The fall/winter runways were awash with floral patterns, meaning the pull of the petal no longer depends on the season. Channel some flower power when choosing a scent this winter.
Florals in fashion don't seem to be going away now that winter is here – with good reason. They offer versatility and understated elegance that seems to transcend the seasons. The same can be said of florals in fragrance. Dark floral scents are warm and rich, making them a good option for pairing with cooler weather wear. Rich, full-bodied fragrances have longer staying power in winter, when fragrances tend to dissipate more quickly. In general, we suggest using warmer scents in winter and lighter scents in summer.
The fact that petal-powered perfumes are moving beyond warmer months should come as no surprise. Floral notes are one of the main building blocks of perfumery, and the most popular fragrance category, so why relegate them to one or two short seasons? Floral fragrances also offer a lot of diversity. They can range from single floral to multi-floral bouquets with a variety of ingredients including jasmine, gardenia, violet, rose and hundreds more. Some good examples of this current trend toward rich floral fragrances include:
While you may not think much about switching up what you spritz from season to season, do take stock of your signature scent as the cold air moves in. Just like you change your wardrobe from season to season, make seasonal changes to your fragrances just as you do in your clothing. A rich, dark fragrance just feels more warming for winter and can enhance your mood in cold weather (when we all need a boost).
Look for fragrances that have notes of orchid, iris, jasmine and rose, which are often used in dark floral fragrance compositions. These notes pair well with amber, patchouli, myrrh and other heady background notes found in dark floral fragrances.
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