Get A Good Whiff: The Best Fragrances For Each Season
If you’re stuck in a scent time warp and your options include the mysterious bottle that just appeared in your bathroom cabinet, the dregs of your favourite fragrance, or some dubious “fancy” deodorant, it’s time to write a ransom letter to Santa asking for new perfume or Rudolph gets it! To help you in your quest for the perfect spritz, we’ve put together a handy guide of different scents for the seasons. That’s right, just like your outfits, your signature scent should move with the times and the weather. You paying attention? Good. Behold the secrets of the smell…
That happy, happy time where we all feel like we’ve been taken out of the freezer to finally defrost. The Earth emerges from its winter slumberland and nature becomes a real show-off, gifting us with beautiful blooms, new growth, a spring in our step and the odd dive-bombing bird to make us walk that little bit faster – hello cardio. Spring flowers such as jasmine, lily of the valley, mimosa and tuberose have always been a source of inspiration for perfumers but work particularly well for these months. If you normally shy away from heady floral fragrances, look for ones that contain notes of galbanum, fresh cut grass or bamboo. These green notes add freshness and can tame extroverted floral notes. Still afraid of walking in a cloud of smell like Pepé Le Pew? Another way to turn down the volume of a fragrance is by wearing a scented body cream. Your allergy-ridden, sneezing workmate in cubicle B may just even thank you and you can save your perfume for after hours and special occasions.
Zadig & Voltaire This is Her! 50ml, $95. Hermes Muguet Porcelaine 100ml, $325. Atelier Cologne Jasmin Angelique 100ml, $215. Frederic Malle Carnal Flower Body Butter 200ml, $254. Prada Les Infusions de Prada Mimosa 100ml, $175.
Summer is all about keeping it light – less clothes, fresh food and plenty of summer fruits and citrus. The same goes for your perfume: look for citrus fragrances with notes of bitter green fruit, ozone or fresh ocean air, they’re refreshing and light making them perfect for long summer days. This summer backs up that well-worn statement that everything old is new again – hello pool slides, ’70s-style beach umbrellas and Brandy Alexanders (okay, we’re still working on that last one). Following suit in the scent brigade are Eau de Colognes. Sure your grandparents may have worn 4711 Cologne but the Eau de Cologne is the fragrance equivalent of a classic white shirt, and loads of modern fragrance houses have created their own version of this timeless scent. If you want the true experience and want to wear an Eau de Cologne from the old world, you still can. 17th century apothecary Santa Maria Novella still operates on the Via della Scala in Florence. Founded by Dominican monks, the apothecary still produces a range of colognes and their splash-on Acqua di Fior d’Arancio or orange blossom water is an excellent skincare product and scented pick-me-up for any wary summer traveller. Monk haircut, thankfully not included.
Malin & Goetz Citron Vert 100ml, $226. Lubin Gin Fizz 100ml, $269. Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Fior d’Arancio 250ml, $40. Etat Libre d’Orange Cologne 100ml, $185.
As the leaves start to change colour and you start daydreaming about pasta and making eyes at slow cookers, you know the weather be a turning. When autumn sets in and the temperature begins to cool, take inspiration from the season’s colour palette of earthy browns and ochres. Gourmand notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla suit this season well, as do notes of amber, leather and suede. A good thing to remember with these heavier and more complex fragrances, is that they tend to evolve on skin over time. So before you live up to your nickname as fastest PayPal tapper in the west, it’s worth testing the fragrance on your skin for a while as there is a good chance it will smell different in 10-20 minutes, after the top and middle notes have evaporated. Also worth noting, dry skin tends not to hold fragrance as well as other skin types – can dry skin peeps cut a break! – so layering your fragrance with a matching body product, like a body or hand cream, may help extend the longevity of your scent.
Helmut Lang Cuiron 100ml, $269. Guerlain Spiriteuese Double Vanille 75ml, $310. Byredo Suede Hand Crème 100ml, $77.
If you’re wrapped up better than a Babushka doll come winter, it’s worth thinking about spraying your fragrance somewhere other than that neckline that’s covered by multiple scarves. Experiment by wearing fragrance on areas of your body that will not be covered by layers of clothing in winter. Where’s that you ask? You can apply some fragrance to the mid-lengths of long hair or try applying fragrance to your outerwear, winter coat or scarf. Like autumn, warm fragrance notes work well for the cooler months. Dry woods like sandalwood, oud wood and smoky notes of incense and tobacco are all solid life choices for winter. Right at home during the short days of winter, fragrances are fans of the dark and cold, so make sure you store fragrances away from direct sunlight and heat, as they will deteriorate the quality of your fragrance.
Le Labo Santal 33 50ml, $252. Tom Ford Oud Wood 50ml, $298. Naomi Goodsir Parfums Bois d’Ascese 50ml, $239. Aedes de Venustas Palissandre d’Or 100ml, $295.