Ah, Mother Nature, you fickle lass, you! Even now midway through April, up and down go the temps; sunshine one day, snow the next; chilly rain one morning, and warm showers the next afternoon; and so it goes. In the midst of changing weather, 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 still 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.
So I tend to gravitate toward fragrances with distinct stages or arcs that work across temperature spans. I’m enjoying several scents in this shoulder season, especially Si by Lolita Lempicka. This spicy floral perfume pops lively on its open, via bergamot, pink peppercorns and sweet pea, then later warms up and simmers down, thanks to elemi, amber, patchouli and tonka bean, just in time for cool evenings. Also, I’ve pulled out Amouage’s Lilac Love (adore its floral into cozy vibe) in late afternoon, or Tom Ford’s Orchid Soleil, heading into chilly nights. But I’m not quite ready to pack anything away just yet. On a cold night or two lately I’ve had to delve back into my cold-weather comfort stash.
So in this sometimes fickle time of year, what fragrances are keeping you happy? Are there certain perfumes you reach for in the divide between the seasons? Also, when do you give up the ghost on your seasonal scents and finally put them away for good?