Perfumes, like any accessory, are something you can never have just one of. Changing your scent according to seasons is just a necessary – we mean, do you really want to smell citrusy in the middle of winter? Didn’t think so. Whether you like floral, fruity or the ocean breeze, these fragrances conjure up sunny summer days, fresh warm mornings and breezy beach days. We’ve included everything you need to know in our summer scent guide!
Where to Wear
Before heading off to choose your new scent, get fluent in scent-speak. Here is a quick breakdown, according to Design Mom, of things to keep in mind and options you have to choose from when speaking with a representative at your favourite beauty counter:
Eau de Cologne: Eau de Cologne is 3% to 5% perfume oil in a mixture of alcohol and water. It tends to be lighter and refreshing, typically with a citrus oil component.
Eau de Toilette: Eau de Toilette contains a slightly higher percentage of perfume oil, and is mixed with alcohol instead of water, making it more fragrant.
Eau de Parfum: With a higher percentage of perfume oil, roughly 15% to 18%, mixed with alcohol, Eau de Parfum is heavier than Eau de Cologne and Eau de Toilette, but lighter than Perfume.
Perfume: With 15% to 30% perfume oil mixed with alcohol, perfume contains the highest percentage of oil, making it the most concentrated and potent. Perfume often comes in the smallest bottles, with the largest price tag.
The Scent of a Woman
We looked to Sephora’s scent guide to help decipher, and break down, which types of perfumes are best for you depending on the type of smells you are drawn to. Our inspiration to finding the perfect summer fragrance came from The Posh Peasant’s ultimate look into deciphering perfume, starting with the 4 most well known categories and going further to look at the several subcategories, you can find the fascinating read here.
Not hard to guess that the notes in this scent will evoke that of freshly cut flowers – choose your garden favourite with hints of rose, carnation, orange blossom and violets. Classic, timeless and romantic, Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb is a must-have. We also love the airy and uplifting feeling of Marc Jacob’s Daisy and the delicate, powdery floral hints of Chloe Eau de Parfum. Find these perfumes at Sephora.
Clean and crisp, a fresh fragrance appeals to your senses with notes of orange, lemon, lime, apricot and peach. Popular for men and women alike because they are refreshing scents that are easy to wear. We suggest Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia if you like aquatic fragrances – think cooling, invigorating and sparkling. Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue leans towards a more citrus feel with its zesty aroma while Yellow Diamond by Versace is sunny, juicy and bright. You can browse these scents and more at Shoppers Drug Mart’s Beauty Boutique.
Oriental scents are warm and spicy – bringing to mind hints of warm vanilla, incense resins, amber and musk. A very rich scent that is as individual and unique as the woman wearing it. Take a walk on the wild side with Prada Candy, it’s carefree, sophisticated and sensual. Try Paradise by NEST to, well, smell like you’re in paradise. For a sweeter scent, evoke childhood nostalgia with Thierry Mugler’s Angel. Find these and more at The Bay.
These fragrances capture the essence of the great outdoors. Subtle, balanced, green and foresty, the essence of these scents hit notes of bergamot, oakmoss, labdanum and patchouli. Because of its earthy feel, perfumes in this category are often mixed with spice or citrus. Chic and daring, Miss Dior Eau de Parfum is a new classic. We also recommend Givenchy’s Dahlia Divin for its quintessential sensuality – it’s lush, luminous and caresses the senses or Kiehl’s Vanilla & Cedarwood.
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