With the chilly months just around the corner, it’s time to update your shelves with fragrances for the season. Don’t know where to begin? Pearl Mathias breaks it down for you
The malls are already decked with warm, furry winter clothing and it won’t be long before we set up a date for a shopping spree to refresh our wardrobe for the season. Although winter in the city isn’t usually harsh, we can’t wait to pull on a cosy jacket in the nippy air. And, not just our clothes but our beauty products, too, see a shift with the season. Deep conditioners, lip balms and intense moisturisers make their way to our shelves, taking the bottles of sunscreen out of the spotlight.
But, while you change your clothes and your makeup routine, do you still continue to use the perfume that you used earlier in the year? As important as it is to choose the right perfume, one that you’d like to have on through the day, it’s equally important to pick a perfume according to the season. Every season has moods and notes of its own, and of course, the temperature impacts the fragrance as well. Hot weather tends to intensify fragrances, while cold temperatures make it difficult for fragrance to evaporate. If you’re confused about how to go about choosing the right fragrance for the season, our guide will help you make the perfect pick.
A FRAGRANT BEGINNING
Since winter causes us to reach out for warm clothes, heavier scents should be on your list this season. Also, scents tend to fade more quickly in the winter months, so pick heavier fragrances, which will stay on for longer. Winter is regarded as perfume’s favourite season, and this is because the low temperatures allow delicate notes to express themselves fully. But, before you go browsing the aisles for perfumes, here are the terms you should know.
- Head notes: These are the first impressions of a fragrance. They’re the initial scent caught by the nose. They usually include fresh citrus, neroli, bergamot, lavender and basil.
- Heart notes: These odours are sensed next. They take from about five minutes to about an hour to develop. These include spices, woods, grasses and resins.
- Base notes: These give depth to the perfume. Slow to evaporate, they manifest about 30 minutes after application. They include vanilla, amber and musk.
SCENT OF A SEASON
There are several categories of scents that you can pick from, depending on how you associate scents with the season. Winter can be musky and woody for some and sweet and spicy for others.
- Sweet surprise: Winter draws us into the sweet flavours of Christmas as we await the platefuls of marzipan and cherry cake. Gourmand fragrances have sweet notes and are ideal for the season.
- Spicy twist: Falling in the warm category, spicy scents include winter spices such as cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon. These scents have an exotic smell and are also known as Orientals.
- Woody wonder: With rich, heavy scents, woody fragrances will take you back to campfires, rocky mountains and pine forests. Patchouli, bergamot and oakmoss fall in this category.
SCENTS WE LOVE
Whether you want to go for woody, spicy or sweet, give these a try.
OUD & BERGAMOT COLOGNE FROM JO MALONE LONDON
This alluring fragrance has a smoky character of revered wood, central to Middle Eastern fragrance traditions, and radiates with the clarity of crisp bergamot and an orange granite accord.
Price: Rs 11,800
Where: Jo Malone London, Palladium, Lower Parel
PRADA CANDY GLOSS
This playful fragrance is the fifth introduction in the classic Prada Candy collection by Prada and includes sour-sweet cherry notes with orange blossom in the heart and base notes of almond, vanilla and musk.
Price: Rs 4,330
VERY SEXY EAU DE PARFUM FROM VICTORIA’S SECRET
The bold red bottle from Victoria’s Secret has notes of vanilla orchid, sun-drenched clementine and midnight blackberry. You’ll love to perch this one on your beauty cabinet.
Price: Rs 7,240
SPRITZ IT ON
Don’t let the attendant rush you when you’re standing at the perfume counter in the mall. It’s best to be prepared.
- Prep work: Look for fragrance finder quizzes online before you hit the mall to narrow down your choices.
- Skip your regular scents: Don’t put on any perfume as this could mix up the notes and confuse you. Strongly scented lotions or body washes will also do this.
- On the card first: Before you spritz a perfume on to your skin, spray it on to a card, let it settle for about five minutes and smell it. If you like it, you can move on to spraying it on to your skin. Taking in the aroma of coffee beans in between will clear the scent from your memory.
- On your skin: Skin has unique body chemistry and different perfumes will interact differently with it. Spray it on your skin to judge whether it is for you.