How the Weather Can Affect Your Scent

Many of us tend to gravitate toward brighter, cooler scents in the summer, but did you know that might not be the best type of scent to wear in hot weather?

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The weather and the seasons can actually have a big influence on how your perfume smells, as well as how long it lasts. The Fragrance Shop Senior Brand Manager, Hollie Race, broke down the science for us.

“All aromatic molecules need some amount of heat to function,” she explains. “The temperature of your skin and the air dramatically changes the rate at which molecules evaporate and dissipate, which then changes how the perfume smells – to you and to others around you.”

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That’s why your favorite perfume can sometimes smell different, from its intensity to different notes that linger longer on your skin. Below, Hollie explains how the weather affects fragrance and which ones are best for which season.

How Weather Affects Scent

In spring and summer:

“Warm weather intensifies the fragrance notes and makes them bloom faster on the skin,” says Holly. “The more heat, the faster your scent molecules heat up and the faster they evaporate. therefore evaporate even faster at high temperatures.Choose an Eau De Parfum or an Intense version of your favorite fragrance as the concentration of fragrance oils is higher and therefore lasts longer.

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In autumn and winter:

“The perfume is very sensitive to colder climates and temperatures, the rate of evaporation slows down, so the top and middle notes last much longer and you might find that your scent doesn’t project as much in the winter,” she explains. “That’s because scent molecules move at a much slower rate in cool air.”

“On top of that, our bodies are changing to be less hospitable. Our skin tends to dry out in the cold, which can prevent perfume from “sticking” as scent molecules are attracted to oils. The receptors in our nose instinctively bury themselves deeper in protection from the cold, which can slightly suppress our sense of smell. Go for a fall/winter scent that has strong, musky, heavy base notes that will last and be noticed, such as sandalwood, patchouli, leather, tonka bean, and cinnamon.

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