Summer’s coming, which means long and humid days are ahead of us, and there’s only so much that your favourite fragrance can do to combat these seasonal troubles. So how do you ensure you keep smelling like a dream at all times?
When applying perfume, the first step is to concentrate on the strategic pulse points in your body to increase the longevity of the scent. Spray below the collarbone, not on your décolletage, and on the inside of your elbows and wrists. Also, don’t be shy to spritz some in your hair. In fact, perfuming the hair with beautiful notes is perfect for leaving a sensual trail behind. French perfume house, Parfums de Marly has the iconic Delina Hair Spray which is dominated by romantic Turkish rose, accompanied by facets of lily of the valley and peony which transcend into a fruity blend of lychee and rhubarb set off by nutmeg for added power and vivacity. In the base, vanilla, white musks, and frankincense create depth and mystery. One word, heaven!
The moisture levels of the skin are also key to how long a perfume will last on you. Well-moisturized skin holds a scent much better than dry skin. If you moisturize the places you apply perfume on soon after you shower, you will see a marked improvement in the way you wear your perfume.
Spritzing your signature scent on your clothes can also help increase the longevity of the fragrance throughout the day. Additionally, supplementary fragranced dreams such as body crèmes, solid perfumes, and, as mentioned, hair mists work well in tandem to make your fragrance last longer.
Next, figure out what olfactory narrative works best. For the Middle Eastern weather, floral, citrusy and woody notes like bergamot, rose, pink pepper, lime peel, green tea, and vetiver work well throughout the year. For the summers, keep the fragrance light and fresh – Greenley and Oriana from Parfums de Marly are both lovely options for the warmer months ahead. Oriana is a cloud of joy that brings nostalgic pleasure. A new, addictive world of indulgence, it is the story of a heroine with character and a hypnotic sillage. And Greenley is a fresh opening blast of Sicilian bergamot and green apple with a woody heart of cedarwood, leading to elegant amberwood base notes. This perfume is a source of pure energy, a breath of summer! Finally, also keep in mind the humidity levels in the region – sweet and aquatic notes with a heavier base work perfectly too.
Lastly, layering fragrances is key this summer and is almost an art, a way to express yourself through your scent. You can choose to layer heavy and light scents with common ingredients, or even contrasting fragrances. The easiest way to start is to spray the heavier scent such as with vanilla, musk or oud-based before applying a lighter, more floral or citrusy perfume with cherry blossoms or lilies on top. Go beyond perfume and start the layering process with a scented soap or shower gel, and then a scented body lotion or crème to seal it all together. See what works for you and have fun with the scents.