauder.
- Woody -- sweet woody notes of sandalwood, cedarwood and rosewood are combined with smoky incense (balsams and resins) or pungent leather (tobacco and birch) to yield a warm, velvety, lingering bouquet. Try Vetiver a spicy/woody fragrance by Guerlain or Tabac Blond a leathery fragrance by Caron.