It looks like spring has finally arrived in the UK. The sun is out (sometimes), the air feels warmer and the flowers are making an appearance. All of this is making people reach for their floaty tea-dresses and shorts, and make the most of the beautiful weather while it lasts!
Spring is also a great time to try out a new fragrance. Taking the season as inspiration, here’s some tips on what perfumes or aftershaves to buy.
Can you smell spring in the air?
- Floral perfumes. Many of the best feminine fragrances have floral notes to them. However, not all flowery perfumes are the same. For example, the classic Velvet Rose and Oud is quite sensual and rich (ideal for spring evenings), whereas perfumes like Soleil Blanc are lighter and fresher, thanks to the addition of jasmine. These lighter fragrances are ideal for lifting the spirits – and are highly recommended as part of a spring pampering regime!
- Fruity scents. Both male and female fragrances often use fruit to create a sense of vibrancy; ideal for those warmer days. Neroli Portofino relies on juicy bergamot and Sicilian lemon to give a Mediterranean punch, and Coco Mademoiselle is all about the freshness and zest of fruit. If you’re looking for something ‘Med-inspired’, search for fragrances that contain citrus notes. Apple is sweeter, whereas coconut and pineapple add a hint of exoticism.
- ‘Outdoorsy’ fragrances. Some scents are perfect for capturing the essence of the Great Outdoors. Sauvage is a good example, with its notes of vetiver (a plant related to lemongrass) and lavender. It conjures up the sense of a wild spring garden, while remaining very masculine. Look for scents with grassy or sea-salt notes (ambergris is a key ingredient for the latter). Green Irish Tweed is the epitome of an outdoors-inspired scent.
- Spicy colognes. Okay, so we’re not quite into summer yet, but we’re not far off. Get a hint of exoticism with a spicy perfume or aftershave – there are surprisingly quite a few around! Fabulous’s bitter almond oil adds a distinctive tang, or alternatively, look for fragrances that feature pink pepper, cardamom or cinnamon. These are all ideal for creating a sense of Middle-Eastern allure.
- Sensual fragrances. If you’re going out in the evening, it’s always good to have a rich, deep aftershave or perfume to hand. Oud oil is one of the world’s most popular perfume ingredients at the moment; thanks to its complexity and exclusivity. Despite being so sought-after in the 21st century, it’s actually been prized by perfume houses for centuries. Other sensual ingredients to look out for are musk, patchouli, ylang ylang, rose, and vanilla, if you’re fond of a bit of sweetness in your fragrance.
- Smoky scents. This one’s a bit surprising; but smoky fragrances are becoming increasingly popular. Tobacco Vanille is a good example of this. Its dominant aroma is tobacco leaf, but don’t worry, it doesn’t smell like stale cigarettes. Rather, it captures the richness and subtle smoke of the tobacco plant. Leather scents are also great for spring; they’re quite rugged and masculine.
Which one’s right for you?
Whenever you’re choosing a new fragrance, it’s always a good idea to test a few out, to see what works best for you. Either visit the local department store and ask for a sample, or even better, invest in a sample sized bottle (some companies like Copycat Fragrances have 5ml sizes for you to try). This will give you a chance to wear it while out on a warm spring day, and see if you keep on liking it as the hours pass.