Winter is still technically on the books and on the calendar (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), although here in the American South, we’ve had a week or more of quite warm temps. In fact, Tuesday the high here is predicted to be in the 77-82 F degree range. But I know that Mother Nature may not quite be through with us yet, as the month of March has shown in years past. In the meantime, it can be hard to know what fragrances to wear. It’s what I think of as the perfume shoulder season, which in the travel world refers to a period between peak and off-peak travel times.
Just as I’m trying to balance clothes in my closet to adjust for temperature swings, I’m attempting to hold to middle ground on scents, as I have a funny feeling that our current shoulder season could take a sudden nose-dive into freezing temps, at least once more. By the same token, you folks in the Southern Hemisphere may be looking at an opposite but similar situation.
During the day, I’m opting for moderate fragrances such as Tom Ford Venetian Bergamot, Guerlain’s Lys Soleia and Robert Piguet’s Gardenia. (But on Tuesday I may be spritzing some Annick Goutal Nuits d’Hadrien or something else crisp and refreshing, depending on how closely we flirt with 80 degrees.) Cool-ish nights have me reaching for MDCI’s Les Indes Galantes, MFK Ciel de Gum and the two Parfumerie Generale faves I mentioned last week, Indochine and Aomassai; lovely and comforting all, without being too heavy.
So what are you wearing this shoulder season? Are you still enjoying your warm, cuddly babies or are you reaching for something crisper, more green, floral or hopeful? Or a mix of both? Or vice-versa, as the case may be?
Illustration borrowed from Gillette