Today we’re going to look at fragrance and whether or not you should switch to a more Spring and Summer friendly scent. When the weather starts to warm up do you find that your favorite perfume becomes a little overwhelming? You’ve been wearing this fragrance all Winter so why is it behaving differently now? You’re not alone if you find that your Winter scent has become a little unbearable now that temps have gone up.
There is no set rule that states you have to switch perfume each season. I went a couple of years wearing mainly Happy by Cinique. It certainly doesn’t remind one of Winter but I actually discovered it during the cooler months and then considered it my signature scent so I kept wearing it. Even though I still absolutely love the scent I prefer to wear it during Spring and Summer now.
So if we don’t have to switch up our perfume rotation why should we?
3 Reasons why you should switch up your fragrance when the weather heats up
Reason #1: Warmer temps may cause heavy fragrance notes to become more intense
So you’ve been wearing your favorite spicy scent all Winter. You get tons of compliments so you figure you’ll take it with you on your beach vacation. Two days into your trip and your go-to perfume is now giving you a major headache. What gives? When the temperature goes up our body reacts by heating up and perspiring. The heat and sweat can intensify your perfume. If you’re wearing a heavier fragrance it can become cloying or overly strong.
With that being said, the warm weather may not affect the fragrance as a whole. A change in temps and humidity can cause different notes to react differently on your skin. In my case, vanilla fragrances tend to get sickly on me when the weather is warm. Hello, headache. In another instance, I have a nice citrus-y scent that I bought for Summer but when I wore it on a hot day all I smelled was cat urine and stinky feet. I was mortified. Now I can only wear that fragrance when it’s cooler or not at all.
Have you ever noticed that odors seem to intensify in the heat? Think of how stinky your garbage is on a hot day. The same concept applies to your fragrance. Heat can really supercharge the scent. Use caution when the mercury soars and spritz lightly or reconsider that scent altogether.
Reason #2: Lighter, fresher scents match the carefree, easygoing Spring and Summer Mood
Think you can’t wear more season related scents? Are you hooked on one fragrance genre and convinced you can’t try others? That’s just not true. Let’s say you’re a musk lover. You can still find light, flirty fragrances suitable for warm weather that may contain some musk in the dry down or base. You just have to experiment. Ask for samples the next time you’re at the perfume counter.
reason #3: There may be a version of your favorite perfume more suitable for warmer weather
Most fragrances come in different formulas, perfume or parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, cologne, etc… . The heavy fragrance you love and can’t live without may have a lighter version available. If you’re wearing an eau de parfum in the Winter don’t be afraid to try the edt once warmer weather rolls around. The scent may not be an exact match but it may still satisfy your craving for it.
Some fragrance designers are even making lighter versions of their most popular scents. For instance, Oscar by Oscar de la Renta isn’t an overly intense fragrance but the design house still came out with Esprit d’Oscar which is a lighter, newer version. The same goes for Chanel. While Chanel N°5 is a beautiful fragrance it’s not one that I’d wear to go to the park on a warm day. A couple of years ago they introduced Chanel N°5 Eau Premiere, a lighter, fresher and softer version more suitable for everyday wear. You wouldn’t have to be afraid to wear this version to a laid back get-together any time of year.
Experiment with various versions when you visit stores with testers and hopefully you’ll find one that not only satisfies you but won’t suffocate those around you.
the crafty middle sister’s warm weather perfume suggestions
- Happy – Clinique Citrusy, Floral
- Happy in Bloom – Clinique Floral
- Coach (Signature) – Coach –
- Acqua di Gioia – Georgio Armani –
- 3 L’Imperatrice – Dolce & Gabbana –
- Daisy Eau So Fresh – Marc Jacobs –
- Blossom – Clean –
- Bamboo – Gucci –
- Light Blue – Dolce & Gabbana –
- Chance Eau Fraiche – Chanel –
- Bella – Vince Camuto –
edpWarm, Citrusy, Floral
- Sensuous Nude – Estee Lauder –
- L’Eau D’Issey – Issey Miyake –
edtFloral, Aquatic, Ozonic
- Be Delicious – DKNY –
- Amazing Grace – Philosophy –
edtCitrusy, Musky, Floral
Lastly, I recommend checking out discount stores like Ross Dress for Less, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s for the best prices on designer fragrances. That’s where I go to buy mine after I try them elsewhere. Good luck finding that perfect Spring/Summer fragrance!