I love fragrance. Fragrance is something to me that is very personal. It is personal to everyone. What one person may like, another may not. Perfumes can also bring a sense of nostalgia…summers at the beach with the scent of tropical sunscreen and salty water in the air or winters in front of the fireplace drinking mulled wine, smelling that warm cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom spice along with the wafting scent of burning wood.
Fragrances can also remind us of people which can be particularly powerful with children. Mothers smelling of a particular perfume giving their child a morning kiss before sending them off to school is a scent memory that stays with children well into their adult years. Fathers who used a strong aftershave toner, Grandmothers who smelled like roses and Grandfathers who wore musk – the power of smell cannot be understated.
Smell is also important in telling us whether we are attracted to one another. Human pheromones are a popular topic in research. They are odourless chemicals detected by an organ in the nose. Some scientists believe they could be the key to choosing a suitable lover. Smelling good is important!
Fragrance also changes when put on different people…it’s adaptable. Everyone has a unique body chemistry and no two are the same. When the perfume molecules react with the warm pulse points through our heart beat, it also causes a reaction with our skin and hormones which causes the perfume to give off a particular smell. That’s why it’s always important to test fragrances out on yourself first before buying because what smells great on someone else might not smell exactly the same on you.
While you can wear the same fragrance all day long, I think that different perfumes have different purposes. I don’t like wearing heavier fragrances like oudh in the summer days-they feel too heavy and rich. I prefer to switch to something more reflective of the season. So out with the oudh and in with the new!
A few of my favourite daytime summer fragrances:
BOSS JOUR Pour Femme is inspired by the first light of day and is a beautiful blend of white florals (honeysuckle, freesia, orris and amber) and vibrant citrus (lime and grapefruit). The packaging is very simple but reflective of the inspiration behind the fragrance.
This Venetian Violet Flower Water by Crabtree & Evelyn is absolutely beautiful with its romantic bottle and I never see any fragrances focused on violet alone. The bottle gives a sense of elegance to the recipient and the packaging is gorgeous.
In the historic, floating city of Venice, violet decorates the bridges reaching over the canals and resides in paintings and poetry as a symbol of purity and modesty.
The Flower Water is a light fragrance and the scent does wear off after a short period of time. This fragrance is perfect for a refreshing spritz throughout the day and would be good to keep as a decorative piece nearby so it is within easy reach to refresh!
Si by Georgio Armani first caught my attention at the CEW Awards in London, which are the ‘Oscars’ of the beauty industry. It has a strong essence of blackcurrent which I thought was absolutely delicious. In fact, this fragrance really makes me crave blackcurrant juice! This is a chic, sultry fragrance that is both intense and soft at the same time. This is one of those rare fragrances that will take you through the day and into the night. Finally!