When picking a perfume for summer, remember, the lighter the better! Save those woodsy, earthy scents for winter. When the weather is hot, you want something more delicate and simple. Women’s Health gives you some tricks to keep it light and sweet.
Opt for organic – Natural scents are a bit lighter and are best for those who don’t want a long-lasting scent. Synthetic fragrances molecules on the other hand, are made in labs where chemists can design them to pack a punch and stick around. Try Korres Pepper/Jasmine/Gaiac Wood/Passion Fruit, $45, korresusa.com or Tallulah Jane Misae, $48, tallulahjanenyc.com.
Easy does it – Fragrance shouldn’t slap those around you in the face. To apply, simply mist the crook of one elbow so that the scent wafts about as you move your arms, or spray the skin between your shoulder blades to give those who hug you a faint whiff. A single squirt of perfume is usually plenty! Try Mr. Hulot’s Holiday by CB I Hate Perfume, $65, cbihateperfume.com.
More delicious summer perfumes, after the break!
Pick a less concentrated form – Colognes, body lotions and eau de toilettes contain less perfume oil than headier eau de parfums and parfums making them less intense. Try Citrus Bloom Fragrance Mist, $18, meetmark.com.
Look for discreet notes – Green notes (like mint or green tea) and citrus notes (bergamot, lemon or grapefruit) are the most subtle, but make sure that you test it out on your skin first because sometimes these scents can turn unpleasant depending on your specific body chemistry. Try Tocca Bianca, $68, sephora.com or Acqua di Gioia, $62, acquadigioia.com.
Read more expert perfume recommendations in the September issue of Women’s Health on newsstands now.