If there's one time of the year you can cheat on your signature scent, it's now. Switch up your go-to bottle for a summery edition while the weather's warm(ish).
Why? Turns out your heady, winter parfum could be a tad overpowering for deckchair weather (um, when it finally arrives...). You wouldn’t wear your winter coat in a heatwave so the same theory kinda applies to your fragrance wardrobe.
‘Summer editions of fragrances are generally lighter versions of the original scent so often come in the form of an eau de cologne or eau de toilette,’ says Lorna McKay, co-founder of The Perfume Society.
‘You can also expect a higher concentration of the fresher top notes making them refreshing to wear when the temperature rises.’ See-ya, heatwave hot flushes.
So what notes might you find in the summer guise of your usual go-to fragrance? Think English country garden with citrus, herbaceous and botanical notes. Or channel a summer cocktail menu…‘Fruity notes can also work really well, particularly tropical notes like lychee, mandarin and pineapple, Lorna says.
The bottles look pretty sunny on your dressing table, too. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc, we’re looking at you...
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Tempted to switch up your go-to fragrance for a summer fling? Be quick, these limited editions don't hang around. Lorna McKay has these tips to get the most out of your shiny new scent:
1) Summer fragrances are often lighter in formulation so they may not be quite as long lasting. Help to ‘hold’ the fragrance on your skin by moisturising thoroughly with an unscented body lotion.
2) One of the advantages of lighter summer formulations is that you can reapply regularly, which I personally find super-refreshing.
3) Don’t be afraid to personalise your summer fragrance. I add Liz Earle’s Botanical Essence No1. to whatever I am wearing and it keeps me feeling really fresh.
4) Whatever you choose to wear in summer, perfume really shouldn’t be applied before or during sunbathing as it can make your skin extra sensitive to the sun.