Time to break out your summer fragrance
Many brands produce limited edition ‘alcoholfree’ versions of their classic fragrances in summer which are completely safe in the sun
THE WARMER weather has arrived and it is time for the coats and cardies to return to the wardrobe and the sleeveless and strapless numbers to escape and strut their stuff. Fragrance can also be reassessed at this time of year as perhaps that sensual cocooning oriental perfume, so perfect for wintry days and nights, seems too much on a warm sunny day.
This is the era of the fragrance wardrobe. Because there is so much choice out there and women are more educated about the world of scent, they have become far more discerning. Wearing one favourite all year round is no longer the norm and having different scents for different moods, occasions and seasons is now widely accepted.
I like to think of my favourite winter fragrances as fur coats, cashmere jumpers and woolly scarves and my summer choices as strappy sundresses, linen tops and flip flops! Wearing these items in the wrong season doesn’t make sense and scents are no different. The wonderful Tom Ford Noir de Noir, Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan and Atkinson’s Oud Save
the Queen are my cold weather friends but when the sun comes out it is Chanel No 19, Creed
Virgin Island Water and Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream for me.
Do remember though that when you are spritzing with gay abandon, sun and scent don’t always go together. The UV rays can trigger an adverse reaction and result in redness and irritated skin but it’s a myth that scent can’t be worn in the sun – you simply need to follow the rules:
I Look for ‘eau fraiche’ on the label which is always light and airy.
Many brands produce limited edition ‘alcohol-free’ versions of their classic fragrances in summer which are completely safe in the sun, and you can spray them on your clothes without staining. However they do have a shorter life on the skin.
A fragranced dry oil spray is ideal and offers a level of moisture for the skin too.
Spray your scent on a cotton wool ball and tuck it in your bra or bikini. Your body heat will do the trick.
Spritz your sun hat or beach bag.
Estée Lauder always sprayed her hair and a gentle mist from 30cm won’t do any harm (but not too often).
Summer nights are different – anything goes fragrancewise – but be sure to shower the residue off before the next day of sun worshipping.
A brand new scent has just arrived and it has to be my hot tip for those warm summer nights. It’s Terre de Lumiere eau de parfum from L’Occitane.
Captured during the short moment at dusk in Provence as the sun falls and the sky fills with golden light, it is zesty to start with, then the lavender honey is released and it settles down with a balsamic and musky base.
So when the mercury climbs and the sun beats down, stay safe and still smell wonderful!
Above: I Terre De Lumiere