Thought your favourite perfume couldn’t handle the heat? Think again. Whatever the weather, fragrances have been designed to remain perfectly intact, so if you’ve been forgoing your go-to spritz whenever temperatures start soaring, then it’s time to learn how to wear perfume in the summer like the pros.
How to wear perfume in the summer
In summer, the best way to wear perfume is by spritzing your chosen scent in places where the blood is closest to the skin’s surface. This includes the collarbones and the insides of the wrists and elbows, meaning that when you move your arms and head during the day, you’ll be able to catch a whiff of your favourite scent. If you’re going to be seated, spraying your scent on the backs of the knees and ankles is always a good idea for those carefree summer days. Why? Because as the heat rises, so will the aroma of your scent. Don’t forget the nape of your neck when you’re spritzing, just avoid the backs of your ears, as the alkalinity sweat from the glands here can interact with your perfume!
Want to know more? Read on for more of the lowdown on wearing perfume in summer!
What the experts say
Perfume pro – and legend – Michael Edwards has been an advocate for the fragrance industry for over 30 years. To say he knows his stuff is an understatement. He says: “As alcohol comprises most of the composition of fine fragrance, there’s no real issue with wearing fine fragrance in the sun.”
He adds, “Warmer weather and higher body temperatures will slightly increase the rate at which your fragrance develops and diffuses, but it shouldn’t make a significant difference to how it smells.”
Ready to discover a new sunshine-ready scent? Before you dive straight in, here’s what you should know…
Top tips for wearing perfume in summer
Test it out first
Take your fragrance on a test drive – aka a patch test – before fully committing to wearing it in the sweltering heat. Back to our pro, Michael, he says: “Pay attention to its performance in the warmer weather, as different fragrances will vary in performance depending on their materials.” Want to take a new fragrance for a spin? Check out our blog on the best perfumes for spring and summer for the ultimate source of inspo!
Wear fragrance under clothes
If your fragrance ritual is to spritz away as your final finishing touch, you might want to rethink your strategy. Because when you spray directly on to the skin, and under clothes (don’t forget, we’re talking chest, elbows, behind your knees and even on your belly button), it keeps your scent lasting longer. “Wearing your perfume under clothing will help prevent it from lifting off too quickly, too” says Michael. *scribbles notes from the master*
So, if you’re in the market for a new scent to wear under your holiday outfits, here’s our blog on summer holiday perfumes for your next trip!
Don’t forget your hair
Spraying perfume in your hair is a great way to enjoy your favourite scents in the summer months! By spraying your scent at the nape of your neck, where your skin meets the hairline, you can enjoy your favourite scent without worrying about it interfering with your sunscreen.
Read more about wearing perfume in your hair here!
Store perfume in a cool, dry place
If you’ve read our article on how to properly store and wear fragrance, you’ll already know that the best way to protect your scent and keep it smelling as it should is to store it in a cool, dry place. Summertime is no exception. In fact, for an extra cooling effect pop your favourite scent in the fridge 20-minutes or so before using and reap the rewards with every spritz. It’s a game-changer in the heat.
So now you know about keeping your perfume fresh, how about trying out a new refreshing perfume? Here’s our blog on fresh perfumes for everyday wear, to get you started!