Smell Good Spring

No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory

– Coco Chanel

Despite the fact that it feels like its winter outside, spring is in the air and its time to shift from smoky fire, wood and leather, strong espresso and evergreen scents to fun, feminine, fresh, and flirty scents. Perfume is very much synonymous with womanhood as are purses and heels.  It makes a statement and who doesn’t want their presence known before they even walk into a room!!

The Science
Picking your scent is as personal as finding the right foundation shade for your face. It has a science behind it along with a touch of personal preference.

Tip #1: every single one of us produces a body chemical that’s unique and is completely our own; each of us has our own specific skin chemistry. This point is very important because it’s the combination between the chemicals that our bodies produce and the perfume that we choose that will ultimately determine if that specific scent suits us. In short, a perfume that may smell great on you will smell horrible on another woman.

Tip #2: Perfume has three notes — the top, middle, and base notes. The base note of a perfume is the strongest and the most ever lasting of all three, with the middle note coming next, and the top note being the one that lasts the shortest and evaporates the fastest. The basic idea is to find a perfume that has a base note that smells great on you with a middle and top note that you wouldn’t mind wearing, as its initial scent wears off, because regardless of the perfume brand and type, the first spray always smells very strong. So when picking a perfume scent, make sure to pay close attention to these three effects.

How to Choose your Signature Scent
Your original reaction to a scent is crucial in finding the perfect fragrance for you.

  • Step #1 – Remember what I said above about body chemistry and fragrance reaction, yeah, don’t forget that.
  • Step #2 – Wrists only, no rubbing. When you’re trying out a fragrance, make sure you spray directly on your wrist and DO NOT (I don’t care what your ancestors told you, I repeat), DO NOT rub your wrists together. Doing so crushes the scent.  So after spraying it on your wrist, wait for it to dry before smelling and determining if you like it or not. In addition, do not overlap and mix perfumes and wait for a little while before making a purchase to let the scent settle in for you to determine if it suits you or not.
Do Your Research 
I’ve found that Sephora is the best place to test drive and research new perfumes. Unlike the fragrance department of upscale department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus (where you feel intimidated to touch anything, let alone ask a sales associate for help), Sephora stores have a very hands on, feel free to touch, try, and smell everything feel to it. And because of this, I’ve found it to be the best place to obtain perfume samples next to those little fragrance strips in magazines.
As for me, I typically go for very clean and flirty for my fragrance preference and I tend to gravitate to the citrus note scents the most.  I’ve been wearing Jo Malone for many, many years. My husband first purchased it for me over 8 years ago and Ive been praising the scent ever since.  Jo Malone fragrances have very lively and colorful scents to them which I adore and they work amazingly with my body chemistry. Jo Malone’s Nectarine  Blossom and Honey is very light and playful and suits my personality to a tee. So if you’re in the mood for a new scent and a new change, I recommend hunting down your next favorite fragrance and keep these tips in mind! Cheers to smelling good!!
 

Here’s a look at my Top 5 Sundress Worthy fragrances for this Spring/Summer:

Jo Malone – Green Wheat and Meadow Sweet

Filled with young, green wheat. Crisp and fresh. Balanced with a zesty twist of grapefruit. Mingled with soft, white notes of meadow sweet. Pretty. Fresh. Powdery.
Jo Malone
Aqua Di Parma – Arancia Di Capri
A relaxing, radiant, and bright fragrance brought to life by the combination of orange, mandarin, and lemon essential oils.
arancia

 

Miu MiuL’Eau Rosée

A soft floral fragrance created from lily of the valley and cassis buds, tightly wrapped in notes of sophisticated musk.

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Nectarine Blossom And Honey

Succulent nectarine, peach and cassis and delicate spring flowers melt into the note of acacia honey. Sweet and delightfully playful.

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Maison Margiela- Tea Escape

 

Delicate and bittersweet scents of green tea, crisped rice and candied ginger.

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