Anyone who's ever worn perfume on holiday—so, pretty much all of us—will be familiar with its remarkable ability to mentally transport you back to a trip. There are a select few fragrances I pick up and spritz whenever I'm feeling nostalgic, like Jo Malone's Orange Blossom Cologne, which will forever make me dream of California.
That's a perfect example of a scent working in tandem with a holiday, all warm and soft and sweet, like a morning on the beach. That said, there have also been times when a scent—for want of a better phrase—hasn't hit the right notes: a zingy citrus too sharp for a weekend in Paris, or a spicy blend too bold for hiking.
Getting your holiday fragrance just right is all about matching the notes to the mood (you hope) you'll be in, and if you nail it, it pays off in spades. After all, what's getting your money's worth if it's not being able to revisit your favourite place, with little more effort than the mist of a perfume? Keep scrolling to find out how you can ensure your scent works with your holiday this summer…
While three rounds of sun salutations will take care of easing you into your break, it doesn’t hurt to wear a scent that further boosts your halcyon mood. “Notes that evoke a yogic, meditative state will help,” says Jillian Friedman, Fragrance Awareness & Miller Harris Fragrance Development Consultant. “These would be woods, ouds, or spa-like notes, like light white florals and sandalwood.”
A powdery scent, this blends creamy sandalwood with florals. The orris makes it seriously addictive. Plus, we can't resist this limited edition sparkling bottle.
For a scent with a woody, spicy base of patchouli, Eau des Sens is unexpectedly light, just as a scent you wear while practicing yoga ought to be. Orange blossom and bitter orange cut through the warmth with a soft but bright sweetness, making for an ultra-summery blend that’s so unique.
Oh, the city break. Whether you’re there with your other half or a group of friends, there’s something so romantic about all of that history and architecture. And wine, of course. While exploring, a perfume that enhances that mood and retains an elegant lightness wears beautifully, and Jillian says “rose and jasmine are the best notes in this case.”
Rose? Tick. Jasmine? Tick. This EDP is deeply romantic, with a warm base of sandalwood and musk that helps it last through sight-seeing and well into dinner overlooking the city.
Romantic rose is the key player in this scent, which is given a sweetness by violet and a creamy base of musk while zesty bergamot keeps things bright. Ideal for early starts and late nights spent exploring.
Perfume may feel a little frivolous when you’re hiking, cycling and climbing, but it can actually help to spur you on—if you wear the right notes, that is. “Look for effervescent notes that stimulate the senses, as these will help you to stay alert,” says Greta Fitz, Clean Reserve global marketing director. “Try citrus, mint or dewy, water notes, as they help to energise.” Then simply press your wrist to your nose whenever you start to feel weary.
Inspired by the azure seas of the Mediterranean, this scent is brimming with zesty, fresh notes of neroli. It’s hard not to feel sprightly when you mist this sparkling aroma over pulse points.
If you're more of a floral fan but crave the energy hit of a citrus, this subtle scent combines the two by merging rose with a dash of lemon. Because the former is crisp—not heady—it only adds to the lightness, creating something so crisp and clean it gives you that just-stepped-out-of-the-shower feeling.
There’s no reason not to feel confident when you hit the beach this summer, but too many of us lack that ‘I look incredible’ attitude, especially on those first few days. Indulge your sense of gusto with “rich, warm fragrances,” says Greta. “Florals and orientals with hints of woods are associated with boosting confidence, and they also mirror the warmth and sultriness of high temperatures.” Also look for vanilla or mossy notes, as they boast a depth that allows them to wear for longer on warm, slightly sweaty skin, unlike light scents which evaporate quickly.
This has all the makings of a long-lasting, hot weather scent: vanilla to anchor it down, voluptuous florals that intensify the richness, and enough bitter orange and wild strawberry to give it a fruity, summer-ready edge. Wear it on the beach and to a cocktail bar.
Forever one of the most eminently beachy scents there is, Bronze Goddess is back in all of its creamy, warm glory with its signature blend of coconut, vanilla, amber and tiare flower. It’s sun-baked sand and skin, bottled.