The art of seasonal scenting explained
From a lucky perfume that scored you a dream job to an unforgettable wedding day scent, fragrance can be a personal and evocative part of life. It can also dramatically change your mood and outlook, whether that’s bringing energy and optimism to an important work day, or adding a touch of daring and sophistication to a special evening.
But how do the seasons alter our perfume choices and what notes work best throughout the year? Here’s how to capture the mood of each season while creating a fragrance that’s personal to you.
As the hazy days of summer draw to a close, thoughts turn to the coziness of autumn. March can inspire change, from a rich new hair colour to a chic new wardrobe. With regard to perfume, the drop in temperature affords stronger, sensual scents. Take your cues from the natural transitions around you with fragrances that incorporate notes of deep amber, bergamot and wood. Try Narciso Rodriguez’s pure musc eau de parfum as your base fragrance, layering with the intoxicating Narciso Rodríguez for her eau de toilette to reinforce the musk element of this classic scent.
From frosty nights to twinkling festive lights, there’s so much romance and magic to be found during the winter season. And, as the temperature plummets and the layers get thicker, you may find yourself drawn to warmer, bolder fragrances that reveal a more assertive side of your personality. A perfume such as L’Eau d’Issey Rose & Rose by Issey Miyake, for instance – with top notes of pink peppercorns, raspberry and pear, and a heart of Bulgarian Damascena rose – can add a fiery edge that's unique to you.
The warmer, fresher days of spring are the perfect time to experiment with fragrance. While you may have veered towards heavier, spicier perfumes in the winter, spring calls for something sweeter where notes of amber and peach take centre stage. You can also try complementing this type of scent with a second fragrance for a more personal result. Elie Saab’s Le Parfum In White features top notes of mandarin and bourgeons de cassis with a heart of Sambac jasmine and orange blossom – a gorgeous partner to sweeter florals.
There’s so much possibility at the start of a long, hot summer. A new romance perhaps, an adventure overseas, or maybe just a fun few months of parties and socialising. So when it comes to fragrance, go for notes that make you feel light and uplifted while also bringing that holiday feeling. If you aren’t sure where to start, look for exotic florals that originate from the tropics. Think intoxicating jasmine and flowering blossoms that signal the start of summer. Narciso rodriguez for her Eau de toilette is an elegant fragrance that marries rose and peach with base notes of patchouli and amber. Spritz it whenever you need a lift.