Find your summer scent

Friday, 21 September 2012

Find your summer scentI think we can all agree that it’s time to move from the heavy winter fragrances to the lighter, zesty, summer ones. But why should we even be considering this change in the first place? Beauty Heaven explains…

It seems like just yesterday I was discussing the ins and outs of your nose and how it becomes seriously fussy during winter when it comes to its perfume preference. Its love of intense, heavy, woody notes is precisely what it craves during the cooler months, really.

But guess what? Your snout is equally as picky when the warm weather hits, as it turns away from the juices that are powerful and moody, and instead welcomes a force of fresh, citrusy notes. Why? Well, heat amplifies the notes in a perfume, meaning the intense fragrance you’ve been sporting during winter will be oh-so-overpowering and even a wee bit sickening during spring and summer.

This is where the subtle, light, crisp scents come in. When September swings around we look for fruity, citrus notes such as mandarin, grapefruit, neroli and bergamot, for an instant hit of freshness. However, citrus notes evaporate quickly – longevity is not their strong point – so this is why fragrance connoisseurs often team them with floral notes (think jasmine, lily of the valley and rose) to give them some guts and staying power. Smart, huh?

Wait, you’re not a fan of zesty scents? You can still play around with fragrances in summer, just look for something a little more exotic with grassy, woody notes or even coconut. You’ll still smell fresh and light, just a little more mysterious.

Written by Cherie, this article originally appeared on BeautyHeaven.

Image: Sergey Peterman/

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Cass1231

    Citrus smells good always for summer

    6 years ago •

  1. mel

    Any citrus or bergamot scents and light florals are my pick for summer. Dior’s Portofino is a lovely citrus scent and the new Ô d’ Azur from Lancome :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I have been in love lately with Paris Hilton smell… Would never thought that I might like celebrity perfumes. But that one is not to bad. So it seems to be addition to my summer scents.

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    i love floral scents for all seasons

    6 years ago •

  1. Ruline de Bruyn

    I like my floral scents in both winter and summer because i am sure my hormone swings has got an effect on how scents smell on me…

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Justine Cantare is my summer scent,it has a force of fresh

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Bvlgarie Au the Blanc – Parfumee! Great fresh and beautiful summer fragrance.

    6 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    Thanks for the good article! My favourite summer scent is “Eternal Magic Enchanted” From Avon

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I agree citrus evaporate quickly and I have to re apply my perfume now and then, and it gets finished quicker.

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Valentina by Valentino a perfect summer eve fragrance!!

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    I love citrusy florals for summer and heavier, headier fragrances for winter.

    6 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    Loved this article because I adore perfume!

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Totally agree, summer is time for subtle, floral fruity perfumes. Today am wearing Givenchy Very Irresistible Electric Rose, and liking it.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I love light fragrances for summer!

    6 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    I’m not really a citrus tip. But will try it

    6 years ago •

  1. Cat

    Awesome article thank you, FAME is on my list for summer scents :)

    6 years ago •

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