how to choose the {right} fragrance + my top 15 summer favorites

by Tina on July 2, 2013

in Fashion

A long time ago, in a far off life, I worked for a department store fragrance counter.  I loved that job and learned so much about how to help others choose the right fragrance for themselves.  So many of my customers felt overwhelmed by the sheer volume of options and who can blame them?  There are so many choices and so many questions, like what is the difference between an eau du toilette and an eau du parfum?   And how do you know which fragrance is right for your skin?

Here are a few tips that I learned:

1. Always try a fragrance on your skin and wear it for at least an hour:  Oftentimes when a fragrance sits on your skin for an hour or even a few hours, you will notice that the scent will change.  Each of us has a unique chemical blend and the same fragrance can smell completely different on each of us!

2. Skip the paper testers and just spray it on your skin:  You need to make sure you don’t have any kind allergic reaction to a new fragrance.  I have found a few fragrances over the year that I absolutely love in the bottle, but every time I wear them I end up sneezing!  Most of my clients were allergy free with their fragrance choices, but a few ended up with little red bumps on their skin and that is no fun either.

3. Choose a seasonal Fragrance: Summertime is the perfect time to go light with your fragrance.  Try a fresh citrus blend or a sweet floral!

4. Know your fragrance strength: Even though each company may vary slightly with the strength of their fragrances, a general rule is that an eau du cologne will contain the weakest concentration of fragrance.  An eau du toilette will be a little more concentrated, followed by an eau du parfum.  Perfume contains the highest concentration of fragrance and usually has a higher price tag to match.

5. Always choose a fragrance in a bottle you love:  If you are going to spend your money on a fragrance you love, then definitely choose something in a bottle you want to see every day!

Here are my top 15 summer fragrance favorites right now:

1. Valentino’s Valentina   2. Kate Spade Live Fully   3.  Chloe Eau de Parfum   4. Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum   5. Jessica Simpson Vintage Bloom   6. Kiehl’s Orange Flower and Lychee   7. Fresh Sugar Lemon   8. Flora by Gucci, Glorious Mandarin   9. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh   10.  Cartier Baiser vole d’Amour   11. Narciso Rodriguez l’eau for her   12. Miss Dior Eau du Parfum   13. Guerlain Floral Romantique    14. Ralph Lauren Romance Summer Blossom   15.BVLGARI- Charms- Omni Coral


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Belle July 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

My all time favorite perfume is/was Kate Spade Beauty. It was a floral with notes of honeysuckle and the most perfect gardenia. It smelled like The South on a sultry summer night. It wasn’t overpowering. Just memory jogging. Sadly, it’s long since been discontinued. Her Live Color Fully perfume looks promising. I’ll have to remember it! Thanks for the amazing list!


Judith July 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Hmmm summer perfumes! I think my favorite is For Her by Narciso Rodriguez. When I first smelled it I really liked it, but not for me. So I offered a bottle to my mom and now it’s her signature fragrance… <3


Sheri July 2, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Hi! Just wanted you to know that I watched you and your lovely family on a House Hunters International episode today and I was so anxious to read your blog!


Gabrielle July 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I’m completely guilty of wearing the same perfume for years. I was given Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana on my birthday just before our wedding eight years ago and so the smell forever reminds me of happiness and our wedding day. I can’t imagine wearing anything else!


Di July 17, 2013 at 1:07 am

I bought my first perfume for years just a couple of weeks ago – and it is really summery – Escada Cherry in the Air – it’s made me realise that I quite like wearing perfume after all.


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