Hold On to Summer with These End-of-the-Season Fragrances
The lazy, hazy days of summer are over, but a light fresh fragrance can really make them linger on during these early days of fall. Nothing brings back memories like a fragrance, and we’ve put together a list of refreshing end-of-the-season perfumes that will leave you reminiscing about summer and yet be oh-so ready for fall! Check out these top scents and our tips on how to make them last:
HOW TO MAKE FRAGRANCES LAST
Did you know that oily skin tends to hold fragrance longer? This is because the oils in your skin grab on to the scent and the oils in it while the alcohol portion quickly evaporates. To get the most from your perfume, spritz the back of your wrists, knees and neck. You can also apply fragrance to your inner elbow. The method of layering scents is also very effective. Use a shower gel, body oil or lotion in your chosen scent, and then apply the actual perfume to your body. If you like the way a certain scent smells on someone else, definitely try it on yourself before buying it. I recommend applying it and wearing it all day. That way you really know how it smells on you, because body chemistry has a marked effect on fragrance and scents can even change on you as the day wears on. Have you ever applied a perfume that smells great on initially, but by days end, has lost its luster? I almost always wear a squirt of different scents in the same family, that way I customize my fragrance and I don’t smell like anyone else on earth!
TOP 5 REFRESHING SCENTS
1. MAC TURQUATIC HEAT
MAC Turquatic Heat has top notes that include sun-touched cedrat, mineral water and lotus flower. Fiery middle notes are opulent orris, jasmine and tiare soul, but the scent that lingers on the skin is cedarwood kissed by a blend of white patchouli, amber and vanilla infusion. My monitor is steaming up just writing about it!
2. AVON TAHITIAN HOLIDAY
Avon Tahitian Holiday is a tropical floral sparkling with Tahitian tiare flower and exotic island musk. This truly reminds me of a holiday to a warm, exotic location, without the credit card bills!
3. BOBBI BROWN BEACH
Bobbi Brown Beach is an easygoing blend of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin, great for day or evening wear. Spray it in your lingerie drawer so your unmentionables smell as great as you do!
4. JO MALONE GRAPEFRUIT COLOGNE
Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne is a favorite of mine and I wear it often in the warmer months. Grapefruit and tangerine mingle with vetiver and rosemary to create this fabulous citrus scent. It’s even been said that men perceive women to be 6 years younger after a whiff of grapefruit!
5. SALVATORE FERRAGAMO INCANTO
Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto for Women has both floral and fruity tones, boasting grapefruit, apple, apricot, peony, and luscious violet. The bottle is gorgeous too; it's a perfume you will find yourself using as decor as well as your signature fragrance!
As my mother says, “Perfume is the reward of closeness,” and you never want to be the person who others can smell coming down the hall or when they enter the room. That is the exact opposite of what perfume should be, on anyone. It’s much better to wear less fragrance, and when someone gets near you, let him or her get a subtle whiff of you and your fantastic fragrance. If they are curious, believe me – they will come closer!
Article Written By: Laura Miller; Laura is a beauty and health/wellness/fitness writer living in Atlanta, Ga. Her many years in the salon and spa business served as a springboard for her next career move as a full-time writer. She now writes articles for DivaVillage.com and their sister-site VillageMAMA.com.
Contributing Editor: Kimberly Kong; Kimberly is a writer, graphic designer, and fashion addict from San Diego, Calif. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Calif. who loves to spend her time researching trends and contributing to both DivaVillage.com and VillageMAMA.com.