In the perfume world, fragrances are often categorised by season. This is not always done by the designer but sometimes by consumers after a launch. Certain notes and fragrance families are associated more with summer scents, such as fresh, green, floral, fruity, citrus and sea-inspired ones.
But while many people put these fragrances away for winter, they can become transportive scents that give you a mood boost on cold, rainy days. Want to bring some summer vibes this winter? Here are the perfumes we recommend, based on your favourite notes.
Sweet notes, such as gourmand ones that are inspired by confectionery, have been increasing in popularity. Now, there are more sophisticated takes that smell less like candy and more like blends of cream, pistachio and brown sugar – yum! A note from this category that works in summer and winter is timeless, warm and versatile vanilla.
The floral kingdom is enormous! While some blooms are delicately fragranced, others can have a rich perfume. Many of them are also from cooler or warmer climates, which can transport us there with one sniff. This could be fresh neroli growing on the Italian coast or seductive jasmine emitting its sweet scent on a balmy night.
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Fruity notes are generally sweet and ripe and all are specific to seasons or regions. They are bright and can help to take you on a mental holiday when the weather is bleak. Tropical notes are fun and tangy and can remind you of a beach holiday. Cold-weather fruit notes, like rhubarb or stonefruit, are also a great choice.
There are a lot of different smells that let us know we’re near the ocean, from crisp salty air to seaweed to fish. Perfumers have taken the best of them and created fragrances that capture that coastal essence. These are mainly comprised of minerals, surrounding and ocean plant life and some woody and citrus notes.