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!!
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.
Here’s a look at my Top 5 Sundress Worthy fragrances for this Spring/Summer:
Jo Malone – Green Wheat and Meadow Sweet
Miu Miu– L’Eau Rosée
A soft floral fragrance created from lily of the valley and cassis buds, tightly wrapped in notes of sophisticated musk.
Nectarine Blossom And Honey
Succulent nectarine, peach and cassis and delicate spring flowers melt into the note of acacia honey. Sweet and delightfully playful.
Maison Margiela- Tea Escape
Delicate and bittersweet scents of green tea, crisped rice and candied ginger.