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How to Switch Up Your Scent Game for Autumn – Seasonal Scents

How do you switch up your scents to match the seasons – and does it even matter which fragrances you when and when…?

We don’t know about you, but suddenly our duvets have become irresistible and those opaque tights might even start making a tentative appearance from the back of the drawer. Along with cashmere cardis and ‘pumpkin spiced’ everything replacing the t-shirts and G&Ts (okay, we actually haven’t quite given up G&Ts) in autumn, so too do our fragrance tastes tend to swing toward something a bit warmer – a snuggle in a bottle that helps you get out of bed in the morning and comforts you throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

The fact is, temperatures and climate really do change how your fragrance behaves, and therefore the things you crave to have on your skin. In hot weather, you may find your fragrance seems ‘stronger’ or more overpowering. This is why brands sometimes offer lighter versions of bestselling scents for the summer, and more powerful ‘intense’ variations for autumn and winter. Think of these differing scent strengths as tog ratings for duvets, or denier for tights!

Some people prefer heavier more full-bodied, comforting, almost ‘cocooning’ scents in the winter – but again, this is individual. Personally, at The Perfume Society, we have richer fragrances that we love to rediscover at around the time when we reach for our opaque tights, our socks (and vests!), switching to airier perfumes for the warmers months.

Woody fragrances are great ones to look for in the autumnal months or colder climates, and at this time of year we tend towards sandalwood for a scent that offers a smooth creaminess that clings to the skin like a soft blanket – a poncho made from perfume. Yes we may sometimes wish to be pepped up with a citrus blast every now and again, even on a chilly day; but the majority of us here at TPS Towers are longing for something to snuggle into, and sandalwood as a dominant note definitely fits that bill.

 

 

 

 

Foresty fragrances really come into their own now – the urge to don a pair of boots and go kicking through the leaves is strong, and with so many scents inspired by walking through a woodland,

Layering fragrances used to be seen as a scent sin, but we’ve all gotten over ourselves a bit (well most of us have). You don’t have to do this to a perfume you already love on its own – why would you need to? – but there are brilliant ways of beefing-up a sadly flimsy fragrance, or adding a zing to something that’s a bit too dark or cloying on your skin. You can either try layering over other fragrances you have in which the above notes dominate, with a single-fragranced ‘soliflore’ (one main note) fragrance oil or spray, or try layering scents over a differently perfumed body lotion or oil.

 

 

 

 

Add depth: ramp it up by adding more base notes like patchouli, labdanum, vetiver, woods or musk.

Add a breeze: if you’re not quite ready for your heavier scents, layer them with citrus notes like bergamot, neroli, lemon, lime or ‘green’ notes such as galbanum, tomato or violet leaf, green tea, marine/aquatic accords (synthetic recreations of sea-like, watery smells) and aldehydes (often desribed as being like Champagne bubbles).

Add cosiness: find a scent too ‘harsh’ or clinical? Look to layer it with decadently velvety or lusciously fruity rose oils, the sunshine-bottled scent of orange flower, a heady glamour of tuberose or a luminescent jasmine; try an apricot-like osmanthus flower, the fluffiness of mimosa or the powdery elegance of iris/orris.

Add deliciousness: vanilla and tonka bean can ’round’ a perfume, making it swoon on your skin (and addictive to smell), as can touches of synthetic notes described as ‘caramel’ or ‘dulce de leche’, ripe fruits, chocolate or even candy floss. Try to add less than you think you need, as adding more is always easier than taking away, and a little of these can go a long way!

 

 

 

Looking for the perfect perfume selection now the colder weather is here? Try the Seasonal Scents Autumn Discovery Box! With each season’s change, The Perfume Society put together a specially curated selection of scents to be right for right now. It’s the best way to try a large number of fragrances from the comfort of your own home – and perhaps to sample some you’d never have thought of trying, previously! At The Perfume Society, we feel each season is a new chance to change up your scent game and discover your next olfactory loves, so when you sign up for the Seasonal Scents Subscription, you’ll be treated to…

A selection of fabulous fragrances, mainly female and unisex scents, from globally adored leading brands (potentially including miniatures) will land at your door each passing season (approximately every three months) – so you will always have a new scent to make you feel fabulous!

You can choose a Quarterly (£18 every three months) or Yearly (£68 annual payment) plan to suit you. We’ll keep the contents a secret until the day the box is launched – we just know you’ll love the surprises inside…

Each Seasonal Scents Box Includes:

Seasonal Fragrances  – A collection of fragrances from 1ml – 7ml, these will be kept secret until each Seasonal Scents Box is launched, we just love the element of surprise!

Online Smelling Notes – accessible via a QR code within your box, guiding you through the fragrances and how to start smelling.

Unboxing Video –  also via the QR code, for every box our Head Fragrance Writer Suzy Nightingale will guide you when opening your new box.

Hints & Tips – to ensure you get the most out of your fragrances and have fun!

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