If you're shopping for new perfume this season, you're probably encountering all kinds of high-concept, OTT, unorthodox concoctions. Have you heard about the perfume that smells of instant film and ink? How about the one that smells like milk and blood?
Providing an instant confidence boost with one simple spritz. But finding your signature perfume can prove somewhat challenging with the abundance of musky, floral, citrus or even woodsy notes to choose from.
Ah summer. It's the perfect time to dust off the ol' bucket list and fantasize about all of the exotic locales we'd like to experience. Are you longing for an escape to the French countryside? Imagining life on a remote island? Or maybe an overnight al fresco at the closest national park is the adventure you crave? Of course, between the reality of plane fares, haggling for time off and nailing down logistics, these grand travel plans are often easier dreamed up than done.
We'll miss 2016 like we miss a searing UTI or a period-week bikini waxing session -- in other words, not one, miserable bit. It was a banner year of upsets, disappointments, tragedies and all-around f$ery. It's no wonder so many of us closed 2016 mentally and emotionally hungover, eager for the new year and its attendant promise of change -- whether or not that promise is fulfilled.
Summer break may be a thing of the past for many of us, but just because we don't get three months off doesn't mean our social calendars are less packed. Backyard BBQs, weddings, date nights en plein air ... there's a certain sense of freedom and hopefulness about summer that no other season can match. And since scent is one of the biggest memory triggers, there's no better way to remember these stolen summer moments between work and other responsibilities than a special summer fragrance.
Ah, spring. The birds are chirping, the sun is (mostly) shining, and you're gleefully stowing away the wools and flannels that you swaddled yourself in during the dark days of winter. While you're storing your cable-knit sweaters and fur-lined boots, make some room in the back of your closet for some of your perfumes, too.
A sexy perfume puts an essential last touch on your date-night beauty routine. After all, our sense of smell plays an integral role in emotion and memory, key ingredients in the obscure brew that is romance.
One of our favorite things about winter is the olfactory experience. You just can't beat the nostalgic smells of freshly fallen snow, pine needles and pumpkin spice. This year's winter perfumes are taking those much-loved scents, and bringing them to a heightened, more complex level.
Whether out of curiosity or necessity, we've all stolen a squirt of a male counterpart's toiletries. A little pilfered shaving cream here, a filched swipe of deodorant there -- the bathroom is a communal place, after all.
Culturally, women are taught to love perfume. A pink, vanity-top spritz bottle is a classic feminine image. The scent that the bottle holds, however, may not be so universally appealing. While most of us love spritzing our way through the department-store counters, there is a minority of women who can't stand perfume.
Want to win friends, gain confidence and bring happiness wherever you go? Science says scent can help you do all that, and more. Aromatherapy seems like a hippy-dippy concept, but research shows scents evoke strong emotional responses -- and are the key to setting the tone in an environment. It's the reason why retailers, hotels and restaurants use smells to attract customers and even boost spending.
The quest to find your new signature scent can feel staggering. "Do you like florals?" "What's your perfect first date?" "Diamonds or pearls?" The seemingly unrelated questions perfume salespeople pose can leave you sniffing every scent in the store until everything smells like an amalgam of musks, florals, spices and fruits.
Fragrance jewelry has been around since the Egyptian times when people wore tiny bottles or scented amulets around their necks. But that doesn't mean these baubles were pretty -- they were more function than form.
At least 1,000 new fragrances will come out this year. (To put that number into perspective, only 76 new scents were released in 1991.) With so many fragrances to choose from, you'd think that finding your ideal scent would be easier. But how many times have you smelled a perfume and wished it were a hint sweeter or a little lighter? Instead of sniffing thousands of scents in search of the perfect one (which sounds like a major headache -- literally!), wouldn't it be great if you knew how to wear the perfume you already have -- better?
For most of us, choosing a perfume is as simple as "it smells good" (or, real talk -- by which bottle will look prettiest on our vanity). But Mark Crames, the CEO of the all-encompassing fragrance library Demeter, and Jacquelyn Lang, CEO of Beauty Encounter, say our choices go far beyond that. You may actually choose a fragrance based on a memory you associate with scent, a particular time of the year, or what may be most telling, certain notes that are reflective of your personality. "Over the years, I've seen personalities gravitate to the same notes," says Lang. "A scent certainly can be an extension of one's personality." Whether you're bold or reserved, a romantic or a realist, adventurous or a wallflower, there's a new fall scent to match your personality. Here, the fall fragrances sure to become your signature scent.
Even if you hate the smell of perfume, you can't deny the timeless beauty of a grouping of a few gorgeous perfume bottles. Design no-brainer: Group a few bottles of classic perfumes (you can never go wrong with Chanel, Burberry and Guerlain) in any room except, maybe, the kitchen, and you add instant elegance and sophistication. Design not-so-no-brainer: You don't have to actually wear the perfume you're displaying. Think of it as cheap, multi-purpose artwork that doesn't require a hammer and nail.