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There are plenty of things that need to be adjusted as the seasons shift. Your wardrobe and skin care routine may seem obvious, but swapping your summer scent for a winter perfume may not be at the top of your list. It turns out, the weather plays a major factor in what fragrance you should use. Aside from florals and fruity scents being synonymous with warmer temperatures, chilly weather can also impact how your perfume of choice wears. So to help you find the right cold-weather scent, we’ve rounded up three things you should know including tips and product picks to help you choose the best winter fragrance.
If you noticed that your fragrance becomes less noticeable in colder temperatures, you’re not going crazy. According to the Mayo Clinic, the level of moisture in the air outside drops sharply in the winter. And the artificial heat used indoors also sucks up all the moisture in the air, so your skin will definitely begin to feel the impact of dryness. Since dry skin has no moisture in it, scents won’t have anything to stick to. So whichever fragrance you choose will have to work harder to leave a lasting impression.
We recommend applying a moisturizer to your face and body as soon as you come out of the shower. This will help plug the spaces between your skin cells and seal in moisture while your skin is still damp. And make sure to moisturize the areas you’ll be spritzing your fragrance on, like the neck and pulse points. Use the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm - Face/Neck/Chest/Hands. It contains key ingredients to help soothe dry skin, including manuka honey, calcium, and antioxidants.
If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between eau de parfum, eau de toilette, and eau de cologne, it’s not whether it’s a women’s fragrance or a men’s fragrance. It’s that the former has a higher percentage of perfume oil, which will help it last longer on the skin. This makes it a no-brainer for the winter season since you want a strong scent that can withstand the cold. So, be sure to scope out an eau de parfum that can tough out the chilliest winter. Save your lighter and softer scents for the spring and summer months since your skin is generally more hydrated, and moisture will help hold those more delicate fragrances.
Perfume consists of high notes, middle notes, and base notes. While top notes are the first to fade away, base notes are the scents that linger. A winter perfume with strong base notes is a must, and the most popular, heavier base notes fall into the woody and musky categories. Woody fragrances typically contain strong base notes such as sandalwood, warm vanilla, amber, bergamot, and spice-like scents.
One of our favorite winter fragrance categories involves embracing all things baked goods and desserts. If this seems up your alley, look for an option with a strong base note like vanilla. If you like the idea of a dessert-inspired fragrance but don’t want to go for a sweet scent, consider taking cues from the spices—think cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s the perfect happy medium between the other two options. You’ll want to go for floral, fresh, and fruity base notes in the summer and spring.
Editor’s tip: If you’re having a hard time figuring out what fragrance to choose pay close attention to how you react to different scents. Once you’ve found the scents that you prefer, you can start to identify the notes you gravitate towards and narrow down your fragrance list from there.
Choosing the right winter perfume is only half the battle, though. Don’t forget to factor in other important details such as where you spray it, how you spray it, and where you store it for the best results.
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