“Seasonal” Fragrances

Up in the northern hemisphere, we’re moving along toward winter. This is among my favorite times of year, scent wise: more parties, cooler weather, and more people choosing to adorn themselves with scent. There’s something festive about entering a crowded room where the majority of adults present are perfumed in some way–the clash of scents provides a backdrop that heightens the expectation of a good time to be had by all.

There are obviously heavier scents that work best when it’s colder. You might not want want to be wearing a spicy, warming scent when it’s already 90 degrees outside, though months later it feels like another layer warding off the chill. A different winter strategy is to seek out tropical or exuberantly floral scents that would have brought the bees buzzing when their antecedents were in season. I especially appreciate the coconut warmth of Mountain Ocean’s Skin Trip moisturizer in the dark of November, the heavy sweetness  of ylang ylang, jasmine, or gardenia, or the bright juiciness of mango or grapefruit when the rains are pouring down.

About Samantha

Samantha Soma is an erstwhile aromatherapist, collects vintage and modern perfumes, and is in love with the sense of smell. She lives in the Northwest, which means that books, coffee, wine, beer, and humidity play large roles in her personal experience.
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