Perfume in summer

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

SUMMER brings challenges for perfume-loving gals. Here’s something from on how to choose and wear fragrance
in summer.

Know your notes. Just as you wouldn’t wear a pullover to a summer picnic, there are certain perfume notes that are best left to the rainy or colder season. Fresh and natural or at least nature-inspired scent ingredients are the most welcome. These include citrus, fruity, oceanic, woody, and light floral notes.

Fragrance notes to avoid in the summer include any that could become headache-inducing when intensified by heat, such as heavy floral blends, cloying Orientals, patchouli, vanilla and other sweet, syrupy or sugary aromas.


“Summerize” your signature scent. Do you have a signature perfume? Look for summer flankers to your favorite scent.

Summer’s hot temperatures can make wearing fragrance a fleeting experience. High body heat will cause the alcohol in perfumes to evaporate more quickly, leading to rapidly fading scent. Even if you choose a water-based formula, such as an eau fraiche, over an alcohol-based parfum, you may find need to reapply your perfume throughout the day in summer. Just be careful not to overdo it—your perfume shouldn’t enter a room before you do. If in doubt, ask a trusted friend if you need to take it down a notch.

Making it last. To help make your fragrance last longer, you can also try layering products—such as soap and body lotion—from your chosen perfume line. Be mindful of your other grooming products, too. Use an unscented soap in the shower, and skip strongly-scented moisturizing products, so your fragrance doesn’t have to compete with your various lotions and potions.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 28, 2014.


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