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.
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 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 the materials used in them.” Want to take a new fragrance out for a spin? Chat to our helpful, in-store team. Find your closest store here.
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 skin, and under clothes (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 lifting off too quickly, too” says Michael. *scribbles notes from the master*
Don’t forget your hair
We’ll save you the Google search. Yes, you can spray perfume in your hair. The benefit? 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. And we’d say a light mist is best so try holding the bottle at arm’s length to avoid any drippage.
Store perfume in a cool, dry place
If you 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.