Saturday, June 23, 2018

3 Summer Perfumes & How to Choose Yours

Picture of three perfume bottles

As someone who is very particular about perfume, I can understand the hesitation to jump in and buy a new one. Not only are there particular scents that are attractive but there's also a scent sensitivity. Especially with musky flavors. 

How do you go about choosing your Spring/Summer perfumes?

There are a lot of competitive perfumers in today's market. Stopping into places with a wall of aromas can not only be overwhelming but nauseating. So, here are some does and don'ts to finding your perfect eau de cologne. 

To start, don't actively go looking for a scent. It's normally something that's best stumbled upon while browsing. The reason for this is because you'll inundate yourself and may walk away with something you don't truly love. 

Don't actively smell more than 4-5 products at a time because it's easy to walk away confused. Most places, like Nordstrom, Anthropologie and any boutique will have displays with coffee beans in cups to cleanse your nose's palette. Those beans are great to smell in between samples to reset your senses and to help you make a clearer decision. 

Definitely ask for a sample. Places with desks, like the Jo Malone counter at Nordstrom, will give you the opportunity to stop in, smell and walk away with 1-3 samples. The advantage of this is being able to try those scents at home before making your final decision. The only trouble is falling in love with more than one bottle! 

It's okay to try the perfume on right there by the counter. Step into any shop and they'll be trilled that you're trying on their scents. Take a queue from our lovely Queer Eye boys though: Spray, delay, walk away. Reason being, you don't generally spray perfume right onto your chest or wrists. It's more of a mist so you don't overload your senses. Think about what you would do at home. Spray one on in the store, come back and purchase if your body's oils mix well with the scent. Do not try and make an essence work that makes you nauseous when you walk away. You'll regret it and it's so unfortunate when that happens. Even if the bottle is cute! Walk away, lovelies. 

Final thought, absolutely buy the expensive bottle you fell in love with. Though it's a lot, it's something you'll use everyday in the spring and summer. Once the season is over, store your perfume in a cool and dark location so they don't spoil or turn to alcohol. That one bottle could last you a few years. If you're not ready to make a big purchase like that, consider waiting for christmas or seeing if they have a travel size to start with. A lot of scents come in rollers now. 

Those are a few tips for you as you start your journey. Here are three of my personal favorite perfumes:

Jo Malone Perfume Bottle

Jo Malone's Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne. Described as: A youthful and fruity fragrance,  inspired by the delicious scent of just-ripening nectarines and a taste of refreshing peach sorbet. Mouthwatering nectarine and peach with hints of plum, blackcurrant and vetiver are combined with the sweet warmth of acacia honey in this truly seductive combination.

1856 Darjeeling Perfume bottle

A Rather Novel Collection Eau De Parfum: 1856 Darjeeling. One of my absolute favorite fragrances which I don't think will be coming back into stock. It was exclusively built for Anthropolige, so I am milking this bottle like it's my job. Described with: touches of cardamom, mint, fresh jasmine and cedarwood highlight this yellow tea blend (WOODSY). From the house of Givaudan.

Tocca Florence Perfume Bottle

My all time favorite perfume is Tocca 'Florence' Eau De Parfum. This little number is something I've been wearing for over 8 years now. I ask for it for Christmas about every 2-3 years or so. It reminds me of summer time and of Hawaii, for some unknown reason. It's made with my all time favorite smell, Bergamot. This is described as: an alluring combination of Italian bergamot and crushed violet petals, with touches of ivory gardenia combined with blonde wood. It is a sophisticated and feminine scent that conjures the image of a Parisian sophisticate.

Happy browsing, friends.  

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